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Haemoglobin

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A song from the point of view of a black man lynched in the 50's America. It's about "racism and prejudice breeding prejudice."
This man has been hung from a tree, but it the song seems to tell that he survives, he manages to keep the oxygen from being cut off and the haemoglobin carries it to the body. Haemoglobin being the key to this man's healthy heartbeat.

"It's our version of [legendary chanteuse] Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit", but where Billie's walking around observing fruit [dead slaves] hanging from the trees, we've actually placed you inside the man's head. It starts off with him hanging from a tree - he's in a state of resignation. In the second verse, he gets cut down and that resignation turns into confusion. And by the third verse, that confusion has turned into anger and a lust for revenge. It's a simple moral thing, prejudice breeds prejudice and violence breeds violence. We started this band in our early 20s and now we're getting towards our 30s and you look at the world around you a bit more. And it touches you, what people are prepared to do to each other for religion, for land. Violence still exists. There's a war every day, people getting murdered every day. If you watch the news, you get affected by that." – Brian Molko


Placebo Meanings

Una canzone scritta dal punto di vista di un nero linciato negli Stati Uniti degli anni '50. Parla del razzismo e del pregiudizio che genera il razzismo. Quest'uomo è stato impiccato a un albero, ma la canzone suggerisce che riesce a sopravvivere, riesce a impedire di essere asfissiato e che l'emoglobina continui a portare ossigeno nel sangue.
I was hanging from a tree
Unaccustomed to such violence
Jesus looking down on me
I'm prepared for one big silence

How'd I ever end up here?
Must be through some lack of kindness
And it seemed to dawn on me
Haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat

At the time they cut me free
I was brimming with defiance
Doctors looking down on me
Breaking every law of science

How'd I ever end up here?
Reaching strain of color blindness
Then it seemed to dawn on me
Haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat

Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground, go
Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground

As they drag me to my feet
I was filled with incoherence
Theories of conspiracy
The whole world wants my disappearance

I'll go fighting nail and teeth
You've never seen such perseverance
Gonna make you scared of me
'Cause haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heartbeat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat

Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground, go
Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground, go

Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground, go
Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground

2016/1/17 - 15:57



Language: Italian

Traduzione italiana da Placebo Tribute
EMOGLOBINA

Ero appeso a un albero,
non avvezzo a tanta violenza.
Dall’alto Gesù mi guardava,
sono pronto all’assoluto silenzio.
Come è potuto accadere?
Forse mancanza di benevolenza.
E a questo punto ho realizzato
che l’emoglobina è la chiave
di un battito cardiaco regolare.

Quando mi hanno liberato
ero pieno di arroganza,
dall’alto i medici mi guardavano
infrangere le leggi della scienza.
Come è potuto accadere?
Una forma di daltonismo latente,
e a questo punto ho realizzato
che l’emoglobina è la chiave
di un battito cardiaco regolare.

E adesso i miei piedi non toccano terra.

E mentre mi rialzavano
ero pieno d’incoerenza
e teorie complottiste:
Il mondo intero vuole farmi sparire,
lotterò con le unghie e coi denti,
non avete mai visto
tanta determinazione,
vi farò avere paura di me
perché l’emoglobina è la chiave
di un battito cardiaco regolare.

E adesso i miei piedi non toccano terra.

2016/1/17 - 15:58



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