Pagliacci, Vesti La Giubba.

I’ve forgotten how powerful Pavarotti’s performance was. I’ve forgotten how powerful the lyrics are. The emotional projection is so so deep. Therefore I decided to share the lyrics both in Italian and English so all of us can enjoy this sincere interpretation of one of the feelings that we humans possess.

Italian

Recitar!…mentre preso dal delirio
Non so piu quel che dico e quel che faccio!
Eppur…e d’uopo…sforzati! Bah, sei tu forse un uom?
Tu se’ Pagliaccio! Vesti la giubba e la faccia infarina.
La gente paga e rider vuole qua.
E se Arlecchin t’invola Colombina, ridi, Pagliaccio…
E ognum applaudira! Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto;
In una smorfia il singhiozzo e’l dolor…
Ridi Pagliaccio, sul tuo amore infranto!
Ridi del duol che t’avvelena il cor!

English translation:
Go on stage, while I’m nearly delirious?
I don’t know what I’m saying or what I’m doing!
And yet, chin up! I’ll try harder. Bah, you think you’re a man?
You’re just a clown! On with the show, man,
And put on your white-face.
The people pay you and you must make them laugh.
And if Harlequin should steal your Columbine, laugh,
You’re Pagliaccio, and the world will clap for you!
Turn into banter all your pain and sorrow,
And with your clowns’ face hide grief and distress…
Laugh loud, Pagliaccio, forget all of your troubles,
Laugh off the pain that so empoisons your heart.
*****
Pay attention to min 1:56 to min 2:30. Best moment in my personal opinion. The build up to the peak of the pain. Be reminded, I’m not asking you lovely readers to be emotional, I am  merely suggesting a way to enjoy one of the many of our abilities to appreciate life.
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