Saturday, October 4, 2008

An Odd Couple

It may seem odd to pair the late Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero. They were really devoted to each other, and sang together as often as their schedules allowed. Zucchero always dedicates his song Miserere, to his late friend. I love the combination of these two and this song, now sung solo, closed the show we just saw in Toronto (after 4 curtain calls!)

Va' Pensiero
From the Opera "Nabucco"
by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate [Go, my thoughts on golden wings]

English version

Va' pensiero sull'ali dorate
Cross the mountains and fly
Over the oceans.
Reach the land find the place
Where all children go
Every night after listening to this lullaby.

There you'll find their heroes alive
Protecting their innocence
Bless them all 'cause their simple soul
is so pure and wonderful.

Va' pensiero sull'ali dorate
Let this beautiful dream carry on
For all night long.

Lend them your golden wings
Every fear will fly away
Take them by the hand
Help'em find an easy way
Lead them back to the light,
back to the light
Where they once used to belong
Where they can remain
Children as long as they want.

Va' pensiero sull'ali dorate
Cross the mountains and fly
Over the oceans.
Reach the land find the place
Where all children go
Every night after listening to this lullaby
Every night after listening to this lullaby.


It turns out to be almost impossible to get a proper translation of these songs.
I'm going to take Italian lessons.

1 comment:

  1. Your odd couple blog prompted me to check out the Verdi anniversary album and sure enough 'Va peniero' is there! So my morning starts listening to these selections and appreciating your blog.
    Thanks!
    Tante D

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