In this page you can find some of the most famous and typical Sicilian traditional songs
CIURI is the Sicilian word for flower and is normally used as a term of endearment. In this song it is being used with sarcasm and the man is saying that he is taking all the love that he was given and giving it back to her. There are many verses to the song and endless variations. In some the unhappy lover castigates not only his former sweetheart but all women as well.
This is one of the most popular Sicilian songs and is replete with double entendre. It is most effectively sung by two voices, those of the mother and the daughter. The daughter sings to her mother that there is a moon over the water or sea and so she wants to marry (the age of arranged marriages) and the mother asks her who she should give her and the daughter tells her to decide. As it's usually sung, it goes on verse after verse with the mother considering the barber, the butcher, the baker, the mason, the pastry cook, etc. Each verse ends with a reference to an item associated with each artisan and how it will be applied to the daughter.
NICUZZA is a romantic folksong the singer dedicates to her little (NICA in sicilian) girlfriend.
VITTI NA CROZZA is an old folksong about someone who sees a skull sitting atop a corner cabinet and asks it what it is doing there. The skull replies that it had the misfortune of not having heard bells ringing at its death and so it's consigned to this unhappy state
QUANTO E' LARIA LA ME ZITA is an old folksong about someone who has an ugly girlfriend and he talks all the time about her phisical difects...but in the end of the song he admits the reason why he married such an ugly girl: she has got a lot of money which will cover all her phisical difects!
U SCICCAREDDU is a very popular folksong with many lyrics about a donkey.
ABBALLATI is an old folksong, it is very fast and involves people to dance (''abballatti'' mean ''Let's dance'').
is ALAMIA and SPERANDEO were two actors/singers quite famous in the area of Palermo. Their songs were quite famous in the '90s, they were changing the worlds of famous italian songs which became sicilian songs with funny lyrics. Here there are two of the most famous ones.
MARINAREDDU is famous in the area of Siracusa, by the ''CANTERINI DI ORTIGIA''. It is an happy song of a fisherman who's thinking of the girl that he loves and glories in the freedom he enjoys while at sea.
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