EMAIL THE BEEKEEPER
So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo
Written by Vecchi, arr. by Thompson
Appears on   1000 Years of Popular Music   (2003)
1000 Years of Popular Music DVD   (2006)
RT featuring LT - LIVE AT THE BBC, Disc 3   (2011)
Electric   (2013)


Lyrics




So ben mi ch' a bon tempo
Al so ma basta mo'
So ben ch' e favorito
Ahime, no' l posso dir
Saluti e baciamani
son tutti indarno a fe
Passeggia pur chi vuole
che 'l tempo perdera

Composed by Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605), a cathedral musician from Modena, Italy, who was widely famous for his secular compositions. There might be a bit of cuckolding going on in the lyric. There is a dance that goes with this.

This obviously written in secular spare time:
I know a lucky fellow. But I can't say who it is
He seems to be quite a favourite. But my lips are sealed
O! If I could only tell you. Who comes, who goes, who stays.
But if I did, You would probably despair.