Bella Ciao – La Casa De Papel

 

If you’ve watched the Netflix series Money Heist (La Casa De Papel), there’s no chance that you didn’t get curious about Bella Ciao.

Yeah, the song that Berlin and Professor sing the night before their heist at the Royal Mint of Spain.

Literally translated ‘Bella Ciao’ means ‘Goodbye Beautiful’ 

While it was revealed in the show that Berlin and the Professor were taught the song at a young age by their grandfather, there’s some history associated with the song.

Originally sung by the Italian partisans fighting fascism during World War II, the song became a revolutionary anthem at that time.

The Italian partisans were telling their loved ones goodbye as they went to battle with the Germans. And since then, it has lived on as a symbol of freedom.

There is something infectious about this song which makes us want to play and sing it on loop.

Una mattina mi sono alzato
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao
Una mattina mi sono azalto
E ho trovato l'invasor
O partigiano, portami via
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao
O partigiano, portami via
Ché 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
E seppellire lassù in montagna
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao
E seppellire lassù in montagna
Sotto l'ombra di un bel fior
Tutte 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
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao
È questo il fiore del partigiano
Morto per la libertà
È questo il fiore del partigiano
Morto per la libertà

One morning I awakened
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
One morning I awakened
And I found the invader
Oh partisan carry me away
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
Oh partisan carry me away
Because I feel death approaching
And if I die as a partisan
(And if I die on the mountain)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
And if I die as a partisan
(And if I die on the mountain)
Then you must bury me
Bury me up in the mountain
(And you have to bury me)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
Bury me up in the mountain
(And you have to bury me)
Under the shade of a beautiful flower
And the people who shall pass
(And all those who shall pass)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
And the people who shall pass
(And all those who shall pass)
Will tell me: "what a beautiful flower"
(And they will say: "what a beautiful flower")

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