Santa Lucia

I’m eternally grateful for the music I learned at school. we sang from “Singing Together” and some of those songs I can still remember almost completely!

We also learned to play recorder, and thus to read music, another skill I have been grateful for.

We’ve formed a choir at work, and that got me thinking about the songs I remember from way back: I still prefer the world folk songs to the 80s and 90s pop that we are singing today!

Here’s Santa Lucia, a song about the city of Naples. (If I’ve remembered it correctly)

Moonlight so sweet and pale,
From heaven falling;
Wavelets that murmur low,
To us are calling;
White is the summer night,
Wavelets are silver bright,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia.
[repeat last three lines]

Soft winds that come and go.
Coolness are bringing;
Bearing on gentle wings,
Echoes of singing;
Waits the light boat for thee,
Floats o’er the waves with me,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia.
[repeat last three lines]

Oh joy, to lie at rest,
Drifting and dreaming;
On ocean’s peaceful breast,
‘Neath moonlight gleaming;
Bride of the summer sea,
Naples, thy child to be,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia.
[repeat last three lines]