Discontent for dummies

Created by Guest on 22 Feb 2019
Discontent for dummies

A few months ago, our president seemed positively shocked when people started wearing funny attire, blocking crossroads and roaming the boulevards yelling blue murder at him. It rather seems to me the writing had been on the wall for quite some time. Then again, maybe he doesn't listen to the same kind of music as me.

Living in a country led by a flabbergasted CEO while jacked off people mill around in the street every weekend is a bit of a drag, I can tell you. This really has to stop! I've been thinking for a while of a way to restore social peace. And then it struck me.
Surely things would soon get better if the higher ups got at least a notion of what goes through the minds of all these annoying complainers all over the world?

However, building a summary of worldwide causes for discontent is a daunting task.
That's why I decided to call upon your help, my fellow LT users.

Here are the rules of the game:
- Pick a song dealing with social issues. The kind that might eventually drive people into the street.
- Select a few lines of the lyrics that might give an idea of the issue (these busy people would want some kind of executive summary, you see).
- Provide an English translation if possible (your own or one from the existing versions)

- As long as new suggestions keep coming, I'll limit the entries to one song per author, just to keep it as varied as possible. You can suggest more than one song of the same author, I'll try to add them once the list stabilizes.

Come on folks, that's for the greater good.

Retribution is coming your way,
for the people reclaims its rights.
You really took us for a ride,
the ride is over, ye mighty kings !
you will no longer lead us anywhere,
we will lead you to the scaffold,
for the law is now in our hands !

The iconic song of French revolution, Suggested by [@Jadis]

Translations:  English German Italian 3 more

A sentimental crowd, we crave ideals
drawn to stars, sails, nothing but trade-free stuff
A sentimental crowd, just see the way they talk to us
The way they talk to us...

Translations:  English Turkish Spanish 9 more

I hang up and grab my keys to go and check the mail. Let's see, what do we have here?
A loving letter from the unemployment insurance telling me I'm broke. That's a rather posh start!
Pompous middle-class twats rehearsing United Nations' waffle chatting about famine while fixing makeup on their pretty faces
"We are infested with riffraff!"

Translations:  English Croatian

Something's amiss yet again, and yet again we're in a pinch. More bills and nothing to pay them.
Stuck in my throat, a lump of this food paid for with a generous loan.
We are loudly told how wonderful our life is, and the only thing we need is a bit more activity.
In a country where prices rise by the day and only wages show an impressive stability.

Translations:  English French

A rejection, as usual. "Don't take it personally!"
On her way back, a man on the bus says:
"They all just want to be lazy, have an easy life at our expense!"
She gets off the bus, she'd rather walk

Translations:  English French
Song | English Pulp

I took her to a supermarket. I don't know why, but I had to start it somewhere. So it started there.
I said, "Pretend you've got no money."
And she just laughed and said, "Oh, you're so funny."
I said, "Yeah? Well, I can't see anyone else smiling in here."

Translations:  Greek Croatian German 12 more

Let the President answer a higher anarchy
Strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war, let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil.
No more psychological warfare to trick us to thinking we ain't loyal
If we don't serve our own country we're patronizing a hero.
Look in his eyes, it's all lies

suggested by [@Jethro Paris]

Translations:  Turkish Croatian French

Our masters, whoever they may be
Would like to see us fight amongst ourselves
For so long as they divide us
They still remain our masters

Suggested by [@Frederick]

Translations:  English Italian

In an alienated society that have led their lives deceived,
believing that there's been a change and buying the news
that the media is giving them.
With false alternations, it's not quite the same
but just like you would with thieves don't let them deceive you
with social programs that seek to buy votes

Suggested by [@phantasmagoria]

Translations:  English

Suck it, suck it and go work at the factory,
And Putin will give you a liter of vodka for that.
The press is keeping the population from stress,
And also from evil eye, oil, gas, forests, and progress.
The elite and their sycophants are covered with gold
While I take a payday loan to pay for groceries.

Suggested by [@Sophia_]

Translations:  Dutch English Spanish 1 more

I was so eager, I was full of dreams, I was full of intent
still
What became of us after prom? We were screwed over by a hail of bullshit!
What became of us after prom? Life wrecked all our hopes.

Suggested by [@Sophia_]
(a hard choice to make, the band has many songs with high discontent contents Teeth smile )

Translations:  English French

I'm an ordinary worker, guys. How I can go on?
All my savings consist only of kidney stones
I don't have much meat, mostly bones and skin,
I might not live long enough for good news to come in!

