The Italian Partisans

The Italian partisans were a resistance group that opposed the occupying German forces and the Italian Fascist regime during the later years of World War II.
It was formed by Italians of any age, gender, political opinion and social class, following the Allied invasion and German military occupation of northern Italy.
The modern Italian Republic was declared to be founded on the struggle of the resistance.

"Bella ciao" was sung by the anti-fascist resistance movement active in Italy between 1943 and 1945.
(Turn on your speakers to hear the music)

Questa mattina mi son svegliato,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao!
Questa mattina mi son svegliato,
e ho trovato l’invasor.

O partigiano, portami via,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao!
O partigiano, portami via,
che mi sento di morir.

E se io muoio da partigiano,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao!
E se io muoio da partigiano,
tu mi devi seppellir.

Seppellire sulla montagna,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao!
Seppellire sulla montagna,
sotto l’ombra di un bel fior.

E le genti che passeranno,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao
E le genti che passeranno
mi diranno: «Che bel fior!».

È questo il fiore del partigiano,
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao
È questo il fiore del partigiano
morto per la libertà!
This morning I awakened
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao
This morning I awakened
And I found the invader

Oh partisan carry me away
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao
Oh partisan carry me away
Because I feel death approaching

And if I die as a partisan
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao
And if I die as a partisan
Then you must bury me

Bury me up in the mountain
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao
Bury me up in the mountain
Under the shade of a beautiful flower

And all those who shall pass
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao
And all those who shall pass
Will tell me: «What a beautiful flower!»

This is the flower of the partisan
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao
This is the flower of the partisan
Who died for Freedom




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