Some time ago I have compiled a playlist with my favorite versions of the Italian folk song Vieni sul mar. This song has been popular for a long time, there are historical recordings from the early 20th century, Oscar Aleman recorded a great Jazz version of this song, and Andre Rieu played this for thousands of listeners in an open air TV show.
This is a great folk song to play on the mandolin, mandolin with guitar or with a complete mandolin ensemble. The song was also very popular in the Netherlands as Twee ogen zo blauw. And this song is also very popular in Japan.
There is another song closely related to Vieni sul mar, in English it’s titled Two lovely black eyes. This song has a different first part, but uses the same chorus.
Playlist Vieni sul Mar / Twee ogen zo blauw / Two lovely black eyes
Sheet music “Vieni sul Mar”
- Free sheet music : Traditional – napolitan folk song – Vieni sul mar (Lead sheet)
- Sheet music for Two lovely black eyes! Two Lovely Black Eyes!
A discussion about the origin of this song in the Mandolin Cafe, including free sheet music for mandolin ensemble:
- Vieni Sul Mar (Neapolitan Song)
- Discussion at mudcat.org about Vieni sul Mar and the related song Two lovely black eyes