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Each One Lost

Bruce Cockburn
Language: English


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[2009]
Parole e musica di Bruce Cockburn.
Nell’album intitolato “Small Source of Comfort” pubblicato nel 2011.

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"On the way into Kandahar Airfield from Ottawa, our little group spend a few hours at Camp Mirage, a Canadian staging base in the Middle East. As we were about to board our next plane, we found ourselves part of a Ramp Ceremony, honouring the remains of two young Canadian Forces members who had been killed that day and were being sent home. One of the saddest and most moving scenes I've ever been privileged to witness...this song is dedicated to the memory of Major Yannick Pépin and Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin." (Bruce Cockburn)



Una canzone scritta in memoria di due soldati canadesi abbattuti in Afghanistan – dove Bruce Cockburn si era recato in visita al fratello, ufficiale medico – piena di dolore e di pietà ma che al tempo stesso rifiuta la retorica patriottarda e, anzi, si scaglia contro i potenti che si credono piccoli dèi capaci di disporre delle vite altrui, mandate a combattere e a morire per imporre la paura e l’odio, mentre ogni essere umano non cerca altro che amore, tolleranza e fiducia reciproca…
Under the big lights
shadows stretching long
the ramp is lowered gently to the tarmac
and all of us, we wait
in this sea of gravity
for the precious cargo to appear

Here come the dead boys
moving slowly past
the pipes and prayers and strained commanding voices
and the tears in our hearts
make an ocean we're all in
all in this together don't you know

You can die on your sofa
safe inside your home
or die in a mess of flame and shrapnel
we all in our time go
you know you're not alone
you're in the hearts of everybody here

Each one lost
is everyone's loss you see
each one lost is a vital part of you and me

Some would have us bow
in bondage to their dreams
of little gods who lay down laws to live by
but all these inventions
arise from fear of love
and open-hearted tolerance and trust

Well screw the rule of law
we want the rule of love
enough to fight and die to keep it coming
if that sounds like confusion
brother think again
we know exactly what we chose

Each one lost
is everyone's loss you see
each one lost is a vital part of you and me

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2014/9/3 - 14:39



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