Suggested by [@Kashtanka1965 ]

Translations:  English Polish

I'm blind drunk. I don't care if everything burns. Let everything burn!
The whole of Russia is watching me. Let everything burn. I don't care if everything burns.
Now I'm ready for anything. I served my sentence on the Internet,
I went outside to pet the cat and a police car ran it over.

Suggested by [@Sophia_]

Translations:  English Turkish French 16 more

The terrorists have ruined our industrial formation,
Our culture, agriculture, our human medicine
They laid the whole mishmash into the education
And stabbed right in its back the manufacture.
They managed to make all the roads bumpy in no time
They closed the school but opened a new church instead…
What? Those were not the terrorists who did this shitfest?
And who were they? Don’t give a fuck, block Telegram.

Suggested by [@Brat]

Translations:  English

And where are now the psychoanalysts?
Calming the neurosis of the stakeholders
And where are now the pacifists hippies?
Fighting to keep their families
And where are you famous guru
Now that they're gone and turned off the light?
This is the people of the future, and this present so rough
Is the material with which we'll build a total morning.

Suggested by [@Diazepan Medina]

Translations:  English

If studying has little worth when you look for a job
If the bars are closed soon because we have to be "europeeans"
If to rent a house you have to pawn a kidney
If there are no parks nor bike lanes and there's only pollution
Calm down, don't be nervous, calm down
Stay calmed down man on your seat

Suggested by [@Diazepan Medina]

Translations:  English
Song | English Herbs

Do you know what makes the ocean glow
When unwelcome guests are making nuclear tests?
Is there nothing at all who can appease your greed?
Could you please leave the air we breathe?
Why, is it something we've done?
You all seem to forget
About nuclear fallout and the long term effects.

Suggested by [@SilentRebel83]

Translations:  Tongan

In the oldest cities in the world,
People are dying for bread.
While leaders' useless words,
Lead to nothing but more dead.
Like the devil's dream of heaven,
They think that they will stay,
Our struggle is the rain,
Which will wash the dust away...

Suggested by [@SilentRebel83]

Translations:  Dutch Tongan

No law is gonna change us,
We have to change us.
Whatever god we believe in,
We come from the same one.
Strip away the fear,
Underneath it’s all the same love.
About time that we raised up,
The same.

Suggested by [@SilentRebel83]

Translations:  Turkish Spanish German 18 more

I know it tears you apart,
crushes your heart
A lemming is calling you names again
I know it tears you apart,
I know it hurts,
when they are calling and bullying you again
But try to hold on for a little while longer

Suggested by [@SilentRebel83]

Translations:  English Greek Swedish 2 more

Modern globalization coupled with condemnations
Unnecessary death, matador corporations
Puppeting your frustrations with a blinded flag
Manufacturing consent is the name of the game
The bottom line is money, nobody gives a fuck!
4000 hungry children leave us per hour from starvation
While billions are spent on bombs, creating death showers!

Suggested by [@florquinn]

Translations:  Spanish Esperanto German 1 more

Now for all those who stayed warm and comfy in their offices, computing the yield of the war they had wished for; for all the fat cats, all the cuckolds who drag their fat bellies through life, recounting their bloody pennies, for all those I will erect the memorial that suits them.
With the birch rod, the whip, with my feet and my fists, with words that will slap on their wrinkles and fat jowls brands of shame and filth.

Picked after a discussion with [@Vladimir4757]

Translations:  German English

Some good people said it is a sin to live at liberty;
our fate is to endure and suffer and lay down our lives in the field.
A hangdog waltz plays from all directions, no way to escape it.
A hangdog waltz, a disease of the soul.

Grebenshikov and Akvarium have many beautiful protest songs.
Many could have made it into this collection, but I find this one especially moving

Some get power and pleasure,
Some get beggar’s bag and prison,
And I can’t get over this pain:
My country has gone mad,
And I can’t help it at all.

Suggested by [@Vladimir4757]

Translations:  French Polish German 6 more

Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government
Bang bang goes the broken glass and
Kill all the fags that don't agree

Suggested by [@Sailor PokeMoon2]

Translations:  Greek Serbian Turkish 13 more

Will you know it when you see it?
High risk children, dogs of war
Now market movements call the shots
Business deals in parking lots
Waiting for the meat of tomorrow

Suggested by [@Sailor PokeMoon2]

Your anger was righteous,
your disobedience was in good faith
one shall not kill one's own parents
for the sake of the higher ups.
Soldiers, your conscience is spotless.
A French shall not kill another French
When you refused to redden your bayonets
little soldiers, you did the right thing.

