Into the Streets May First

Alfred Hayes
Language: English

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Versi di Alfred Hayes (1911-1985), scrittore e poeta inglese, l’autore de I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.
Musica di Aaron Copland (1900-1990), grande compositore americano.

Canzone vincitrice del concorso “Workers Music League/New Masses” indetto nel 1934 in occasione della festa del Primo Maggio. Copland decise di mettere in musica questo testo come reazione all’avvento del nazismo in Europa. In seguito, pur non sconfessando questa sua opera, non la incluse mai nel proprio catalogo ufficiale. Ciò nonostante, all’epoca della “caccia alle streghe” anticomunista, anche Copland fu preso di mira dal senatore McCarthy.

Into the streets May First!
Into the roaring Square!
Shake the midtown towers!
Shatter the downtown air!

Come with a storm of banners,
Come with an earthquake tread,
Bells, hurl out of your belfries,
Red flag, leap out your red!

Out of the shops and factories,
Up with the sickle and hammer,
Comrades, these are our tools,
A song and a banner!

Roll song, from the sea of our hearts,
Banner, leap and be free;
Song and banner together,
Down with the bourgeoisie!

Sweep the big city, march forward,
The day is a barricade;
We hurl the bright bomb of the sun,
The moon like a hand grenade.

Pour forth like a second flood!
Thunder the alps of the air!
Subways are roaring our millions -
Comrades, into the square!

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2014/5/1 - 13:51

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