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Mi votu e mi rivotu

This is one of the most beautiful love songs of Sicilian folk music; it is very ancient, and the author is unknown.
It appeared in the collection that Lionardo Vigo Calanna, Marquis of Gallodoro, published in 1870 under the title "Raccolta amplissima di canti siciliani", produced after a 20-year-long work of research and collection in various towns of Sicily. In the collection this song appeared with the title "Nun dormu né riposu".

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Mi votu e mi rivotu suspirannu
passu li notti 'nteri senza sonnu
e li biddizzi tò jù cuntimplannu
li passu di la notti finu a jornu
I turn and turn again sighing
I spend whole nights without sleeping
I admire your beauty
and see the whole night pass until day
 
Pi tia nun pozzu ora cchiù durmìri
paci nun t'havi chiù st'afflittu cori
lu sai quannu ca jù t'ajo a lassari,
quannu la vita mia finisci e mori
for you now I cannot sleep any more
peace my aching heart has no more
Do you know when I'll leave you?
When my life ends and I'll die
 
lu sai quannu ca iu t'haiu a lassari,
quannu la vita mia finisci e mori
Do you know when I'll leave you?
When my life ends and I'll die
 
Palumma ca camini maru maru
ferma quannu ti dicu du paroli
quannu ti tiru 'na pinna di st'ali
quannu fazzu na littra a lu miu amuri
O dove, walking along the seashore,
stop that I must tell you a couple words
stop so I can take a plume of your wings
to write letters to my love.
 
Li littri ti ni mannu a tri a dui
sposta ca di tia nun haiu mai
o chi si persi la carta ppi vui
oppuramenti scriviri nun sai
I write you letters, three, two,
but never from you I have a reply
or you lost the paper to write
or you cannot write
 
mi votu e mi rivotu sospirannu
passu li notti 'nteri senza sonnu
I turn and turn again sighing
I spend whole nights without sleeping