Lyrics to “Madonna Mia,” written by Al Capone while he was at Alcatraz:

In a quaint Italian garden

While the stars were all aglow

Once I heard a lover singing

To the one that he loved so

In that quaint Italian garden

Neath the starry sky above

Every night he’d serenade her

With his tender song of love

Madonna mia

You’re the bloom of the roses

You’re the charm that reposes

In the heart of a song

Madonna mia

With your true love to guide me

Let whatever betide me

I will never go wrong

There’s only one moon above

One golden sun

There’s only one that I love

You are the one

Madonna mia

This I vow here before you

Till the end I’ll adore you

Madonna mia

Once again I see that garden

Many years have hurried by

I can see that sweet Madonna

There’s a teardrop in her eye

For her soldier has departed

Left his loved one with a sigh

She said “I will wait forever”

As he sang this last goodbye.

Madonna mia …


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