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La peste

Dall’album “Anche per oggi non si vola” (1974)
Un bacillo che saltella,
Contributed by giorgio 2008/6/27 - 20:09

Chansons de La bande à Bonnot: 02. Les joyeux bouchers

Da segnalare la versione italiana dell'intera commedia musicale di Henry-François Rey, con canzoni di Boris Vian, opera di Giangilberto Monti:

Giangilberto Monti


storia del bandito anarchico Jules Bonnot su canzoni originali di Boris Vian.

Roberto Carlotti, fisarmonica - Renata Mezenov Sa, voce e chitarra - Marco Mistrangelo, contrabbasso - Caroline Tallone, ghironda, violino, organetto diatonico.

Jules Bonnot, operaio, anarchico e poi bandito, viene braccato per anni dalla polizia in piena Belle Epoque e diventa suo malgrado un eroe popolare: la sua cattura avviene di fronte a cinquecento soldati e ventimila parigini, nell'aprile del 1912. Henry-François Rey nel 1954 trasforma questa storia in una commedia musicale e ne affida le canzoni all'eclettico artista francese Boris Vian. Dopo lo spettacolo gli spartiti originali si perdono e l'opera viene... (Continues)
Riccardo Venturi 2008/6/27 - 14:53
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(da un po' di tempo non avevo più tradotto una di queste canzoni). un saluto da Nizza.
Contributed by Daniel Bellucci 2008/6/27 - 12:39
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I Don't Wanna Go To Vietnam

Album: "Simply the Truth" (1969)
Sittin' down here thinkin',
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/27 - 11:02
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Elämää juoksuhaudoissa

27 giugno 2008
2008/6/27 - 11:01
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I Don't Like Mondays

Bob Geldof wrote this song when he heard about the San Diego elementary school massacre.
In January 1979, Brenda Spencer , a troubled 16-year-old who lived across the street from a schoolyard in San Diego, took the semi-automatic rifle her father had given her for Christmas and began firing. Four people died and eight children were injured. When asked why she did it, she answered "I just don't like Mondays".

Nel gennaio del 1979 Bob Geldof sente la notizia di una sedicenne di San Diego, Brenda Ann Spencer, che si è resa protagonista di una sparatoria nella scuola di fronte a casa sua uccidendo due persone e ferendone altre nove. Alla domanda perché avesse fatto questo gesto lei risponde "I don't like Mondays" (ovvero "Non mi piacciono i lunedì"); questa frase ispira il cantante dei Boomtown Rats a scrivere una canzone.
The silicon chip inside her head
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/26 - 18:41
Song Itineraries: Weapons: our daily home war

The House Of Orange

"I don't care what your politics are, when
our children are dying in the streets, it's time to put away the guns." Stan Rogers

The House of Orange is a Stan Rogers song about The Troubles, in particular about fundraising for the combatants in Canada. The overall sentiment of the song is "a pox on both your houses". The 'House of Orange' mentioned in the song is the royal house of William III of England, who led the Protestant side of the Williamite war in Ireland. It is on his posthumous CD From Fresh Water. This is the last song written by Stan Rogers before his death, and arguably among his most lyrically evocative

I took back my hand and I showed him the door
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/26 - 17:34
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A Change Is Gonna Come

Splendida canzone, ne ha fatto una cover anche Gavin DeGraw nel suo lavoro acustico Chariot Stripped. Un musicista giovane ma molto valido. Voce eccezionale.
Danilo 2008/6/26 - 17:21

Hang 'em High

Album: Perpetual (2004)
Hey you guys - sitting in high place
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/26 - 11:15
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Half Your Angels

Parole e musica di Graham Nash
dall'album Crosby & Nash (2004)

This song was written by Graham Nash after the Oklahoma City Federal Building tragedy...19 of the 168 victims were children.
Somewhere in Heaven
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/26 - 11:08

Gotta Go (Can`t Wage A War)

Album: "In Your Face"
Now is the time
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/26 - 10:05
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Birmingham Six

Contributed by matteo88 2008/6/26 - 00:21
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Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2008/6/25 - 19:42
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Blowin' in the Wind


Versione finlandese da Si tratta di una versione letterale.

