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Purtroppo attualissima questa canzone in quest'epoca di controriforme scolastiche e tagli alla ricerca. Qui Robert Smith denuncia l'appiattimento e l'omologazione culturale subito dagli alunni e la conseguente oppressività del sistema scolastico inglese ai tempi della Thatcher. The Cure forever!
The innocence of sleeping children
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inviata da Jack SSSR 6/2/2010 - 23:50
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Su in collina

Grazie Francesco per le emozioni che mi regali attraverso le tue canzoni.
Daniele Farzetti (Agliana -Pistoia) 6/2/2010 - 22:49
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La misère d'en face

[1998]
Album "Mamagubida"
Face aux favellas des gens se prélassent
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inviata da Alessandro 6/2/2010 - 22:39
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Yo pisaré las calles nuevamente

dall'edizione francese dell'LP "La vida no vale nada" di Pablo Milanés
JE REMARCHERAI DANS LES RUES DE SANTIAGO
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6/2/2010 - 20:10

Amériques

Amériques

Canzone léviane – Amériques – Marco Valdo M.I. – 2010
Cycle du Cahier ligné – 86

Amériques est la huitante-sixième chanson du Cycle du Cahier ligné, constitué d'éléments tirés du Quaderno a Cancelli de Carlo Levi.

Salut, Lucien l'âne mon ami, je suis bien content de te voir. En fait même, il me tardait de te voir, car je suis impatient de te faire connaître ma nouvelle canzone. Quand je l'ai découverte, j'ai été fort surpris de tout ce qu'elle signifie.... Ne me regarde pas avec des yeux aussi ahuris... Je te l'ai déjà dit pourtant que j'étais le premier lecteur de mes canzones et leur premier découvreur. Je t'ai déjà dit que quand je commence une canzone, je ne sais ni comment elle sera, ni ce qu'elle pourra bien en finale raconter. En quelque sorte, elle se fait au travers de moi et je t'avouerai aussi qu'il m'arrive de batailler contre elle pour la mener où j'aimerais qu'elle... (continua)
Un cheval court dans la prairie
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inviata da Marco Valdo M.I. 6/2/2010 - 18:05
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Imagine

SPAGNOLO / SPANISH [2]

Versione spagnola da Generación Timbiriche
Spanish version from Generación Timbiriche
IMAGINA
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6/2/2010 - 18:04
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Woman Is The Nigger Of The World

LA MUJER ES LA NEGRA DEL MUNDO
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6/2/2010 - 17:58
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Natale '44

Version française – NOËL 1944 – Marco Valdo M.I. – 2010
Chanson italienne – Natale '44 – Andrea Sigona

Il est difficile d'imaginer la Milan différente telle qu'elle était en 1944, l'année la plus dure, celle de la répression et du lynchage. Mais aussi l'année de la Résistance et des hommes qui ensemble conquirent leur liberté à pleines mains. Certains revinrent, d'autres non. Comme cet amour né fortuitement en hiver ne vit jamais le printemps, mais qui valait la peine d'être vécu jusqu'à la fin.

Voilà pour toi, Lucien l'âne mon ami qui aime les fleurs bleues, dit Marco Valdo M.I., une histoire d'amour, çà te changera... En plus, elle bien jolie... Même, si funeste télégramme, triste béret... elle finit bien mal.

Je l'aime beaucoup et elle fend mon cœur d'âne pourtant solide comme le diamant... J'espère quand même, dit Lucien l'âne en souriant comme un bienheureux, que cette fois aussi, ta traduction plaira à l'auteur...

Moi aussi, dit Marco Valdo M.I.

Ainsi Parlaient Marco Valdo M.I. et Lucien Lane
NOËL 1944
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inviata da Marco Valdo M.I. 6/2/2010 - 14:59
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A Song for Santiago Cruz

[2007]
Lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Dump The Bosses Off Your Back

We learned of FLOC organizer Santiago Cruz’s murder while studying migrant workers’ strategies at the Regina Polk Leadership Institute for Labor Union Women, held annually in Chicago with the inspiration of Helena Harlow Worthen. I wrote this song at the Institute.
On April 9th they found him - He'd been beaten, bound and gagged
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inviata da giorgio 6/2/2010 - 09:12
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You Can't Blame the Youth

[1973/75]
Album live "Talkin' Blues" (1991)
Scritta da Peter Tosh
You can't blame the youth
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inviata da Alessandro 6/2/2010 - 01:05

