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I Don't Like Mondays

Bob Geldof wrote this song when he heard about the San Diego elementary school massacre.
In January 1979, Brenda Spencer , a troubled 16-year-old who lived across the street from a schoolyard in San Diego, took the semi-automatic rifle her father had given her for Christmas and began firing. Four people died and eight children were injured. When asked why she did it, she answered "I just don't like Mondays".

Nel gennaio del 1979 Bob Geldof sente la notizia di una sedicenne di San Diego, Brenda Ann Spencer, che si è resa protagonista di una sparatoria nella scuola di fronte a casa sua uccidendo due persone e ferendone altre nove. Alla domanda perché avesse fatto questo gesto lei risponde "I don't like Mondays" (ovvero "Non mi piacciono i lunedì"); questa frase ispira il cantante dei Boomtown Rats a scrivere una canzone.
The silicon chip inside her head
inviata da Marcia 26/6/2008 - 18:41

The House Of Orange

"I don't care what your politics are, when
our children are dying in the streets, it's time to put away the guns." Stan Rogers

The House of Orange is a Stan Rogers song about The Troubles, in particular about fundraising for the combatants in Canada. The overall sentiment of the song is "a pox on both your houses". The 'House of Orange' mentioned in the song is the royal house of William III of England, who led the Protestant side of the Williamite war in Ireland. It is on his posthumous CD From Fresh Water. This is the last song written by Stan Rogers before his death, and arguably among his most lyrically evocative

I took back my hand and I showed him the door
inviata da Marcia 26/6/2008 - 17:34
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A Change Is Gonna Come

Splendida canzone, ne ha fatto una cover anche Gavin DeGraw nel suo lavoro acustico Chariot Stripped. Un musicista giovane ma molto valido. Voce eccezionale.
Danilo 26/6/2008 - 17:21

Hang 'em High

Album: Perpetual (2004)
Hey you guys - sitting in high place
inviata da Marcia 26/6/2008 - 11:15

Half Your Angels

Parole e musica di Graham Nash
dall'album Crosby & Nash (2004)

This song was written by Graham Nash after the Oklahoma City Federal Building tragedy...19 of the 168 victims were children.
Somewhere in Heaven
inviata da Marcia 26/6/2008 - 11:08

Gotta Go (Can`t Wage A War)

Album: "In Your Face"
Now is the time
inviata da Marcia 26/6/2008 - 10:05

Birmingham Six

inviata da matteo88 26/6/2008 - 00:21

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

inviata da Riccardo Venturi 25/6/2008 - 19:42

Blowin' in the Wind


Versione finlandese da Si tratta di una versione letterale.

Finnish version from It is a word-for-word translation.
inviata da Riccardo Venturi 25/6/2008 - 19:33
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Buffalo Soldier

bob marley 6 un vero mito............ ti amo:-) by la tua bob
bob 25/6/2008 - 17:40

Faces In The Dark

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
To heed the war hawks' cry?
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 16:45

Unsung Heroes

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
There's a factory outside Redfern,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 16:21
Percorsi: Eroi

My Own Two Hands

"This song commemorates the framing and murdering by the state of two US activists, Sacco and Vanzetti." Peter Hicks
To you beloved comrade, we make this solemn vow,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 15:55

Ordinary People

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
They treat us as flotsam and jetsam,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 14:04

Beyond The Charcoal Graveyard

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"Here in Tasmania, as in Brazil, as in New Guinea, and as across the world, our magnificent life-giving old growth rainforests are being destroyed at record rates - for greed and plunder. We have to make them stop." Peter Hicks
Beyond the charcoal graveyard, where the black stumps stand in rows,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 13:51

Oltre la guerra e la paura

Chanson italienne – Oltre la guerra e la paura – Modena City Ramblers – 2006

Au-delà de la guerre et de la peur... De grands défis et de grandes épreuves nous attendent ! Contre la culture de la terreur régnante qui se fonde sur le n'importe quoi et la défiance et nous rend égoïstes et faibles. Une chanson sur ces temps sombres et inquiets.” MCR.
inviata da MarcoValdo M.I. 25/6/2008 - 12:26

