lördag 15 november 2008

Lite Oysterband i höstmörkret

Undervisning och slutskrivning av avhandling kommer i vägen för bloggandet för tillfället - så i stället bjuder jag på lite Oysterband:

New York Girls

When I'm Up I Can't get Down

Molly Bond

onsdag 5 november 2008

Den amerikanska drömmen i retur

Presidentvalet i USA har aktualiserat talet om den amerikanska drömmen, om landet där allt är möjligt för den strävsamme. Här är ytterligare ett uttryck, signerat Shane McGowan och the Pogues - den amerikanska drömmen sedd från det gamla landet:

The Body of an American

The Cadillac stood by the house
And the yanks they were within
And the tinker boys they hissed advice
‘Hot-wire her with a pin’
An’ we turned and shook as we had a look
In the room where the dead man lay
So big Jim Dwyer made his last trip
To the shores where his father’s laid

But fifteen minutes later
We had our first taste of whiskey
There were uncles giving lectures
On ancient Irish history
The men all started telling jokes
And the women they got frisky
At five o’clock in the evening
Every bastard there was pisskey

Fare thee well gone away
There’s nothing left to say
Farewell to New York City boys
To Boston and PA
He took them out
With a well-aimed clout
And they often heard him say
I’m a free born man of the USA

He fought the champ in Pittsburgh
And he slashed him to the ground
He took on Tiny Tartanella
And it only went one round
He never had no time for reds
For drink or dice or whores
And he never threw a fight
When the fight was right
So they sent him to the war

Fare thee well gone away
There’s nothing left to say
With a slainte Joe and Erin go
My love’s in Amerikay
The calling of the rosary
Spanish wine from far away
I’m a free born man of the USA

This morning on the harbour
When I said goodbye to you
I remember how I swore
That I’d come back to you one day
And as the sunset came to meet
The evening on the hill
I told you I’d always love you
I always did and I always will

Fare thee well gone away
There’s nothing left to say
But to say adieu to your eyes as blue
As the water in the bay
And to big Jim Dwyer
The man of wire
Who was often heard to say
I’m a free born man of the USA