They can burn books, destroy libraries, forbid languages, ban beliefs, delete past times,
draw new present times, order future actions, torture and execute people...
But they still don´t know how to kill the intangible and bright
bodies of ideas, dreams and hopes.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Living Memory

Living Memory

By Edgardo Civallero

(By Argentinean composer & singer León Gieco. From his CD "Bandidos rurales")

Translated by Sara Plaza

Old loves that do not exist anymore,
The hopes of those who lost everything,
Every promise that is gone
And the ones who were defeated in any war.

Everything is kept in living memory,
The dream of Life and History

Deception and complicity
between the genocidal ones who are free.
Pardon and "Punto Final"
for the beasts of that hell.

Everything is kept in living memory,
The dream of Life and History.

Living memory happens to strike
At the quiet nations
That do not let it live
As free as the wind.

Disappeared people that are being searched
By the color of their births.
Hunger and plenty hand in hand,
Violent treatment and its bad memory.

Everything is pricked in living memory,
Thorn of Life and History.

Two thousand people should eat a whole year
with the costs of a military minute.
How many would stop being slaves
with the money of dropping one bomb into the sea...!

Everything is stuck in living memory,
Thorn of Life and History.

Living memory pricks to bleeding
In the nations that moor it
And do not let it sail
As free as the wind.

Dead people from the AMIA
And the ones at the Israeli Embassy.
The secret power of weapons.
Justice watching without seeing.

Everything is hidden in living memory,
Shelter for Life and History

It happened when churches kept in silent...
It happened when football covered everything...
that fathers Palotino and Angelelli
spread their blood over the mud.

Everything is hidden in living memory,
Shelter for Life and History.

Living memory breaks out of its jail
Beating the nations that crushed it
Not allowing it to be
as free as the wind.

The bullet that shot Chico Mendes in Brazil.
150 thousand Guatemalan people.
Miners facing rifles.
Persecution of students in Mexico.

Everything is packed in living memory,
Life and History weapon.

America with all its souls destroyed.
The youngsters assassinated by the Squad.
Mugica ordeal in shantytowns.
Rodolfo Walsh dignity.

Everything is packed in living memory,
Life and History weapon.

Living memory aimed to kill
Nations that keep it quiet
Not allowing it to fly
As free as the wind.

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