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La mula de Parenzo

La mula de Parenzo, anonymous, (=girl from Porec, today in Croatia) is among the most widespread songs about "polenta" (typical dish made from maize flour), the basic food of large areas of Northern Italy in past centuries; "polenta col tocio" means polenta with sauce. Different versions of the song are recorded.

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La mula de Parenzo
l'ha messo su bottega
de tuto la vendeva,
de tuto la vendeva,
La mula de Parenzo
l'ha messo su bottega
fora che 'l baccalà
perchè non m'ami più?
The girl from Porec
opened a shop
everything she sold
everything she sold
The girl from Porec
opened a shop
everything she sold
but not cod
why don't you love me any more?
 
La me morosa è vecia
la tengo de riserva
ma quando spunta l'erba
ma quando spunta l'erba
La me morosa è vecia
la tengo de riserva
ma quando spunta l'erba
la mando a pascolar
perchè non m'ami più?
My girlfriend is old
I keep her just in case
but when the grass grows
but when the grass grows
My girlfriend is old
I keep her just in case
but when the grass grows
I'll send her to the pasture.
why don't you love me any more?
 
La mando a pascolare
insieme alle caprette
l'amor con le servette
l'amor con le servette
la mando a pascolare
insieme alle caprette
l'amor con le servette
non lo farò mai più
perchè non m'ami più?
I'll send her to the pasture
with the young goats
love with young maids
love with young maids
I'll send her to the pasture
with the young goats
love with young maids
I won't make any more.
why don't you love me any more?
 
Tutti mi dicono bionda
ma bionda io non sono
porto i capelli neri
porto i capelli neri
tutti mi dicono bionda
ma bionda io non sono
porto i capelli neri
neri come il carbon
perchè non m'ami più?
Everybody says I'm a blonde
but a blonde I'm not
I have black hair
I have black hair
Everybody says I'm a blonde
but a blonde I'm not
I have black hair
as black as coal...
why don't you love me any more?
 
Se il mare fosse tocio
e i monti de polenta
ohi mamma che tociade
ohi mamma che tociade.
se il mare fosse tocio
e i monti de polenta
ohi mamma che tociade
polenta e bacalà
perchè non m'ami più?
If the sea was sauce
and the mountains were polenta
o mother what a meal
o mother what a meal
If the sea was sauce
and the mountains were polenta
o mother what a meal
polenta and cod
why don't you love me any more?