Suggested by [@Jadis]

Translations:  English


No way out. We're left with nothing but muddy roads
I grow more furious with every step
I grow more furious with every policeman cap and fur hat
A never ending war rages on, spring never comes here.
Childhood won't go on.
We're left with nothing but dreams and small talk
I grow more furious every time
I grow more furious with every step
I grow more furious by the hour

Suggested by [@Brat]

Translations:  English Polish Serbian

Same old song, I know you heard it many times before
Why this life in poverty seems so much like a war
Just make sure you're careful where you place your feet
When it's the last tango on 16th Street

Suggested by [@BlackSea4ever]

We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you'll do
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you

Suggested by [@Flopsi]

Translations:  German

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got ‘til it's gone?

Suggested by [@Brat]

Translations:  Turkish German Croatian 5 more

Blood rack barbed wire
Politicians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man

Suggested by [@Jadis]

Translations:  Turkish German French 5 more

With the wolves they don't play even,
The jaegers. But won't tremble their hands!
Having fenced in with the flags our freedom,
They shoot for sure, with confidence!
The wolf can't break the traditions.
Evidently, when young, blind cubs,
We were sucking the she-wolf as wolflings
And sucked in: we're not allowed past flags!

Suggested by [@Kashtanka1965]

Translations:  English German Romanian 5 more

one, two, three, four
the unemployed are more and more
for many years we've slaved in vain
suffered for the bosses' gain
we built cities and countries
but not for you and not for me
comrades, what did we get back
but hunger, eviction, and the sack
hunger, eviction, and the sack

Suggested by [@Jadis]

Translations:  English German Russian 4 more

I pledge no allegiance, nigga fuck the president's speeches
I'm baptized by America and covered in leeches
The dirty water that bleaches your soul and your facial features
Drownin' you in propaganda that they spit through the speakers
And if you speak about the evil that the government does
The Patriot Act'll track you to the type of your blood
They try to frame you, and say you was tryna sell drugs
And throw a federal indictment on niggaz to show you love

Suggested by [@zarina01]

Translations:  Turkish

We are not really to blame, after all we did nothing wrong.
Still we feel somewhat guilty in the fat bastards' stead.
Those who don't feel like they're being targetted,
who could not picture anyone stopping them,
one of these days, they'll be fucked sideways.
Always aim for the head.

Translations:  Italian English

I'm going for broke, gambling and playing for keeps
Everyday in the streets, scrambling and paying for cheat
Praying for sleep
Dreaming with a watering mouth
Wishing for a better life for my daughter and spouse
In this slaughtering house, caught up in bouts
With the root of all evil

Suggested by [@Jethro Paris]

Translations:  Croatian French

At first I thought I just had to defend myself,
but you'd better subdue the street to make it quiet.
They drew pictures about me, they really want me to back off.
I'll get them eventually, by smashing a few kneecaps.

Translations:  English
Comments
Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 04:16

Eminem - Mosh Let the President answer a higher anarchy
Strap him with an AK-47, let him go
Fight his own war, let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil, we got our own battles
To fight on our own soil, no more psychological warfare
To trick us to thinking we ain't loyal
If we don't serve our own country we're patronizing a hero
Look in his eyes it's all lies

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 04:35

Pas de soucis! Demain j'en mettrais d'autres mais je tenais absolument à ajouter celle-ci d'Eminem qu'il a fait en 2004 contre Bush, invitant les gens à se révolter dans la rue contre lui, notamment pour la guerre en Irak. Après cette musique, Eminem a carrément eu la visite des services secrets ^^

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 04:45

Je connais pas bien le père, mais effectivement le fils a bien l'air aussi débile! Et tu vas rire mais... Trump a fait pareil quand Eminem l'a lourdement attaquer en 2017! Plutôt drôle, venant de la part de quelqu'un qui a une grande gueule sur les réseaux, pourtant il n'a jamais répondu à une seule des multiples attaques d'Eminem, et pourtant, j'peux t'assurer qu'Eminem l'a relancer encore et encore ^^ Mais non, ça préfère envoyer la CIA mdr!

líadanlíadan    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 16:48

"In an alienated society that have led their lives deceived,
believing that there's been a change and buying the news
that the media is giving them.
With false alternations, it's not quite the same
but just like you would with thieves don't let them deceive you
with social programs that seek to buy votes".

