"Quello che non ho" ("What I haven't got") is an ironical blues song describing De André not having the possessions, benefits and advantages typically associated with wealthy people or upper classes in general.
"Canto del servo pastore" ("Shepherd Servant's Song") is about a shepherd's idyllic lifestyle.
"Ave Maria", a version of the Hail Mary prayer in Sardinian, was sung in a choral multi-tracked style by Connecticut-born keyboardist Mark Harris providing the higher vocals, and De André providing the lower ones. According to Harris' recollections within "L'anarchia" ["Anarchy"], the seventh DVD in the 2011 documentary series Dentro Faber ["Inside Faber"] about De André's life and work, the song was supposed to be sung by a group of tenores, a Sardinian polyphonic male choir, and Harris recorded a demo with his own voice to teach the song to the choir. However, when De André heard the demo, he was impressed by Harris' performance and told him: "You sing this." The final recording, with an instrumental arrangement inspired by Pink Floyd (particularily by their 1971 album Meddle), does indeed feature Harris' full-throated singing from the demo, which he jokingly referred to to as "a highly unlikely vocal performance by an American singing a Sardinian song in Sardinian." Harris also explained that, although he is not really a Pink Floyd fan, he does own a copy of Meddle, and that he played it for De André during the sessions, in response to the latter's request to find unusual, weird sounds.
"Franziska" is a Latin American-flavored song about a Spanish girl, a penniless unlucky suitor of hers, and a painter who, although nearly blind, is ln love with her and extremely jealous of everyone else.
"Se ti tagliassero a pezzetti" ("If Somebody Cut You into Little Pieces") is, unusually for De André, a straighforwardly sentimental love song. Its title, inspired by Nick Mason's tongue-in-cheek vocal phrase on Pink Floyd's "One of These Days", also from Meddle, is not meant to be understood literally, but just as ironically as Mason's utterance in Pink Floyd's experimental track. Indeed, the first two lines in De André's song are as follows: "If somebody cut you into little pieces / The wind would pick them all up and gather them."
"Verdi pascoli" ("Green Pastures") is a joyous, quasi-reggae song whose lyrics, inspired by a book on Native American culture De André was reading at the time, are about a very idealized and non-religious representation of a happy afterlife, closer to Summerland than to the Christian vision of Heaven.