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Arista Meladri and chorus: Doman L​’​è Festa (Tomorrow Is A Holiday)

from Songs of Hard Times: Up, Over & Through (1936​-​1982) by Various Artists



Recorded by Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella in S. Giuseppe de Comacchio (Ferrara), Italy, November 1954.


[Translation by Goffredo Plastino:]

Tomorrow is a holiday, we have no work
I must find my sweetheart
I must find her because she is beautiful
She has a star on her heart
[A star] on her heart that shines forth
Love gives me consolation
Consolation that beats in my heart
My true love wants to leave me
If he leaves me, he’ll be doing me a favor
For I want to enjoy my youth



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Alan Lomax (1915–2002) was a documentarian, ethnologist, cultural activist, and arguably the foremost folklorist of the 20th century. Over his seven-decade career he collected thousands of audio recordings of folk and traditional music from around the US and the world, and dedicated himself to the pursuit of what he called "cultural equity." 100% of proceeds go to the Assoc. for Cultural Equity. ... more

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