dimanche 7 mars 2010

Arlo Guthrie, fils du folk singer contestataire Woodie Guthrie,

est un descendant pur jus de la vague hippie. Il fait partie de ces American citizens qui empêchent de désespérer totalement de l'hominidé américanus vulgaris actuel. Il a une histoire singulière (article Wiki http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlo_Guthrie). Il fut en particulier présent sur la scène de Woodstock en 1969, à 22 ans ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsnUu71Viyo , le son est bien craignos, mais la vidéo vaut pour le contexte...)
En 1982, il enregistre en public aux USA un double CD, "Precious friend" qui reprend des standards de la chanson populaire contestataire américaine, et où figurent aussi quelques sketchs-discours non seulement drôles, mais pleins de bon sens. Il y figure avec Pete Seeger, un autre géant de la scène contestataire US.

Cela faisait longtemps que je souhaitais transcrire ce texte, c'est fait grâce à Leah, qui est repassée derrière moi. Merci à elle et à Pascal de Stuttgart qui il y a des années de ça m'avait offert cet enregistrement.



The neutron bomb
Arlo GUTHRIE

"
Trying to concentrate on a song and I started to think about the neutron bomb, and, uh...?
What ? Somebody don't like it ? No, I mean, somebody told me that Reagan was asleep when the planes was happening. You know, I think it's good to have a sleeping president That's not a bad idea. The more he sleeps the safer we are. I ain't worried about nothing. I think neutron bomb is a wonderful idea. People always look at the bad side of everything, you know... Hear the word neutron, and bomb, stuff and everybody get shaky, but you know that's a wonderful idea. It's not in and of itself, it 's not wonderful, I mean it's dumb, but the thing is you know that you can't have a light without a dark to stick it in. You know what I'm saying. You can't have one thing without un-thing and so you can't have ultimately, the neutron bomb without having un-neutron bomb as well. Me people say what's that ? Well it's obvious what it is. What is it ? Think of the neutron bomb, guys come over there you know, the tanks, the planes, the boats, the whole thing. Here they come so what ? Reagan wakes up and drops the neutron bomb on 'em...
And what do you get ? You got TV's going, you got radios playing, you got fast food happening, and nobody eating it, nobody's watching it, listening to it, nothing ! Everybody just dead and rotten. What kind of fun is that ? What are you going to do ? Visit them ? What are you gonna do over there ? It's just like wasting a whole place. It's cause that's just no fun to be there like it...
But imagine un-neutron bomb, which is just right around the corner at what scientists told me It's just right up the street. Just have to give it time and not to be worried about the other side, but anyway...Imagine here the bad guys come over here, what, the tanks, the planes and all of a sudden we drop the un-neutron bomb. And all the buildings melt, and the guns disintegrate, and there's nothing there but poor flowers growing, butterflies flying around, you know what I'm saying, even clothes disappear, and there's nothing but naked people everywhere. Now, isn't that the kind of war we wanna have ? Right, not only that, them Russians got girls in their army. Well, I mean I don't know if they're worth seeing it out, but probably it's worth finding out ! Not only that.... There's other places in this world that I could think of dropping the un-neutron bomb some right here, in this country, some probably right around here. I mean where it'd be good to kind a start over again. People worry about America, people worry about everything.. I'm not worried Not only that, I stoled a song from Tom Paxton, that explains how to get my out of my financial difficulties. No, I'm not worried about anything.
"

[Sur le CD suit la chanson "I'm changing my name to Chrysler" de Tom Paxton]

Parmi cette moisson de titres plus ou moins célèbres,
"If I had a hammer", chanson reprise en français par des tas de gens, dont Cloclo...
Mais en public et en américain du nord, ça donne ça :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujzKk_4WBsE&feature=related

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