Pink Martini – Ninna nanna (live in Stuttgart)

Ninna nanna is a Neapolitan ballad, sung by Pink Martini in the album “Splendor in the Grass” (2009). Here the band performs the song live in 2010 at Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany.

“Ninna nanna” is a stunning lullaby sung for a sleeping sailor who “dreams in the blue” written for the band by longtime friends Alba Clemente (actress of Italian stage and wife of the Italian painter Francesco Clemente who co-authored the band’s hit “Una Notte a Napoli“) and New York art dealer Massimo Audiello.

Lyrics (Neapolitan/English)

Ninna nanna marinare/ lullaby of the sea
‘Ngopp a varca, miezo o mare/ on the boat, in the middle of the sea
Io te parl e nun respunn/ I speak but you don’t answer
Te si perze miez o suonn/ you’re lost in your sleep

Te vurria magna’ de vas/I’d like to cover you with kisses
Ma ho paura e te sceta’/ but I don’t want to wake you up
Cosi’ guarde da luntane/ So i just look at you 
Co’ stu core innammurat/ with this heart in love

Quann aggia’ spetta/ how long do i have to wait
D’averti questa sera/ for having you tonight
Co’sta luna quiena?/ with this full moon light
Quann aggia ‘ sogna’/ For how long do i have to dream
Di dirti quanto t’amo/ to tell you how much i love you
Co’ stu’ core ‘man – ma tu -/ with this heart in my hands- but you
sogni qui nel bluuuu…/ you dream here in the blue

Ninna nanna marinare/ lullaby of the sea
Tu si bell comme o’ mare/ you’re as beautiful as the sea
A vote calm, senza creste/ sometimes calm, without crests
A vote tutta na’ tempesta/ sometimes tempestuous

Ma tu suonn d’ate cose/ but you dream of something else
E chissa se t’arricuord/ and who knows if you remember
Che tra a luna e mieze e stelle/ that among the moon and the stars
Io t’aspette a braccia aperte/ i wait for you with open arms

Quann aggia’ spetta/ how long do i have to wait
D’averti questa sera/ for having you tonight
Co’sta luna quiena?/ with this full moon light
Quann aggia ‘ sogna’/ For how long do i have to dream
Di dirti quanto t’amo/ to tell you how much i love you
Co’ stu’ core ‘man – ma tu -/ with this heart in my hands- but you
sogni qui nel bluuuu…/ you dream here in the blue

Ninna nanna nanna nanna/ lullaby, lullaby
Ninna nanna nanna nanna / lullaby,lullaby

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