Bella Ciao

New words by Cyn­thia Cockburn

  1. Oh we are singing against warmakers
    O bel­la ciao, bel­la ciao, bel­la ciao, bel­la ciao, ciao, ciao
    We are singing against war makers
    And we want to stop them now!
  2. Oh we are singing against all missiles
    And we want to see them go
  3. Oh we are singing for bread and justice
    And an end to Tri­dent now
  4. Oh we are singing for peace and freedom
    And we will not be silenced now!

Climate Change version
Sing for the Climate

New words as sung by Bel­gian cli­mate activists

We need to wake up, we need to wise up,
We need to open our eyes
and do it NOW, NOWNOW!
We need to build a bet­ter future,
And we need to start right now.

We’re on a plan­et that has a problem,
We’ve got to solve it, get involved
and do it NOW, NOWNOW!
We need to build a bet­ter future,
And we need to start right now.

Let’s make it greener
Let’s make it cleaner
Let’s make it last, make it fast
and do it now now now
We need to build a bet­ter future
And we need to start right now.

No point in waiting
Or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies
And do it now now now
We need to build a bet­ter future
And we need to start right now!
All parts:

Low:

Tune:

High:

Another version

New words by Eileen Pen­man, Jane Lewis, Pen­ny Stone

  1. Oh we are singing for education,
    O bel­la ciao, bel­la ciao, bel­la ciao, bel­la ciao, ciao, ciao
    We are singing for education,
    and an equal right to learn
  2. The pub­lic sec­tor is for the peo­ple, Oh bella…
    The pub­lic sec­tor is for the peo­ple, not for sale to profiteers
  3. The rich get rich­er, the poor get poor­er, Oh bella…
    The rich get rich­er, the poor get poor­er, unnec­es­sary and unfair
  4. We don’t need Tri­dent, it’s wast­ing bil­lions, Oh bel­la etc
    We don’t need tri­dent, it’s wast­ing bil­lions, we need health and social care.
  5. They cut the fund­ing, they cut the work­ers, Oh bel­la etc
    They cut the fund­ing, they cut the work­ers, ain’t no ‘Big Society’!

Women’s liberation version

Unat­trib­uted; one of many slight­ly dif­fer­ent ver­sions sung with­in the wom­en’s move­ment in UK and USA

  1. We are women and we are marching,
    Bel­la Ciao, Bel­la Ciao, Bel­la Ciao Ciao Ciao,
    We are march­ing for liberation
    And we will not be denied.
  2. We are women and we are singing‘¦
  3. We are women and we are dancing‘¦
  4. We are women and we are working‘¦

Notes

Bel­la Ciao is a song which orig­i­nat­ed with the Ital­ian Par­ti­san resis­tance dur­ing World War II. The Wikipedia arti­cle has the full orig­i­nal lyrics and translation.

The song lends itself well to impro­vi­sa­tion of vers­es on just about any theme!

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