21th Century Man

5. december 2010

This is the age of machinery,
A mechanical nightmare,
The wonderful world of technology,
Napalm, hydrogen bombs, biological warfare,

This is the twentieth century,
But too much aggravation
It’s the age of insanity,
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.

Ain’t got no ambition, I’m just disillusioned
I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna be here.
My mama said she can’t understand me
She can’t see my motivation
Just give me some security,
I’m a paranoid schizoid product of the twentieth century.

You keep all your smart modern writers
Give me William Shakespeare
You keep all your smart modern painters
I’ll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough,

Girl we gotta get out of here
We gotta find a solution
I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t want to die here.

I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy, got no liberty
Cos the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.

Don’t wanna get myself shot down
By some trigger happy policeman,
Gotta keep a hold on my sanity
I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna die here.

My mama says she can’t understand me
She can’t see my motivation
Ain’t got no security,
I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna be here.

This is the twentieth century
But too much aggravation
This is the edge of insanity
I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna be here.

Vi skal helt tilbage til The Kinks’ mester- og hovedværk Musswell Hillbillies fra 1971 for at finde sangen “20th Century Man”. Der var lige taget hul pÃ¥ halvfjerdserne og tresserne med alle drømmene var endnu i hukommelsens bakspejl. Davies synger sangen med indebrændt indignation, sÃ¥ man er tilbøjelig til at tro pÃ¥ ham. Han stÃ¥r der som manden uden illusioner. Manden, der bare vil stÃ¥ af verden. Manden, der vil beholde sin forstand i en gal, gal verden.
Sangen er en af mine Ray Davies-favoritter. Og i den seneste tid er strofen:

I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy, got no liberty
Cos the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.

– dukket op med mellemrum. For, hÃ¥nden pÃ¥ hjertet, kunne ordene ikke lige sÃ¥ vel gælde for vor tid. Jeg blev født i en velfærdsstat, styret af bureaukrati osv.? Jo, for Davies’ sang rammer noget centralt – en følelse – der gÃ¥r som et spøgelse gennem moderniteten. Følelsen af fortabthed, fremmedhed (over for sig selv og omverden), desperation, lede, længsel tilbage …

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2 kommentarer

  1. mb kommentarer:

    Mon der er en forbindelse til
    King Crimson: 21st Century Schizoid Man
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_Century_Schizoid_Man

    Cat’s foot, iron claw,
    Neuro-surgeons scream for more,
    At paranoia’s poision door
    Twenty-first century schizoid man.

    Blood rack, barbed wire,
    Politicians’ funeral pyre,
    Innocents raped with napalm fire
    Twenty-first century schizoid man.

    Death seed, blind man’s greed,
    Poets’ starving children bleed,
    Nothing he’s got he really needs
    Twenty-first century schizoid man.

  2. capac kommentarer:

    @mb: Ja, det er da oplagt. King Crimson er ogsÃ¥ blevet hjemsøgt af spøgelset…

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