Finnish version from It is a word-for-word translation.
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2008/6/25 - 19:33
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Buffalo Soldier

bob marley 6 un vero mito............ ti amo:-) by la tua bob
bob 2008/6/25 - 17:40

Faces In The Dark

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
To heed the war hawks' cry?
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 16:45

Unsung Heroes

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
There's a factory outside Redfern,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 16:21
Song Itineraries: Heroes

My Own Two Hands

"This song commemorates the framing and murdering by the state of two US activists, Sacco and Vanzetti." Peter Hicks
To you beloved comrade, we make this solemn vow,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 15:55
Song Itineraries: Sacco and Vanzetti

Ordinary People

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
They treat us as flotsam and jetsam,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 14:04

Beyond The Charcoal Graveyard

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"Here in Tasmania, as in Brazil, as in New Guinea, and as across the world, our magnificent life-giving old growth rainforests are being destroyed at record rates - for greed and plunder. We have to make them stop." Peter Hicks
Beyond the charcoal graveyard, where the black stumps stand in rows,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 13:51
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Oltre la guerra e la paura

Chanson italienne – Oltre la guerra e la paura – Modena City Ramblers – 2006

Au-delà de la guerre et de la peur... De grands défis et de grandes épreuves nous attendent ! Contre la culture de la terreur régnante qui se fonde sur le n'importe quoi et la défiance et nous rend égoïstes et faibles. Une chanson sur ces temps sombres et inquiets.” MCR.
Contributed by MarcoValdo M.I. 2008/6/25 - 12:26

Mumia Abu-Jamal Was Framed

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"The African American journalist, broadcaster and political activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently on death row after being framed for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. This is probably the most monstrous judicial conspiracy to happen in USA since the framing of Saccho and Vanzetti over 70 years ago." Peter Hicks
There's a man on death row in the frame,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 11:16

Moura Mine

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"This song was written after the Moura mining disaster in central Queensland, Australia, in 1985. The premier of the day, in his headline-grabbing visit to the site of the tragedy, made sure that there was room on his private jet for his media entourage - at the expense of not carrying vital rescue equipment. The subsequent enquiry turned out to be a pure cover up. Less than a decade later, following another similar preventable pit tragedy, Moura Mine was to be permanently closed." Peter Hicks
Working man gets up each morning
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 11:05

The Man With The Pink Triangle

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"This song tells the true story of how a young Jewish girl survived Auschwitz because of the sacrifices made by a fellow prisoner, a gay man." Peter Hicks
You were just a child, too young to know,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:58
Song Itineraries: Extermination camps

Daughters of the Taliban

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"How come that almost nobody seems to give a damn about the most basic human rights of women in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran and Iraq - like not even being allowed to phone a relative or leave the house without your husband's permission for fear of death at the hands of a jealous husband? Maybe it's because, as Madelein Albright said (in the context of China), 'We don't want to mix human rights with trade.'" Peter Hicks
Sleep your sleep, my precious child,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:52

Let Them Be

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"Another day ... another "incident" at one of the desert concentration camps where refugees coming to Australia are kept isolated from their communities, in temperatures of 40o plus, deprived of even the most basic creature comforts, and subject to routine degradation and humiliation. Why can't we just let them be?" Peter Hicks
Let them be, let them be, let them be, let them be,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:44

Jabiluka, No!

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"As if there aren't already too many nuclear weapons and not enough environmental protection in the world, the Australian government, unbelievably, wants to go ahead with uranium mining at Jabiluka, in the Kakadu National Park. This mining is contrary to the wishes of the Mirrar people, traditional owners of this land." Peter Hicks
Jabiluka, No! Jabiluka, No!
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:39

If It Weren't For The Union

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
Our union's story is there to be seen,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:33

For this Apartheid

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
They call you a coon or a kaffir
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:15

The Bottom Line

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis
They're closing down our factories
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:08

Fire in Manilla

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis
The hours are long and the work exhausting,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 09:55

Each Small Candle

Album: In The Flesh - Live 2000

The first stanza is a poem written for Danish Amnesty International by Halfdan Rasmussen. The lyrics of the rest of the song are Roger's response to a newspaper article about the story of a Serbian soldier who helped an Albanian woman lying wounded in a burned-out building.