My Name Is Sylvio

Alcuni mesi fa mi è capitato di scortare un'amica in un'agenzia della Mediolanum a Mediolano. Voleva sapere se convenisse metterci i suoi soldini. Il promotore spiega la rava e la fava. A un certo punto gli domando: ma come li impiegate i quattrini dei clienti per dare il rendimento promesso? Risposta: nessun problema, gli utili dei conti correnti bancari sono tassati col 27%; gli altri investimenti col 12,5%. Da questa differenza dell'imposta, noi ricaviamo l'utile, il nostro e quello del cliente. Basta mostrare che il cliente tiene una certa cifra stabile in conto corrente (senza utile); mentre il resto lo prendiamo noi, lo facciamo girare, e, dell'utile che realizziamo, riconosciamo al cliente una parte del risparmio d'imposta. Anche se non ci capisco quasi niente, ridomando: sarebbe a dire che il cliente mette i soldi in un conto corrente, ma che poi la maggior parte non figura come... (continua)
Gian Piero Testa 5/2/2010 - 22:12
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Sidùn

Un consiglio, da vecchio prof., per la Gelmini che, chissà perché, mi sono messo in testa che sia una che a scuola - e di scuola - non ci ha mai capito una minchia, ma che ogni sabato va dal parrucchiere, ascolta le comari quel che dicono da sotto il casco, e il dì dopo ti sbologna le riforme. Allora, la Gelmini faccia conto che nell'arco di un liceo, i libri da somministrare saranno una pila di almeno due metri e mezzo. Troppi, c'è da rincoglionire. Però, se togliamo quelli scritti da autori con "devianze" sessuali, da Saffo a Shakespeare a Proust e via; da quelli che non risulterebbero puliti all'antidoping (oppiacei e vino inclusi), diciamo Poe, Baudelaire, ma anche il Carducci che i fiaschi non li contava; dai laicisti senzadio, dagli ebrei e dai comunisti, la pila si ridurrebbe giustappunto all'altezza di una minchia, alla perfetta portata della Ministra. E dei suoi studenti. Ai... (continua)
Gian Piero Testa 5/2/2010 - 21:35
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60 anni

Version française – 60 ANS – Marco Valdo M.I. – 2010
Chanson italienne – 60 Anni – Talco


Ah, Lucien l'âne mon ami, voici une chanson à clefs ou à tout le moins, une chanson pour laquelle il faut deux ou trois compléments d'explication... Je te dis tout de suite qu'à mon sens, le personnage qui parle n'est autre que le peuple italien lui-même...

J'imagine bien, dit Lucien l'âne, et j'aimerais au moins que tu me dises le sens de certains mots que je ne trouve pas au dictionnaire courant... Je ne parle pas des allusions à des personnages politiques précis... Mais de ces mots qui ont l'air tout à fait communs... comme piduiste, lupara, ou qualunquiste... qu'à mes yeux, tu n'as pas véritablement traduits comme tu l'aurais dû.

Tu as raison, Lucien mon ami l'âne, d'abord dans ta distinction entre les allusions à tel ou tel personnage et les noms communs. Pour ces derniers, je ne les ai pas... (continua)
60 ANS
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inviata da Marco Valdo M.I. 5/2/2010 - 16:05
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Les châteaux de sable

carissimo,il castello di sabbia è stato scolpito da me a Tortoreto Te nel 2006.sarei felice se un link riconducesse al mio sito www.uncastellodisabbia.it dove potrai trovare altre immagini.Grazie Egisto Morelli
(Egisto)

Senz'altro. E complimenti per la tua opera! [CCG/AWS Staff]
5/2/2010 - 15:52
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Am I Black Enough For You?

[1972]
Album "360 Degrees of Billy Paul"
Am I black enough for you?
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inviata da Alessandro 5/2/2010 - 13:23
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The Boiler

[1982]
Con Rhoda Dakar del gruppo The Bodysnatchers.
I went out shopping last saturday
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inviata da Alessandro 5/2/2010 - 13:12
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Democracy (Or Lack Thereof)

(a.k.a. "A Day In The Life Of My Mind For Five Minutes, Five Minutes Ago")

[2007]
Lyrics and Music Written and Performed by Lisa Rein.