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/podr%C3%ADtica-nacional-national-putridcy...
*Note: This translations is a WIP, I might have to rewrite most of the translation in a month or two if I change my mind.

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 18:05

Eminem - It's OK (1996)I'm going for broke, gambling and playing for keeps
Everyday in the streets, scrambling and paying for cheat
Praying for sleep
Dreaming with a watering mouth
Wishing for a better life for my daughter and spouse
In this slaughtering house, caught up in bouts
With the root of all evil

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 18:15

Ne t'inquiète pas, je comptais uniquement mettre Mosh et It's OK d'Eminem haha ^^ Mosh car c'est pour moi un très gros classique d'Eminem, et It's OK car c'est une musique sur la pauvreté tellement sincère

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 18:52

Orelsan - Suicide Social
"All these incapable in the administrations, these kings of inaction
With their buildings that make you want to vomit
Who open on purpose at times when no one can come
Bêêêh.... All these pathetic sheep
Changes a function in their software, they go into technical unemployment
About the same IQ as those fucking cops
Who don't know how to build a sentence out of their dirty lines
Goodbye politics, talking about it would be a waste of my time
The whole system is completely incompetent"

Sophie78rusSophie78rus    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 21:30

Как насчет Порнофильмы - "Выпускные балы"?

Sophie78rusSophie78rus    Sun, 24/02/2019 - 14:32

The second one, I think...
No... both of them

Sophie78rusSophie78rus    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 21:35

Mari Govori - Пососи ты
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/node/1924113/
Я этот текст в свое время записывала на слух, а потом что-то зассала из-за того, что текст непристойный, и попросила свое имя убрать...

Zarina01Zarina01    Sat, 23/02/2019 - 21:48

Can I just ask, what exactly is going on in france right now?

Natur ProvenceNatur Provence    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:26

Since more than 30 years I am following and observing the development of the french society and politics and I constate a regular decline in all ways, it is a pity. The main problem imo is the discrepancy that France believes still to be a "grande nation" with nuclear power and the might to send armytroups worldwide on one hand and on the other hand there are a lot of people politically toooo correct who believes they should impose their will to their neighbors, they are infantilizing the men and overregulating the daily life. And in same time the discrepancies between a few bigger cities and the wide countryside grow and grow. You'll find in vaste regions a very restricted infrastructure, the income is generally not only unequally distributed between rich and poor but also between Paris and the rest of the country. France seems to me like the US, but instead two or "developed" regions east and west in the US) there is only one- Paris. The juridical system is based on Napoleon and the penal code is the only thing by which the government believes to handle some problems. I am wondering that the (rural) has not opposed beforehand,
but I think all the might is with the Enarches (is a restricted circle of absolvents of adminstrative high schools https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89cole_nationale_d%27administration)

JadisJadis    Mon, 25/02/2019 - 08:49

Sure, you may ask. Getting a precise and insightful answer is another point.
I heard that the whole thing was about Putin trying to create a mess in France just as he did in the US (and Ukraine, and many more). There lays probably some truth at the bottom of it. Perhaps it's not just Putin though... Regular smile

JadisJadis    Mon, 25/02/2019 - 09:07

Anyway, they are never quite innocent. Wink smile

BratBrat    Mon, 25/02/2019 - 13:47
BratBrat    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 03:12

If this thread goes awry, thanks God, here are a couple of Russians to blame... Teeth smile

líadanlíadan    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 22:48

A day late but I got it.

Sophie78rusSophie78rus    Mon, 25/02/2019 - 07:52

IC3PEAK - Смерти Больше Нет
https://lyricstranslate.com/ru/node/2193009

Я заливаю глаза керосином
Пусть всё горит, пусть всё горит
На меня смотрит вся Россия
Пусть всё горит, пусть всё горит

Я теперь готова ко всему на свете
Я отсидела свой срок в интернете
Выхожу на улицу гладить кота
А его переезжает тачка мента

I'm blind drunk.
(I don't care if) everything burns. Let everything burn!
The whole of Russia is watching me.
Let everything burn. (I don't care if) everything burns.

Now I'm ready for anything.
I served my sentence on the Internet,
I went outside to pet the cat
and the police car ran it over.

Treugol'nyTreugol'ny    Mon, 25/02/2019 - 08:10

Semyon Slepakov- Song about the oil
I'm an ordinary worker, guys. How I can go on?
All my savings consist only of kidney stones
I don't have much meat, mostly bones and skin,
I might not live long enough for good news to come in!

