“Mamma son tanto felice..”

 

Even more recognizable than the Italian national anthem and definitely more loved, is the ever popular 1940’S tribute to the most revered feminine figure in Italy’s culture–Mamma.  Recently,  the young tenor group Il Volo, unabashedly praised their mothers on stage, when asked how they became so successful. As it should be. It has been ten years since I last heard my mother’s voice, but I will never forget the lessons I learned from her, the ways in which she defended me, and the pride she took in my accomplishments.

What are some ways you can honor your mother this Mother’s Day? If she is no longer with you, how can you honor her memory? Perhaps you can reflect on some of the wisdom she imparted to you and share it with your own children. You might think of some of the traditions she gave you that you still carry on today. Even if you had challenging times with your Mother, think of how much you learned from those interactions. This Sunday is time to pause and honor the only mother you will ever have.

Here are the words to the song that tugs at most Italian hearts:

MAMMA

(Beniamino Gigli)

Mamma, son tanto felice
perché ritorno da te
la mia canzone ti dice
ch’è il più bel giorno per me
mamma, son tanto felice
viver lontano perché?

Mamma, solo per te la mia canzone vola,
mamma, sarai con me, tu non sarai più sola!
Quanto ti voglio bene
queste parole d’amore
che ti sospira il mio cuore
forse non s’usano più,
mamma, ma la canzone mia più bella sei tu
sei tu la vita e per la vita non ti lascio mai più!

Sento la mano tua stanca
cerca i miei riccioli d’or
sento e la voce ti manca
la ninna nanna d’allor
oggi la testa tua bianca
io voglio stringere al cuor.

Mamma, solo per te la mia canzone vola,
mamma, sarai con me, tu non sarai più sola!
Quanto ti voglio bene
queste parole d’amore
che ti sospira il mio cuore
forse non s’usano più,
mamma, ma la canzone mia più bella sei tu
sei tu la vita e per la vita non ti lascio mai più!
Mamma… mai più!

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