"I wrote this song after having a conversation with a friend of mind about the crazy dichotomy that has become our existence living as Americans.
We talk about bringing democracy to the middle east, and are killing people over it, yet we work with non-democratic governments to keep democracy from the people of another country, if the price is right.
In the song, I start out with China, but I end up here at home. What kind of a democracy is so greedy its government cuts emergency relief efforts out of the budget, while spending billions of dollars overseas to kill the people of Iraq in the very name of democracy? Our current "democracy," that's what kind.
I'm not trying to pick on Google either. This is about all of us, and what we've all been tolerating,... (continua)
China, China
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inviata da giorgio 5/2/2010 - 12:33
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Fuel Funeral

[2007]
Lyrics by Lisa Rein and Gregory Howe
Music by Gregory Howe

This song is about war profiteers who knowingly exchange the blood of Iraqis and US Troops for profit, in that they fund the destruction of the country so they can profit on its reconstruction.
It's also about how we all line up behind these scumbags and keep driving our SUV's – and are effectively trading in the future of our children for convenience in the short term.
This song was inspired by the Bill Moyer's NOW program from November 14, 2003, Cash and Carry, which detailed the direct connections between the Shrub Administration and the main two or three companies that are profiting directly from the Iraqi reconstruction.
We go anywhere we wanna go
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inviata da giorgio 5/2/2010 - 12:29
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Improving

[2007]
Lyrics and Music by Lisa Rein

This song is about the crazy idea that any kind of "democracy" the U.S. brought to Iraq could be worth the death of a single Iraqi person.
It's like someone saying: « Ok here's the plan:
– First, we bomb all your public water and power systems, then we don't actually rebuild them, so a lot of you are going to die off from that.
– Next, your brother and aunt die when us or the insurgents bomb them by mistake.
– Next, you get democracy! »
See!? It's a bargain!."
Cut off the power lines, my friend
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inviata da giorgio 5/2/2010 - 12:26
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All Gone Away

[1985]
Album "Our Favourite Shop"

"Vieni a farti un giro tra queste colline, e guarda come il neoliberismo uccide, intere comunità, intere famiglie... Non è rimasto nulla, tutto è stato spazzato via"
The wind blows whispers down the street,
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inviata da Alessandro 5/2/2010 - 11:58
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Living For The City

[1973]
Album "Innervisions"
A boy is born in hard time Mississippi
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inviata da Alessandro 5/2/2010 - 09:03
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Living In America

[2004]
Album "Don't Tell A Soul"

Una canzone contro la violenza e la discriminazione di cui le persone omosessuali sono ancora oggi vittime in America, così come le transessuali.
E transgender sono tutte le componenti di questa rock band di San Francisco,
All along this great big land
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inviata da Alessandro 5/2/2010 - 08:49
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نظر

Hassan Mousa and Jody McIntyre writing from Nilin, occupied West Bank, Live from Palestine, 18 December 2009.

Situated just west of Ramallah, the Palestinian village of Nilin has lost huge swathes of land to Israel's settlements and its wall in the occupied West Bank. In a year and a half of resisting construction of the wall, five villagers have been murdered by the Israeli military while demonstrating. Hassan Mousa is a coordinator of the Nilin Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and the uncle of Ahmed Mousa, an 11-year-old boy who was the first villager from Nilin to be killed by the Israeli army.

Hassan Mousa being arrested during a demonstration at the wall.
Human Rights Life under Occupation
4/2/2010 - 20:27
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Convien partir

I wish I could find a translation of this song aaa
4/2/2010 - 12:26
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Childhood's End

LA FINE DELL'INFANZIA
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inviata da Sara Maple 4/2/2010 - 11:19
Dopo un lunghissimo "parto", la pagina relativa all'opera capitale di Mikis Theodorakis, l' Ἄξιον Ἐστί su versi del premio Nobel per la Letteratura Odysseas Elytis raggiunge finalmente la sua veste definitiva, con l'aggiunta del testo completo e dell'esteso saggio di Gian Piero Testa, scritto appositamente per questo sito.
Riccardo Venturi 4/2/2010 - 00:03
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Τὸ Ἄξιόν Ἐστι

NOTE E BIBLIOGRAFIA
di Gian Piero Testa



[1] Una versione italiana completa dell' 'Αξιον Εστί, quella di Mario Vitti, è agevolmente reperibile tra i Nobel delle edizioni UTET.

[2] Elytis si prestò tre volte ad assumere la direzione dei programmi radiofonici nazionali, ma li lasciò sempre dopo pochi mesi, infastidito dal ruolo di dirigente e dalle conseguenti beghe. Si impegnò invece nella Associazione degli scrittori.

[3] Le sette scuri rappresentavano i sette reparti militari che avevano strappato Candia ai Veneziani.

[4] Αλεπούς, plurale αλεπούδες, è in greco moderno la volpe (per il classsico ἄλωπηξ

[5]V. nota bibliografica. Ampi frammenti del componimento di Gatsos furono musicati da Manos Hatzikakis, ed. Syrios.

