Lena Horne (1917 – 2010)

by manuel margarido

Nos primeiros tempos deste blogue muito se falou do «Great American Songbook», dos seus autores, temas, intérpretes.

Hoje morreu Lena Horne, uma das grandes intérpretes norte-americanas, ela que trazia a América toda misturada no sangue; a cantora, actriz e bailarina que viu Hollywood fechar-lhe as portas por causa das ideias políticas, de esquerda para os padrões Estados Unidos; que seria imortalizada pelo talento, coisa que, na “América”, acaba quase infalivelmente por vir à tona.

Stormy Weather, canção que a imortalizou, aqui em imagens do filme com o mesmo nome.

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky

Stormy weather since my man and I ain’t together

Keeps raining all the time, the time

Life is bare, gloom and misery everywhere

Stormy weather, just can’t get my poor self together

It’s raining all the time, the time

When you went, you went away, the blues walked in and met me

If he stays away, ol’ rocking chair will get me

All I do is pray, the Lord above will let me walk in the sun once more

Can’t go on, everything I had is gone

Stormy weather since my man and I ain’t together

It’s raining all the time

I walk around, heavy-hearted and sad

Night comes around and I’m still feeling bad

Rain’s pouring down, blinding every hope I had

This pitterin pattering, beating and spattering drives Me Mad

Love, Love, Love, this misery’s just too much for me

Can’t go on, everything I have is gone


Stormy weather since my man and I ain’t together

It’s raining all the time, keeps raining all the time

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