Franco Battiato – L’animale


Franco Battiato

A legendary songwriter and musician, Franco Battiato went through experimental and pop music, reaching even classical and opera. Nicknamed Maestro (“Master”), as Wiki says he “is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani, also a painter. Battiato’s songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes.”

L’animale talks about a recurring topic in Battiato discography, the struggle to be free from passions and desires. In the end there is no clear outcome, the “animal inside” doesn’t allow him to live a serene life, but that’s passion, the reason why he wants her..

“L’animale”

Vivere non è difficile potendo poi rinascere
cambierei molte cose un po’ di leggerezza e di stupidità.
Fingere tu riesci a fingere quando ti trovi accanto a me
mi dai sempre ragione e avrei voglia di dirti
ch’ è meglio se sto solo…

Ma l’ animale che mi porto dentro
non mi fa vivere felice mai
si prende tutto anche il caffè
mi rende schiavo delle mie passioni
e non si arrende mai e non sa attendere
è l’ animale che mi porto dentro vuole te.

Dentro me segni di fuoco, è l’acqua che li spegne
se vuoi farli bruciare tu lasciali nell’ aria
oppure sulla terra.

Ma l’ animale che mi porto dentro
non mi fa vivere felice mai
si prende tutto anche il caffè
mi rende schiavo delle mie passioni
e non si arrende mai e non sa attendere
è l’ animale che mi porto dentro vuole te…

“The animal”

To live isn’t difficult, being able to rebirth
i’d change a lot of things, a bit of levity and foolishness
Pretend, you are able to pretend when you are next to me
You always agree with me and i’d like to tell you
that’s better if i stay on my own…

But the animal i carry inside me
never lets me live happily
he takes everything, even the coffee
makes me slave of my passions
and never gives up and isn’t able to wait
It’s the animal i carry inside and it wants you.

Inside me signs of fire, it’s water that extinguish them
if you want to let them burn, leave them in the air
or on the ground.

But the animal i carry inside me
never lets me live happily
he takes everything, even the coffee
makes me slave of my passions
and never gives up and isn’t able to wait
It’s the animal i carry inside and it wants you.

Caetano Veloso – Michelangelo Antonioni

*(unfortunately not available on Spotify, a short version is used here with Lorenzo Mattotti’s drawings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9mW4VMhBqc)

Caetano Veloso

Caetano is probably the most famous brazilian songwriters, i couldn’t write enough about him. Nine latin Grammys, two Grammys, composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. And definitely a poet. Classic and contemporary, he kept publishing albums from 1967, more than fifty so far, besides writing soundtracks. To have a glimpse of his talent, watch his performance (singing in spanish, a classic mexican song) in Pedro Almodóvar’s movie “Hable con ella”.

Michelangelo Antonioni is the name of the famous italian movie director, a friend of his, who actor Peter Weller once defined as “the first guy who really started making films about the reality of the vacuity between people, the difficulty in traversing this space between lovers in modern day”. The song was featured on 2001 album “Noites do Norte” and then used in the soundtrack of Antonioni directed episode in movie Eros (filmed with Soderbergh and Wong-Kar-Wai) in 2004.
A few lines in italian, images as if it was an Antonioni’s movie. Disconnected, enigmatic, dreamlike, without answers.

“Michelangelo Antonioni”

Visione del silenzio
Angolo vuoto
Pagina senza parole
Una lettera scritta sopra un viso
Di pietra e vapore
Amore
Inutile finestra

“Michelangelo Antonioni”

Vision of silence
Empty corner
Page without words
A letter written upon a face
Of stone and steam
Love
Useless window

Franco Battiato – La cura

Franco Battiato

A legendary songwriter and musician, Franco Battiato went through experimental and pop music, reaching even classical and opera. Nicknamed Maestro (“Master”), as Wiki says he “is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani, also a painter. Battiato’s songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes.”

La cura is widely considered one of the best italian songs of all time, mainly thanks to the lyrics written by Battiato together with philosopher and long time friend Manlio Sgalambro. It sounds like an intense song of love and dedication, but the author (due to his deep interest in spirituality, meditation and sufism) also hints at a spirit-to-human dimension as key element.

“La cura”

Ti proteggerò dalle paure delle ipocondrie,
Dai turbamenti che da oggi incontrerai per la tua via
Dalle ingiustizie e dagli inganni del tuo tempo,
Dai fallimenti che per tua natura normalmente attirerai
Ti solleverò dai dolori e dai tuoi sbalzi d’umore,
Dalle ossessioni delle tue manie
Supererò le correnti gravitazionali,
Lo spazio e la luce
Per non farti invecchiare
E guarirai da tutte le malattie,
Perché sei un essere speciale,
ed io, avrò cura di te.

Vagavo per I campi del Tennessee
(come vi ero arrivato, chissà)
Non hai fiori bianchi per me?
Più veloci di aquile I miei sogni
Attraversano il mare

Ti porterò soprattutto il silenzio e la pazienza
Percorreremo assieme le vie che portano all’essenza
I profumi d’amore inebrieranno I nostri corpi,
La bonaccia d’agosto non calmerí I nostri sensi
Tesserò I tuoi capelli come trame di un canto
Conosco le leggi del mondo, e te ne farò dono
Supererò le correnti gravitazionali,
Lo spazio e la luce per non farti invecchiare
TI salverò da ogni malinconia,
Perché sei un essere speciale
ed io avrò cura di te.
Io sì, che avrò cura di te.

“Care” 

I’ll protect you from fears of hypochondries
from turmoils that from today you’ll encounter on your way.
From injustices and deceptions of your time,
from failures that due to your nature you’ll normally attract.
I’ll lift you from pains and from your mood swings,
from obsessions of your manias.
I’ll overcome gravitational currents,
space and light
to make you not age.
And you’ll be healed from every illness,
because you’re a special being
and i’ll take care of you.

I was wandering through fields of Tennessee
(how i reached them, who knows).
Don’t you have white flowers for me?
Faster than eagles, my dreams
cross the sea.

I’ll bring you mostly silence and patience.
We’ll tread together the paths that lead to essence.
The love scents will elate our bodies,
the august flat calm won’t calm our senses.
I’ll weave your hair like plots of a chant.
I know the laws of the world and i’ll gift you those.
I’ll overcome gravitational currents,
space and light to make you not age.
I’ll save you from every melancholy,
because you’re a special being
and i’ll take care of you.
Yes, i will take care of you.