'O surdato 'nnammurato
"'O Surdato 'Nnamurato" (in English
English language
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: "The Soldier in Love") is one of the most famous songs ever written in the Neapolitan language
Neapolitan language
Neapolitan is the language of the city and region of Naples , and Campania. On October 14, 2008 a law by the Region of Campania stated that the Neapolitan language had to be protected....

. The song is generally regarded as the anthem of S.S.C. Napoli
S.S.C. Napoli
Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli, is a professional Italian football club based in Naples and founded in 1926. The club has spent most of its history in Serie A, where it currently plays its 2011–12 season....


The words were written by Aniello Califano
Aniello Califano
Aniello Califano was an Italian poet and writer. He was the author of numerous Neapolitan songs, the music to which was composed by various Neapolitan composers...

 in 1915; the music was composed by Enrico Cannio
Enrico Cannio
Enrico Cannio was an Italian musician and composer. He initially received a diploma in piano to become an orchestra conductor; he spent his whole life in Naples, and during his career he worked at three singing schools in the city. He also led three local theater orchestras, at the Eden, the...

. The song describes the sadness of a soldier who is fighting at the front during World War I
World War I
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, and who pines for his beloved.

Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
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's performance of the song, in the film La sciantosa
La Sciantosa
"La Sciantosa" is an Italian tv movie produced by RAI television. Anna Magnani played faded singer, Flora, whose career has declined...

, is well known, as is the more modern version of Massimo Ranieri
Massimo Ranieri
Massimo Ranieri , is an Italian pop singer, film and stage actor.He was born in Naples , the fifth of eight children in the family. When he was 10, young Giovanni would sing at restaurants, wedding receptions, etc...

. Nini Grassia directed a film which took its name from the song in 1983.

Italian-American tenor Sergio Franchi
Sergio Franchi
Sergio Franchi was an Italian tenor.Franchi was born in Cremona, Italy. His father wanted him to become an electrical engineer, so he studied both music and engineering simultaneously. The family moved to South Africa in 1952, where Sergio worked part-time as a draftsman, while continuing to study...

 covered this song in his 1962 Billboard Top 200 (number seventeen) RCA Victor Red Seal album Romantic Italian Songs.


Staje luntana da stu core,
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 tutte bbelle,
nun è maje cchiù bella 'e te!

Oje vita....
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