05 gen 2012

Brano del giorno: "Land of Confusion"...

... dei Genesis



Una canzone di 25 anni fa capace di anticipare il futuro. Ma ovviamente il futuro non è oggi; il futuro è ieri. Tutto questo ambaradàn che a noi causa tanti grattacapi ebbe infatti inizio negli Anni Ottanta e, essendo "Land of Confusion" del 1986 (è contenuta nell'album Invisible Touch), la videoclip correlata non è che un album di fotografie dell'allora realtà.



Nel filmato - realizzato con le figure di gomma del programma satirico Spitting Image - si vedono il presidente degli U.S.A. Reagan (un cowboy rimbambito che crede di essere Superman) con sua moglie Nancy, il cancelliere tedesco Helmut Kohl, la premier britannica Margaret Thatcher, il leader libico Gheddafi... e a un certo punto si scorge anche Mussolini. Personaggi che hanno fatto del male al loro Paese e, per extenso, al nostro pianeta. O, come canta Phil Collins: "There's too many men, too many people / Making too many problems".



La canzone dei Genesis esprime molto bene, soprattutto, l'ansietà di tutti e ognuno dovuta alla Guerra Fredda. Alla fine del video, la figura di "Ronnie" Reagan vuole premere il pulsante per chiamare l'infermiera (ovvero: "Nurse") e invece preme quello con su scritto "Nuke", scatenando l'olocausto atomico...



Land of Confusion

by Michael Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks

I must have dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street

Now, did you read the news today?
They say the danger has gone away
But I can see the fire's still alight
They're burning into the night

There's too many men, too many people
Making too many problems
And there's not much love to go around
Can't you see this is a land of confusion?

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in

Oh, superman, where are you now?
When everything's gone wrong somehow?
The men of steel, these men of power
Are losing control by the hour

This is the time, this is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go around
Tell me why this is a land of confusion

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in

I remember long ago
When the sun was shining
And all the stars were bright all through the night
In the wake of this madness, as I held you tight
So long ago

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know we'll never keep

There's too many men, too many people
Making too many problems
And there's not much love to go round
Can't you see this is a land of confusion?

Now, this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for

This is the world we live in
And these are the names we're given
Stand up and let's start showing
Just where our lives are going to

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