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Banks of Marble

Pete Seeger
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[1948]
Parole e musica di tal Les Rice, un contadino di Newburgh, Stato di New York.
Nel disco “Gazette With Pete Seeger, Vol. 1”, Folkways Records, 1958.

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Una canzone sulla grave crisi che gli USA attraversarono nel secondo dopoguerra, con centinaia di migliaia disoccupati. La guerra aveva tirato l’economia, gli industriali e le banche avevano fatto soldi a palate e poi avevano mandato un sacco di lavoratori a spasso. A questi si aggiungevano i reduci dai fronti di guerra, spesso pure mutilati o traumatizzati, destinati anche loro ad una vita di stenti… Ma “le banche sono fatte di marmo e protette da guardie armate ad ogni porta, e i soffitti sono rivestiti dell’argento che i lavoratori hanno sudato…”
I've traveled round this country
From shore to shining shore.
It really made me wonder
The things I heard and saw.

I saw the weary farmer,
Plowing sod and loam;
I heard the auction hammer
A knocking down his home.

But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
That the farmer sweated for.

I saw the seaman standing
Idly by the shore.
I heard the bosses saying,
Got no work for you no more.

But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
That the seaman sweated for.

I saw the weary miner,
Scrubbing coal dust from his back,
I heard his children cryin',
Got no coal to heat the shack.

But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
That the miner sweated for.

I've seen my brothers working
Throughout this mighty land;
I prayed we'd get together,
And together make a stand.

Then we'd own those banks of marble,
With a guard at every door;
And we'd share those vaults of silver,
That we have sweated for.

inviata da Bernart - 29/11/2013 - 13:49



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