Treugol'nyTreugol'ny    Mon, 25/02/2019 - 11:00

It's already translated. I translated two of his songs. "Song about the oil" and "So, how come?" The guy's guitar play and singing very ordinary, but he writes very funny songs with a lot of sense. When I listen to his songs, I don''t know if I should laugh or cry.

BratBrat    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 04:41

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/%D0%B1%D0%B5%D0%B7-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B7%D0%...
It's a small poem:

Нам террористы уничтожили промышленность,
Культуру, сельское хозяйство, медицину.
Внесли в образование бессмысленность
И производству нож воткнули в спину.
Любую трассу они сделали ребристою.
Закрыли школу, но зато открыли храм...
Что? Это сделали отнюдь не террористы?
А кто? Да похеру. Закройте Telegram.

The terrorists have ruined our industrial formation,
Our culture, agriculture, our human medicine
They laid the whole mishmash into the education
And stabbed right in its back the manufacture.
They managed to make all the roads bumpy in no time
They closed the school but opened a new church instead…
What? Those were not the terrorists who did this shitfest?
And who were they? Don’t give a fuck, block Telegram.

Sophie78rusSophie78rus    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 11:12

Brat, передаю Вам благодарность от автора за то, что переводите Regular smile

BratBrat    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 14:03

Спасибо. Передайте автору, пусть пишет есчо. Wink smile

Treugol'nyTreugol'ny    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 07:05

I wasn't thinking about it in the beginning, but you've changed my mind. I have deleted it here and published it on the link that Brat provided.
Thank you for advice.

BratBrat    Sat, 02/03/2019 - 15:41

Yes, that's one of her "rather plain" songs, so it's carrying a pretty clear message.
And what about Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"?

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
‘Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got
‘Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

JadisJadis    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 14:41

Dunno it if will fit, but I immediately thought of : https://lyricstranslate.com/fr/ca-ira-it-will-be-fine.html

Le châtiment pour vous s'apprête
Car le peuple reprend ses droits.
Vous vous êtes bien payé nos têtes,
C'en est fini, messieurs les rois !
Il faut plus compter sur les nôtres :
On va s'offrir maintenant les vôtres,
Car c'est nous qui faisons la loi !

Non mais !

JadisJadis    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 15:36

En effet, ce serait pas mal de la réécrire, mais en l'occurrence je ne me sens pas les compétences pour...

JadisJadis    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 15:43

Allons allons, pas de fausse modestie, tu es parfaitement qualifié... Je veux bien relire quand ce sera fini... Angel smile

Diazepan MedinaDiazepan Medina    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 15:26

Let me see if this worths

The mankind crisis is almost total
It only sees values in the material
It pushes the force over the subtle
Its weak conscience, crawls to be evil
And where are now the psychoanalysts
Calming the neurosis of the stakeholders
And where are now the pacifists hippies
Fighting to keep their families
And where are you famous guru
Now that they're gone and turned off the light
This is the people of the future, and this present so rough
Is the material with which we'll build a total morning

https://lyricstranslate.com/es/miguel-cantilo-gente-del-futuro-lyrics.html

Diazepan MedinaDiazepan Medina    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 15:39

ingirumimusnocte, a correction to the question marks

And where are now the psychoanalysts?
Calming the neurosis of the stakeholders.
And where are now the pacifists hippies?
Fighting to keep their families.
And where are you famous guru
Now that they're gone and turned off the light?

Diazepan MedinaDiazepan Medina    Tue, 26/02/2019 - 15:59

I added this one right now

If studying has little worth when you look for a job
If the bars are closed soon because we have to be "europeeans"
If to rent a house you have to pawn a kidney
If there are no parks nor bike lanes and there's only pollution
Calm down, don't be nervous, calm down
Stay calmed down man on your seat
Stay calmed down man on your seat

https://lyricstranslate.com/es/celtas-cortos-tranquilo-majete-lyrics.html

SilentRebel83SilentRebel83    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 04:03

great collection theme, Pierre! I have a few suggestions, if you would allow me:

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/herbs-french-letter-lyrics.html

Do you know what makes the ocean glow
When unwelcomed guests are making nuclear tests?

