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Vesti la Giubba by Luciano Pavarotti and Ruggero Leoncavallo

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Vesti la Giubba (Song)

performed by Luciano Pavarotti; composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo

 
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Vesti la Giubba means "put on the costume" in Italian, and is sung by the character, Canio, in Pagliacci. 
 
(Italian Lyrics) 
Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio, 
non so più quel che dico, 
e quel che faccio! 
Eppur è d'uopo, sforzati! 
Bah! sei tu forse un uom? 
Tu se' Pagliaccio! 
 
Vesti la giubba, 
e la faccia infarina. 
La gente paga, e rider vuole qua. 
E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina, 
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà! 
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto 
in una smorfia il singhiozzo e 'l dolor, Ah! 
 
Ridi, Pagliaccio, 
sul tuo amore infranto! 
Ridi del duol, che t'avvelena il cor! 
 
(English Translation) 
To act! While out of my mind, 
I no longer know what I say, 
or what I do! 
And yet it's necessary... make an effort! 
Bah! Are you not a man? 
You are Pagliaccio! 
 
Put on your costume, 
powder your face. 
The people pay to be here, and they want to laugh. 
And if Harlequin shall steal your Columbine, 
laugh, Pagliaccio, so the crowd will cheer! 
Turn your distress and tears into jest, 
your pain and sobbing into a funny face - Ah! 
 
Laugh, Pagliaccio, 
at your broken love! 
Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!