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Stalingrado

Stormy Six
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OriginalEnglish version by Riccardo Venturi, May 6, 2008
STALINGRADO

Fame e macerie sotto i mortai
Come l'acciaio resiste la città
Strade di Stalingrado di sangue siete lastricate
Ride una donna di granito su mille barricate

Sulla sua strada gelata la croce uncinata lo sa
D'ora in poi troverà Stalingrado in ogni città

L'orchestra fa ballare gli ufficiali nei caffè
l'inverno mette il gelo nelle ossa
ma dentro le prigioni l'aria brucia come se
cantasse il coro dell'armata rossa

La radio al buio e sette operai
sette bicchieri che brindano a Lenin
e Stalingrado arriva nella cascina e nel fienile
vola un berretto un uomo ride e prepara il suo fucile

Sulla sua strada gelata la croce uncinata lo sa
D'ora in poi troverà Stalingrado in ogni città
STALINGRAD

Hunger and ruins under mortar bombings
But like steel the city will resist.
Streets of Stalingrad, you are paved with blood,
A stone woman is laughing on thousands of barricades

On its frozen way, the swastika knows it well:
from now on, it will find Stalingrad in every town

The band makes the officers dance in the cafés,
all men's bones are frozen with winter cold,
but inside the jails, the air is burning as if
the Red Army choir were singing

A radio in the darkness, and seven workers,
seven glasses drinking a toast to Lenin*
and Stalingrad reaches the old farmyard and the hayloft
a cap is flung in the air, a man laughs and prepares his gun

On its frozen way, the swastika knows it well:
from now on it will find Stalingrad in every town.

*Reference is made here to the seven brothers Cervi, perhaps the best known Italian partisan family. All were sentenced to death and executed by Nazis and Italian fascists on December 28, 1943.


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