Lacreme 'e cundannate

Alfredo Bascetta
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OriginalTraduzione e commento inglese di Robert D'Attilio.
Sta tutt'o munno sano arrevutato,The whole world is turned upside down
pe' Sacco e p'e Vanzetti cundannate.for Sacco and for Vanzetti both found guilty,
E chì vigliaccamente la 'nfamate,And those villains who scorned them
maie n'ora 'e pace nun addà truvà!should never find a minute's rest!
A tutte parte arrivano pruteste 'nquantitàProtesters, and more protesters, come from everywhere,
Facenno appello, cercano e farle aggrazià!they cry out and try to get them pardoned!
Doppo sett'anne e pene carcerate,After seven years in jail,
tra vita e morte, chisti sventurate.between life and death, these two desperate men
Mo c"a cundanna l'hanno cunfermata:Learn, just now, their fatal sentence has been confirmed.
nun c'è sta mezze pe putè salvà!There is no way that we can save them!
Sulo 'o Guvernatore giustizia le po fa,The governor is the only hope for justice;
si Dio c'ho mette 'ncore, a grazia le farrà.only God can change his heart and let him grant them mercy.
So state senza core tutt'e quante,Everyone has been so cold-hearted
pure e giurate, ma che 'nfame e ggente!even the jury -what a cruel company!
Nun sentene e raggione e chì è 'nnuccente:No they don't listen to reason or to innocence
chesta nun è giustizia, è 'nfamità!No this is not justice, this is only wicked vileness!
Sti sfurtunate chiagneno, so rassignate giàThese cursed prisoners, without hope, can only cry out
E dint'a celle aspettanno ca Dio l'addà salvà!and wait in their cells for the grace of God.

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