Bardo

English translation

Bardo

How about we give thanks after asking for something?
Even if human nature was fundamentally selfish
Yeah, it's a difficult behavior to weed out
It's why you've made it this far in evolution
And it's true
That to fuck with us, the gods throw catastrophes into the poorest parts of the world
If they wanted to try being humane
They could send those tsunamis to the United States
You ever wonder about who pays for your practical nurse benefits with their hard work?
Rich Westerners' toys handcrafted are by children in the East
The Finnish pig who only knows how to demand
Should go get a reality check in the slums of Asia
Long-term welfare desensitizes
None of us have any clue what hunger really feels like
And still the drums of war bang on and on
We'll never see any sign of peace pipes anywhere
 
Oh, mankind, this is looking like your last chance
Here Mother Earth has to pay off our debts
And bitterness too
Because this wasn't supposed, wasn't supposed to go like this
I will take what belongs to me
 
Dear rich person, it's me, Death
The ultimate concern of the pig who hides under all disguises
Your time has now come
All of your fears will be revealed from underneath what you think you've won
Take your laziness with you when you go
And while you're at it, destroy your sense of security built from insecurity
I'll take your name, your honor, and your position on the ladder of evolution
You won't be able to measure, compare, compete, or seem rich
I'll take your hate, your shadow, your darkness, and your violence
Your greed, your control, pull that false rug from under your feet
I'll tear off your lust, your desire, your flush of victory
Your envy, your pride, that shield you buffed and polished
I'll take your face, your significance, and your words
I'll rob your history, the pointers of your clock, your timeline
Finally, I'll take back your energy
And while I'm killing you, how hard you fixate defines how well I swept away your ego
And where you'll come back to, so think back carefully
Maybe you'll notice what broke down in this system
 
Oh, mankind, this is looking like your last chance
Here Mother Earth has to pay off our debts
And bitterness too
Because this wasn't supposed, wasn't supposed to go like this
I will take what belongs to me
 
We're dividing property which doesn't belong to anyone
Constant fighting
About who gets to be number one
We've an inkling of consensus, but how do you march towards peace
When the streets are filled with assault rifles, missiles, and tanks?
Expenditures, increases in the market rates, final balance sheets
They all sing a sad melody like the guns of soldiers
The worriers who were deceived cannot sleep at night
And the streams of money are controlled by one family
 
Numbers in statistics tell us which direction we're going
A cesspool culture where the elite accrues more wealth for itself
"Made in Taiwan," ah, yes, cheap labor
We need more and we need to make a profit
The system has been intentionally built to be difficult
And nothing in this world is progressing anywhere
More and more, everything is robbed away
The standards of living are raised in a debt welfare state
 
Oh, mankind, this is looking like your last chance
Here Mother Earth has to pay off our debts
And bitterness too
Because this wasn't supposed, wasn't supposed to go like this
I will take what belongs to me
 
Submitted by yoarastrophe on Sun, 16/07/2017 - 17:10
Added in reply to request by D0t
Author's comments:

Not sure I understood the exact meaning of "lähäriedut".

More on the meaning of the song's name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardo

Idioms from "Bardo"
Comments
D0t    Sun, 16/07/2017 - 18:57
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Great translation!