Uploaded on Feb 2, 2010
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► Click here to view my Google Plus Page!: http://full.sc/18Rlfd9I decided to do something a little different. So here it is. This song is called Santa Lucia it's usually sung in Italian. But I was getting fed up with the Italian so I decided to do the English lyrics. It also has Piano Accompaniment. Hope you guys enjoy it.
Santa Lucia is a traditional Neapolitan song. It was transcribed by Teodoro Cottrau (1827--1879) and published by the Cottrau firm, as a "barcarolla", at Naples in 1849. Cottrau translated it from Napuletano into Italian during the first stage of the Risorgimento, the first Neapolitan song to be given Italian lyrics. Its transcriber, who is very often credited as its composer, was the son of the French-born Italian composer and collector of songs Guillaume Louis Cottrau (1797--1847).
The Neapolitan lyrics of "Santa Lucia" celebrate the picturesque waterfront district, Borgo Santa Lucia, in the Bay of Naples, in the invitation of a boatman to take a turn in his boat, to better enjoy the cool of the evening.
In the United States, an early edition of the song, with an English translation by Thomas Oliphant, was published by M. McCaffrey, Baltimore. Perhaps the definitive 20th century recording of the song was that of Enrico Caruso, the great Neapolitan opera singer.
The song was also recorded by Elvis Presley on the 1965 album Elvis for Everyone.
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