“Con te partirò” is Italian for “I leave with you,”*** and that’s tenor Andrea Bocelli singing it. It’s a beautiful song that often gives me goosebumps when I hear it.
Pop television note: if you watched HBO’s The Sopranos, you heard this song several times in “Commendatori,” the second season episode during which Tony, Paulie, and Christopher travel to Naples, Italy to cut a deal with an Italian family for an international car boosting and smuggling operation.
***Update: I ran across a translation of the lyrics, and the gist isn’t so much “I leave with you” as it is “I will depart with you,” or in the context of the rest of the lyrics, “I would go anywhere with you.” No wonder it gives an old-fashioned romantic like me the chills. And no wonder the writers of The Sopranos thought it would be appropriate for “Commendatori”; it’s something of a tragic song for Carmella Soprano, who gets frustrated with Tony, who insists that his trip to Napoli is a business trip, and that there wouldn’t be time for extracurricular activities, because he never takes the family — or her — overseas. He only takes his mob buddies. Ouch.