Genoa

The Authentic Genoa – Via del Campo

By August 29, 2011 No Comments
[nggallery id=12]If you want to capture Genoa’s soul you have to listen to Fabrizio De Andre’s libertarian music. Fabrizio de Andrè was an italian singer-songwriter born in Genoa in 1940 and died of cancer in 1999. He is considered a poet and many of his works tell about stories of rebels, prostitutes, marginalized people, outcasts. His songs are considered by critics as genuine poetry.

If you had the occasion to listen to his song “Via del Campo” (literally “Field Street” or “Girls from the Narrow Lane”) you can not miss to visit this part of Genoa, told by the songwriter De Andrè.

Via del Campo lies in the heart of the Carrugi. Once was a particularly degraded area, today it is a major attraction with boutiques, cafes and little shops. Fabrizio de Andrè wrote this song inspired by the irreducible people met in this street “Via del Campo”.

Once there, visit the “Gianni Tassio” music shop, an enthusiast friend of De Andrè. the shop is also home to a personal guitar of De Andrè and some of his rarest recordings.

“Via del Campo” by Fabrizio de Andrè

“Via del Campo” translated in english is:

In the street Del Campo there is a graceful (girl I presume)
(with) big eyes of the color of a leaf
all night long she is standing on the threshold
sells to everybody the same rose

(in) the street Del Campo there is a little girl
with lips of color intense red
(she has)the eyes grey like the road
flowers grow wherever she walks

(in) the street Del Campo there is a *****
(with) big eyes of the color of a leaf
if you have the want to love her
it will be enough to take her by the hand

and it will seem to you that you are going very far
she is looking at you with a smile
you couldn’t believe that paradise
was only there on the first floor

(in) the street Del Campo goes a deluded person
to beg her to marry
seeing her to go up the stairs
until the balcony is closed

love and laugh if (she) responds with love
cry loud if (she )doesn’t hear you
from the diamonds nothing is starts from

from the manure start the flowers
from the diamonds nothing is starts from
from the manure start the flowers

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