14 de maig 2007

"Bathysphere" (Smog, 1995)

Bathysphere em sembla una de les millors cançons que he sentit mai. No sé per què escric aquestes coses aquí, perquè una gran cançó no es pot explicar fàcilment. Però escolta, a Bathysphere, a més d'aquell inici que t'atrapa per a ja no deixar-te anar, a més de la força, dels ecos de desolació, d'aquest mar enorme (quantes grans cançons es perden al mar...), allà hi ha la veu de Bill Callahan, separant-se de tot i de tothom, perdent-se entre les onades, anunciant l'adéu: "and if the water should cut my line, set me free, I don't mind, I'll be the lost sailor, my home is the sea". La solitud, trencar amarres, la llibertat infinita i inútil condensada en un parell de versos. Emocionant.

Smog - Bathysphere

When I was seven
I asked my mother
To trip me to the bay
And put me on a ship
And lower me down
Lower me out of here

Because when I was seven
I wanted to live in a bathysphere

Between coral
Silent eel
Silver swordfish
I can't really feel or dream down here

And if the water should cut my line
And if the water should cut my line
Set me free
And if the water should cut my line
Set me free, I don't mind
I'll be the lost sailor, my home is the sea

When I was seven
My father said to me
'But you can't swim'
And I've never dreamed of the sea again