While on the subject of folk songs: Italy

October 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm (Uncategorized)

Not long after spending hours looking through music, lyrics, and chords for Irish folk music, I had the idea that while looking into all this stuff it might not be a bad idea to check out my own heritage, and look up some Italian folk or pub songs along with the Irish ones (I’m not fully Italian, but I’m more Italian than anything else, so I tend to stick with that).

I’ve run into a lot of trouble with it. What the Irish consider to be folk music and what the Italians consider to be folk music appear to be completely different. A search for “Italian folk songs” also comes up with a discouraging few hits, both through Google and other places like YouTube – you usually get a very select few songs, and if you’ve ever been in an Italian restaurant or watched any movie with an Italian theme, you’ve probably heard them. Most appear to be on either side of a spectrum – either they are really hyper pieces designed for dancing (the Italian version of a jig or polka, I guess), or they’re slow and depressing. There doesn’t seem to be much room for just “simple and fun” in the world of Italian folk music (although this article would seem to argue that this is due to a pathetic stereotyping here in the States, and claims that there is much more interesting Celtic inspired Italian folk music that has been sadly ignored here for the most part).

My searches did come up with a short list of what are allegedly Italian drinking songs, but alas, it highlights another downfall – the fact that I don’t know Italian. I have no idea what these songs are saying, and running them through Google’s language translator doesn’t give much back – it seems to get confused by words being in song structure rather than in sentence form.

Ah well – it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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1 Comment

  1. RJ Rosamilia said,

    does anyone knw the English lyrics for the Italian song: Core ‘ngrata?

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