What Are Their Names

David Crosby
Language: English

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Album: If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971)

if i could only remember my name

"I was ending my tour in Uncle's Army when the massacre at Kent and Jackson State happened. While in Uncle's army I had become radicalized and more anti-war, anti-military and anti-government each day, but this numbed me. Now the government was not only sending American youth to kill Asian youth but it was killing its' own children on college campuses...what's next?"

This was when the music and the message became louder and bolder. David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released a solo LP later in 1970, If I Could Only Remember My Name, that would address issues such as drugs, love and war. In the song What Are Their Names Crosby wondered who the old men were who could send children off to war and perhaps we should pay them a visit. Backed by a who's/who of San Francisco musicians, this LP is perhaps the most creative music Crosby was ever to release as a solo venture.
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(autori: David Crosby, Neil Young, Phil Lesh, Michael Shrieve, Jerry Garcia) (esecutori: David Crosby: chitarra elettrica e voce, Jerry Garcia chitarra solista, Neil Young chitarra solista, Phil Lesh Basso, Bill Kreutzmann batteria The PERRO chorus: David Crosby, Paul Kantner, Joni Mitchell, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, David Freiberg, Graham Nash)

Parole composte da Crosby per il coro di amici (chiamato per l'occasione Perro, come cane in spagnolo) che hanno cantato su una base registrata il giorno prima; ancora una volta una registrazione sostanzialmente "live", con un numero di microfoni inferiore al numero degli amici coristi.

(Da "Musica e Memoria")
I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand.
Tell me what are their names,
And on what street do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not
An awful lot
To ask

2004/12/15 - 20:09

Language: Italian

Versione italiana di Alberto Truffi da Musica e Memoria

Mi chiedo chi siano
gli uomini che realmente guidano questo paese
e mi chiedo perché lo facciano
in questo modo così sconsiderato.
Potete dirmi quali sono i loro nomi
e in quale strada vivono?
Mi piacerebbe partire di corsa questo pomeriggio
e dare loro
una parte dei miei pensieri
che riguardano la pace per l'umanità.
La pace non è
una cosa tanto complicata
da chiedere.

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi - 2005/8/7 - 11:56

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