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CIRIBIRIBIN (Music composed by Alberto Pestalozza - 1898) There have been many different lyrics set to Pestalozza's music, including those written by: Carlos Tiochet (1899) Henry S. Sawyer (1909) E.W.M (1909) V. Spadea (1909) Tell Taylor (1909) Howard Johnson (1932) Jerry Castillo (1935) Jack Lawrence (1939) Alice Mattullath - 1945 Tuntematon (1948) Rudolf Thaler Edward Cole Léo Lelievre & Henri Christiné Recordings of these various versions, both vocal and instrumental, have included: Enrico Caruso - 1909 Prince's Orchestra - 1911 Guido Deiro - 1927 Grace Moore (feat. in the film "One Night Of Love") - 1934 Jan Garber - 1935 Erna Sack - 1938 Benny Goodman & His Orch. - 1938 Harry James & His Orch. (vocal: Frank Sinatra) - 1939 Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters - 1939 Glenn Miller & His Orch. (vocal: Ray Eberle) - 1939 Angelini & The Sua Orchestra - 1941 Betty Grable (feat. in the film "Springtime In The Rockies") - 1942 Ernst van't Hoff & His Tanzorchester - 1942 Trio Lescano - 1942 Henry Theel - 1948 Mario Lanza - 1951 Kurt Henkels & His Orch. - 1952 Katherine Grayson (feat. in the film "So This Is Love") - 1953 Erwin Lehn & His Orch. - 1954 Kay Armen with Vic Damone, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Russ Tamblyn & Tony Martin (feat. in the film "Hit The Deck") - 1955 Mitzi Kirchner - 1955 Renato Carosone - 1955 Pérez Prado - 1959 Jorgen Petersen - 1959 Kurt Edelhagen & His Orch. - 1959 Duke Ellington & His Orch. - 1962 Henry Mancini & His Orch. - 1971 Rosanna Fratello - 1974 Also recorded by: Deanna Durbin; Jeanette MacDonald; Pearl Bailey; Al Hirt; Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orch.; Erwin Lehn; Lettie Keyes; Eddie Dunstedter; Stan Brenders & His Orch.; George Lewis; Heinz Kretzschmer & His Orch.; Helmut Lotti; Elyane Célis; Lawrence Welk; Lucrezia Bori; Madeleine Lohse; Les Surfs; John Williams; Raymond Scott; Carmen Cavallaro; Al Caiola; Edith & Laurel Pardey; Gene Krupa & His Orch; Enoch Light; ......................................... and many others. ***** LYRICS BY CARLOS TIOCHET As recorded by: GRACE MOORE; LUCREZIA BORI; MARIO LANZA; and others: Su finiscila coi baci Bel moruccio biricchin Ma non vedi tu la luna Che dal ciel fa capolin? Lascia pur la luna spii Noi las ciamola spiar Anzi, il pallido suo raggio Ci consiglia a seguitar! Ma poi chissà? Cosa dirà? E via dirà quelche vorrà A - ha, A - ha Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin Ciribiribin che bel faccin Che sguardo dolce assassin Ciribiribin, che bel nassin Che bel dentin, che bel bocchin! Ciribiribin che bel faccin Che squardo dolce assassin Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin Ciribiribin che bel faccin ENGLISH TRANSLATION: When the moon is brightly shining On a lovely night like this Ev'ry maiden's heart is pinning For a sweetheart's tender kiss 'Tis the song of sweet romancing Filling hearts with love's desire 'Tis a melody entrancing Setting each maiden's heart a fire Now from a far hear the quitar Oh, hear it played sweet Serenade, A - ha, A - ha Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin. (Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin.) Ciribiribin I love you and Do cherish you with all my heart Ciribiribin, I hope and pray Each day that we will never part Ciribiribin If you would only Say your love will never die Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, (Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin) Ciribiribin I love you so ****** LYRICS BY JACK LAWRENCE (1939) As recorded by Harry James & Frank Sinatra; Carmen Cavallaro; Glenn Miller; Al Hirt; Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters; and others: When the moon hangs low in Napoli There's a handsome gondolier Every night he sings so happily So his lady love can hear In a manner oh gravissimo He repeats his serenade, And his heart beats so fortissimo When she raises her Venetian shade Ciribiribin, chiribiribin, ciribiribin Ciribiribin, he waits for her each night beneath her balcony Ciribiribin, he begs to hold her tight, but no, she won't agree Ciribiribin, she throws a rose and blows a kiss from up above Ciribiribin, ciribiribin, ciribiribin, they're so in love (Orchestral Interlude) Ciribiribin, ciribiribin, ciribiribin, they're so in love ****** LYRICS BY HOWARD JOHNSON (1932) As recorded by: HELMUT LOTTI Every night your kisses tell me Just how sweet the days has been For your kisses taste like honey Let me feel those lips again Though the moon is shining brightly Even brighter is your