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!

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

  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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