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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:37 pm    Post subject: Funiculi', Funicula' - The Origins Reply with quote

Origins

"Funiculý, FuniculÓ" is a famous song written by Italian journalist Peppino Turco and set to music by Italian composer Luigi Denza in 1880. It was composed to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius (Napoli / Naples). The 1880 cable car was later destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944.
The song was sung for the first time in the Quisisana Hotel in Castellammare di Stabia and met with huge success. It was presented by Turco and Denza at the Piedigrotta festival during the same year. Edward Oxenford, an English songwriter and translator of libretti, published a version which became somewhat traditional in English-speaking countries

Original Neapolitan lyrics

Aieressera, oý NanninŔ, me ne sagliette,
tu saie add˛ tu saie add˛
Add˛ 'stu core 'ngrato cchi¨ dispietto
Farme nun p˛!
Add˛ lo fuoco coce, ma si fuie
te lassa sta!
E nun te corre appriesso, nun te struie
sulo a guardÓ.
Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jÓ,
funiculý, funiculÓ!

NŔ, jamme da la terra a la montagna! no passo nc'Ŕ!
Se vede Francia, Proceta e la Spagna...
Io veco a tte!
Tirato co la fune, diritto 'nfatto,
'ncielo se va.
Se va comm' 'Ó lu viento a l'intrasatto, guŔ, saglie sÓ!
Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jÓ,
funiculý, funiculÓ!

Se n' 'Ŕ sagliuta, oý NŔ, se n' 'Ŕ sagliuta, la capa giÓ!
╚ gghiuta, p˛ Ŕ turnata, p˛ Ŕ venuta,
sta sempe ccÓ!
La capa vota, vota, attuorno, attuorno,
attuorno a tte!
Sto core canta sempe
nu taluorno
Sposamme, oý NŔ!
Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jÓ,
funiculý, funiculÓ! [1]

English translation

Yesterday evening, O Nannina [short for Carolina], I climbed up,
Do you know where?
To where an ungrateful heart can no longer vex me!
Where a fire is burning, but if you flee
It lets you be.
It doesn't chase you, doesn't melt you, with just one glance!
Let's go, let's go, let's go to the top,
Let's go, let's go, let's go to the top,
Funiculý, funiculÓ, funiculý, funiculÓ!
Let's go to the top, Funiculý, funiculÓ!

Let's go from here below up to the mountain, O Nannina, a step away!
You can see France, Procida, and Spain,
And I see you!
You rise, pulled by a cable, quick as a wink
into the sky.
We'll rise up like the wind all of a sudden knows how to do!
Let's go , let's go, let's go to the top,
Let's go, let's go, let's go to the top,
Funiculý, funiculÓ, funiculý, funiculÓ!
Let's go to the top, Funiculý, funiculÓ!

My brain has gone up there, O Nannina, has gone up there already!
It got there, turned around, and then returned:
It's always here!
My mind is turning, turning, around and round,
Encircling you!
This heart of mine is always singing
the same refrain:
"Marry me, O Nannina"!
Let's go, let's go, let's go to the top,
Let's go, let's go, let's go to the top,
Funiculý, funiculÓ, funiculý, funiculÓ!
Let's go to the top, Funiculý, funiculÓ![2]

Traditional English lyrics

Sheet music versionAn English version of the song is subtitled "A Merry Life".[

Some think the world is made for fun and frolic,
And so do I! And so do I!
Some think it well to be all melancholic,
To pine and sigh; to pine and sigh;
But I, I love to spend my time in singing,
Some joyous song, some joyous song,
To set the air with music bravely ringing
Is far from wrong! Is far from wrong!
Listen, listen, echoes sound afar!
Listen, listen, echoes sound afar!
Funiculý, funiculÓ, funiculý, funiculÓ!
Echoes sound afar, funiculý, funiculÓ!

Ah me! 'tis strange that some should take to sighing,
And like it well! And like it well!
For me, I have not thought it worth the trying,
So cannot tell! So cannot tell!
With laugh, with dance and song the day soon passes
Full soon is gone, full soon is gone,
For mirth was made for joyous lads and lasses
To call their own! To call their own!
Listen, listen, hark the soft guitar!
Listen, listen, hark the soft guitar!
Funiculý, funiculÓ, funiculý, funiculÓ!
Hark the soft guitar, funiculý, funiculÓ!

Original versions:

Almost every Pavarotti/Domingo/Carreras Trio has a version in original napoletanean dialect ... the best mighti be the one from the Los Angeles show for the Soccer World Cup in '94 if I remember correctly!?

