A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna fall

Oggi a Dublino ci sono sacchi di sabbia ovunque, per arginare le possibili piene del Liffy e dell’oceano che prepotente viene ad incontrare il mare d’Irlanda alzandone il livello. Il vento fischia tra le case, graffiando la faccia dei passanti e flagellandone le ossa. Gli allarmi delle macchine suonano all’unisono incoraggiati dalle folate di vento e una ragazza, il volto scolpito dagli angeli, ha perso il berretto sotto il treno. Sembra che la musica fugga più velocemente dai pub, raggiungendo le orecchie dei passanti che in strada cercano solo un rifugio e mormorano tra loro: “a hard rain is gonna fall”.

La canzone che Bob Dylan scrisse nell’estate del 1962 è stata spesso considerata profetica. Quasi cinquant’anni dopo, il mondo non è poi troppo dissimile dallo scenario allora dipinto dal cantante. Alcuni fotografi, alla luce di ciò, hanno deciso di trasformare in immagini i versi di questa canzone e darle nuova vita. Ho avuto l’oportunità di vedere questa esposizione qua a Dublino qualche settimana fa e devo dire che mi è piaciuta molto. Vi consiglio pertanto di dare un’occhiata al sito qua sotto e “godervi” le immagini.

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Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna fall

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son ?
And where have you been my darling young one ?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son ?
And what did you see, my darling young one ?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son ?
And what did you hear, my darling young one ?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’
I heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, who did you meet my blue-eyed son ?
Who did you meet, my darling young one ?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son ?
And what’ll you do now my darling young one ?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are a many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I’ll tell and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my songs well before I start singin’
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Rob

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