Mumia Abu-Jamal Was Framed

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"The African American journalist, broadcaster and political activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently on death row after being framed for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. This is probably the most monstrous judicial conspiracy to happen in USA since the framing of Saccho and Vanzetti over 70 years ago." Peter Hicks
There's a man on death row in the frame,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 11:16

Moura Mine

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"This song was written after the Moura mining disaster in central Queensland, Australia, in 1985. The premier of the day, in his headline-grabbing visit to the site of the tragedy, made sure that there was room on his private jet for his media entourage - at the expense of not carrying vital rescue equipment. The subsequent enquiry turned out to be a pure cover up. Less than a decade later, following another similar preventable pit tragedy, Moura Mine was to be permanently closed." Peter Hicks
Working man gets up each morning
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 11:05

The Man With The Pink Triangle

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"This song tells the true story of how a young Jewish girl survived Auschwitz because of the sacrifices made by a fellow prisoner, a gay man." Peter Hicks
You were just a child, too young to know,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:58

Daughters of the Taliban

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"How come that almost nobody seems to give a damn about the most basic human rights of women in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran and Iraq - like not even being allowed to phone a relative or leave the house without your husband's permission for fear of death at the hands of a jealous husband? Maybe it's because, as Madelein Albright said (in the context of China), 'We don't want to mix human rights with trade.'" Peter Hicks
Sleep your sleep, my precious child,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:52

Let Them Be

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"Another day ... another "incident" at one of the desert concentration camps where refugees coming to Australia are kept isolated from their communities, in temperatures of 40o plus, deprived of even the most basic creature comforts, and subject to routine degradation and humiliation. Why can't we just let them be?" Peter Hicks
Let them be, let them be, let them be, let them be,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:44

Jabiluka, No!

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"As if there aren't already too many nuclear weapons and not enough environmental protection in the world, the Australian government, unbelievably, wants to go ahead with uranium mining at Jabiluka, in the Kakadu National Park. This mining is contrary to the wishes of the Mirrar people, traditional owners of this land." Peter Hicks
Jabiluka, No! Jabiluka, No!
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:39

If It Weren't For The Union

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
Our union's story is there to be seen,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:33

For this Apartheid

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
They call you a coon or a kaffir
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:15

The Bottom Line

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis
They're closing down our factories
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 10:08

Fire in Manilla

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis
The hours are long and the work exhausting,
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 09:55

Each Small Candle

Album: In The Flesh - Live 2000

The first stanza is a poem written for Danish Amnesty International by Halfdan Rasmussen. The lyrics of the rest of the song are Roger's response to a newspaper article about the story of a Serbian soldier who helped an Albanian woman lying wounded in a burned-out building.

Halfdan Rasmussen (January 29, 1915 in Copenhagen – March 2, 2002) was a Danish poet. He was known for his nonsensical children's verse and his serious adult writings about social issues and human rights.
Rasmussen was a resistance fighter during the German occupation He became very well known and respected as a poet, nearly becoming a national poet of Denmark. One of his poems, Ikke Bødlen, was featured as one of the best poems on Human Rights on a 1979 book published by Amnesty International Denmark, and would be later translated into the first verse of Roger Waters' song Each Small... (continua)
Not the torturer will scare me
inviata da Marcia 25/6/2008 - 09:38
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Fortunes Of War

Album: The X Factor
Blaze Bayley – voce
Dave Murray – chitarra
Janick Gers – chitarra
Steve Harris – basso
Nicko McBrain – batteria

"Fortunes of War è caratterizzata da un inizio lento prolungato, cadenzato dal basso di Steve Harris. Il resto della canzone è veloce e senza pause. Il brano ci parla del difficile ritorno alla vita normale di un reduce di guerra che continua ad avere incubi." - it.wikipedia.

