Même si tout ceci ne le concerne pas directement, Lefrenchdude a de nouveau vécu cette élection américaine comme une défaite. La sensation bizarre d’être dans une bulle urbaine ou l’opinion qu’il pense être générale – en tout cas partagée par 100% de ses contacts – ne l’est pas tant que cela.

Du coup, se demande-t-il, que faire ? Comment se fait-il que ce qui fait le plus de sens de tous les points de vue ne soit pas vainqueur ? Pourquoi ceux qui ont tort finissent toujours par avoir raison ces jours-ci ?

En se posant ces questions, il s’est rappelé avec nostalgie à toutes ces chansons dénonciatrices qu’il écoute depuis tout petit. Les Sex Pistols, par exemple, avait quelque chose contre lequel lutter. John Lennon aussi. Et Public Enemy, hein ? Ben eux aussi. Et c’est souvent avec un certain détachement qu’il analysait les problèmes de sociétés contemporains à ces artistes.

Plus maintenant.

Voici la playlist anti-trump, anti-brexit, anti-clickbait. Oh Lefrenchdude n’a pas l’ambition, à travers cela, de changer quoi que ce soit sur cette terre. Mais il faut avouer, pour paraphraser ce bon Gérard Jugnot, que ça soulage.

Daily News – Tom Paxton
‘How do I know? I read it in the Daily News
Daily News, daily blues
Pick up a copy any time you choose
Seven little pennies in the newsboy’s hand
And you ride right along to never, never land’

Ballad of a thin man – Bob Dylan
‘Ah, you’ve been with the professors and they’ve all liked your looks
With great lawyers you have discussed lepers and crooks
You’ve been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books
You’re very well-read, it’s well-known
But something is happening here and you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mr. Jones?’ 

Sunday Papers – Joe Jackson
‘If you want to know about the gay politician
If you want to know how to drive your car
If you want to know about the new sex position
You can read it in the Sunday papers, read it in the Sunday papers

Sunday papers don’t ask no questions
Sunday papers don’t get no lies
Sunday papers don’t raise objections
Sunday papers ain’t got no eyes’ 

When the President talks to God – Bright Eyes
‘When the president talks to God
Are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?’ 

With God on our Side – Odetta
‘I’ve learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side.

If there is a Hell Below, We’re all going down – Curtis Mayfield
‘Sisters, niggers, whities, jews, crackers!
Don’t worry, if there’s hell below, we’re all gotta go!
The Revolution will not be televised – Gil Scott-Heron

‘The revolution will not be right back
After a message about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
Bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
Will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers,
The revolution will be live.’

Draft Resister – Steppenwolf
‘Shame, disgrace and all dishonor,
wrongly placed upon their heads
Will not rob them of the courage
which betrays the innocent’

Fortunate Son – Creedance Clearwater Revival
‘Some folks are born silver spoon in hand Lord,
don’t they help themselves, oh
But when the taxman comes to the door Lord,
the house looks like a rummage sale,
yes It ain’t me, it ain’t me,
I ain’t no millionaire’s son,
no It ain’t me, it ain’t me;
I ain’t no fortunate one, no’

Get up, Stand up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
‘Most people think,
Great God will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. Jah!Get up, stand up! (Jah, Jah!)
Stand up for your rights! (Oh-hoo!)’

Aux Armes, et caetera – Serge Gainsbourg
‘Amour sacré de la patrie
Conduis soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté liberté chérie
Combats avec tes défenseursAux armes et caetera’

Locker Room Talk – Cold War Kids
‘It took a long time to break these walls
And he wanna build ’em up
It takes a long time To earn my trust
I’m gonna give it to the girl I love’
(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais – The Clash
‘White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution’

Gimme some Truth – John Lennon
‘I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
Ive had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth’

Anarchy in the UK – Sex Pistols
‘Anarchy for the U.K.
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line
Your future dream has sure been seen through

‘Cause I want to be anarchy
In the city’

Revolution – Beatles
‘You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re all doing what we can

But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait’

Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant, to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother, him and John Wayne
‘Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps

Sound of da Police – KRS-one
‘Black people still slaves up til today
But the Black police officer nah see it that way
Him want a salary
Him want it
So he put on a badge and kill people for it
My grandfather had to deal with the cops
My great-grandfather dealt with the cops
My GREAT grandfather had to deal with the cops
And then my great, great, great, great… when it’s gonna stop?!’

Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
‘And now you do what they told ya
But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites’

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

‘Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A’

The Rights of all – Oliver Nelson (feat. John Fitzgerald Kennedy)
‘Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle
To pomote and protect the rights of all
Who wish to be free’


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