Comfortably numb – de Pink Floyd a Scissor Sisters (1980 – 2004)

Aquest va ser el darrer gran hit dels Pink Floyd abans que Wright, Mason i Gilmour engegassin a dida la megalomania de Waters. Després de destarotar les llistes d’èxit de tot el món amb el seu conceptual “The Wall”, Waters es va empescar una gira impossible que gairebé arruïna la firma. La bogeria de Waters pretenia la construcció en directe d’un mur mentre els Floyd interpretava el disc, mur que després faria desaparèixer amb un complicadíssim moviment de peces d’un cost inassumible. El concepte va reduir la gira a uns pocs bolos i al final de l’amistat dels quatre de Cambdrige. Fins avui.
Uns anys més tard, uns nois dubtosos de la ciutat de Nova York deconstruien la cançó per guanyar-se una fama immediata. Res com treure tibantor i convertir l’himne en un èxit de les pistes de ball. Una lliçó sobre com refer els clàssics. Si ho vols fer, fes-ho diferent.

Hello?

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?
Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again.
Relax.
I’ll need some information first.
Just the basic facts.
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons.
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain you would not understand
This is not how I am.
I have become comfortably numb.

O.K.
Just a little pinprick.
There’ll be no more, ah!
But you may feel a little sick.
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good.
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go.

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

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Lezione della monete – Davanzati (1804)

Anotació

Lecciones de la Moneda – Bernardo Davanzati (1804)
(y “Money” by Pink Floyd)

“La naturaleza ha hecho buenas todas las cosas terrestres; la suma de éstas en virtud del acuerdo establecido entre los hombres vale todo el oro que se trabaja; así, pues, todos los hombres desean todo para adquirir todas las cosas… Para verificar todos los días la regla y las proporciones matemáticas que las cosas guardan entre sí y con el oro, se requeriría que, desde lo alto del cielo o de algún observatorio muy elevado se pudiera contemplar las cosas que existen y que se hacen en la tierra o, más bien, sus imágenes reproducidas y reflejadas en el cielo como en un espejo fiel. Abandonaríamos entonces todos nuestros cálculos y diríamos: hay sobre la tierra tanto oro, tantas cosas, tantos hombres, tantas necesidades; en la medida en que cada cosa satisface necesidades, su valor será de tantas cosas o de tanto oro”.

Money – Pink Floyd

Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you’re okay
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team

Money, get back
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack
Money, it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for payrise it’s no surprise
That they’re giving none away
Away, away, way
Away, away, away

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Nosaltres – Ievgueni Zamiatin (1921)

nosaltres zamiatin

“Suposem, doncs, que deixem caure aquest àcid sobre la idea del dret. Fins i tot els antics més adults sabien que la font del dret és la força, que el dret és una funció de la força. I vet aquí que tenim les balances!. A una banda hi ha un gram, a l’altra, una tona; en una jo, en l’altra, nosaltres. L’Estat Únic. Assumir que el jo pot tenir determinats drets en relació amb l’Estat i assumir que un gram pot pesar igual que una tona es exactament el mateix. Queda clar, oi? D’aquí surt la distribució: la tona té drets, el gram té deures. I el camí natural de la insignificança a la grandesa es oblidar-te que ets un gram i sentir que ets la milionèsima part d’una tona”

La història del rus Zamiatin (1884-1937) és la del revolucionari desencantat que topa amb la realitat del cap Stalin quan aquest, volent preservar el control de la revolta, canvia el pas del país i abandona la utopia de Lenin. L’obra amb la que pretén posar el dit a la nafra de la traïció esdevé el típic jeroglífic de l’autor valent en temps de dictadura. Zamiatin retrata la decepció i posterior situació irrespirable del país des d’un univers paral·lel dominat per les matemàtiques. Denuncia l’opressió i juga amb els límits dels fets, amagant a sota la seva amargor i també la seva recança, sabent que l’obra provocaria l’acció del censor. Com va passar. Sense saber-ho, “Nosaltres” dona peu, cos i ànima a la ciència ficció moderna de Aldous Huxley, Lem, Bradbury i Assimov. La prosa poètica amb que furga la realitat del moment fa ballar de vegades la compressió. El missatge que pretén, però, es manté inalterable gràcies a la repetició mecànica de les situacions que viu el protagonista i les conseqüències que els seus actes provoquen. Com acostuma a passar, la innocència és la gran perjudicada de la història.

Traducció a càrrec Miquel Cabal Guarro

L’ambientació musical a càrrec d’uns altres mestres espacials:

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The Piper at the gates of Dawn (1967)

Mi homenaje anual a Syd Barrett. Nacido un 6 de enero de 1946, hoy hubiera hecho 68. Pero parece que se fue mucho antes.

1.- Astronomy Domine (Syd Barrett)

Lime and limpid green
a second scene,
A fight between the blue
you once knew.
Floating down the sound resounds around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn
Oberon Miranda and Titania
Neptune Titan
Stars can frighten

Blinding signs flap flicker flicker flicker
Blam pow pow
Stairway scare Dan Dare,who’s there?

