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[Febbraio 1942]
Parole di Arthur Stern.
Sulla melodia di un canto tradizionale di marinai.
La prima incisione è degli Almanac Singers (Bess Hawes, Pete Seeger, Millard Lampell, Woody Guthrie, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham) nel disco intitolato Dear Mr. President registrato nel febbraio del 1942.

Dear Mr. President


Canzone del “Why We Fight”…
There stood a house upon the hill…
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
And in this house eight men did dwell…
Hullabaloo belay.

One stood up and shook his fist…
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
"I'll get stronger than the rest"...
Hullabaloo belay.

He first began to cheat and steal...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
He then set fire to their fields...
Hullabaloo belay.

They turned their heads and let him be...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
Then he upped and murdered three...
Hullabaloo belay.

It made no difference where he stood...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
He left a footprint red with blood...
Hullabaloo belay.

He murdered three and wanted more...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
He turned upon the other four...
Hullabaloo belay.

But when this murder he did try...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
He found them standing side by side...
Hullabaloo belay.

Side by side they fought that day...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
They left his bones to rot away...
Hullabaloo belay.

This is the ending of my song...
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
One was weak but four were strong...
Hullabaloo belay.

inviata da Bernart Bartleby - 12/5/2014 - 12:02



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