Bid 'Em In!

Oscar Brown, Jr
Lingua: Inglese

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Una celebre spoken song – già quasi un rap - di Oscar Brown Jr., poeta ed attivista per i diritti civili afroamericano scomparso nel 2005 e autore anche di Forty Acres And A Mule, presente su questo sito.

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E’ il terribile racconto di una ”slave auction”, le aste nel corso delle quali gli schiavi africani venivano messi in vendita. Qui l’oggetto dell’asta è una giovane:

“Non fate caso alle sue lacrime, è solo uno dei suoi trucchetti.
550… chi offre 600?
E’ in salute, forte, ben messa.
Se ne può fare una buona domestica se viene adeguatamente frustata.
Forza, fatemi un’offerta!”

Nel 1979 il cartoonist Neal Sopata realizzò per “Bid 'em in!” un bellissimo cortometraggio d’animazione che fu candidato all’Oscar.
Bid 'em in! Get 'em in!
That sun is hot and plenty bright.
Let's get down to business and get home tonight.
Bid 'em in!

Auctioning slaves is a real high art.
Bring that young gal, Roy. She's good for a start.
Bid 'em in! Get 'em in!

Now here's a real good buy only about 15.
Her great grandmammy was a Dahomey queen.
Just look at her face, she sure ain't homely.
Like Sheba in the Bible, she's black but comely.
Bid 'em in!

Gonna start her at three. Can I hear three?
Step up gents. Take a good look see.
Cause I know you'll want her once you've seen her.
She's young and ripe. Make a darn good breeder.
Bid 'em in!

She's good in the fields. She can sew and cook.
Strip her down Roy, let the gentlemen look.
She's full up front and ample behind.
Examine her teeth if you've got a mind.
Bid 'em in! Get 'em in!

Here's a bid of three from a man who's thrifty.
Three twenty five! Can I hear three fifty?
Your money ain't earning you much in the banks.
Turn her around Roy, let 'em look at her flanks.
Bid 'em in!

Three fifty's bid. I'm looking for four.
At four hundred dollars she's a bargain sure.
Four is the bid. Four fifty. Five!
Five hundred dollars. Now look alive!
Bid 'em in! Get 'em in!

Don't mind them tears, that's one of her tricks.
Five fifty's bid and who'll say six?
She's healthy and strong and well equipped.
Make a fine lady's maid when she's properly whipped.
Bid 'em in!

Six! Six fifty! Don't be slow.
Seven is the bid. Gonna let her go.
At seven she's going!
Pull her down Roy, bring the next one on.
Bid 'em in! Get 'em in! Bid 'em in!

inviata da Bartleby - 18/11/2010 - 09:37

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