The 40 years of “Crêuza de mä”.  All songs: “Crêuza de mä”

The 40 years of “Crêuza de mä”. All songs: “D'ä mê riva”

Painful song of love and melancholy in the Neapolitan style of Roberto Murolo's stornello complete with final wave fringes, accompanied by the “cosmic basses”, as Pagani defines them, of the voice of De André who also plays the small “soprano guitar” , tuned an octave higher.

A sailor sends his thoughts to his beloved before setting sail with the trunk containing the essentials, a nostalgic survival kit: “Trëi camixe de vellûu / duì cuverte, u mandurlìn / e 'n cämà de legnu dûu / e 'nte 'na beretta neigra / a teu fotu da fantinn-a / pe puéi baxâ ancùn Zena / 'nscià teu bucca in naftalin-a” (“Three velvet shirts / two blankets, the mandolin / and a wooden inkwell hard / and in a black cap / your photo of a girl / to be able to kiss Genoa again / on your mothballed mouth”). De André and Pagani close the album languidly, almost as if they were resting after an exhausting, shocking, extraordinary journey.

The text published here is taken, courtesy of the author Federico Pistone and the publisher Arcana, from the book “Tutto De André – The tale of 131 songs”. (C) Lit editions of Pietro D'Amore sas