Lime and limpid green
The sound surrounds the icy waters under
Lime and limpid green
The sound surrounds the icy waters
Underground


Voivod – Astronomy Domine

2.- Lucifer Sam (Syd Barrett)

Lucifer Sam, Siam cat
Always sitting by your side
Always by your side
That cat’s something I can’t explain

Jennifer Gentle you’re a witch
You’re the left side
He’s the right side
Oh no
That cat’s something I can’t explain

Lu-ci-fer go to sea
Be a hip cat
Be a ship’s cat
Somewhere, anywhere
That cat’s something I can’t explain

Night prowling, sifting sand
Padding around on the ground
He’ll be found
When you’re around
That cat’s something I can’t explain

The Flaming Lips – Lucifer Sam

3.- Mathilda Mother (Syd Barrett)

There was a king who ruled the land.
His majesty was in command.
With silver eyes, the scarlet eagle
showered silver on the people,
Oh Mother, tell me more.

Why’d you have to leave me there
hanging in my infant air, waiting?
You only have to read the lines of
scribbly black and everything shines.

Across the stream with wooden shoes,
bells to tell the King the news.
A thousand misty riders
climb up higher once upon a time.

Wondering and dreaming.
The words have different meanings…
Yes they did…

For all the time spent in that room,
the doll’s house, darkness, old perfume,
and fairy stories held me high
on clouds of sunlight floating by.
Oh Mother, tell me more…
Tell me more…


Paul Roland – Mathilda Mother

4.- Flaming (Syd Barrett)

Alone in the clouds all blue
Lying on an eiderdown.
Yippee! You can’t see me
But I can you.

Lazing in the foggy dew
Sitting on a unicorn.
No fair, you can’t hear me
But I can you.

Watching buttercups cup the light
Sleeping on a dandelion.
Too much, I won’t touch you
But then I might.

Screaming through the starlit sky
Traveling by telephone.
Hey ho, here we go
Ever so high.

Alone in the clouds all blue
Lying on an eiderdown.
Yippee! You can’t see me
But I can you.


Pentagram – Flaming

5.- Pow R. Toc H (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason)

(Instrumental)

Interstellar Factory – Pow R. Toc H

6.- Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk (Waters)

Doctor doctor!
I’m in bed
Achin’ head
Gold is lead
Choke on bread
Underfed
Gold is lead
Jesus bled
Pain is red
Are goon
Grow go
Greasy spoon
You swoon
June bloom

Music seems to help the pain
Seems to cultivate the brain.
Doctor kindly tell your wife that
I’m alive – flowers thrive – realize – realize
Realize.

At The Drive In – Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk

CARA B

1.- Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason)

(Instrumental)

Camper Van Beethoven – Interstellar Overdrive

2.- The Gnome (Syd Barrett)

I want to tell you a story
About a little man
If I can.
A gnome named Grimble Crumble.
And little gnomes stay in their homes.
Eating, sleeping, drinking their wine.

He wore a scarlet tunic,
A blue green hood,
It looked quite good.
He had a big adventure
Amidst the grass
Fresh air at last.
Wining, dining, biding his time.
And then one day – hooray!
Another way for gnomes to say
Oooooooooomray.

Look at the sky, look at the river
Isn’t it good?
Look at the sky, look at the river
Isn’t it good?
Winding, finding places to go.
And then one day – hooray!
Another way for gnomes to say
Oooooooooomray.
Ooooooooooooooomray.

La Pataqueta Pop – El Nan

(Esta versión catalana la propuso un servidor a Manel Joseph, el cantante de La Plateria, y a Agnès Miralbell, para que la incluyeran en el repertorio de su disco infantil de versiones. Yo pedí y conseguí el permiso para adaptarla, y colaboré en la traducción).

3.- Chapter 24 (Syd Barrett)

A movement is accomplished in six stages
And the seventh brings return.
The seven is the number of the young light
It forms when darkness is increased by one.
Change returns success
Going and coming without error.
Action brings good fortune.
Sunset.

The time is with the month of winter solstice
When the change is due to come.
Thunder in the other course of heaven.
Things cannot be destroyed once and for all.
Change returns success
Going and coming without error.
Action brings good fortune.
Sunset, sunrise.

A movement is accomplished in six stages
And the seventh brings return.
The seven is the number of the young light
It forms when darkness is increased by one.
Change returns success
Going and coming without error.
Action brings good fortune.
Sunset, sunrise.

Jesu – Chapter 24

4.- Scarecrow (Syd Barrett)

The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows
Stood with a bird on his hat and straw everywhere.
He didn’t care.
He stood in a field where barley grows.

His head did no thinking
His arms didn’t move except when the wind cut up
Rough and mice ran around on the ground
He stood in a field where barley grows.

The black and green scarecrow is sadder than me
But now he’s resigned to his fate
‘Cause life’s not unkind – he doesn’t mind.
He stood in a field where barley grows.

RX – Scarecrow

5.- Bike (Syd Barrett)

I’ve got a bike, you can ride it if you like.
It’s got a basket, a bell that rings
And things to make it look good.
I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I’ve got a cloak it’s a bit of a joke.
There’s a tear up the front. It’s red and black.
I’ve had it for months.
If you think it could look good, then I guess it should.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I know a mouse, and he hasn’t got a house.
I don’t know why I call him Gerald.
He’s getting rather old, but he’s a good mouse.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I’ve got a clan of gingerbread men.
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish. They’re on the dish.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything if you want things.

I know a room full of musical tunes.
Some rhyme, some ching, most of them are clockwork.
Let’s go into the other room and make them work.

P-MODEL – Bike

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