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The Riverbank

Paul Simon
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[2016]
Parole e musica di Paul Simon
Dal suo ultimo album intitolato “Stranger to Stranger”

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The Riverbank was inspired by a visit to wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital and the funeral of a teacher Simon knew that was murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.” (Rolling Stone)

Una canzone sulle persone segnate dalla violenza, ispirata all'incontro che Paul Simon fece con alcuni mutilati, veterani di guerra, e alla morte di una sua conoscente, un'insegnante della scuola elementare Sandy Hook che fu tra le vittime di Adam Peter Lanza.



Il 14 dicembre 2012 a Newtown, Connecticut, un giovane di nome Adam Peter Lanza uccise 27 persone, tra cui 20 bambini, dopo essersi introdotto in una scuola elementare a Sandy Hook. L’assassino, 20 anni, aveva gravi problemi mentali fin dall’infanzia, ma nessuno gli aveva impedito l’acquisto di armi letalissime, come un fucile mitragliatore Bushmaster e una pistola Glock.

Frightened by the tone of a phone
In the dead of night
Then staring into darkness
And praying till the morning light
The price already paid
A son gone to the grave
Now the sorrowful parade
To the riverbank

Must be half the county come down
To the riverbank
High school is closed
Same for the local police
Shall we tearfully embrace
Shall we sing “Amazing Grace”
Will the shallow river waters bring us peace

Army dude
Only son
Nowhere to run
No one to turn to he turns to the gun

It’s a cross
It’s a stone
It’s a fragment of bone
It’s a long walk home

A long walk home
Gonna be a long walk home
From the riverbank

Is there any reason why the black pine
Should not weep
Is there a woman or a man who wouldn’t understand
Why he could not sleep
And the nightmares when they came
Like poison to the brain
Reminded him again
Life is cheap

Army dude
Only son
Nowhere to run
No one to turn to he turns to the gun

It’s a cross
It’s a stone
It’s a fragment of bone
It’s a long walk home

A long walk home
Gonna be a long walk home
From the riverbank

Army dude’s mama
At the edge of the river
Limp as a rag
American flag in her arms

Then a triangle of light
Kissed the red and blue and white
Along the riverbank
Past the dealerships and farms

Army dude
Only son...

inviata da Bernart Bartleby - 27/11/2016 - 17:33



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