Bella Ciao

by Jim Beckwith

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Please enjoy my rewrite of 'Bella Ciao' for the time of coronavirus.
"Bella ciao" (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbɛlla ˈtʃaːo]; "Goodbye beautiful") is an Italian protest folk song that originated in the hardships of the mondina women, the paddy field workers in the late 19th century who sang it to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of North Italy.
Beautiful hello, sung from the balconies of the house to celebrate April 25th.


Bella Ciao - Jim Beckwith version

I woke one morning - to find you missing
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
the sun was shining, still someone’s crying
now there’s strange-ness all a-round

Streets are empty, the doors are shut
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
my friends are distant, there so much longing
we must ALL stay in for now.

no-one imagined - the silent demon
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
He took our love — and stopped its breathing
now it’s nowhere to be found.

So ironic - I dreamt this beauty
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
this paradise - they call Italia
now I can not move to see


released April 25, 2020
English lyrics by Jim Beckwith


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Jim Beckwith Los Angeles, California

Jim Beckwith is a singer with a unique and compelling voice; a soulful texture that draws on influences from jazz and pop to R&B and voices from around the world. His voice has been called 'a male Sade' and something like 'a refined Sting'. Songs with lyrics that make you think and feel. Jim has players on his CD that play with artists like Sting, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. ... more

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