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'O surdato 'nnammurato


’O surdato ’nnammurato (pronounced [o surˈdɑːtə nːamːuˈrɑːtə]; in English: "The Soldier in Love") is a famous song written in the Neapolitan language. The song is used as the anthem of S.S.C. Napoli.

The words were written by Aniello Califano and the music composed by Enrico Cannio in 1915. The song describes the sadness of a soldier who is fighting at the front during World War I, and who pines for his beloved. Originally Cannio's sheet music was published with piano accompaniment, but in recordings, on 78rpm, then LP, Neapolitan standards such as O surdato have usually been orchestrated to suit each tenor.


The Corrs when performing with Luciano Pavarotti used the following English lyrics for the second piece:

Vittorio Grigolo on "Arrivaderci"( 2011).



Staje luntana da stu core
e a te volo cu 'o penziero:
niente voglio e niente spero
ca tenerte sempe a fianco a me!
Si' sicura 'e chist'ammore
comm'i' so' sicuro 'e te...
Oje vita, oje vita mia...
oje core 'e chistu core...
si' stata 'o primmo ammore...
e 'o primmo e ll'ùrdemo sarraje pe' me!
Quanta notte nun te veco,
nun te sento 'int'a sti bbracce,
nun te vaso chesta faccia,
nun t'astregno forte 'mbraccio a me?
Ma, scetánnome 'a sti suonne,
mme faje chiagnere pe' te...
Oje vita....
Scrive sempe e sta' cuntenta:
io nun penzo che a te sola...
Nu penziero mme cunzola,
ca tu pienze sulamente a me...
'A cchiù bella 'e tutt'e bbelle,
nun è maje cchiù bella 'e te!
Oje vita....
so many nights without you
without you in my arms
I can kiss you, i can draw you close to me
but wake up from your slumber
you make me cry for you
  • Nini Grassia directed a film which took its name from the song in 1983.
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