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Tu Sei bella Aci Catena

03:08
Tom Salvatori, with guest vocals by Massimo Di Nocera
11/18/2008
Tom Salvatori

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This track is featured on 'Tu Sei bella Aci Catena' - EP

Tu Sei bella Aci Catena - November, 2008

Tom Salvatori – guitar

Leroy Bocchieri – mandolin

Massimo Di Nocera – vocals

Tu sei bella Aci Catena

 My parents rented a villa in Sicily for two months at the end of 2008, and my wife and I went to visit and celebrate our anniversary in Italy. It soon became evident that the only way to navigate in the little towns was to drive there and then ask the locals for directions. And for some reason, one Italian talking to a driver through a car window seemed irresistible to others...we always attracted a few to render their opinion. They'd point in different directions, shrug their shoulders, wave their arms and ultimately start an argument amongst themselves. We would still see the assembled group continuing the discussion in our rear view mirror even after we'd start on our way.

The smartest of all direction-givers was a woman in a small town we had a hard time finding - called Aci Catena. When we stopped, she came out her front door (which was about one yard away from the street) in a bright pink bathrobe, largely pregnant; with kids hanging on her from all sides. She smiled and said “go four streets straight ahead and when you get there...stop again and ask someone else!”

Anyway...having a composer riding shotgun alongside an Italian crooner at the wheel who fancies himself Mario Lanza, we eventually began to sing a little melody to the beautiful words of directions as we drove about. Our music and lyrics have now become the testament to this wonderful Sicilian experience. 

Lyrics

In Italian:                                                        English translation:


Tu sei bella Aci Catena                                 You are beautiful Aci Catena

Aci Catena buon giorno                                Aci Catena good day!
Benvenuti ‘la nostra citta                             Welcome to our city
Dove il centro il mercato                              Where is the central market?
Noi stiam’ guidando in cerchio...                    We are driving in circles…

Prima ‘vanti, gira la sinistra                          First go ahead, then turn left
Quindi si va, ‘la chiesa                                Then you go on from church
Quindi destra, quindi la sinistra                     Then right, then left
Gira l’ang’lo, la chiesa                                 Turn the corner, at the church

Aci Catena aiuto mi                                    Aci Catena…help me!
Aci Catena aiuto mi                                    Aci Catena…help me!
Dove il centro il mercato                             Where is the central market?
Noi stiam’ guidando in cerchio...                    We are driving in circles…

‘ndare l'ang’lo, gira la sinistra                       Go to the corner, turn left
Quindi destra, ‘la chiesa                              Then right, at the church
Gira destra, gira sinistra                              Turn right, turn left
Gira l'ang’lo, ‘la chiesa                                Turn the corner, at the church

Aci Caten’ arrivederci                                  Aci Catena goodbye!
Non abbiamo mai trovat’ il centro                  We never found the center
Preferisco perso in Sicilia                             I prefer to be lost in Sicily
‘nvece trovat’ altrove                                  Instead of being found elsewhere

Aci Catena tu sei bella                                Aci Catena you are beautiful