Chansons de légende : 4. Universal Soldier (Buffy Sainte Marie)

Popularisée par Donovan qui en fait une reprise sur un EP anglais en 1965, cette chanson fut pourtant écrite par Buffy Sainte Marie en 1964 et publiée sur son tout premier album "It's my way".  Les mots sont simples mais le propos plus profond qu'il y paraît. Il n'y est pas seulement question de pacifisme et de stigmatisation de la guerre, mais aussi de la nature belliqueuse de l'être humain et de responsabilité collective.  Une fois encore, aucune ligne n'en est aujourd'hui obsolète.

La version de Donovan :
Et celle de Buffy :

Universal Soldier

He's five foot-two, and he's six feet-four,
He fights with missiles and with spears.
He's all of thirty-one, and he's only seventeen,
Been a soldier for a thousand years.

He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain,
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew.
And he knows he shouldn't kill,
And he knows he always will,
Kill you for me my friend and me for you.

And he's fighting for Canada,
He's fighting for France,
He's fighting for the USA,
And he's fighting for the Russians,
And he's fighting for Japan,
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.

And he's fighting for Democracy,
He's fighting for the Reds,
He says it's for the peace of all.
He's the one who must decide,
Who's to live and who's to die,
And he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him,
How would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone,
He's the one who gives his body
As a weapon of the war,
And without him all this killing can't go on.

He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame,
His orders come from far away no more,
They come from here and there and you and me,
And brothers can't you see,
This is not the way we put the end to war.

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Chansons de légende : 3. Ordinary Man (Christy Moore)

Christy Moore, 62 ans aujourd'hui, membre fondateur du groupe irlandais Planxty dont il fit partie jusqu'en 1975. "Ordinary Man" fut considérée comme une chanson anti-Thatcher, au temps noir de Maggy. Hélas, elle est bien trop universelle pour être démodée.

En vidéo : http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=2YjdIndeYxw



I'm an ordinary man, nothing special nothing grand
I've had to work for everything I own
I never asked for a lot, I was happy with what I'd got
Enough to keep my family and my home
Now they say that times are hard and they've handed me my cards
They say there's not the work to go around
And when the whistle blows, the gates will finally close
Tonight they're going to shut this factory down
Then they'll tear it d-o-w-n

I never missed a day nor went on strike for better pay
For twenty years I served the best I could
Now with a handshake and a check it seems so easy to forget
Loyalty through the bad times and through good
The owner says he's sad to see that things have got so bad
But the captains of industry won't let him lose
He still drives a car and smokes his cigar
And still he takes his family on a cruise, he'll never lose

Well it seems to me such a cruel irony
He's richer now than ever he was before
Now my check is spent and I can't afford the rent
There's one law for the rich, one for the poor
Every day I've tried to salvage some of my pride
To find some work so I can pay my way
Oh but everywhere I go, the answer's always no
There's no work for anyone here today, no work today

And so condemned I stand, just an ordinary man
Like thousands beside me in the queue
I watch my darling wife trying to make the best of life
And Lord knows what the kids are going to do
Now that we are faced with this human waste
A generation cast aside
And as long as I live, I never will forgive
You've stripped me of my dignity and pride, you've stripped me bare
You've stripped me bare, you've stripped me bare.

© Christy Moore

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