[ Flash Player requis ] Acqua e Sali (Giampiero Mazzone, Roberto Catalano)
Roberto: vocals, mandolin.
Enzo: plastic 'eggz' shaker, campanello d'agnello a molla (small lamb bell mounted on a spring).
This is an anonymous text against the evil eye. Roberto does not sing the entire text because we wanted this to be just a particular moment in the CD, and therefore we kept it short. The lyrics are contained in a book written by Serafino Amabile-Guastella, a Sicilian scholar active during the late 1800s who reported the text as he remembered having heard it from some peasants in the ancient county of Modica in the south eastern Sicilian province of Ragusa. The main melody is by Giampiero Mazzone, a contemporary Sicilian song writer. The new arrangement is by Roberto.
Sicilian dialect:
O Signuri, 'un cci accunzientu! Acqua e sali, senz'abbientu!
Acqua e sali, o Gran Signura, ppi livari sta fattura.
Acqua e sali, o San Ciuvanni, pi stutari stu focu ranni
Acqua e sali, acqua e sali. E sali. Ppi li Majiari
English text:
Oh Lord, I do not consent, water and salt without end
Water and salt, water and salt oh! Mighty Lady To take away, to take away this malediction
Water and salt, water and salt oh! Saint John To take away, to take away this burning fire
Water and salt, water and salt Water and salt, water and salt and salt. to the witches