Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Canciones para el monstruo



El Pais har et stykke om Robert Wyatt med fokus på en av singlene hans på Rough Trade, nemlig "Stalin wasn’t stalling’" (1981)! Det er skrevet av Diego A. Manrique, og ser ut til å være trykt to ganger:
"Un ‘indie’ bolchevique" (31. mars) og "Canciones para el monstruo" (1. april).

Spansken min er litt rusten, men Google Translate gir nok en viss mening for deg også, om du har det på samme måten.

Her er ett avsnitt oversatt til engelsk:
"There were groans of discontent. Trotskyist contingent and liberal critics like Greil Marcus: how was it possible that such a model company as Rough Trade exalted memory (possibly) greater murderer of the twentieth century? Wyatt hid behind military history: according to Western popular culture, were British and Americans who finished with Nazism. In fact, the Third Reich was destroyed in Eastern Europe. He quoted the historian A. J. P. Taylor: "From the moment the Russians entered the war, had to fight most of the time with four-fifths of the German Army"".

Sangteksten er skrevet av Willie Johnson i 1943, og du kan lese den her borte.

Første vers går sånn:

"Well now, Stalin wasn't stallin'
When he told the beast of Berlin
That they'd never rest contented
Till they had driven him from the land.
So we called the Yanks and English,
And proceeded to extinguish
Der Fuehrer and his vermin,
This is how it all began".

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