Vieni sulla barchetta

Vieni sulla barchetta is a popular song, widely regarded as “traditional”, but probably tracing its roots back to La barchetta, one of a set of Canzoni Piemontesi composed by Angelo Brofferio (1802–1866) around 1831.


Angelo Brofferio’s Canzoni Piemontesi at IMSLP          La Barchetta appears on p.7

Performances on YouTube

Kinder- und Jugendchör der Musikakademie, Basel.
I rustici.
Jugendchöre Cantat and iVox der Musik-Akademie Basel    A wonderful performance of a wonderful 4-part a cappella arrangement by Susanne Würmli-Kollhopp

Italian lyrics

Vieni sulla barchetta;
Vien, morettina, vien.
Guarda che bianca luna,
Guarda che ciel seren.

Sei la mia speranza;
Non farmi più penar.
Vieni sulla barchetta,
Vieni con me a remar.

Sei la mia bellina;
Vien, morettina crudel.
Sorridono le stelle,
Ma piange il tuo fedel.


English translation

Come into this little boat;
Come, little dark-haired girl, come.
Look at how white the Moon is,
Look how peaceful the sky.

You are my hope;
Don’t make me suffer any longer
Come into this little boat,
Come with me to row.

You are my little beauty;
Come little dark-haired girl so cruel.
The stars are beaming,
But your faithful lover is crying.