For the Taking

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Edward Donald Slovik (Detroit, 18 febbraio 1920 – Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, 31 gennaio 1945)
Edward Donald Slovik (Detroit, 18 febbraio 1920 – Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, 31 gennaio 1945)

Eddie D. Slovik fu un soldato americano, l'unico condannato a morte ed effettivamente ucciso per diserzione durante la Il guerra mondiale. 21.000 soldati vennero condannati durante la guerra per diserzione, di cui 49 condanne a morte, di cui fu eseguita solo quella di Slovik.
Americano di nascita, ma polacco di origine, con piccoli precedenti penali in adolescenza, alcuni storici osservano come la sua esecuzione abbia anche una qualche connotazione razzistica.
A Slovik, seppure senza essere in alcun modo citato nelle canzoni, è dedicato l'album Balaklava dei Pearls before swine
I still have a dream, a dream that is mine
That when this is over, they'll empty my spine
Still the sweet smell of burning alive
If God prods my liver, I'll let go the line

I'm stuck in the trench with the stench of decay
and nothing can be what it wasn't today
I've not slept in days with my wits going numb
Wish she could see what I've become

Holding my breath, take my last breath
Addicted to thisI wouldn't say a word
I don't want my children
Staggered with hump backs
No feeling to wake, not even to die
I'm dying for her to ask where I am
I'm dying for her, she don't give a damn
I'd almost forgotten how rotten skin fails
Not even in my death can her beauty pale
and she come tear a tear from my eye
So call me a coward but how would you fight ?
And talk about heaven and days when we danced
But down here, Christ, Heaven it can't stand a chance
and you make me so sick for murdering Slovik
For having no tug of your war

You never would listen
A surrogate has risen

Contributed by donquijote82 - 2014/3/6 - 18:53

Sempre a proposito di Slovik esiste una riscrittura di Vonnegut della suite di Igor Stravinskij L'Histoire du Soldat. E' il primo album di musica classico bollato con il bollino "parental Advisory"

An american soldier's tale

DoNQuijote82 - 2014/3/8 - 18:37

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