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Notabilia: Cowboys vs. Businessmen. La crisi agricola del Midwest durante l’era Reagan

testo di Jacopo Bassi, traduzioni di Gianluca Canè

voci di Jacopo Bassi e Gianluca Canè

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Mark Hess (1954-), "Failing Farms", «Time»: Volume 125, Numero 7 (18 Febbraio 1985), copertina. The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC (© L’immagine appartiene ai rispettivi proprietari / Property of its respective owners)

Mark Hess (1954-), Failing Farms, «Time»: Volume 125, Numero 7 (18 Febbraio 1985), copertina. The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC (© L’immagine appartiene ai rispettivi proprietari / Property of its respective owners)

Neil Young, This Old House [1985], in American Dream, 1988
testo di Neil Young

Midnight, that old clock keeps ticking,
The kids are all asleep and I’m walking the floor.
Darlin’ I can see that you’re dreaming,
And I don’t wanna wake you up
When I close the door.
This old house of ours is built on dreams
And a businessman don’t know what that means.
There’s a garden outside she works in every day
And tomorrow morning a man from the bank’s
Gonna come and take it all away.
Lately, I’ve been thinking ’bout daddy,
And how he always made things work, when the chips were down,
And I know I’ve got something inside me
There’s always a light there to guide me
To what can’t be found.
This old house of ours is built on dreams
And a businessman don’t know what that means.
There’s a swing outside the kids play on every day
And tomorrow morning a man from the bank’s
Gonna come and take it all away.
Take it all away, take it all away, take it all away.
Take it all away, take it all away, take it all away.
Remember how we first came here together?
Standing on an empty lot, holding hands.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - American Dream
Later, we came back in the moonlight
And made love right where the kitchen is,
Then we made our plans.
This old house of ours is built on dreams
And a businessman don’t know what that means.
There’s a garden outside she works in every day
And tomorrow morning a man from the bank’s
Gonna come and take it all away.
Take it all away, take it all away, take it all away.
Take it all away, take it all away, take it all away.

Neil Young, Are there any more real cowboys, in Old Ways, 1985
testo di Neil Young

Are there any more
real cowboys
Left out in these hills?
Will the fire hit the iron
One more time?
And will one more
dusty pick-up
Coming rolling down the road
With a load of feed
before the sun gets high?
Well, I hope that
working cowboy never dies.
Not the one
that’s snortin’ cocaine
When the honky-tonk’s all closed
But the one
that prays for more rain
Heaven knows
That the good feed
brings the money
And the money buys the clothes
Not the diamond sequins
shining on TV
But the kind the
working cowboy really needs.
Are there any more
Neil Young - Old Ways
country families
Still working hand in hand
Trying hard to stay together
And make a stand?
While the rows and rows of houses
Come creepin’ up on the land
Where the cattle graze and
an old grey barn still stands
Are there any more
real cowboys in this land?
Are there any more
real cowboys in this land?

John Cougar Mellencamp, Rain on the scarecrow, in Scarecrow, 1985
testo di John Mellencamp

Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn
Four hundred empty acres that used to be my farm
I grew up like my daddy did, my grandpa cleared this land
When I was five, I walked a fence while grandpa held my hand
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
This land fed a nation, this land made me proud
And son, I’m just sorry, there’s no legacy for you now
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
The crops we grew last summer weren’t enough to pay the loans
Couldn’t buy the seed to plant this spring and the farmers bank foreclosed
Called my old friend Schepman up to auction off the land
He said, “John, it’s just my job and I hope you understand”
Hey, calling it your job, ol’ hoss, sure don’t make it right
But if you want me to I’ll say a prayer for your soul tonight
And grandma’s on the front porch swing with a Bible in her hand
Sometimes I hear her singing, “Take me to the promised land”
When you take away a man’s dignity he can’t work his fields and cows
There’ll be blood on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
John Cougar Mellencamp - Scarecrow
Blood on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Well there’s ninety-seven crosses planted in the courthouse yard
And ninety-seven families who lost ninety-seven farms
I think about my grandpa, my neighbors and my name
And some nights I feel like dyin’ like that scarecrow in the rain
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
This land fed a nation, yeah, this land made me proud
And son, I’m just sorry, they’re just memories for you now
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow
Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow.

John Denver, Take Me Home, Country Roads, in Poems, Prayers and Promises, 1971
testo di John Denver, Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads
All my memories, they gather ’round her
Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eyes
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads
I hear her voice in the mornin’ hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And drivin’ down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday
Country roads, take me home
John Denver - Poems, Prayers and Promises
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, West Virginia, mountain momma, oh momma
Take me home, country roads.

Bibliografia essenziale

Bibliografia

  • ATKINSON, Sue Ann, The farm crisis of the 1980s in Iowa: its roots and its inner workings, Thesis in Master Of Community And Regional Planning And Master Of Arts – Iowa State University, Ames, 1999.
  • DUNCAN, Marvin, «Financing Agriculture in the 1980s», in Economic Review Kansas Reserve Bank Kansas City, 68, 7/1983, pp. 3-12.
  • REAGAN, Ronald, The Reagan diaries, New York, Harper Collins, 2007.
  • REEDY, Tyler C., Radicals in the Heartland: The farm crisis, immigration, and community organizing, Thesis in Master Of Arts – Iowa State University, Ames, 2013.
  • SCHULTZ, Ann Marie, Iowa farmland ownership and tenure, 1982-1992: analysis and comparison, Thesis in Master Of Science – Iowa State University, Ames, 1994.
  • STONE NICHOLSON, Stephen Paul, Agricultural land transfers in Iowa during the financial stress of the 1980s, Thesis in Master Of Science – Iowa State University, Ames, 1999.

Sitografia

Sitografia

Video

Video

Jessica Lange – Farm Aid PSA from 1985

Lo spot di Jessica Lange in favore del Farm aid.

The Farm Crisis

Il documentario realizzato dall’Iowa Public Television.

Jack Wolfe Remembers 1979 Tractorcade to Washington, D.C.

Lo spezzone di un’interista a Jack Wolf, agricoltore, protagonista della tractorcade del 1979.

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