Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Songs for Children: Funiculi, Funicula

Funiculì, Funiculà
Some think the world is made for fun and frolic,
And so do I! And so do I!
Some think it well to be all melancholic,
To pine and sigh; to pine and sigh;
But I, I love to spend my time in singing,
Some joyous song, some joyous song,
To set the air with music bravely ringing
Is far from wrong! Is far from wrong!
Listen, listen, echoes sound afar!
Listen, listen, echoes sound afar!
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Echoes sound afar, funiculì, funiculà!

Ah me! 'tis strange that some should take to sighing,
And like it well! And like it well!
For me, I have not thought it worth the trying,
So cannot tell! So cannot tell!
With laugh, with dance and song the day soon passes
Full soon is gone, full soon is gone,
For mirth was made for joyous lads and lasses
To call their own! To call their own!
Listen, listen, hark the soft guitar!
Listen, listen, hark the soft guitar!
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Hark the soft guitar, funiculì, funiculà!

How to pronounce funiculi: fyŏŏ-nĭḱyə-ləs

Music by: Luigi Denza
Traditional English Lyrics From: http://en.wikipedia.org/


mormonhermitmom said...

I've heard the music to that song many times and have never known the words! Thank you!

angie said...

I never knew the words either!

Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe said...

What a cute song! I agree with the first two comments, I've heard this tune a lot too and it's fun to put the words together with it.

Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe said...

P.S. Have you heard the Peanut Butter and Jelly song? "I'm peanut butter, and you are jelly, and we're so happy on our little piece of bread...." There's a lot more and it's so much fun! I love fun songs.

Dori said...

I love your blog. I studied music as a kid and your blog brings back great memories for me. I played the flute. Keep up the great work. :-)

Mama C said...

Me too! I've heard this music but never the words! It is such a happy song I have to teach it to my kids even though I do not have much musical talent. Thanks for posting this! Your blog makes music very user friendly for people like me.