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Ballad of a Well-Known Gun

Elton John
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Storia di un uomo che la fame e l'ingiustizia hanno fatto fuorilegge e pistolero. Braccato dagli agenti della celebre Pinkerton – premiata ditta specializzata in persecuzioni, torture, assassinii e sparizioni ai danni di militanti politici, attivisti sindacali, operai e contadini in sciopero e fuorilegge di varia natura - il bandito si arrende al suo destino, sopraffatto, e accetta la prigione e le catene...



E a lui è andata ancora bene, che i vigilantes della Pinkerton non erano sempre soliti assicurare le loro prede alla legge, ma spesso le linciavano sul posto, specie quando il bando di taglia recitava "Vivo o morto"... Questa fu per esempio la fine che fecero intorno al 1868 tutti i membri della banda dei fratelli Reno – citati nella canzone - disertori della guerra civile specializzatisi poi in spettacolari rapine ai treni... Prima o dopo i Pinkerton li beccarono tutti e li appesero agli alberi tra Indiana, Missouri ed Iowa... Nei pressi di Jackson, nell'Indiana, c'è il posto dove furono impiccati i due fratelli Reno ed il grosso della loro gang: si chiama Hangman Crossing... (en.wikipedia)
I pulled out my Stage Coach Times
And I read the latest news
I tapped my feet in dumb surprise
And of course I saw they knew
The Pinkertons pulled out my bags
And asked me for my name
I stuttered out my answer
And I hung my head in shame

Now they've found me
At last, they've found me
It's hard to run
From a starving family
Now they've found me
Well, I won't run
I'm tired of hearing
There goes a well-known gun

Now I've seen this chain gang
Lord, I say let me see my priest
I couldn't have faced your desert sand
Old burning brown backed beast
The poor house they hit me for my kin
And claimed my crumbling walls
Now I know how Reno felt
When he ran from the law

Now they've found me
At last, they've found me
It's hard to run
From a starving family
Now they've found me
Well, I won't run
I'm tired of hearing
There goes a well-known gun

Now they've found me
Lord I say at last they've found me
It's hard to run
From a starving family
Lord, I say now they've found me
Well, I won't run
I'm tired of hearing
There goes a well-known gun

Lord, I say, now they've found me
At last they've found me
It's hard to run
From a starving family
Now they've found me
And I won't run
I'm tired of hearing
There goes a well-known gun

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2020/1/22 - 22:15


Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Ballad of a Well Known Gun (live at ETL)

B.B. - 2020/1/22 - 22:17



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