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Cesare Pavese – Canzone di strada / Street song

Martin Rico y Ortega, San Lorenzo River with the Campanile of San Giorgio dei greci, Venice, c. 1900 Why be ashamed? When one has done time,if they let one out, it’s because like everybody elsewho belongs to the streets, one has been in prison. From morning till evening we wander the avenueswhether it’s raining or …

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Remigio Zena – Sans rancune

Édouard Manet, Chez le père Lathuille, 1879 Hai tempo ancor prima che parta il treno,vieni meco a cenar, ex amor mio;se oggi per sempre vuoi lasciarmi, almenoinnaffiam colla bionda acqua del Renol’ultimo addio.Assai ci amammo una stagione intera,or, di me stanca, te ne fuggi ed iol’omaggio non ti fo d’una preghiera.Amici sempre, diamoci stasseral’ultimo addio.Non …

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Lambros Porfiras – Bevi nella taverna buia / Drink your wine

Umberto Boccioni, The Drinker, 1914 Drink your wine in the dark inn by the beach,in a corner, now that first rains are coming back,drink it with the sailors and the stooped fishermen in front of you,and with the men who’ve suffered the anguish of sea and pauperism.Drink it: may your soul become so fearlessto smile …

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Robert Burns – Vecchi tempi andati / Auld Lang Syne

Vincent van Gogh, The Drinkers (after Honoré Daumier), 1890 Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind?Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and days of auld lang syne?And days of auld lang syne, my dear,and days of auld lang syne.Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and days of auld lang syne?We twa hae run aboot the braesand pu’d …

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