Filastrocca per bambini: il ponte di Londra sta cadendo “London Bridge is falling down”

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Dopo l’articolo sulle canzoni di Londra, vi proponiamo “London Bridge is falling down”, una tradizionale nursery rhyme, ovvero una tradizionale filastrocca per bambini, che la  potete cantare quando li mettete a letto.

Non si conoscono di preciso le origini e il significato di questa filastrocca.  Si presume faccia riferimento alle difficoltà che si avevano all’epoca nel costruire ponti sul fiume Tamigi.

Esiste anche una teoria che dice che il London Bridge avrebbe dovuto essere distrutto da  Olaf II di Norvegia intorno al 1010.  Esiste infatti una vecchia saga norvegese  (tradotta nel 900) che include alcuni versi simili a questa filastrocca.

Ecco qui seguito un bel video tratto da youtube. Ci sono tantissime versioni di questa filastrocca, e noi vi abbiamo scritto quella originale.

London Bridge is broken down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, wash away,
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with bricks and mortar,
Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
My fair lady.

Bricks and mortar will not stay,
Will not stay, will not stay,
Bricks and mortar will not stay,
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,
Iron and steel, iron and steel,
Build it up with iron and steel,
My fair lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,
Bend and bow, bend and bow,
Iron and steel will bend and bow,
My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold,
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.

Silver and gold will be stolen away,
Stolen away, stolen away,
Silver and gold will be stolen away,
My fair lady.

Set a man to watch all night,
Watch all night, watch all night,
Set a man to watch all night,
My fair lady.

Suppose the man should fall asleep,
Fall asleep, fall asleep,
Suppose the man should fall asleep?
My fair lady.

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
Smoke all night, smoke all night,
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
My fair lady.[1]