Música para una crisis

13 Abr

Muchos en Estados Unidos consideran que la canción Brother, can you spare a Dime? de 1931, es la “sintonía musical” de la Gran Depresión, como de todos es bien conocida m afición a buscar músicas para ilustrar un tema o una cuestión os incluyo aquí un vídeo de la PBS (la TV pública de los EE.UU.) con imágenes de la época y el fondo musical de dicha canción. Más abajo tenéis la letra de la misma.

“Brother, Can you spare a Dime?”

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,

When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.

They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,

Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

 

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.

Once I built a railroad; now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;

Once I built a tower, now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

 

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,

Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,

Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,

And I was the kid with the drum!

 

Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.

Why don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

 

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,

Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,

Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,

And I was the kid with the drum!

 

Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.

Say, don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

 No sólo de canciones tristes y “depresivas” vive el hombre (o la mujer), por eso ¿qué tal si vemos y leemos una canción más alegre (y más cínica) sobre la Gran Depresión y sus consecuencias? Para eso nada mejor que Money, money, del musical Cabaret y los grandísimos Lizza Minelli y Joel Grey. Aquí van, el vídeo y la letra.  A disfrutar y a aprender

 

Money, money

Money makes the world go around,
the world go around, the world go around,
Money makes the world go around,
it makes the world go round.

A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound,
a buck or a pound, a buck or a pound,
Is all that makes the world go around,
that clinking clanking sound,
Can make the world go round.

If you happen to be rich, and you feel like a night’s entertainment,
You can pay for a gay escapade.
If you happen to be rich, and alone and you need a companion,
You can ring ting-a-ling for the maid.
If you happen to be rich and you find you are left by your lover,
Tho you moan and you groan quite a lot,
You can take it on the chin,
call a cab and begin to recover on your fourteen carat yacht.

Money makes the world go around,
the world go around, the world go around,
Money makes the world go around,
of that we both are sure.
(Raspberry) On being poor.

When you haven’t any coal in the stove and you freeze in the winter
And you curse to the wind at your fate.
When you haven’t any shoes on your feet and your coat’s thin as paper
And you look thirty pounds underweight,
When you go to get a word of advice from the fat little pastor,
he will tell you to love evermore.
But when hunger comes to rap, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, at the window
See how love flies out the door.

For money makes the world go around, the world go around,
the world go around.
Money makes the world go around,
the clinking, clanking sound
of Money, money, money, money,
Money, money, money, money,
Get a little, get a little,
Money, money, money, money,
Mark, a yen, a buck or a pound,
That clinking, clanking clunking sound
is all that makes the world go round,
It makes the world go round.

 

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