Ukas dikt: London Calling av The Clash

London kaller verdens bokfolk til seg nå. Det er bokmesse med masse nytt som jeg nok kan sladre om til uka. Akkurat nå har vi vært en runde i byen og på en bar i en av byens fineste hoteller: Covent garden hotell. På vei ut oppdaget vi at Patti Smith satt på et av nabobordene. Hadde lyst til å gå bort å fortelle hvor stort fan jeg er, men turte ikke. Feirer treffet med ukas dikt fra den samme rockegenerasjonen «London Calling» av The Clash:


London Calling

(Joe Strummer/Mick Jones)

London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning-and I live by the river

London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, an' go it alone
London calling upon the zombies of death
Quit holding out-and draw another breath
London calling-and I don't wanna shout
But when we were talking-I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain't got no highs
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning-and I live by the river

Now get this
London calling, yeah, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
After all this, won't you give me a smile?

Knut Gørvell
Jeg er salgs- og markedsdirektør i Cappelen Damm med ansvar for skjønnlitteratur og sakprosa. Jeg brenner for å formidle litteratur til det norske folk.
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