Friday, May 9, 2014

Jean Ferrat - Aragon - One day, one day


Original Title: "Un jour, un jour"
Text: Louis Aragon
Song about the execution of Federico García Lorca during the Spanish civil war.

Everything big and magnificent man was
His protest, his songs and his heroes
Above that body and against his executioners
In Granada today appears suddenly in front of the crime

And that absent mouth and Lorca who went quiet
Filling suddenly the universe up with silence
Against the violents turns the violence
God the roar that makes a poet who is being killed

One day yet one day will come orange colored
One day of palm one day of foliages on the forehead
One day of bare shoulder where people will love one another
One day like a bird on the highest branch

Ah I despaired of my wild brothers
I saw, I saw the future on its knees
The triumphant Beast and the stone over us
And the fire of the soldiers brought on our shores

What? Always it would be through atrocious trade
a neverending sharing that they make of the earth
Among themselves those assassins feared by the panthers
And who made a dagger tremble when their hand touched it

One day yet one day will come orange colored
One day of palm one day of foliages on the forehead
One day of bare shoulder where people will love one another
One day like a bird on the highest branch

What? Always it would be the war, the quarrel
Manners of Kings and prostrated foreheads
And the woman's child born uselessly
Always the shredded weath of the grasshoppers

What? The penal colonies always and the flesh under the wheel
The slaughter always, justified by idols.
To the corpses thrown that coat of words.
The gag for the mouth and for the hand the nail.

One day yet one day will come orange colored
One day of palm one day of foliages on the forehead
One day of bare shoulder where people will love one another
One day like a bird on the highest branch


All poems written by Louis Aragon

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