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  • Cicerenella (Cicerenella)
    Posilipo (Naples, Campania)
    Tarantella of Posilipo

    Cicerenella tenea no ciardino,
    E l'adacquava coll'acqua e lo vino,
    Ma l'adacquava pò senza lancella...
    Chisto ciardino è de Cicerenella.
    Cicerenella mia si bona e bella!

    Cicerenella teneva na gatta
    Ch'era cecata e purzì scontrafatta,
    La strasceneva co mmeza codella...
    Chesta è la gatta de Cicerenella.
    Cicerenella, ecc.

    Cicerenella teneva no gallo,
    Tutta la notte nce jeva a ccavallo,
    Essa nce jeva pò senza la sella...
    Chisto è lo gallo de Cicerenella.
    Cicerenella, ecc.

    Cicerenella tenea na gallina
    Che facea l'uovo de sera e matina,
    L'avea mparata a magnà farenella...
    Chesta gallina è de Cicerenella.
    Cicerenella, ecc.

    Cicerenella teneva na votta,
    Mettea da ncoppa e asceva da sotta,
    E non ce steva tompagno e cannella...
    Chesta è la votta de Cicerenella.
    Cicerenella, ecc.

    Cicerenella, the gardener's daughter,
    Spray'd her garden with wine and with water,
    Watered it well, tho she had n't a pail, ah!
    This is the garden of Cicerenella!
    Cicerenella, darling, my bonny belle, ah!

    Cicerenella, because she'd a mind to,
    Kept a pussycat crooked and blind, too,
    And she would drag it around by the tail, ah!
    This is the pussy of Cicerenella!
    Cicerenella, darling, etc.

    Cicerenella, she had an old rooster,
    All night long on his back he would boost her,
    Bareback she rode him, and rode him right well, ah!
    This is the rooster of Cicerenella!
    Cicerenella, darling, etc.

    Cicerenella, she had an old hen, too,
    Laid at night and at morning again, too,
    And she had taught her to feed on cornmeal, ah!
    This is the biddy of Cicerenella!
    Cicerenella, darling, etc.

    Cicerenella her barrel was filling
    From the top while the bottom was spilling,
    Never a head or a stave to the shell, ah!
    This is the barrel of Cicerenella!
    Cicerenella, darling, etc.

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    Marzo, Eduardo. Songs of Italy; sixty-five Tuscan, Florentine, Lombardian and other Italian folk- and popular songs. New York: G. Schirmer, 1904. 117


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