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La luna 'n menzu 'o mari

A dialogue mother-daughter, many different versions exist (and can be improvised) - each prospective husband suggested by the mother has a tool of his trade in his hand, that becomes subject of ambiguity and laughter..

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E la luna 'n 'menzu o' mari
mamma mia m'ha' maritari
figghia mia a 'ccu t'ha a dari
mamma mia pensici tu.
And the moon in the middle above the sea
o mother I want to get married
o daughter who do I have to give you to
o mother please take care of this.
 
Si ti dugnu a lu chiancheri
iddu va iddu veni
la sasizza 'n manu teni
si ci pigghia la fantasia
ti sasizzìa figghiuzza mia.
E la luna 'n 'menzu o' mari [...]
If I give you to the butcher
he goes, he comes
a sausage in the hand he has
if he feels like it
he will sausage you, o daughter
And the moon in the middle [...]
 
Si ti dugnu lu fruttaiolu
iddu va iddu veni
lu citrolu 'n manu teni
si ci acchiappa la fantasia
ti citrulia figghia mia.
If I give you to the fruit seller
he goes, he comes
a cucumber in the hand he has
if he feels like it
he will cucumber you, o daughter
And the moon in the middle [...]
 
E la luna 'n 'menzu o' mari [...]
Si ti dugnu a lu pumperi
iddu va iddu veni
e la pompa 'n manu teni
si ci pigghia la fantasia
poi ti pumpia figghiuzza mia.
If I give you to the firefighrer
he goes, he comes
a pump in the hand he has
if he feels like it
he will pump you, o daughter
And the moon in the middle [...]
 
E la luna 'n 'menzu o' mari [...]
Si ti dugnu o gilataru
iddu va iddu veni
e lu conu 'n manu teni
si ci acchiappa la fantasia
ti fa liccari lu conu a tia.
If I give you to the icecream man
he goes, he comes
a cone in the hand he has
if he feels like it
he will make you lick the cone
And the moon in the middle [...]
 
E la luna 'n 'menzu o' mari [...]
Si ti dugnu a 'n autista
iddu va iddu veni
e lu cambju 'n manu teni
si ci pigghia la fantasia
la marcia cancia figghiuzza mia.
If I give you to a driver
he goes, he comes
the shift in the hand he has
if he feels like it
he will change shift, o daughter
And the moon in the middle [...]
 
E la luna 'n 'menzu o' mari [...]
Si ti dugnu a un picciutteddu
riccu è beddu assai
e ti voli tantu beni
Notti e jornu voli a tia
pi vasariti figghia mia.
If I give you to a good boy
he is rich, and very handsome
he is very fond of you
night and day he wants you
to kiss you, o daughter
And the moon in the middle [...]