smile Let me dream a little longer Be my honey for a wile The buzzing starts In both our hearts Those beating hearts Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, with hearts so free we'll sing and dance this melody Ciribiribin, oh what romance with loving hearts in harmony Ciribiribin, what extacy to sing through life so merely Ciribiribin, ciribiribin, ciribiribin means love to me Ciribiribin, with hearts so free we'll sing and dance this melody Ciribiribin, oh what romance with loving hearts in harmony Ciribiribin, what extacy to sing through life so merrily Ciribiribin, ciribiribin, ciribiribin means love to me ****** LYRICS BY JERRY CASTILLO (1935) As recorded by JAN GARBER When it's nighttime in gay Napoli And a full moon starts to shine Music is sweet in gay Napoli Like a glass of sparkling wine When it's nighttime in gay Napoli I'm thrilled thruout my whole being For I know somewhere in Napoli I have my Ciribiribin. Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin. Ciribiribin I hear your voice Singing a song of sweet rejoice, Ciribiribin, I feel your hand Guiding my hand through lovers land. Ciribiribin, I see your eyes Gleam from the skies like stars above, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin my dream of love ****** LYRICS BY HENRY. S. SAWYER (1909) As recorded by ENRICO CARUSO Once upon a time I met a lass Who was beautiful and fair Her long tresses were luxuriant And her step was light as air But the charm which most did captivate Was the charm of her blue eyes When she smiled, she looked me thro' and thro' And I vowed I would win that prize "Tell me, fair maid," humbly I said "Tell me thy name, just thy dear name" "My name?" she replied, as her eyes opened wide "Ciribiribib, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin!" "Ciribiribin is what my Father named me many years ago Ciribiribin is what my Mother calls me, and she ought to know Ciribiribin's my name, I love to hear my sweethearts fondly say Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, be mine for aye! Ciribiri - aye!" One week passed by before I saw My beloved maid again Oh, the time had seemed a year instead Nay, it seemed more like ten But as I approached her home so dear While the stars shone bright above On the porch I saw another man On his knees to my blue-eyed love "Tell me I pray," I heard him say "Tell me thy name, just thy dear name" "My name?" she replied, as my form she espied "Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin!" "Ciribiribin is what my Father named me many years ago Ciribiribin is what my Mother calls me, and she ought to know Ciribiribin's my name, I love to hear my sweethearts fondly say Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, be mine for aye! Ciribiri - aye!" ***** LYRICS BY LÉO LELIEVRE & HENRI CHRISTINÉ As recorded by ELYANE CÉLIS Délaissant sa jeune femme Qui pousse un profond soupir Le mari vieux et sans flamme Dans sa chambre va dormir Alors se sentant renaître Et bravant le Bartolo Elle court à la fenêtre Écouter son Roméo. Dans son refrain le troubadour Redit joyeux ce mot d'amour Toujours Toujours Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, vite ouvre-moi, Je veux chanter auprès de toi Ciribiribin, ce mot n'est rien Cependant tu le comprends bien Ciribiribin, je veux monter Te prendre afin de me griser Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, un doux baiser N'étant pas du tout rebelle Pour mieux l'entendre chanter Sa charmante ritournelle Elle dit: tu peux monter Puisque mon époux me sèvre De ce refrain si charmant Je l'apprendrai sur ta lèvre En t'enlaçant tendrement Bientôt après au troubadour Elle disait ce mot d'amour Toujours Toujours Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, cet air me plaît Reprenons le dernier couplet Ciribiribin, mon mari dort Mon chéri répétons encore Ciribiribin, ô mon amant Viens me refaire gentiment Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, un doux serment. Tout à coup l'époux s'éveille En entendant le duo Sa fureur est sans pareille Pourtant il ne souffle mot Car il n'empêchera guère Les deux amants de chanter Et ne pouvant rien y faire Il murmure dépité: Entre les bras du troubadour Elle a chanté ce mot d'amour Toujours Toujours Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, l'air menaçant La lune me montre un croissant Ciribiribin, quand il ne peut Chanter ce refrain amoureux Ciribiribin, le vieux mari Par son épouse, est chaque nuit Ciribiribin Ciribiribin Ciribiribin, toujours puni ****** LYRICS BY EDWARD COLE Long ago in sunny Napoli In a little sunlit square