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Passing Through

Dick Blakeslee
Lingua: Inglese

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Una celeberrima canzone di un "one song's author", o roba del genere. Talmente famosa che tutti credono generalmente sia opera dei suoi due più celebri interpreti, due signori del calibro di Pete Seeger e Leonard Cohen. E, effettivamente, proprio per l'incertezza tra attribuirla a uno dei due, abbiamo optato per attribuirla invece al suo reale autore (che la inserì in un canzoniere popolare intitolato "Lift Every Voice! The Second People's Songbook").
Passing through, passing through,
Sometimes happy, sometimes blue.
Glad that I ran into you;
Tell the people that you saw me passing through.

I saw Adam leave the garden
With an apple in his hand,
I said, "Now you're out
What are you gonna do?
Plant some crops and pray for rain,
Maybe raise a little Cain,
I'm an orphan and I'm only passing through."

I saw Jesus on the cross
On that hill called Calvary.
"Do you hate mankind for what they've done to you?"
He said, "Speak of love, not hate.
Things to do, it's getting late,
I've so little time and I'm just passing through."

I shivered with George Washington
One night at Valley Forge,
"Why do the soldiers freeze here like they do?"
He said, "Men will suffer, fight,
Even die for what is right,
Even though they know they're only passing through."

I was at Franklin Roosevelt's side
Just a while before he died,
He said, "One world must come out of World War Two,
Yankee, Russian, white or tan,
Lord, a man is just a man,
We're all brothers and we're only passing through."

inviata da Riccardo Venturi - 6/1/2006 - 10:07




Lingua: Italiano

Additional verse by Cisco Houston
Well I rode with old Abe Lincoln
on that train to Gettysburg,
I asked him "What are we gonna do?"
He said "Every man must be
unconditionally free
Or there is no reason to be passing through."

22/9/2012 - 23:07




Lingua: Inglese

Additional verse by Civil Rights workers in the 60s.
I heard Martin Luther King
When he said,"Let freedom ring."
And he told us of his dream for me and you.
"Not the colour of your skin
But the character within."
He said,"That's what matters while we're passing through."

22/9/2012 - 23:05




Lingua: Francese

Versione francese di Graeme Allwright
DE PASSAGE

J'ai vu Jésus, sur la croix, sur le mont Golgotha,
J'ai dit "En veux-tu aux hommes pour ce qu'ils t'ont fait ?."
Il dit "Parle d'amour et pas de haine, pour toute la race humaine,
J'ai si peu de temps, je suis seulement de passage".

De passage, de passage
Triste, heureux voyage,
Dans ce monde en rage,
Dis-toi bien, je suis seulement de passage.

J'ai vu Adam quitter le jardin, une pomme dans sa main,
J'ai dit : "Et maintenant, qu'est ce que tu vas faire ? ".
"Je travaillerai la terre et je ferai des prières,
Je suis orphelin, je suis seulement de passage".

De passage, de passage
Triste, heureux voyage,
Dans ce monde en rage,
Dis-toi bien, je suis seulement de passage.

Je suivais Washigton à Valley Forge, grelottant de froid,
J'ai dit "Pourquoi les hommes souffrent tant ici ? ".
"Pour une cause, ils peuvent souffrir, ils sont même prêts à mourir,
Même s'ils savent qu'ils sont seulement de passage".

De passage, de passage
Triste, heureux voyage,
Dans ce monde en rage,
Dis-toi bien, je suis seulement de passage.

Auprès de Roosevelt encore, la nuit avant sa mort,
Il dit "Un monde uni doit naître de ce carnage".
"Qu'on soit Russe, Noir ou Blanc, on a tous le même sang,
Tous ensemble, on est seulement de passage".

De passage, de passage
Triste, heureux voyage,
Dans ce monde en rage,
Dis-toi bien, je suis seulement de passage.

inviata da M R - 22/9/2012 - 23:01



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