miércoles, 12 de junio de 2013

...just American without tears

American without tears” es una maravillosa canción que Elvis Costello incluyó en su “King of America”, de 1986. Se trata sin duda alguna de uno de sus dos o tres mejores álbumes, que es mucho decir hablando del genio de Paddington, y desde luego uno de los más personales y conmovedores de su extensa trayectoria. Para la ocasión contó con músicos de excepción como James Burton a la guitarra o Ron Tutt a la percusión, ambos habituales de Elvis, pero también con brillantes colaboraciones como la del gran David Hidalgo de Los Lobos. Sobra decir que esta es la mejor canción del disco. Una de mis favoritas de todo su repertorio. 

Outside in New Orleans the heat was almost frightening
But my hotel room as usual was freezing and unkind
On TV they prosecute anyone who's exciting
So I put on my overcoat and went down to find
In Revlon and Crimpelene they captured my heart
To the strain of a piano and a cocktail murderess
She was singing that "It's Too Late", I agreed with that part
For two English girls who had changed their address
Now it seems we've been crying for years and for years
Now we don't speak any English, just American without tears
Just American without tears
One had been a beauty queen and the other was her friend
They had known rogues and rascals and showbiz impresarios
While the boys were licking Hitler they had something to defend
From men armed with chewing gum and fine nylon hose
By a bicycle factory as they sounded the siren
And returned into the dancehall she knew he was the one
Though he wasn't tall or handsome she laughed when he told her
"I'm the Sheriff of Nottingham and this is Little John"
At a dock in Southampton full of tearful goodbyes
Newsreel commentators said "Cheerio, G.I. brides"
Soon they'll be finding the cold facts and lies
New words for suspenders and young girls' backsides
Now I'm in America and running from you
Like my grandfather before me walked the streets of New York
And I think of all the women I pretend mean more than you
When I open my mouth and I can't seem to talk
Now it seems we've been crying for years and for years
Now I don't speak any English just American without tears
Just American without tears
Just American without tears

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