This Neapolitan tune was popularized by Niccolò Paganini in his song "Carnival of Venice". Chopin also used it in "Souvenir de Paganini". The tune was also borrowed for the Austrian song "Mein Hut, er hat drei Ecken" (My Hat It Has Three Corners) that has many versions in many languages.

This song is in Lombard dialect.

Notes

In "La mia morosa cara. Canti popolari milanesi e Lombardi" (1980), Nanni Svampa dates the song to the 1880's or a little later.

Here is the song in standard Italian from Wikisource:

Oh, cara la mia mamma
sei senza compassione
se mi lasci qui alla filanda
a morire di sofferenza.

E se fosse il caso
ti terrei a casa,
ti manderei a scuola
a imparare a lavorare.

Così poiché son povera
non posso fare niente,
stai pure allegramente,
questo mondo finirà.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares.