Libero Bovio
Libero Bovio was a Neapolitan
Naples is a city in Southern Italy, situated on the country's west coast by the Gulf of Naples. Lying between two notable volcanic regions, Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, it is the capital of the region of Campania and of the province of Naples...

 lyricist and dialect poet.

Bovio was one of those responsible for the rejuvenation of Neapolitan
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....

 in plays, poetry and song at the beginning of the twentieth
century. He took odd jobs at newspapers and then went to work in the
export office of the National Museum. He then became director of
Canzonetta a small publishing concern dedicated to the music of Naples
Music of Naples
Naples has played an important and vibrant role over the centuries not just in the music of Italy, but in the general history of western European musical traditions. This influence extends from the early music conservatories in the 16th century through the music of Alessandro Scarlatti during the...

. A collection of his dialect comedies appeared in 1923 and his collected
poems were published in 1928. He is primarily remembered for his lyrics to
some 600 Neapolitan songs, set to the music of prominent Neapolitan song writers of his day. Among his best remembered lyrics are Reginella,
O paese d' 'o sole and, in 1925, Lacreme napulitane, a
song that describes the drama of the immigrant Neapolitan in America.
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