03 May 2008

Making Merry Out of Nothing, Like in Refugee Camp

Gogol Bordello's "Oh No" says important things about our often wasted ability to make everyday a celebration. It also reminds me of the crisis-come-togetherness of the Filipino (i.e. brownout barbeques and People Power parties).

It makes a good manifesto against boring living:

Sometimes when facing common trouble
When whole town is screwed
We become actually human
Act like Prometheus would

Suddenly there is more humor
And a party tabor style
People ringing one another
"Yo man, how was your blackout?"

Suddenly there is more music
Made with the buckets in the park
Girls are dancing with the flashlights
I got only one guitar!

And you see brothers and sisters
All engaged in sport of help
Making merry out of nothing
Like in refugee camp

Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
It is possible any time anywhere
Even without any dough
Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
Forces of the creative mind are unstoppable!

And you think, all right, now people
They have finally woke up
But as soon as the trouble over
Watch them take another nap

Nobody is making merry
Only trotting scared of boss
Everybody's making hurry
For some old forgotten cause

But one thing is surely eternal
It's condition of a man
Who don't know where he is going
Who don't know where does he stand
Who's dream power is corked bottle
Put away in dry dark place
Who's youth power is well buried
Under propaganda waste

Who's dream life is in opposition
With the life he leads today
Who's beaten down in believing
It just kinda goes this way!

Oh no, it doesn't have to be so
Forces of the creative mind are unstoppable

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