“Bella Ciao” is an Italian protest folk song that originated in the hardships of the mondina women, the paddy field workers in the late 19th century who sang it to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of North Italy. The song was modified and adopted as an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance by the Italian partisans between 1943 and 1945 during the Italian Resistance, the resistance of Italian partisans against the Nazi German forces occupying Italy, during the Italian Civil War, and the Italian partisan struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies. Versions of “Bella ciao” are sung worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance.
It’s one of the most famous songs in Italy, often sung at football matches and family/friends gatherings. I’ve been teaching myself to pluck it on the guitar and this morning came across this versh by Marc Robot that I’d never heard before. Tom Waits sings. I think it’s absolutely spiffing and shall be listening to nothing else today.