After the war
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 18:29
Il nostro sito ha raggiunto il 24 giugno 2008 le 7000 canzoni. Come oramai è tradizione, abbiamo preparato per l'occasione una "pagina speciale" dedicata stavolta ad una vera e propria pietra miliare del cinema, e anche della libertà umana: il Discorso finale dal "Grande Dittatore" di Charlie Chaplin.
Riccardo Venturi 24/6/2008 - 17:24

El Salvador

Album: Fight To Survive (1985)
He could barely remember
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 17:22

In den Ruinen von Berlin

La canzone non può assolutamente essere stata scritta da Udo Lindenberg, se è vero che è nato nel 1946, in quanto appare, cantata da marlene dietrich, nel film di Billy Wilder "A Foreign Affaire" o "Intrigo internazionale", del 1948.

C'è decisamente qualcosa che non quadra...
mary 24/6/2008 - 15:40

The Dying Soldier

Oh brother Green, oh come to me,
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 14:56
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Dying Soldier

Album: Ride on
Written by Ger Costelloe from Shannon in Co. Clare.
"Look at the dying soldier"
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 14:41



Versione finlandese da
autore: Sakaali

Finnish version from
author: Sakaali

inviata da Riccardo Venturi 24/6/2008 - 13:53

Guerrilla Soldier

Written by Lawrence Gowan
Album: Strange Animal (1984)
Guerrilla Soldier born in Santo Domingo
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 13:49

Daddy Won't Be Home Anymore

Album: As Long As I Love (1970)

A man is killed while serving at war and his wife doesn't know how to tell their children that their daddy will not come back.
As I look around the little house
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 09:41



Music by Rudolf Schenker
Lyrics by Klaus Meine
Album: Love At Fisrt Sting
It seems to me a nightmare becomes reality
inviata da Marcia 24/6/2008 - 09:02

La guerra di Piero


Versione, o tentativo di versione, di Riccardo Venturi in finlandese (23/24 giugno 2008). Dopo vent'anni e rotti di studio l'autore se la sente finalmente di cominciare a scrivere qualcosa in quella lingua, bellissima e infernale al tempo stesso; ma naturalmente un eventuale madrelingua finlandese ha il diritto e il dovere di metterci le mani come e quando desidera.
24/6/2008 - 01:45

Di nuovo in marcia

Ci sono centinaia di guerre combattute nel mondo, ma la tv, la stampa e i media in generale concentrano tutta la loro attenzione in quelle guerre dove alle spalle c'è gente che conta e che ha interessi più grandi dei popoli stessi. Così sembra quasi che ci siano guerre di primo livello e guerre di secondo livello.
E ogni guerra ha una sua classifica
inviata da Luca 'The River' 24/6/2008 - 01:26
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Oltre il ponte

Version française de Marco Valdo M.I. – 2008

Un très beau texte d'Italo Calvino, texte né précisément de l'expérience des Cantacronache, et qui rappelle sa militance dans la Résistance et la nécessité de transmettre aux générations futures les valeurs qui se trouvaient à la base de ce choix. Comme dit la devise de Marco Valdo M.I., reprise à Piero Calamandrei : «Ora e sempre : Resistenza!»

Le titre italien de la chanson est très exactement "Oltre il ponte » – il y aurait beaucoup à dire sur la résonance d'un tel titre dans l'histoire de la résistance en Italie (mais ailleurs aussi; la résistance est naturellement internationaliste, même quand elle s'ancre dans un patriotisme ardent), à Ivrea, mais aussi par exemple à Florence, où les ponts ont joué un rôle essentiel dans la lutte populaire contre l'envahisseur. (Voir par exemple, Il ponte a Santa Trinita dopo dieci anni, article du même... (continua)
inviata da Marco Valdo M.I. 23/6/2008 - 22:44
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Gelem, gelem

18. Finlandese / Finnish (Riccardo Venturi)

Versione finlandese di Riccardo Venturi
Riccardo Venturin suomennos

(Naturalmente, qualche collaboratrice o collaboratore di madrelingua finlandese può metterci liberamente le mani).
(Luonnollisesti, joku suomenkielinen avustaja/tar saa korjata sen vapaasti).

