The history and meaning behind Money Heist’s theme song ‘Bella Ciao’

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Fans of the Spanish series, La Casa de Papel, which means Money Heist in English, are ecstatic ahead of the premiere of season 3 on Friday.

Some can’t help it but make videos of them singing their own rendition of the series’ theme song – Bella Ciao.

Since season 1 of Money Heist, Bella Ciao, has stuck with many fans of the series and most can’t stop singing its chorus.

However, not many know what the song means.

According to bellaciao.org , ‘bella ciao’ means ‘goodbye beautiful’.

The song was sung during world war 2 by Italian partisans. The Italian partisan was telling their loved one goodbye as they go to battle with the Germans. Then they told their loved one to bury them under the shade of a beautiful flower if they died. The flower was the red carnation which was a symbol of resistance.

Here is the translation of Bella Ciao song.

The Bela Ciao song.

Questa mattina mi sono svegliato…………………This morning I awakened 
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao……………….Good-bye beautiful 
Questa mattina mi sono svegliato…………………This morning I awakened 
Ed ho trovato l’invasor…………………………………..And I found the invader

O partigiano porta mi via……………………………Oh partisan carry me away 
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao……………….Good-bye beautiful 
O partigiano porta mi via……………………………Oh partisan carry me away 
Che me sento di morir’…………………………When I feel death approaching

E se io muoio da partigiano…………………………..And if I die as a partisan 
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao……………….Good-bye beautiful 
E se io muoio da partigiano…………………………..And if I die as a partisan 
Tu me devi seppellir’……………………………………..Then you must bury me

Mi seppellirai lassu in montagna………………..Bury me up in the mountain 
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao……………….Good-bye beautiful 
Mi seppellirai lassu in montagna………………..Bury me up in the mountain 
Sotto l’ombra di un bel fiore…………Under the shade of a beautiful flower

E tutti quelli che passeranno…………………….And all those who shall pass 
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao………………..Good-bye beautiful 
E tutti quelli che passeranno…………………….And all those who shall pass 
Ti diranno che bel fior’……………….Will tell you what a beautiful flower it is

E questo fiore da partigiano…………………..And this flower of the partisan 
Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Bella Ciao Ciao Ciao………………..Good-bye beautiful 
E questo fiore da partigiano…………………..And this flower of the partisan 
E’ il fior’ di liberta……………………………………………..Is the flower of liberty

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