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My iTunes library has close to 5,500 songs. I’ve carefully marked them all with from two to four stars. (No stars means I haven’t rated a song yet. I use one star to mark a song I need to come back to for some reason — usually to delete it or fix an error with its description.) I have only one song marked with five stars. This is it:

I find the range of the soprano’s voice is just overwhelming. The emotion expressed is overpowering.

I always thought this song was a woman, Lauretta, singing about her child or baby (bambino) but recently discovered it’s a woman singing to her father (babbino/babbo) about his objections to the man she loves. The words are:

O mio babbino caro
Mi piace è bello, bello
Vo’ andare in Porta Rossa
a comperar l’anello!
Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!
e se l’amassi indarno,
andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,
ma per buttarmi in Arno!
Mi struggo e mi tormento!
O Dio, vorrei morir!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!
Oh my dear papa
I like him, he is handsome, handsome
I want to go to Porta Rossa
to buy the ring!
Yes, yes, I want to go there!
And if my love were in vain,
I would go to the Ponte Vecchio
and throw myself in the Arno!
I am aching, I am tortured!
Oh God, I’d like to die!
Father, have pity, have pity!
Father, have pity, have pity!

[The words are taken from this Wikipedia web page.]

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