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Francesco De Gregori – L'Uccisione Di Babbo Natale lyrics

Dolly del mare profondo, figlia di minatori,
si leva le scarpe e cammina sull'erba
insieme al figlio del figlio dei fiori.
E fanno la solita strada fino al cadavere del grillo,
la luna impaurita li guarda passare
e le stelle sono punte di spillo.
E mentre le lancette camminano
i due si dividono il fungo e intanto mangiando
ingannano il tempo ma non dovranno ingannarlo a lungo.
Infatti arriva Babbo Natale,
carico di ferro e carbone,
il figlio del figlio dei fiori lo uccide
con un coltello e con un bastone.
E Dolly gli pulisce le mani con una fetta di pane,
le nuvole passano dietro la luna
e da lontano sta abbaiando un cane.
E la neve comincia a cadere,
la neve che cadeva sul prato
e in pochi minuti si sparse la voce
che Babbo Natale era stato ammazzato.
Cos? Dolly del mare profondo
e il figlio del figlio dei fiori si danno la mano
e ritornano a casa, tornano a casa dai genitori.

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    This complicated song, part of De Gregori's cd 'Bufalo Bill' (Rca, 1976), was written in the 70's and it mirrors perfectly that decade. Dolly, and the son of the son of flowers take a walk, but this is not an ordinary walk. In the process a death will occur. The couple travels up to the corpse of a cricket with the moon wathcing them with fear. The corpse and the fear could be explained as a prefiguration of the oncoming death: the death of Father Christmas. Two verses are worth noting, the one where Dolly washes her bloody hands with a slice of bread (Eucharist?), and the final verse in which they calmly return to their parent's house: a casa dai genitori.
    A final note. While the whole song speaks of a murder, fear and blood, at the end you are left with an eerie feeling of calmness, as the two murderers return at their parents homes, as if nothing has happened. Did it? After all Father Christmas is not a real person. (Polyvios).
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