[6] Si calcola che i morti per fame e stenti durante l’occupazione siano stati 300.000; piu di 100.000 i giustiziati o periti nelle rappresaglie; circa 80.000 gli... (continua)
CCG/AWS Staff - Ελληνικό Τμήμα 3/2/2010 - 23:14
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G.I. Blues

[2009]
Album "The Drum Machine Years" (live recordings)
Both my arms and legs
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 15:17
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Bloodsport For All

[1995]
Album "Straw Donkey... The Singles 1988 - 1995"

"A.W.O.L." è l'acronimo che sta per l'espressione militare "Absent WithOut Leave", cioè "diserzione".
Bloodsport for all said Corporal Flash
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 15:11
Percorsi: Disertori

The Undertaker And The Hippy Protest Singer

[1997]
Album "I Blame the Government"
Peace keeping forces
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 15:04
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Friendly Fascism

[1991]
Album "Friendly Fa$cism"

Una canzone ispirata al libro dello statunitense Bertram Gross, intitolato "Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America" ed edito nel 1980.
Traggo da quel libro la citazione che segue:

"Don't think that modern fascists are like Hitler or Mussolini. Today's Big Government-Big Business tyrants are just as willing to use violence. But they do it more efficiently than the old-time fascists-- with higher tech and lower costs to them. They have the best looks, politicians, celebrities, and control mechanisms that money can buy. Yes, their own conscience tells them that true democracy would be nice. But suppressing their conscience, they undermine the rights of the working and middle classes. Their operating principle is "Might, Money, Male, Murder-- and also White--Make Right." They wreck the environment. They fool you, rule you, use you, abuse you--and... (continua)
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the end of the twentieth century and the arrival of friendly fascism. Regrettably, millions will die as before. But just think of the tremendous selection and savings you’ll gain. Of course the loss of freedom and democracy are tragedies, I know, but consider the entertainment value contained within. And to remind you, it is you, the people, who have mandated this course of our fate so please come with me….
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 13:54
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Free Satpal Ram

[1998]

Satpal Ram è un cittadino britannico di origine bengalese che nel 1987 fu condannato per l'omicidio di tal Clarke Pearce, britannico di origine britannica, avvenuto l'anno precedente a Birmingham, quando una discussione fra due gruppi, asiatici da una parte e bianchi dall'altra, era degenerata in una rissa.
Dettaglio non irrilevante; il ristorante dove avvenne lo scontro si chiamava Sky Blue Indian e furono gli avventori bianchi a provocare Satpal e i suoi amici perchè, a detta loro, la musica proposta, giustamente indiana, faceva schifo (e allora andate a sentire Samantha Fox al pub, stronzi! ndr)

L'arresto ed il processo a Satpal Ram furono da più parti considerati brutali, razzisti ed iniqui. Satpal Ram fu picchiato, affamato, privato del sonno, subì continue perquisizioni corporali e le testimonianze a suo carico furono contraddittorie, condotte in modo non esauriente e gli... (continua)
And we say back way to all the trouble makers
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 13:20

Evviva Garibaldi!

Certo che poi, in effetti, la libertà si è vista!!!
3/2/2010 - 12:24
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Song Against Robots

[2003]
Album "Cold Water Songs"
There is no food I can't eat
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 11:56
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Let Robeson Sing

[2001]
Album "Know Your Enemy"
Scritta da James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore e Nicky Wire.

Brano dedicato a Paul Robeson, il grande baritono-basso, attore ed attivista per i diritti civili afromaericano.
Where are you now
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 11:36
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No Clause 28

[1988]

Protest song against the governing UK Conservative Party's legal restrictions on anyone working for a local authority "promoting" homosexuality,

Section 28 (commonly "Clause 28") of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland, and on 18 November 2003 in the rest of the UK by section 122 of the Local Government Act 2003. The amendment stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".

Some people believed that Section 28 prohibited local councils from distributing any material, whether plays, leaflets, books, etc, that portrayed gay relationships... (continua)
"The aim of this government is to make every one as miserable as possible!"
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 11:21
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Phil Ochs

[1993]
Album "Long Pig"
Scritta da Steve Skaith e Mike Jones

A look at the death of a protest singer of the 1960's and of that which died with him.

