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  • “Dammi un Ricciolo dei Capelli„ (“Give Me Only a Curl, to Wear It”)
    Abruzzi (Abruzzo)

    1.
    Dammi un ricciolo dei capelli!
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!
    Così biondi, così belli.
    Vuoi saper, che farne io vo'?
    L'avrò in luogo di giojelli.
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!

    2.
    Di tua mano donami un fiore,
    La gnicche, ecc.
    Da serbarlo sopra il core.
    Vuoi saper, che farne io vo'?
    Un emblema dell'amore!
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!

    3.
    Dammi il core, mio giovinetto,
    La gnicche, ecc.
    È gran tempo che l'aspetto.
    Ma del cor che mai farò?
    La mia immagine ci metto!
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!

    1.
    Give me only a curl, to wear it,
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!
    Fair and full, you well can spare it,
    Why I want it, would you know?
    For a jewel I would bear it!
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!

    2.
    From your hand let me have a flower,
    La gnicche, etc.
    On my heart I'll keep the dower.
    Why I want it, would you know?
    Of my love to show the power!
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!

    3.
    Darling, give me your heart a minute,
    La gnicche, etc.
    I have waited long to win it.
    With your heart, what would I do?
    I'd engrave my features in it!
    La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò!

    The refrain La gnicche, la gnocche, la carichicò! cannot be translated. In all parts of Italy they have some of these intercalari (burdens refrains) which are repeated in the middle of their folk-songs, and are typical of the different regions (provinces).

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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. 100

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