Halfdan Rasmussen (January 29, 1915 in Copenhagen – March 2, 2002) was a Danish poet. He was known for his nonsensical children's verse and his serious adult writings about social issues and human rights.
Rasmussen was a resistance fighter during the German occupation He became very well known and respected as a poet, nearly becoming a national poet of Denmark. One of his poems, Ikke Bødlen, was featured as one of the best poems on Human Rights on a 1979 book published by Amnesty International Denmark, and would be later translated into the first verse of Roger Waters' song Each Small... (Continues)
Not the torturer will scare me
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 09:38
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Fortunes Of War

Album: The X Factor
Blaze Bayley – voce
Dave Murray – chitarra
Janick Gers – chitarra
Steve Harris – basso
Nicko McBrain – batteria

"Fortunes of War è caratterizzata da un inizio lento prolungato, cadenzato dal basso di Steve Harris. Il resto della canzone è veloce e senza pause. Il brano ci parla del difficile ritorno alla vita normale di un reduce di guerra che continua ad avere incubi." - it.wikipedia.

After the war
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 18:29
On June 24, 2008, our site has reached 7000 songs. When reaching thousands, it has become a tradition for us to prepare a "special page", dedicated this time to a true milestone in the motion picture art, and also in human freedom: the Final speech from Charlie Chaplin's "Great Dictator.
Riccardo Venturi 2008/6/24 - 17:29
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El Salvador

Album: Fight To Survive (1985)
He could barely remember
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 17:22
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In den Ruinen von Berlin

La canzone non può assolutamente essere stata scritta da Udo Lindenberg, se è vero che è nato nel 1946, in quanto appare, cantata da marlene dietrich, nel film di Billy Wilder "A Foreign Affaire" o "Intrigo internazionale", del 1948.

C'è decisamente qualcosa che non quadra...
mary 2008/6/24 - 15:40
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The Dying Soldier

Oh brother Green, oh come to me,
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 14:56
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Dying Soldier

Album: Ride on
Written by Ger Costelloe from Shannon in Co. Clare.
"Look at the dying soldier"
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 14:41
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Versione finlandese da
autore: Sakaali

Finnish version from
author: Sakaali

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2008/6/24 - 13:53
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Guerrilla Soldier

Written by Lawrence Gowan
Album: Strange Animal (1984)
Guerrilla Soldier born in Santo Domingo
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 13:49
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Daddy Won't Be Home Anymore

Album: As Long As I Love (1970)

A man is killed while serving at war and his wife doesn't know how to tell their children that their daddy will not come back.
As I look around the little house
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 09:41
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Music by Rudolf Schenker
Lyrics by Klaus Meine
Album: Love At Fisrt Sting
It seems to me a nightmare becomes reality
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/24 - 09:02
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La guerra di Piero


Versione, o tentativo di versione, di Riccardo Venturi in finlandese (23/24 giugno 2008). Dopo vent'anni e rotti di studio l'autore se la sente finalmente di cominciare a scrivere qualcosa in quella lingua, bellissima e infernale al tempo stesso; ma naturalmente un eventuale madrelingua finlandese ha il diritto e il dovere di metterci le mani come e quando desidera.
2008/6/24 - 01:45
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Di nuovo in marcia

Ci sono centinaia di guerre combattute nel mondo, ma la tv, la stampa e i media in generale concentrano tutta la loro attenzione in quelle guerre dove alle spalle c'è gente che conta e che ha interessi più grandi dei popoli stessi. Così sembra quasi che ci siano guerre di primo livello e guerre di secondo livello.
E ogni guerra ha una sua classifica
Contributed by Luca 'The River' 2008/6/24 - 01:26
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Oltre il ponte

Version française de Marco Valdo M.I. – 2008

Un très beau texte d'Italo Calvino, texte né précisément de l'expérience des Cantacronache, et qui rappelle sa militance dans la Résistance et la nécessité de transmettre aux générations futures les valeurs qui se trouvaient à la base de ce choix. Comme dit la devise de Marco Valdo M.I., reprise à Piero Calamandrei : «Ora e sempre : Resistenza!»