Is there nothing at all who can appease your greed?
Could you please leave the air we breathe?
Why, is it something we've done?
You all seem to forget
About nuclear fallout and the long term effects.
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https://lyricstranslate.com/en/milo-kanefaty-song-syria-lyrics.html

In the oldest cities in the world,
People are dying for bread.
While leaders' useless words,
Lead to nothing but more dead.
Like the devil's dream of heaven,
They think that they will stay,
Our struggle is the rain,
Which will wash the dust away...
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https://lyricstranslate.com/en/macklemore-same-love-lyrics.html

And press play, don’t press pause.
Progress, march on.
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause.
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids aren’t walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart.
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are.
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all,
But it’s a damn good place to start.
No law is gonna change us,
We have to change us.
Whatever god we believe in,
We come from the same one.
Strip away the fear,
Underneath it’s all the same love.
About time that we raised up,
The same.
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https://lyricstranslate.com/en/robin-anonyymit-ja-nimimerkit-lyrics.html

[English translation provided by Maiyu.]

I know it tears you apart,
crushes your heart
A lemming is calling you names again
I know it tears you apart,
I know it hurts,
when they are calling and bullying you again
But try to hold on for a little while longer

Try to hold on for a little while longer,
one day everything will change
Soon you will encounter
somebody who understands everything

Vladimir4757Vladimir4757    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 21:27

OH I GOTS A LOTS!

Akvarium's "Train on Fire"

"And the torches are burning around us
It's the rallying of all perished troops
And people who shot our fathers
Are now making plans for our youths.
We were born by the sound of marches
We were threatened by jail
I say it's about time we stopped crawling.
We have returned to our land."

We can get a bit of Andrey Makarevich in here too.
Now all of "Моя Страна Сошла с Ума" can go here but I'll cut to the most powerful lines :
"Some get power and pleasure,
Some get beggar’s bag and prison*,
And I can’t get over this pain:
My country has gone mad,
And I can’t help it at all. "

But that is not all! C'mon you're French I assume! And no Boris Vian! Such blasphemy! I'm 20 years old and I know about the entire story behind "La Java Des Bombes Atomiques." (The Java of the Atomic Bombs). C'mon what is not more powerful than this?

"Given the bomb’s imminent completion, all the high heads of state
Paid him a visit.
He welcomed them and excused himself that his shack
Was so small.
But as soon as they had all entered, he sealed them inside
And told them to stay put.
And when the bomb exploded, of all these characters
There was nothing left.

Despite this result, my uncle did not lose his cool,
He played the fool.
After the court was summoned, before the jury
He finally began to stammer.
"Gentlemen, this is a terrible accident, but I swear to God,
On my soul and on my conscience,
That by destroying these crazies I am convinced that
I have done a service to France

In our time of need."
They sentenced him, then they pardoned him
And the grateful nation
Immediately elected him
Head of the government."

Enjoy!

Vladimir4757Vladimir4757    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 22:07

That is very nice! Yeah, Vian is an interesting character. Le Deserter is a better choice. Also Hangdog Waltz is a great song, and didn't think of it. Akvarium did what Makarevich did and mulitplied it by 10. Andrey was clever in his words, Akvarium was pointed. That is why I like their songs like Hangdog Waltz and Train on Fire. Ancient Russian Blues (I've seen it as "My Old Russian is Dead", cannot remember the Russian title for it) is another good song.

Vladimir4757Vladimir4757    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 22:25

Actually, have you listened to The Merry Butchers? It is by Boris Vian and I think it'll fit in. Here is a line from it
"This is the tango of the merry military
of the joyful victors from everywhere and elsewhere
This is the tango of the famous warmongers
This is the tango of all the gravediggers
"

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 22:46

I think I've found some good songs to add here but I'll have to gather up the lyrics for them first

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 23:21

OK I think I gathered them all up! I wasn't able to fit the song lyrics or the links from LT on here though sorry

The first 2 are by the group Green Day

American Idiot

One of the two explicitly political songs on the album (the other being fellow single "Holiday"), "American Idiot" contends that mass media has orchestrated paranoia and idiocy among the public. Citing cable news coverage of the Iraq War, Billie Joe Armstrong recalled, "They had all these Geraldo-like journalists in the tanks with the soldiers, getting the play-by-play." He felt with that, American news crossed the line from journalism to reality television, showcasing violent footage intercut with advertisements. Songwriter Mike Dirnt felt many people would be insulted by the track until they realized that, rather than it being a finger-pointing song of anger, it could be viewed as a "call for individuality." The song emphasizes strong language, juxtaposing the words "faggot" and "America", to create what he imagined would be a voice for the disenfranchised.

