About the Song
This song originated as a protest folk song written by workers struggling against hard working conditions in the fields of Northern Italy. Bella Ciao itself means "beautiful goodbye".
During World War II new words were written and it became the anthem of partisans fighting against both the fascist Mussolini regime in Italy and their German allies.
The song has been sung and adapted by many revolutionary movements around the world.
The words in Rise Up Singing are not a translation of these partisan lyrics but rather entirely new lyrics that we presume were written by feminist women and others in the 1960s or 1970s.
New climate lyrics to this tune (entitled Sing for the Planet) can be found on page 49 in the "Earthcare" chapter of Rise Again.