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Hymn of the Big Wheel

Massive Attack
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Scritta dai Massive Attack con Horace Andy e Neneh Cherry
Album “Blue Lines”‎

BlueLines

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“La terra gira sul proprio asse, un uomo lotta mentre un altro si riposa…”

Un album che è un capolavoro assoluto del trip-hop (ma ci pensate che dall’esordio dei Massive ‎Attack è già passato un quarto di secolo?!?), ideato e realizzato durante la prima guerra del Golfo.‎

First Gulf War, 1991, ‎tecnici petroliferi canadesi riparano un pozzo kuwaitiano bombardato, foto di Sebastião Salgado.‎
First Gulf War, 1991, ‎tecnici petroliferi canadesi riparano un pozzo kuwaitiano bombardato, foto di Sebastião Salgado.‎


Una canzone che racconta del nostro pianeta violentato, della natura giorno dopo giorno cancellata, ‎irrimediabilmente perduta… Non un brano specificamente contro la guerra ma che ciò nonostante ‎fu incluso nella famosa compilation “Peace Not War” realizzata dopo le grandi manifestazioni ‎contro l’imminente attacco americano all’Iraq che si tennero in tutto il mondo il 15 febbraio del ‎‎2003.‎



The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

There's a hole in my soul like a cavity
Seems like the world is out to gather just by gravity
The wheel keeps turning the sky's rearranging
Look my son the weather is changing

I'd like to feel that you could be free
Look up at the blue skies beneath a new tree
Sometime again
You'll turn green and the sea turns red
My son I said the power of axis over my head
The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

We sang about the sun and danced among the trees
And we listened to the whisper of the city on the breeze
Will you cry in the most in a lead-free zone
Down within the shadows where the factories drone
On the surface of the wheel they build another town
And so the green come tumbling down
Yes close your eyes and hold me tight
And i'll show you sunset sometime again

The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

As a child's silent prayer my hope hides in disguise
While satellites and cameras watch from the skies
An acid drop of rain recycled from the sea
It washed away my shadow burnt a hole in me
And all the king's men cannot put it back again
But the ghetto sun will nurture life
And mend my soul sometime again

The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes

Contributed by Dead End - 2013/3/20 - 14:52



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