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Nasty old women

Nasty old women, good for nothing
but ambushing us from the bushes.
Shoot, shoot, shoot with your sticks,
nasty old hags, bloodthirsty and crazy!

English translation by Paul Archer of the text of Vecchie letrose by Adriano Willaert (1490-1562). See the copyright notice below.

Vecchie letrose

Vecchie letrose, Vecchie letrose, non valete niente
Se non a far l'aguaito, per la chiazza.
Tira, tira, tira, tira tir'alla mazza,
Vecchie letrose, vecchie letrose, scannaros'e pazze!

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