Quite by chance I heard a melody At a little streetside fair. Just a simple, carefree melody Heard while strolling through the town, Just a simple tune sung happily By a quaint little streetside clown. Ciribiribin, a melody Your heart can toss up to the sky, Ciribiribin, a song to sing Whenever things have gone awry. Ciribiribin, when you feel sad Just hum it for a little while, Ciribiribin, soon as you begin, Ciribiribin, the world will smile ***** AN ITALIAN VERSION: Ciribiribin paghé 'na bira Ciribiribin, paghè 'na bira, Ciribiribin, no go moneda, Ciribiribin, doman de sera, Ciribiribin, la pagherò! Sei bella, sei cara, bella, non piangere! bella, non piangere! Sei bella, sei cara, bella, non piangere nè sospirar! Ciribiribin, ghe vol persuto, Ciribiribin, e mortadela, Ciribiribin, la mula bela Ciribiribin per far l'amor. Sei bella, sei cara, bella, non piangere! bella, non piangere! Sei bella, sei cara, bella, non piangere nè sospirar! Ciribiribin ***** UNKNOWN WRITER: See the moonbeams kiss the flowers Hear the breezes kiss the trees, Night is here and night is ours Filled with tender memories See the fireflies in the gloaming Lighting up our path of love Hurry up and let's go roaming Heaven's calling from above Ciribiribin, ciribiribin, ciribiribin, ciribiribin O come, my love while stars above so brightly shine Ciribiribin, come let my arms enfold your charms so pure, divine Ciribiribin, we'll make each kiss a tempting bliss as sweet as wine Ciribiribin, ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, sweet love of mine ***** UNKNOWN WRITER: I am waiting here for you love, As the evening breezes blow, Watching the shadows of the river, As they flit both to and fro, I have come to see the love light Dancing in your eyes of blue, And to hear you softly whisper that To me You'll e'er be true, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, the moon looks down Upon our happiness serene, Ciribiribin, the stars bow down Before thee, o my radiant queen, Ciribiribin, more love than mine For thee the world has never seen. Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, my radiant queen ***** DUET VERSION WITH LYRICS BY E.W.M (1909) SHE: Really you must stop your kissing My little dark-eyed love For the moon will not be missing Who peers from the sky above HE: Come, now even if the moon sees We will never mind her there And her very smile seems all the while Telling us we need not care SHE: But then, who knows what she will see HE: But then who knows what she will see No matter to you and me Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin! BOTH: Ciribiribin, the lovely face The witching eyes that slay my heart Ciribiribin, the two red lips For one sweet kiss when Lovers part Ciribiribin, the lovely face The witching eyes that slay my heart Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin For one kiss when Lovers part SHE: And if dear Mama should listen She would hear you kiss me, Dear I surely know, she'll scold me so And her anger I would fear HE: And if Mama dear is angry We will tell her not to scold She'll forgive when she remembers Her own love days of old SHE: But then, who knows what she will see HE: But then who knows what she will see No matter to you and me Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin! BOTH: Ciribiribin, the lovely face The witching eyes that slay my heart Ciribiribin, the two red lips For one sweet kiss when Lovers part Ciribiribin, the lovely face The witching eyes that slay my heart Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin For one kiss when Lovers part ***** DUET VERSION WITH LYRICS BY GOZZOLA: SHE: Can't you stop that little kissing My dark eyed little rogue? Can't you see the Moon is peeping Down on us like a watchdog? HE: Don't you care if he is spying Don't you worry, let him spy Nay, those silv'ry rays so charming Say continue, don't be shy SHE: But if we play, what will he say? He: Well he can say whatever he may! Will say, will say Ciribiribin, Chiribiribin, Chiribirbin Chiribiribin, your face serene Yes, looks that conquer, handsome queen Chiribiribin, such cheerful mien Yes mouth and nose of a colleen Ciribiribin, your eyes are nice That with their gleam our hearts entice Ciribiribin, Ciribiribin Steal my heart away, Colleen ***** (Songs researched by Mel Priddle & Ferda Dolunay, with contributions from Shelley Botka, Graham Gibson, & Bill Huntley – March 2005) **If you have any additions and/or corrections to make to the above, please send them in to International Lyrics Playground

    


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