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Origins: Oh Marie (Eduardo di Capua, Louis Prima)

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LeTenebreux 26 Jan 09 - 07:04 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Jan 09 - 09:14 PM
Joe Offer 26 Jan 09 - 09:38 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Jan 09 - 09:44 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Jan 09 - 09:50 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Jan 09 - 11:11 PM
GUEST,Marie 15 Nov 10 - 01:24 AM
Jim Dixon 17 Nov 10 - 05:45 PM
Jim Dixon 22 Nov 10 - 09:12 AM
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Subject: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: LeTenebreux
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 07:04 PM

My grandmother used to sing a "suggestive" Italian song called "Oh Marie", by Louis Prima. Does anyone know anything about the history of this song, or whether there were any suggestive "folk" lyrics to this song?

Thanks in advance for saving your hero from hours of googling!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:14 PM

Prima sings it on youtube.
Lyrics English and neopolitan(?) at Oh Marie
Oh Marie! (Oh Marie)
Oh Marie! (Oh Marie)

In your arms I'm longin' to be (I'm longin' to be)
Uhm, baby (Baby)
Tell me you love me (Tell me you love me)
Kiss me once
While the stars shine above me (Shine above me)

Hey, hey Marie (Oh Marie)
Oh Marie (Oh Marie)
In your arms I'm longin' to be (I'm longin' to be)

OH Baby (Baby)
Tell me you love me (Tell me you love me)

Hey Marie (Oh Marie)
Hey Marie

UHE' MARIE
UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE

QUANTA SUONNO AGGIO PERZO PE' TTE
FAMME ADDURMI'
FAMME ADDURMI'
N'ORA SOLA, N'ORA
ABBRACCIATO CU TTE
UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE

UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE
QUANTA SUONNO AGGIO PERZO PE' TTE

AH AH AH AH, FAMME ADDURMI'
UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE
UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE
UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE, UHE' MARIE...


(Instrumental)


Your grandmother was from an earlier age. Not a ripple today.
The song was titled "Maria, Mari," composed by di Capua, c. 1890.
Original lyrics here:
Maria Mari


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Subject: RE: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:38 PM

I added the YouTube link and the lyrics in the box in Q's post - from the link he posted. I can't get his other link to the di Capua link to work - but check this YouTube link to an operatic performance of "Oh Marie!," which I'm sure many of us have heard before. Click here for another (I really like this one). Hard to believe it's the same song.
-Joe-

This page (click) has the di Capua lyrics:

Maria Mari

(E. di Capua)

A rapete fenesta
Fam m'afficia Maria

Ca stong mie-z'a via
Sperato p'a vede

Nun trove n'o rae pace
Anot-t'a faccio journo
Sempe staccaatuorno

Spe ranno c'ce par la

Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suon-no, che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Una nocha abbracciato cuté

Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suan-no che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Oh Mari, oh Mari

Nun trove n'o rae pace

Anot-t'a faccio journo
Sempe staccaatuorno
Spe ranno c'ce par la

Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suon-no, che perso pete

Fam m'addurmi
Una nocha abbracciato cuté
Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suan-no che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Oh Mari, oh Mari


Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suon-no, che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Una nocha abbracciato cuté
Oh Mari, oh Mari

Quanta suan-no che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Oh Mari, oh Mari


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Maria Mari
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:44 PM

Lyr. Add: MARIA MARI
Lyrics by Vincenzo Russo, music by Eduardo di Capua, c. 1899

A rapete fenestra
Fam m'afficia Maria
Ca strong mie-z'a via
Sperato p'a vede

Nun trove n'o rae pace
Anot-t'a faccio journo
Sempe staccaatuorno
Spe ranno c'ce par la

Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suon-no, che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Una nocha abbracciato cuté
Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suan-no che perso pete
Fam m'addurmi
Oh Mari, oh Mari

Nun trove n'o rae pace, etc.

Oh Mari, oh Mari
Quanta suon-no, che perso pete, etc.

Oh Mari, etc. (repeat)

Needs to be checked against sheet music.

Maria Mari

The 'three tenors' (Domingo, Pavrotti, Carreras) sang it on one of their cds, but Alfredo Kraus does it more formally.
I think the Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli made it popular in the 1920s. I remember the old recording my grandparents had.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:50 PM

Two minds on the same song, a wonder it isn't in the DT!

My link to the di Capua lyrics works, yours says "runtime error" but they seem to be similar. Mine listed the lyricist


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Subject: RE: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 11:11 PM

Corrected Lyrics- Canzone Napoletana

Lyr. Add: MARIA - MARI!
Vincenzo Russo, Eduardo di Capua

Arápete fenesta!
Famme affacciá a Maria,
ca stóngo 'mmiez'â via...
speruto d'a vedé...

Nun trovo n'ora 'e pace:
'a notte 'a faccio juorno,
sempe pe' stá ccá attuorno,
speranno 'e ce parlá!

Oje Marí, oje Marí,
quanta suonno ca perdo pe'te!
Famme addurmi,
abbracciato nu poco cu te!
Oje Marí, oje Marí!
Quanta suonno ca perdo pe' te!
Famme addurmi...
oje Marí, oje Marí!

'Mmiez'a stu ciardeniello,
ce ride 'a malvarosa...
Nu lietto 'e fronne 'e rosa
aggio fatto pe' te...

Viene che 'a notte è doce,
'o cielo ch'è nu manto...
Tu duorme e io te canto
'a nonna a fianco a te...

Oje Marí, oje Marí
.................

Pare che giá s'arape
na sénga 'e fenestella...
Maria cu 'a manella,
nu segno a me mme fa!

Sòna chitatta mia!
Maria siè scetata!
Na scicca serenata,
facímmole sentí:
Oje Marí, oje Marí

Canzoni
Select 'N'. This site is quite large, many songs.
Accuracy of transcription above average. Sheet music should be checked.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: GUEST,Marie
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:24 AM

I'll bet your grandmother knew the song Lazy Mary. Now that's a suggestive Italian song.

From Wikipedia
"Lazy Mary," a remake of the traditional Italian song "Luna Mezzo Mare", tells the tale of a conversation between a young woman who wishes to be married, and her mother. The somewhat risque song mixes English and Italian verses. The two use double entendre to compare the occupations with the sexual appetites of the various suitors.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Prima's Oh Marie--'suggestive' lyrics?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 05:45 PM

GUEST,Marie: LAZY MARY and LUNA MEZZO MARE have both been discussed at Mudcat. See the threads:

Lyr Req: Ce 'na luna mezzo mare (trad Italian)

Lyr Req: Lazy Mary / Luna Mezza Mare


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Subject: RE: Origins: Oh Marie (Eduardo di Capua, Louis Prima)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 09:12 AM

Eduardo Di Capua's most famous song was O SOLE MIO.

The title of this one varies, according to various recordings:

AH! MARIA, MARI
MARIA, MARI
MARIA, O MARI
O MARI
O MARI, O MARI
OH MARIE
OI MARI
WAY MARIE

YouTube has these recordings, some in English, and some in Italian (or Neapolitan):

Louis Prima
Dean Martin
Tom and Nicoletta
Viktor Buzás
Emilio Carretero


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Subject: RE: Origins: Oh Marie (Eduardo di Capua, Louis Prima)
From: GUEST,Frank DeMartino
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 12:38 PM

My grandfather, Umberto Molino, claims the song was written about his aunt, Maria Reitano in Italy. She was a dressmaker for an upper class family, and is reputed as having beeen very beautiful - hence the song.


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