Use as a protest song

In advance of Donald Trump's visit to the UK in July 2018, a campaign to get "American Idiot" to the top of the UK song charts was launched. On the Official UK Charts dated 13 July 2018, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at 25 and the UK Singles Downloads Chart at number 2.

Information source for American Idiot: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idiot_(song)

Holiday

The meaning for Holiday in short: A song about the American government and society during the Iraqi War.

A detailed meaning for the song Holiday complete with the song's lyrics please read only the first 2 comments by jamarel1991 and by djhayes383

https://songmeanings.com/m/songs/view/3530822107858508690/

Armstrong wanted to write something stronger than "American Idiot", with harsh language to illustrate his points. The song takes aim at American conservatism. Armstrong felt that Republican politicians were "strategic" in alienating one group of people—for example, the gay community—in order to buy the votes of another. He later characterized the song as an outspoken "fuck you" to then-President George W. Bush. Armstrong for the first time imagined how he would perform the songs he was writing, and envisioned an audience responding to his lyric "Can I get another Amen?" The song's bridge, which Armstrong hoped to be as "twisted as possible," was designed as a "politician's worst nightmare."

The chorus's refrain—"This is our lives on holiday"—was intended to reflect the average American’s apathy on the issues of the day. Armstrong characterized the song as "not anti-American, it’s anti-war."

Live performances

In live performances, video screens would display footage of helicopters dropping bombs. In New Jersey, at the Revolution Radio Tour, the lyrics "Pulverize the Eiffel Towers" were changed to "Pulverize the Donald Trump Towers".

Notable Holiday cover by Scuba Dice

The song was first covered by the Irish pop punk band Scuba Dice in 2006 and charted at number 8 on the Irish Singles Chart, number 2 on the download chart that week, and went on to be the forty-second best-selling single of 2008 by an Irish artist.

The song "Dr. Who on Holiday", from the mash-up album American Edit, combines "Holiday", The KLF single "Doctorin' the Tardis", and the original theme from the television show Doctor Who, while the intro juxtaposes George W. Bush with the Daleks, a race of monsters from the aforementioned British television series.

Information source for Holiday: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday_(Green_Day_song)

US Forces by Midnight Oil

It talks about nuclear war I think

US Forces" is the first single released from Australian rock band Midnight Oil's fourth studio album, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The song, which denounces American military intervention in foreign affairs.

In 1983, for the "Stop The Drop" concert video, Peter Garrett, the lead singer, explained the song to the audience:

"Midnight Oil are here today because we're concerned about the issue of nuclear disarmament. And I think when we're in Europe, we realized how close people were to becoming to understand that, if the Russians or the Americans decided that they were actually going to set something off, they would be faced with the possibility that they may have nuclear warheads detonated in their backyard, or in their laundry. And so we became aware of the nuclear thing, and when we got back here we started to think about it, and get concerned about it. People in Australia are unaware that nuclear devices have been detonated here at Maralinga in the early fifties, and they're unaware of the facilities that the Americans have put here, which are used in their defense network and their attack network. And the Oils - we want to keep on making music, and we want people to keep on enjoying it, so, consequently, we think its very important to come and play and to dance and to learn and that's why we're here."

Information source for US Forces: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Forces_(song)

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Wed, 27/02/2019 - 23:37

If you don't want to add the songs that I suggested that's OK too Regular smile

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 28/02/2019 - 00:26

😂😂😂 yeah I've noticed that too with the drones!

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 28/02/2019 - 00:30

A random suggestion: it seems like songs that were talking about or are talking about doomsday seem to also talk about social issues. Holiday was talking about doomsday.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 28/02/2019 - 00:32

Another more quite sounding song. Imagine by John Lennon

Lennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that divide people (religion, possessions, etc.) did not exist. He felt that would be a much better place. This song is a strong political message that is sugarcoated in a beautiful melody.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Sat, 02/03/2019 - 14:26

Pierre, one more nod to a great collection.
If you will, please look at
--
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/boz-scaggs-last-tango-16th-street-lyrics....
Same old song, I know you heard it many times before
Why this life in poverty seems so much like a war
Just make sure you're careful where you place your feet
When it's the last tango on 16th Street
---
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Bob-Marley-get-stand-lyrics.html
We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game -
Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name, lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can't fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light (what you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (yeah, yeah, yeah! )

FlopsiFlopsi    Sat, 02/03/2019 - 15:09

How about Stevie Wonders Song about Nixon? I know that was some time ago and sorry no social issues in particular, so I guess I broke the rules... - Just ignore it, if you don't like it.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Stevie-Wonder-You-Havent-Done-Nothin-lyri...