Best GD versions? Suggested listening?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice bit of info there. I knew it was italian, never knew what it was for... cool little ditty.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6 9 77 is the Dead version of this song that comes to mind immediately.
You can stream this song by the Disneyland Boys Choir at this link, some guy put up the vinyl rip on his blog.
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Otherwise, the Three Tenors one is on youtube.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a list that may or may not be accurate and/or comprehensive:

Funiculi Funicula 1:02 1977-05-15 - St. Louis Arena - St. Louis, MO
Funiculi Funicula 0:28 1977-05-22 - DP3 The Sportatorium - Pembroke Pines, FL
Funiculi Funiculi 3:06 1977-06-07 - Winterland 1977: The Complete Recordings
Funiculi Funiculi 2:25 1977-06-09 - Winterland 1977: The Complete Recordings
Funiculi Funicula 1:00 1977-10-02 - Paramount Theater - Portland, OR
Funiculi Funicula 2:22 1977-12-31 - Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA
Funiculi Funicula 0:49 1978-04-12 - Cameron Indoor Stadium - Duke University, Durham, NC
Funiculi Funicula 2:46 1978-04-21 - Rupp Arena, Lexington Center - Lexington, KY
Funiculi Funicula 3:15 1978-05-17 - Uptown Theater - Chicago, IL
Funiculi Funicula 1:29 1978-11-21 - Community War Memorial Auditorium - Rochester, NY
Funiculi Funicula 2:44 1978-12-28 - Golden Hall, Community Concorse - San Diego, CA
Funiculi Funicula 1:13 1981-05-13 - Providence Civic Center - Providence, RI
Funiculi Funicula 4:18 1982-04-08 - Onondaga County War Memorial - Syracuse, NY
Funiculi Funicula 0:37 1983-09-24 - Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds - Santa Cruz, CA
Funiculi Funicula 2:17 1985-10-31 - Carolina Coliseum - U. of S. Carolina - Columbia, SC
Funiculi Funicula 5:22 1987-01-29 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
Funiculi Funicula 3:13 1987-03-02 - Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - Oakland, CA
Funiculi Funicula 1:24 1987-07-07 - Roanoke Civic Center - Roanoke, VA
Funiculi Funicula 3:53 1987-07-24 - VFTV4 Oakland Stadium - Oakland, CA
Funiculi Funicula 2:02 1987-09-20 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Funiculi Funicula 1:47 1990-07-12 - Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - Washington DC

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zephyr wrote:

Funiculi Funicula 5:22 1987-01-29 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA


Whoa, a 5+ min Funiculi Funicula from 1987? That would make it about as long as half the Eyes of the World that year! Wink I had to check it out, and it's not so. Only about a minute. Sigh.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nickJ wrote:
Zephyr wrote:

Funiculi Funicula 5:22 1987-01-29 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA


Whoa, a 5+ min Funiculi Funicula from 1987? That would make it about as long as half the Eyes of the World that year! Wink I had to check it out, and it's not so. Only about a minute. Sigh.


Yeah, track timings will break your heart. I think we've all looked at a track timing or two and gotten momentary delusions about reality. Like that 6:28 version of Don't Ease Me In from 5/1/80. Did they finally jam that fucker out like it was always meant to be? Laughing Not so much... three minutes of dead air never sounded so disappointing. Crying or Very sad Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zephyr wrote:
nickJ wrote:
Zephyr wrote:

Funiculi Funicula 5:22 1987-01-29 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA


Whoa, a 5+ min Funiculi Funicula from 1987? That would make it about as long as half the Eyes of the World that year! Wink I had to check it out, and it's not so. Only about a minute. Sigh.


Yeah, track timings will break your heart. I think we've all looked at a track timing or two and gotten momentary delusions about reality. Like that 6:28 version of Don't Ease Me In from 5/1/80. Did they finally jam that fucker out like it was always meant to be? Laughing Not so much... three minutes of dead air never sounded so disappointing. Crying or Very sad Laughing


Just reading that there was a 6:28 Dough Knees got me excited...until I finished the paragraph.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4/8/82 is one of my favorite ones. Weird little jam then finiculi.>Playin>UJB>Est>eyes.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite one is from the wedding scene in Godfather II when Frank Pentangeli tries to get the band to play it and they end up playing "Pop Goes the Weasel."
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

snow_and_rain wrote:
My favorite one is from the wedding scene in Godfather II when Frank Pentangeli tries to get the band to play it and they end up playing "Pop Goes the Weasel."
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fillmoreeast wrote:
snow_and_rain wrote:
My favorite one is from the wedding scene in Godfather II when Frank Pentangeli tries to get the band to play it and they end up playing "Pop Goes the Weasel."
Laughing Perfect.


The melody of Fumiculi', Funicula' is a "tarantella" which is a traditional music common in southern Italy, very melodic and uptempo. I don't think that in Il Padrino it was the Funiculi' tune but some sort of clische' tarantella!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember 6/7/77 having a very lengthy and tight F&F.....
Also, 5/7/78 Jack Straw>Finiculi/Take a step back>Dire Wolf.

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