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The Mail Will Go Through

Tom Paxton
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[1988]
Album “Politics Live”
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Negli anni 50, durante la guerra fredda, le autorità di mezzo mondo erano solite predisporre manualetti di sopravvivenza in caso di attacco nucleare (tipo i celebri “Duck & Cover” statunitensi) o dettagliati piani di emergenza relativi alle procedure per garantire questo o quel servizio dopo il “big one” e sotto il “fallout” radioattivo. Per fare un esempio, l’U.S. Postal Service predispose un piano, poi costantemente aggiornato fino agli anni 80, per la consegna della posta nel dopo-guerra atomica… Quando Tom Paxton venne a conoscenza della notizia, che l’USPS intendeva garantire il servizio postale anche dopo l’olocausto termo-nucleare globale, non potè tenersi da scriverci su questa canzone…
They can go and drop the big one but the mail will go through
That's a promise to you, that the mail will go through
There'll be no one left to read it, but the mail will go through
What a wonderful change that will be

Yessir, modern life is scary, it's sure tough on me and thee
It's hard to count on anything these days
But when things get too hairy with their insecurity
We can count on the Post Office, Lord be praised
They say we'll all be cinders in the end
But there's one bright hope on which we may depend

The announcement was so welcome, it allayed our deepest fears
It was met with heartfelt cheers as we sank a couple o' beers
We can write to all our loved ones saying, We're no longer here
And the mail will go through

When the final war is over and it's been a great success
We've been powdered, more or less - comes the mail man express
He'll come sifting through the ashes till he finds the right address
And the mail will go through

So the future can't be all bad, there's a lot you've got to like
If they've vaporized your bike you can take a little hike
And get your letter in the chute between the first and second strike
And the mail will go through

inviata da Alessandro - 27/4/2010 - 15:13



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