Westerners' karma (Occidentali's Karma)

Italian

Occidentali's Karma

 
Essere o dover essere –
il dubbio amletico
contemporaneo come l'uomo del Neolitico.
Nella tua gabbia 2 × 3 mettiti comodo:
intellettuali nei caffè,
internettologi,
soci onorari al gruppo dei selfisti anonimi.
L'intelligenza è démodé,
risposte facili,
dilemmi inutili.
 
A.A.A. Cercasi (cerca, sì)
storie dal gran finale;
sperasi, (spera, sì)
comunque vada, panta rei1
e Singin' in the Rain 2.
 
Ritornello:
Lezioni di nirvana3,
c'è il Buddha in fila indiana,
per tutti un'ora d'aria, di gloria. Alé!
La folla grida un mantra4,
l'evoluzione inciampa,
la scimmia nuda balla5
occidentali's karma,
occidentali's karma,
la scimmia nuda balla,
occidentali's karma.
 
Piovono gocce di Chanel
su corpi asettici,
mettiti in salvo dall'odore dei tuoi simili.
Tutti tuttologi col web,
coca dei popoli,
oppio dei poveri.
 
A.A.A. Cercasi, (cerca, sì)
umanità virtuale,
sex appeal, (sex appeal)
comunque vada, panta rei
e Singin' in the Rain.
 
Ritornello:
Lezioni di nirvana,
c'è il Buddha in fila indiana,
per tutti un’ora d'aria, di gloria. Alé!
La folla grida un mantra,
l'evoluzione inciampa,
la scimmia nuda balla –
occidentali's karma,
occidentali's karma,
la scimmia nuda balla,
occidentali's karma.
 
Quando la vita si distrae,
cadono gli uomini.
Occidentali's karma,
occidentali's karma,
la scimmia si rialza.
Namasté6, alé!
 
Ritornello:
Lezioni di nirvana,
c'è il Buddha in fila indiana,
per tutti un’ora d’aria, di gloria. Alé!
La folla grida un mantra,
l'evoluzione inciampa,
la scimmia nuda balla,
occidentali's karma,
occidentali's karma,
la scimmia nuda balla,
occidentali's karma.
 
  • 1. Panta rei/Pánta rêi (in greco πάντα ῥεῖ), tradotto in Tutto scorre, è un celebre aforisma attribuito a Eraclito.
  • 2. Singin' in the Rain (Cantando sotto la pioggia) è un film del 1952.
  • 3. Nirvana (निर्वाण) esprime un concetto proprio della religione buddhista, è il fine ultimo della vita.
  • 4. Mantra (मन्त्र) è un verso sacro.
  • 5. La scimmia nuda (The Naked Ape – A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal) è un libro divulgativo pubblicato nel 1967 da Desmond Morris che descrive la specie umana attraverso lo sguardo di un etologo.
  • 6. Namasté (नमस्ते) è un saluto originario della zona di India e Nepal che significa ciao o buongiorno. Letteralmente mi inchino a te
Submitted by BertBrac on Fri, 03/02/2017 - 15:20
Last edited by Joutsenpoika on Sun, 21/05/2017 - 16:51
Submitter's comments:

La canzone che rappresenta l’Italia al concorso Eurovisione della Canzone 2017 a Kiev, in Ucraina.
Musica e testo: Francesco Gabbani, Fabio Ilacqua e Luca Chiaravalli

All'Eurovisione:

videoem: 
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English translation

Westerners' karma

Versions: #1#2#3#4#5
Be or must be-
Hamletic doubt
contemporary like the Neolithic man.
Get comfortable in your cage 2x3.
Intellectuals in coffee bars,
Internetologists
Honorary associates in the anonymous meetings of selfie-addicted
Intelligence is out-of-date
Easy answers
Worthless dilemmas.
 
A.A.A Seeking, seek, yes
Grand finale's stories
Hoping, hope, yes
Whatever happens, panta rhei
and singing in the rain.
 
Chorus:
Nirvana lessons
there is Buddha in indian style, one line
Ricreation time for everyone, glory time.
The crowd shouts out a mantra,
evolution stumbles.
the naked ape is dancing;
Westerners' karma,
Westerners' karma,
the naked ape is dancing,
Westerners' karma.
 
It rains drops of Chanel,
on aseptic bodies,
save yourself from the smell of your own kind
Each person is a know-it-all thanks to the web,
communities' cocaine,
the poor people's opium.
 
A.A.A Seeking, seek, yes
virtual humanity,
sex appeal, sex appeal,
Whatever happens, panta rhei
and singing in the rain.
 
Chorus:
Nirvana lessons
there is Buddha in indian style, one line
Ricreation time for everyone, glory time.
The crowd shouts out a mantra,
evolution stumbles.
the naked ape is dancing;
Westerners' karma,
Westerners' karma,
the naked ape is dancing
Westerners' karma.
 
When life becomes distracted,
men fall.
Westerners' karma,
Westerners' karma,
the ape gets back up
Namaste, yeah!
 
Chorus:
Nirvana lessons
there is Buddha in indian style, one line
Ricreation time for everyone, glory time.
The crowd shouts out a mantra,
evolution stumbles.
the naked ape is dancing;
Westerners' karma,
Westerners' karma,
the naked ape is dancing,
Westerners' karma.
 
Submitted by eledg on Thu, 09/02/2017 - 12:10
Added in reply to request by MelodyPond
Last edited by eledg on Tue, 28/02/2017 - 08:34
Author's comments:

Panta rhei is Eraclito's aphorism, which means "everything goes by"

Comments
Luca Hikarigo    February 18th, 2017

This is my proposal for the English translation, I wish you could give it a read! Thank you!

Westerner's Karma

To be or to have to be
Amletic doubt
Contemporary like the Neolithic man
In your 2×3 cage make yourself comfortable
Intellectuals in cafés
Internetologists
Honorary members of the anonymous selfie-makers group
Cleverness is outmoded
Easy answers
Useless dilemmas

AAA searching (search, yes)
Grand-final stories
Hoping (hope, yes)
Whatever happens, "panta rei"
And "Singing in the rain"

[Chorus]
Nirvana lessons
There's Buddha in indian file1
For everyone a hour of break, of glory
The crowd shouts a mantra
Evolution stumbles
The naked ape is dancing
Westerner's Karma
Westerner's Karma
The naked ape is dancing
Westerner's Karma

It's raining Chanel drops
On aseptic bodies
Save yourself from the smell of your own kind
Everybody know-it-alls with Web
People's cocaine
Poor's opium

AAA searching (search, yes)
Virtual humanity
Sex appeal (sex appeal)
Whatever happens, "panta rei"
And "Singing in the rain"

[Chorus]
Nirvana lessons
There's Buddha in indian file
For everyone a hour of break, of glory
The crowd shouts a mantra
Evolution stumbles
The naked ape is dancing
Westerner's Karma
Westerner's Karma
The naked ape is dancing
Westerner's Karma

When life gets distracted
Men fall
Westerner's Karma
Westerner's Karma
The ape gets up again
Namasté, alé!

[Chorus]
Nirvana lessons
There's Buddha in indian file
For everyone a hour of break, of glory
The crowd shouts a mantra
Evolution stumbles
The naked ape is dancing
Westerner's Karma
Westerner's Karma
The naked ape is dancing
Westerner's Karma

  • 1. Single file
eledg    February 18th, 2017

It's pretty close to mine, but I like how you translated "Internetologists" and "Honorary members of the anonymous selfie-makers group".
Thank you for your translation!

Luca Hikarigo    February 18th, 2017

Yes, your translation was pretty good, I just tried to mantain the style of the italian lyrics! Thank you!