Funiculi Funicula

Composer: Luigi Denza

Grateful Dead

info Dick's Picks, Vol. 3, 1995
info View From The Vault IV, 2003
info View From The Vault IV (DVD), 2003
info Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings, 2009


Best of, Mario Lanza, 1964
Chim Chim Cheree and Other Children's Choices, Burl Ives, 1964
Master Grady Tate, Grady Tate, 1977
Italian Favorites, International Festival Orchestra, 1989
All the Best from Italy: 20 Great Favor, Various Artists, 1990
Funiculi Funicula - Italian Mandoline, Angelo Petisi and His Mandolin Orchestra, 1991
La Musica from Italy, Bruno Bertone Orchestra, 1991
40 Continuados Para Fiestas, Maracaibo Orchestra, 1992
Italia: A Festival of Music, Various Artists, 1992
Serenata Italiana, Vol. 1, Isaac Salinas, 1993
Taste of Italy, Various Artists, 1993
Serenades and Tarentellas, Angelo Pestisi, 1993
Neapolitan Serenade, Jan Pearce, 1994
O Sole Mio: The Songs of Naples, Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra Of Napoli, 1995
Souvenir Of Napoli, Various Artists, 1995
Jessi Colter Sings, Jessi Colter Sings, 1996
Viva Italia! - Festive Italian Classics, Various Artists (Romano Ledenzio and His Orchestra), 1996
Be My Love, Mario Lanza, 1996
25 All-Time Italian Favorites, Various Artists, 1997
Cafe Amoretto, Various Artists, 1997
Famose Canzoni Napoletane, Renzo L'orchestra Arbore, 1997
Cooking Italian Style, Various Artists, 1997
40 Favorite Italian Melodies, Various Artists, 1998
Cafe Music - Cafe Amoretto, Various Artists, 1998
Goes Classic, Helmut Lotti, 1998
Spirit of Italy - Songs and Dances, Various Artists, 1998
Party Hit Mix-Italy, Various Artists, 1998
Chronological, Vol. 5 (1937-38), Mills Brothers, 199?
Italy - Traditional Music and Songs, Various Artists, 19??
Children's Favorites, Vol. 4, Various Artists, 19??
Mandolini Napolitani, Aduardo Alfieri, 19??
Napoli...Punto Esclamativo, Renzo Arbore, 19??
Album D'or, Frederic Francois, 19??
Ultimate Collection, Mario Lanza, 19??
Traditional Songs Of Italy, Various Artists, 19??
All the Best: 20 Great Favorites, Vol. 3 - Italy, Various Artists, 19??
More George Wright on the Mighty Wurlitzer, George Wright, 19??
Very Best Of, Neapolitan Mandolins, 19??


The Grateful Dead occasionally inserted a brief instrumental version of the Italian song Funiculi Funicula between songs during shows.

Phil Lesh & Friends played a short instrumental version when creating a 1977 Grateful Dead setlist in a June 2015 show.

The correct Italian name of the song has a comma between the words, accents on last character of both Funiculi and Funicula and an exclamation mark at the end.

The song has lyrics by Peppino Turco which can be viewed at the Virtual Museum of Neapolitan Song (http://www.intecs.it/net/virtual.museum/it_home.htm)

It was written in 1880 to commemorate the opening of the funicular railway to the top of Mt. Vesuvius.