Long Live All Who Can’t Be Fooled

A poem by HK & The Saltimbanks

This is my first post in a couple of weeks. I intend on blogging more in the nearby future. I am taking a break to recap, reconsider and re-energize life. For now I want to share a beautiful poem by HK & The Saltimbanks, a French music group, published December 23, 2021. I translated this from French.

We are the poets, we are the artists 
Our weapons are words and guitar strings 
Drum rolls please: troubadours enter stage 
Musical notes, stars, smiles and stares 

We're seeing these days, in these strange times 
A crazy twist: suddenly we’re troublemakers 
We’re on the fringe, we’re atypical 
We’re from another era, we’re romantic 

“Have you not heard, soldiers? We are at war!” 
And who says ‘war’ says ‘listen up’: obey orders 
Enemies, prisoners, but also scapegoats 
On whom all the well-mannered people can spit 

If integrity is gone, we’ll have to stay strong 
At the sight of teary faces, heavy hearts and empty bellies 
We are sweet dreamers who won't close their eyes 
We see the filthy, the cruel, the sordid, the envious 

We see the vultures; we are the doves 
We see the hunters who think they rule the world 
We see our chosen ones, our superior elites 
Who crawl for a penny under dictators' shoes 

We read the newspapers that, for an article or two 
Sell a failing, losing truth 
A truth approved by the majority shareholder 
And who, by no means, should be harming business 

There's so much to do, we're taking our parts 
We will sow hope deep in the hearts 
We will remain faithful to the children we still are 
If all this is a circus, we'll win this game 

So let's play! Let's play, okay?!  Since life is given to us 
Life is sacred to us, like a pearl of dew 
The Earth is our stage and the sun is our beacon 
Let's sow joy, night and day, we will reap sooner or later 

We know, they'll do anything to take our mornings away from us 
Could it be that one fateful evening, we'll hold a weapon in our hands? 
One thing is certain, we're working every day 
So that this one-way trip never happens 

Long live the free and brotherly souls who refuse 
To resign to obey without thinking, or to walk in line 
Long live all who can't be fooled 
Long live us, drunk enough to live and to sing 

-HK & The Saltimbanks, December 23, 2021