Let Them In

John Gorka
Lingua: Inglese

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Let them in, Peter
They are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires

Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun not wartime's
Bloody guns

May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die
God knows how young they were
To have to die

So give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands not golden harps
To these our boys

And let them love, Peter
For they've had no time
They should have trees and bird songs
And hills to climb

The taste of summer in a ripened pear
And girls sweet as meadow wind
With flowing hair

And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It's gonna be alright
With us down here

Let them in, Peter
Let them in, Peter
Let them in, Peter

inviata da daniela -k.d.- - 4/12/2007 - 14:20

La musica è di John Gorka
I versi sono di Elma Grace Dean, una donna di Oakland, California, che li compose nell’estate del 1942. Il titolo della poesia, originariamente pubblicata sulla rivista “The American Mercury” (novembre 1942), è “Letter to Saint Peter”.

Bernart Bartleby - 26/2/2015 - 11:09

Aggiungo solo che la foto scelta a corredo della pagina non mi sembra pertinente. E' infatti piuttosto recente e mostra soldati statunitensi in addestramento, giovani che hanno fatto quella scelta di vita.
Nel 1942, quando il testo di "Letter to Saint Peter (Let Them In)" fu composto, i giovani non potevano scegliere se andare in guerra o no...

Bernart Bartleby - 26/2/2015 - 11:26

Draft lottery, 1940

U.S. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt watching while the blindfolded secretary of war, Henry L. Stimson, draws the first number in the first peacetime draft lottery in U.S. history, October 29, 1940.

Il presidente USA Franklin D. Roosevelt assiste mentre il segretario di Stato Henry L. Stimson, bendato, estrae il primo numero nel corso della prima lotteria di coscrizione in tempo di pace nella storia degli Stati Uniti, 29 ottobre 1940.

Bernart Bartleby - 26/2/2015 - 12:57

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