Romanien kansallislaulu on kansainvälisesti Gelem, gelem!, joka suomeksi tarkoittaa Kuljen, kuljen!. Siitä on erilaisia sovituksia eri maissa paikallisia kulttuureita myötäillen, mutta romanit tunnistavat sen kaikkialla.
- Romanikulttuurin historiallisen taustan takia Gelem, gelem! on varsin surullinen ja mollivoittoinen sävelmä. Tarina on myös surullinen. Teksti kertoo isästä, joka on ollut hankkimassa elantoa perheelleen. Sillä aikaa kotona on vieraillut Musta Legioona, joka on surmannut naiset ja lapset. Kun isä palaa kotiin, hänellä ei ole muuta vaihtoehtoa kuin lähteä vaeltamaan ja... (continua)
23/6/2008 - 20:02

War Of Man

This beautiful ant-war song is well written. The bass playing is haunting and I like the way Neil Young's guitar compliments it in the after-chorus.
Russ 23/6/2008 - 19:35

Denmark 1943

Parole e musica di Fred Small
Nel suo album intitolato "I Will Stand Fast"

And it's Eichmann and Himmler are turning the screws
inviata da Marcia 23/6/2008 - 17:22

Biko Drums

Written by Wally Page

This song is a tribute to Steven Biko and Nelson Mandela.
Way-a listen to the Biko Drum
inviata da Marcia 23/6/2008 - 16:16

Belleau Wood

Written by Joe Henry and Garth Brooks
Album: Sevens (1997)

A song about the Christmas Truce of 1914 during the World War I when British and French troops ceased hostilities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Truce Letter

A brief part of a 10 page letter written by an unknown British soldier that records events and incidents with the Germans on December 24, 1914.

This will be the most memorable Christmas I've ever spent or likely to spend: since about tea time yesterday I don't think theres been a shot fired on either side up to now. Last night turned a very clear frost moonlight night, so soon after dusk we had some decent fires going and had a few carols and songs. The Germans commenced by placing lights all along the edge of their trenches and coming over to us—wishing us a Happy Christmas etc. They also gave us a few songs etc. so we had quite a social party. Several of... (continua)
Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence
inviata da Marcia 23/6/2008 - 14:56


Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Album: Made in England (1995)

A song about "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.
Deep inside my soul fights a war
inviata da Marcia 23/6/2008 - 12:26

Behind The Crooked Cross

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Hanneman
Testo e Musica di Jeff Hanneman
Letra y Musica de Jeff Hanneman
Album: South Of Heaven (1988)

La canzone ha come tema il periodo nazista. Alla lettera, il titolo è "Dietro la Croce Uncinata" ma la traduzione più appropriata è "Per la Croce Uncinata", inteso come un emblema da rispettare. "La Croce Uncinata" è il simbolo che identificava la dittatura di Adolf Hitler. Definita come una canzone anti-nazizta, il testo racconta di alcuni soldati tedeschi della Wehrmacht (si riferisce a persone puramente casuali) che iniziano a pentirsi dei crimini che stanno commettendo. Il verso Forced to fight behind the crooked cross ("Costretto a combattere per la Croce Uncinata") fa trasparire il fatto che i soldati fossero stati convinti in modo ferreo a servire e obbedire agli ordini della dittatura nazista. Un'altra frase riscontrabile nel brano: Trapped by a cause... (continua)
Time melts away in this living inferno
inviata da Marcia 23/6/2008 - 11:56

Anti Establishment Man

Album: REO Speedwagon (1971)

A song against Vietnam War.
Standing by the roadside
inviata da Marcia 23/6/2008 - 11:14

The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Grandissimo Alessandro Portelli!!!
Saluti da un tuo studente.
Luca 'The River' 23/6/2008 - 02:19
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Van Diemen's Land

inviata da Luca 'The River' 23/6/2008 - 01:49

Il Sentiero

La chanson des MCR est un texte inédit inspiré du premier roman d'Italo Calvino « Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno », livre situé à l'époque de la Libération partisane et fortement autobiographique.

