I’m that

in Franco Battiato, Dieci stratagemmi, 2004
(testo di Manlio Sgalambro, citazioni da William Jones – Ludwig van Beethoven, musica di Franco Battiato)

What glorious light
wisdom without bound
wrapt in eternal solitary shade

The impenetrable gloom
of light intense
impervious inaccessible immense

And brought light to the gods and mortal man
my abstinence and renunciation left his heaven to me
you are a hero you are what is ten times more.

We’re come from stars’ cosmic nature
now we are destroying the future

A real man
everything is good
inspired by love and wine

The light which is in me
is now ablaze in me
I come from the first chosen

What joy to breathe the scent of open air
which dies like the last rays of the sun
no mortal man has lifted my veil.

I’m neither Muslim nor Hindu
nor Christian nor Buddhist
I’m not for the hammer
neither for the sickle
and even less for the tricolour flame
because I’m a musician

1 Non sono musulmano né induista / né cristiano né buddista / non sono per il martello / né per la falce / né tantomeno per la fiamma tricolore / perché sono un musicista

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