We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you'll do
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you

BratBrat    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 16:06
ingirumimusnocte wrote:

I'd rather limit the entries to one song per author for now

If so, what about Shevchuk's Mono-city? The translation sucks at places but I think Anatoliy will be able to improve it with a bit of help. Wink smile

BratBrat    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 16:30

A nice idea, indeed. Wink smile

BratBrat    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 18:39

Erf, it might be so...

BratBrat    Mon, 04/03/2019 - 02:08

Well, there are tons of idioms in her songs so a decent translation will have a bunch of footnotes exceeding by far the main text. Wink smile

BratBrat    Mon, 04/03/2019 - 04:02

That's true but first we should find contributors. I think, few people would dare do this donkey work.

Natur ProvenceNatur Provence    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 16:16

My dear, no, I have drown your attention to this song so that you may decide to use it or not.

FlopsiFlopsi    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 18:08

Hey Natur Provence, wenn du das schon angefangen hast, dann solltest du es auch zu Ende bringen!

FlopsiFlopsi    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 18:24

Das ist ja auch das Allermindeste.

Natur ProvenceNatur Provence    Sun, 03/03/2019 - 19:22

Wie meinen? Verstehe nur Bahnhof. Oder habe ich vergessen, das Lied bei LT zu veröffentlichen? Dann un grand pardon, stp.

Aber noch was für grand chaton, leider unvollständig, da ich kein Abo habe:
Le Figaro:

ENQUÊTE - Fidèles à leurs valeurs mais en phase avec leur époque, les aristos ont le vent en poupe. Descendants des familles nobles de l'Ancien Régime, ils réussissent dans les affaires, l'armée, les médias, la politique... Plus que jamais, ils intriguent et fascinent. Enquête sur leur vrai pouvoir.
Près de 230 ans après la prise de la Bastille, ils sont toujours là. Fiers de leurs racines, de leurs valeurs et de leur façon de vivre, un pied dans le passé mais un autre solidement ancré dans la modernité. Et cela marche plutôt bien pour eux: ils réussissent dans les affaires, la haute administration, en politique, au cinéma, au théâtre, dans le monde des lettres, dans la banque ou encore dans l'armée, arpentant les cercles du pouvoir avec une persistance déconcertante, créant des start-up avec la fougue de leurs ancêtres partant aux croisades, aussi à l'aise dans les états-majors du CAC 40 que sous les ors de la République ; dans leurs châteaux où suinte le charme de l'Histoire qu'au Jockey Club, leur «QG» parisien à l'ambiance proustienne. Là-bas, le personnel leur donne encore du «Monsieur le comte» comme au bon vieux temps. Ils adorent! Mais chut… Depuis la Révolution française, les aristos ont appris une règle d'or: celle de la discrétion. Dans un pays qui a coupé la tête de leurs aïeux et qui nie leur existence juridique depuis 1848, ils savent se ...
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http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2019/02/28/01016-20190228ARTFIG0...

Treugol'nyTreugol'ny    Mon, 04/03/2019 - 09:24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzi1uGvXsr4 Vladimir Vysotsky
With the wolves they don't play even,
The jaegers. But won't tremble their hands!
Having fenced in with the flags our freedom,
They shoot for sure, with confidence!
The wolf can't break the traditions.
Evidently, when young, blind cubs,
We were sucking the she-wolf as wolflings
And sucked in: we're not allowed past flags!

JadisJadis    Mon, 04/03/2019 - 14:23

I suddenly remembered of  this one. Yiddish would enrich the collection, for sure!
"one, two, three, four
the unemployed are more and more
for many years we've slaved in vain
suffered for the bosses' gain
we built cities and countries
but not for you and not for me
comrades, what did we get back
but hunger, eviction, and the sack
hunger, eviction, and the sack"...

Zarina01Zarina01    Sat, 09/03/2019 - 20:31

Would a song criticizing a government count?

Zarina01Zarina01    Sat, 09/03/2019 - 23:30

This was incredibly difficult for me to choose from because there were a lot of great lines in this song but I think i'll pick these lines

I pledge no allegiance, nigga fuck the president's speeches
I'm baptized by America and covered in leeches
The dirty water that bleaches your soul and your facial features
Drownin' you in propaganda that they spit through the speakers
And if you speak about the evil that the government does
The Patriot Act'll track you to the type of your blood
They try to frame you, and say you was tryna sell drugs
And throw a federal indictment on niggaz to show you love