5 de setembro de 2008

Too Old to Rock'n'Roll... But Too Young To Die

Too Old to rock and roll but too young to dieA Nina Victor publicou no excelente Fátuo Sofisma um post sobre a "Sindrome do Saco Tardio", em que somos jovens demais para os mais velhos e velhos demais para os mais novos, o que nos coloca numa espécie de limbo intergeracional familiar.

Imediatamente o post me inspirou a publicar uma música da banda inglesa Jethro Tull que fala em ser muito velho para o rock and roll mas jovem demais para morrer, lançada em 1976. Valeu Nina! Let's rock and roll (enquanto não for tarde demais!)

Too Old to Rock and Roll But Too Young To Die
Jethro Tull

The old Rocker wore his hair too long,
wore his trouser cuffs too tight.
Unfashionable to the end --- drank his ale too light.
Death's head belt buckle --- yesterday's dreams ---
the transport caf' prophet of doom.
Ringing no change in his double-sewn seams
in his post-war-babe gloom.

Now he's too old to Rock'n'Roll but he's too young to die.

He once owned a Harley Davidson and a Triumph Bonneville.
Counted his friends in burned-out spark plugs
and prays that he always will.
But he's the last of the blue blood greaser boys
all of his mates are doing time:
married with three kids up by the ring road
sold their souls straight down the line.
And some of them own little sports cars
and meet at the tennis club do's.
For drinks on a Sunday --- work on Monday.
They've thrown away their blue suede shoes.

Now they're too old to Rock'n'Roll and
they're too young to die.

So the old Rocker gets out his bike
to make a ton before he takes his leave.
Up on the A1 by Scotch Corner
just like it used to be.
And as he flies --- tears in his eyes ---
his wind-whipped words echo the final take
and he hits the trunk road doing around 120
with no room left to brake.

And he was too old to Rock'n'Roll but he was too young to die.
No, you're never too old to Rock'n'Roll
if you're too young to die.

Leia a História em Quadrinhos que acompanhava o disco,
criada pelo incrível desenhista Dave Gibbons

2 comentários:

  1. Gostei da música, Helinho.
    Eu não conhecia (total ignorância rock n roll...).
    Beijo e longa vida! :)ocqzifnz

  2. Nina, o Jethro Tull é ótimo e que bom que você gostou! Na hora em que vi seu post lembrei desta música, rs.
    Vida longa ao rock'n'roll e a todos nós! Beijos.


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