D'Italo Calvino (1923-1985), la plus grand partie des lecteurs connaît la trilogie visionnaire et grotesque de Nos ancêtres, mais c'est dans un genre complètement différent que l'auteur ligure a percé comme narrateur, spécifiquement dans «Le Sentier des nids d'araignée», bref roman d'inspiration clairement néoréaliste, qui se déroule entre San Remo et les montagnes de l'intérieur ligure. Dans sa première œuvre, Calvino a inséré une bonne part de son propre bagage de souvenirs de jeunesse, accumulés durant sa période de militance active dans les rangs de la résistance partisane. Le roman, écrit dans l'immédiat après-guerre, fut publié en 1947 avec une préface de Cesare Pavese.
Italo Calvino publia... (continua)
inviata da Marco Valdo M.I. 23/6/2008 - 00:07

Cantata di lupara

(avec l'aide d' Angelo Santamaria)

La mort de Salvatore Carnevale en 1955 à Sciara (Sicile) et la lutte que sa mère, Francesca a voulu mener devant les tribunaux contre la mafia est encore aujourd'hui la référence pour les femmes siciliennes qui mènent la lutte contre la pieuvre. Ce combat de Francesca est au centre d'un excellent livre de Carlo Levi intitulé "Le parole sono pietre". "Le parole" sont précisément celles que Francesca, mater dolorosa, lançait contre la mafia.
A noter que dans ce procès, qui fut renvoyé sur le continent, les avocats des parties étaient notamment : pour porter la voix de Salvatore mort et accuser la mafia : Sandro Pertini (antifasciste, partisan, socialiste) et pour défendre la mafia : Giovanni Leone (Démocrate Chrétien). Sans (autres) commentaires.
Tous deux deviendront ultérieurement Présidents de la République italienne. Giovanni Leone en premier lieu, qui... (continua)
Cantate de la Lupara
inviata da Marco Valdo M.I. 22/6/2008 - 23:09


All my devotion betrayed
22/6/2008 - 21:01

War Should End (In Abyss)

I bought the song called, "War Should End" by Jim Geezil on itunes. It's the kind of song that fits in with the cultural times of 2008. I just think that maybe the reason this independent anti- war song can't be heard on top 40 radio is because the music business is controlled by corporate bullies. This brilliant song will pass us by because marketing has a bigger role to play. Could you imagine if we never got to hear Buffalo Springfield's "For What it's Worth"?
Great songwriters like Jim Geezil can't find their way past the corporate entertainment gridlock. Too bad for him and too bad for us-

Russ, Indie Music Fan
Russ 22/6/2008 - 20:46
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Ho visto un re

Io sono in possesso di alcuni brani "bey" del Monte Amiata disponibili per un'eventuale confronto.
smakko 22/6/2008 - 10:52

Hai appena 18 anni

Album :La Vita Appesa A Un Filo - 2005
inviata da adriana 22/6/2008 - 07:33

Working Class Hero

Piccola riflessione sul potere

Dimmi pure che il potere io l'ho scagliato dalle mani, cantava Fabrizio de André. Sicuramente. Scagliare dalle mani il potere è una cosa sempre opportuna. Ma, una volta ogni tanto, mi permetto anch'io un "però", dato che ha a che fare con un povero coglione italiano, uno di quelli che manda i commenti anonimi a base di "trombate" (del tipo: "pensa a trombare, tu e il tuo sito del cazzo pacifista contro la guerra" ecc. ecc.)

Allora, in un piccolo caso, intendo approfittare del potere di amministratore di questo sito, che ritengo opportuno quando si ha a che fare con dei cretini di questo paese a base di pallone - Buffon - bojachimmolla - padreppìe. Sì, perché è doveroso buttare nel cesso, e non dare nessuno spazio, a commenti come quello lasciato qualche giorno fa dal mentecatto in questione.

Di converso, approfittando appunto per una volta del potere concessomi,... (continua)
Riccardo Venturi 21/6/2008 - 17:43

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