Le titre italien de la chanson est très exactement "Oltre il ponte » – il y aurait beaucoup à dire sur la résonance d'un tel titre dans l'histoire de la résistance en Italie (mais ailleurs aussi; la résistance est naturellement internationaliste, même quand elle s'ancre dans un patriotisme ardent), à Ivrea, mais aussi par exemple à Florence, où les ponts ont joué un rôle essentiel dans la lutte populaire contre l'envahisseur. (Voir par exemple, Il ponte a Santa Trinita dopo dieci anni, article du même... (Continues)
Contributed by Marco Valdo M.I. 2008/6/23 - 22:44
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Gelem, gelem

18. Finlandese / Finnish (Riccardo Venturi)

Versione finlandese di Riccardo Venturi
Riccardo Venturin suomennos

(Naturalmente, qualche collaboratrice o collaboratore di madrelingua finlandese può metterci liberamente le mani).
(Luonnollisesti, joku suomenkielinen avustaja/tar saa korjata sen vapaasti).

Romanien kansallislaulu on kansainvälisesti Gelem, gelem!, joka suomeksi tarkoittaa Kuljen, kuljen!. Siitä on erilaisia sovituksia eri maissa paikallisia kulttuureita myötäillen, mutta romanit tunnistavat sen kaikkialla.
- Romanikulttuurin historiallisen taustan takia Gelem, gelem! on varsin surullinen ja mollivoittoinen sävelmä. Tarina on myös surullinen. Teksti kertoo isästä, joka on ollut hankkimassa elantoa perheelleen. Sillä aikaa kotona on vieraillut Musta Legioona, joka on surmannut naiset ja lapset. Kun isä palaa kotiin, hänellä ei ole muuta vaihtoehtoa kuin lähteä vaeltamaan ja... (Continues)
2008/6/23 - 20:02

War Of Man

This beautiful ant-war song is well written. The bass playing is haunting and I like the way Neil Young's guitar compliments it in the after-chorus.
Russ 2008/6/23 - 19:35

Denmark 1943

Parole e musica di Fred Small
Nel suo album intitolato "I Will Stand Fast"

And it's Eichmann and Himmler are turning the screws
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/23 - 17:22
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Biko Drums

Written by Wally Page

This song is a tribute to Steven Biko and Nelson Mandela.
Way-a listen to the Biko Drum
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/23 - 16:16
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Belleau Wood

Written by Joe Henry and Garth Brooks
Album: Sevens (1997)

A song about the Christmas Truce of 1914 during the World War I when British and French troops ceased hostilities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Truce Letter

A brief part of a 10 page letter written by an unknown British soldier that records events and incidents with the Germans on December 24, 1914.

This will be the most memorable Christmas I've ever spent or likely to spend: since about tea time yesterday I don't think theres been a shot fired on either side up to now. Last night turned a very clear frost moonlight night, so soon after dusk we had some decent fires going and had a few carols and songs. The Germans commenced by placing lights all along the edge of their trenches and coming over to us—wishing us a Happy Christmas etc. They also gave us a few songs etc. so we had quite a social party. Several of... (Continues)
Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/23 - 14:56
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Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Album: Made in England (1995)

A song about "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.
Deep inside my soul fights a war
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/23 - 12:26
Song Itineraries: Conflicts in Ireland

Behind The Crooked Cross

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Hanneman
Testo e Musica di Jeff Hanneman
Letra y Musica de Jeff Hanneman
Album: South Of Heaven (1988)

La canzone ha come tema il periodo nazista. Alla lettera, il titolo è "Dietro la Croce Uncinata" ma la traduzione più appropriata è "Per la Croce Uncinata", inteso come un emblema da rispettare. "La Croce Uncinata" è il simbolo che identificava la dittatura di Adolf Hitler. Definita come una canzone anti-nazizta, il testo racconta di alcuni soldati tedeschi della Wehrmacht (si riferisce a persone puramente casuali) che iniziano a pentirsi dei crimini che stanno commettendo. Il verso Forced to fight behind the crooked cross ("Costretto a combattere per la Croce Uncinata") fa trasparire il fatto che i soldati fossero stati convinti in modo ferreo a servire e obbedire agli ordini della dittatura nazista. Un'altra frase riscontrabile nel brano: Trapped by a cause... (Continues)
Time melts away in this living inferno
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/23 - 11:56

Anti Establishment Man

Album: REO Speedwagon (1971)

A song against Vietnam War.
Standing by the roadside
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/23 - 11:14

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