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2009.01.21

hope over fear

Imgp8007_2  本日の早朝アメリカの新大統領Barack Hussein Obamaが就任した。自分より年下である。彼に賭けるアメリカ国民(だけではないが)の熱い期待の凄さに圧倒される思いで就任演説を見ていた。ネットではさっそく演説のヴィデオ画像や音声データ、スクリプトが出ていたのでゲットした。ウォークマンで聴くことにしたい。
さてCHICAGO の Dialogue (Part I & II) を聴くたびに、その前向きさと楽天主義に熱いモノを感じるのだが、これは今回の新大統領の主張にも共通するアメリカという国の持つ根源的なものだろうかと思い当る。歌詞を以下に引用してみた。3分0秒ぐらいから始まる後半の分厚いコーラス部分(パートⅡ)にすごい力を感じる。ただ、歌詞の一部がtakeによって異なっており、"we can change the children" と "we can save the children" の2種類があるのに気づいた。1972年ベトナム戦争の真っ只中の状況と現在のイラクの状況にかなり似た雰囲気がある。

パートⅡの歌詞は結局 Yes we can そのもののような気がする

Dialogue (Part I & II)

Part I

Are you optimistic 'bout the way things are going?
No, I never ever think of it at all

Don't you ever worry
When you see what's going down?

No, I try to mind my business, that is, no business at all

When it's time to function as a feeling human being
Will your Bachelor of Arts help you get by?

I hope to study further, a few more years or so
I also hope to keep a steady high

Will you try to change things
Use the power that you have, the power of a million new ideas?

What is this power you speak of and this need for things to change?
I always thought that everything was fine

Don't you feel repression just closing in around?
No, the campus here is very, very free

Don't it make you angry the way war is dragging on?
Well, I hope the President knows what he's into, I don't know

Don't you ever see the starvation in the city where you live
All the needless hunger all the needless pain?

I haven't been there lately, the country is so fine
But my neighbors don't seem hungry 'cause they haven't got the time

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind
I was troubled by the shapes of things to come

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb
You'd always think that everything was fine

Part II

We can make it happen
We can make it happen
We can make it happen

We can change the world now
We can change the world now
We can change the world now

We can save the children
We can save the children
We can save the children

We can make it better
We can make it better
We can make it better

We can make it happen
We can make it happen
We can make it happen

We can save the children
We can save the children
We can save the children

We can make it happen
We can make it happen
We can make it happen

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