Phil Ochs was a talented singer-songwriter of the 1960s who addressed all manner of anti-war, civil rights, labour, and social justice issues in America. To Ochs, music was a means to carry a message and with unending optimism claimed young men and women could change the world for the better if only they were willing. By the late 60s, increasing weariness and disenchantment with idealism began to seep into both his compositions and his singing. Phil Ochs took his own life in 1976.
Here comes Phil Ochs shovel on his shoulder
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 10:31

King For A Day

[1993]
Album "Long Pig"
Scritta da Steve Skaith e Mike Jones

"The gulf war from the perspective of an ordinary soldier, who was first used and then discarded."
The cross of St. George
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 10:24

A Slow Waltz For Chile

[1989]
Album "Swimming Against The Stream"
Scritta da Steve Skaith e Mike Jones
Last night I heard of the death of a stranger to me
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 10:10
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Burn Again

[1987]
Album "Mick and Caroline"
Scritta da Steve Skaith e Mike Jones

Anastasio Somoza reigned over Nicaragua as if it was a family possession. The National Guard might just as well have worn the family crest of the Somozas. The country was a family business, economically dependant on the West, but those who overthrew Somoza wanted to end the serfdom and share the land with everyone. We should be ashamed that the West wants to undermine the newly won freedom. Must Nicaragua burn again, because the USA has the need to be born again? The USA itself started in a war of independence, when the word 'freedom' was written large in the constitution. But now the torch (of freedom) casts a giant shadow - when the Congress sends the Contras out to hunt the Nicaraguans in the hospitals and classrooms, in order to make a free election impossible. The USA plays with Central America as if it was a fruit machine. She takes the coffee beans and pays the bill with bullets and marines.
When Anastasio fell he was by then the first Somoza
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 09:18
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Freight Elevator

[1987]
Album "Mick and Caroline"
Scritta da Steve Skaith e Mike Jones.

Up until after World War Two, black and white musicians in the USA could perform on stage together, but often weren't allowed to stay in the same hotel. This song tells a true story about the Jazz singer Billie Holiday, who appeared night after night in the Artie Shaw orchestra on 52nd Street, the centre of New York's nightlife. There she enchanted the public with her voice - like velvet stretched over barbed wire. The crowd is so big, that they've had to hire extra waiting staff. But Billie Holiday wasn't allowed to use the main elevator which the other guests and performers used. Instead the hotel management forced her to use the freight elevator at the back of the building - just because she was black! The freight elevator, crammed in between fresh sheets, a case of grapefruit juice in tins, and the shoes that a... (continua)
It's a mighty long day, in the freight elevator,
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 09:09
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Remember

[1987]
Album "Mick and Caroline"
Scritta da Steve Skaith

All shall come to the house of the Almighty, big and small, rich and poor - a memorial service for a soldier, who was killed far from home, maybe in the Falklands war. The priest says a sorrowful prayer and blesses the cause for which the soldier died. But would the veteran from the battle of Verdun (in World War One) speak of glory when he lays a wreath on Armistice Day? Would he offer himself up to defend the British Empire once again? And who thinks of the members of the International Brigade, who defended Madrid against the fascists during the Spanish civil war, while President Roosevelt preached about preserving the status quo and England stood idly by? Or of the Greek partisans, who held the Athens bridge, and who were betrayed by the English at the end of World War Two, who let the Monarchy back into power instead? Did Jesus... (continua)
In the house of the almighty lord
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 08:57
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America For Beginners

[1985]
Album "Modern Times"
Scritta da Steve Skaith e Mike Jones.

"Bed-Time for Bonzo", 1951, con Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn e lo scimpanzé Bonzo (però... quella faccia non mi è nuova... uhmmm...?!?).

The election of Ronald Reagan to President of the USA and subsequent swing to the political right horrified many people. "Bed-Time for Bonzo": One of Reagan's last movies in which his co-star, a chimpanzee named Bonzo, was the better actor. Great Britain under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher became little more than just another State of America.

The paranoia of the McCarthy era surfaced again with the administration's determination to rid the world of the red menace aboard. The origins of crack cocaine in California was traced back to the Contras, a guerrilla force backed by the Reagan administration that attacked Nicaragua's Sandinista government during the 1980s. Payment were made... (continua)
What's keeping the White House white
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 08:47
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Radio Africa

[1985]
Album "Modern Times"
Scritta da Steve Skaith, Mike Jones e Ron Keefe.

There's only bad news from Radio Africa. In 1985 South Africa was still governed by the monster apartheid. The West complains about the foreign aid, but in the trade with the industrial nations, it's the African countries who are at a disadvantage: They exchange cheap raw materials for expensive finished products. With the war in the Ogaden 1977/78 Moscow first supported the socialist government of Somalia, but then supplied weapons to the Ethiopian dictatorship. There is still hope for Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but for Tanzania progress has had to stop -- the oil imports devoured too much foreign exchange. " Exchange ", "Credit", " Interest ": technical terms that all add up to only one thing: Everything gets even harder. Independence is an expensive commodity when the finances lie in white hands.
I'm hearing only bad news from Radio Africa.
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inviata da Alessandro 3/2/2010 - 08:38




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