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New World Order

Curtis Mayfield
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(1996)
Title track dell'ultimo album di Curtis Mayfield
Scritta da Curtis Mayfield, Raimundo Thomas & Brian Fleming

New World Order


Il 13 agosto 1990 Curtis Mayfield fu vittima di un gravissimo incidente. Durante un concerto a Brooklin l'impianto di illuminazione cadde sul palco colpendo il cantante e fratturandogli la colonna vertebrale. In seguito all'incidente Mayfield rimase paralizzato dal collo in giù. Nove anni dopo, a soli 57 anni, Mayfield se ne andava per le complicazioni dell'incidente e per il diabete di cui soffriva.

Ma nel 1996 era riuscito a incidere, pur con mille difficoltà, il suo ultimo album, che si apriva con questa canzone di speranza che rovesciava il significato del termine impiegato da Bush fin dal 1990 per indicare la Pax Americana, una pace che puzzava fin troppo di guerra. Nella canzone invece il nuovo ordine mondiale è un sinonimo di speranza dei milioni di persone che marciano su Washington ricordando Martin Luther King e lottando per la giustizia e la fine di ogni discriminazione. Una canzone quanto mai attuale oggi che gli Stati Uniti sono segnati dalle rivolte contro il razzismo della polizia in seguito all'assassinio di George Floyd.
Darkness no longer, a child is born
Mother shed tears of joy as baby test his lungs
My daddy's not there where he ought to be
Somewhere in Georgia, skinning and shooting craps on his knees
Another victim born out here in the hood
And based on statistics it really ain't all good
Welfare takes the tab and daddy can't sign
And it can't be seen, the family becomes a crime
The hunt is on and brother you're the prey
Serving time in jail, it just ain't the way
I'm living so hard, baby, that my hair is gray
We got to make a change, it's a brand new day

A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race
A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race

Operation influx and it's on the way
We've just marched a million plus the other day
Look we all witnessed the sweat rolling down Ms Liberty's head
She knows the sleeping giant is no longer sleeping dead
Oh, what a fulfillment of prophecy
Let us teach the children freedom's never been free
It's okay to cry, go ahead and cry
'Cause Jesus wept but hope and faith he kept
It's a new day

A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race
A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race

The die has been cast and there's no need to fear
'Cause people, the answer to your prayers are here
Sister Mary don't you weep, tell Martha not to moan
We need the love and daddy's coming home
There's no need to worry, the times dictate a plan
Mother Earth's given birth to a brand new man
Sister I know you're misunderstood
But hold on to your man 'cause the future looks good
It's a new day

A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race
A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race

Beware of the lies and false prophecies
We are many with eyes but don't all really see
You must be merciful, my friend, to obtain the same
So if you break the chain don't pass the blame
We should say unto all and I'll say it again
It's not just to win, shake a hand, make a friend
We who are pure at heart somehow might see
There's still light in the world, come rejoice with me
It's a new day

A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race
A new world order, a brand new day
A change of mind for the human race

It's a new day, it's a new day
It's a new day, it's a new day
It's a new day
It's a new day
Yes, Lord, it's a brand new day

inviata da Lorenzo Masetti (grazie alle fantastiche farfalle di Benedetto Ferrara) - 2/6/2020 - 01:19



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