Lazy Mary Lyrics

If you’ve been to a Mets game at Shea, then you’ve heard “Lazy Mary”, a tarantella performed by Lou Monte — it’s that Italian song played during the seventh-inning stretch.

(Why Shea plays Fenway’s traditional “Sweet Caroline” when we already have our own, much cooler song, is beyond me.)

Herewith are the words, with phonetic translation so that you can sing along.

LAZY MARY (Luna Mezzo Mare)
by Paolo Citorello, English lyrics by Lou Monte

(proper spelling followed by phonetic pronunciation)

C’e ‘na luna mezz’u mare
CHEH-nah LOO-nah MEN-zoo MAH-reh

Mamma mia m’a maritare
MAH-mah MEE-ah mah mah-ree-DAH-ray

Figlia mia a cu te dare
FIH-lee-ah MEE-ah GOO-deh DAH-ray

Mamma mia pensace tu
MAH-mah MEE-ah ben-ZATCH-eh-doo

Se te piglio lu pesciaiole
zeh teh BILL-yoo-oh bee-shigh-YOH-lah

Isse vai isse vene
IH-soo VAH-eh IH-soo VEH-neh

Sempe lu pesce mane tene

ZEHM-peh loh BAY-sheh MAH-neh DAY-neh

Se ce ‘ncappa la fantasia
zay ching-GAHP-pah-lah vahn-dah-ZEE-ah

Te pesculia figghiuzza mia
day beh-shoo-LEE-ah vee-GYOOTS-zah meeah

La lariula pesce fritt’e baccala
lah lah-REE-oo-lah BEH-sheh VREET-teh bah-kah-LAH

Uei cumpa no calamare c’eggi’accatta
way goom-BAH noh gah-lah-MAH-leh jeh-jah-kah-TAH

(Second stanza)

C’e ‘na luna mezz’u mare
CHEH-neh LOO-neh MEN-zoo MAH-reh

Mamma mia m’a maritare

MAH-mah MEE-ah mah mah-ree-DAH-ray

Figlia mia a cu te dare

FIH-lee-ah MEE-ah GOO-dah-DAH-ray

Mamma mia pensace tu
MAH-mah MEE-ah ben-ZATCH-eh-doo

Se te piglio lu pulezia
zeh-teh BILL-yoo-oh boo-luht-ZEE-ah

Isse vai isse vene
IH-soo VAH-eh IH-soo VEH-neh

Semp’a scuppetta mane tene
ZEHM-peh shkoop-PEHT-tah MAH-neh DAY-neh

Se ce ‘ncappa la fantasia
zee ching-GAHP-pah-lah vahn-dah-ZEE-ah

Te scuppettea figghiuzza mia
day shkoop-peh-TEE-ah vee-GYOOTS-zah meeah

La lariula pesce fritt’e baccala

lah lah-REE-oo-lah BEH-sheh VREET-teh bah-kah-LAH

Uei cumpa ‘na scuppetta c’eggi’accatta
way goom-BAH nah shkoo-PEHT-tah jeh-jah-kah-TAH

(And now for you nice ladies and gentlemen out there who don’t understand the eye-talian language, I’d like to do two choruses in British)

Lazy Mary you better get up
She answered back I am not able
Lazy Mary you better get up
We need the sheets for the table
Lazy Mary you smoke in bed
There’s only one man you should marry
My advice to you would be
Is to pay attention to me
You’d better marry a fireman
He’ll come and go, go and come

Sempe la pompa mane tene

ZEHM-beh lah BUHM-bah MAH-neh DAY-neh

Se ce ‘ncappa la fantasia
zay ching-GAH-pah-lah vahn-dah-ZEE-ah

Te pomperia figghiuzza mia
deh bohm-BEH-ree-ah vee-GYOOTS-zah meeah

La lariula pesce fritt’e baccala
lah lah-REE-oo-lah BEH-sheh VREET-teh bah-kah-LAH

Uei cumpa ‘na pompina c’eggi’accatta

way goom-BAH nah bohm-BEE-nah jeh-jah-kah-TAH

0 cumma ca me voglio marita

oh goom-MAH gah meh VOHL-yee-oh mah-ree-DAH

Trovame ‘na uagliotta
troh-VAH-meh nah while-YOHT-tah

Ca me voglio marita
gah meh VOHL-yee-oh mah-ree-DAH

Trovame ‘na uagliotta

troh-VAH-meh nah while-YOHT-tah

Ca me voglio marita
gah meh VOHL-yee-oh mah-ree-DAH

Trovame ‘na uagliotta
troh-VAH-meh nah while-YOHT-tah

Ca me voglio marita
gah meh VOHL-yee-oh mah-ree-DAH

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