Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma (Italy) REACTION – Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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  1. Occidentali's Karma LYRICS EXPLANATION

    “Essere o dover essere, il dubbio amletico contemporaneo” (“To be, or have to be, the doubt of the Hamlet of these days”) recalls the famous line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet “to be or not to be” but with a change, because in our society the real doubt is to choice between to be, to have substance, or have to be, that is the appearance. “Come l’uomo del neolitico, nella tua gabbia 2×3 mettiti comodo” (“As the man of the Neolithic, make yourself at ease in your cage of 2 × 3 “). This verse seems to compare the prehistoric man [Neolitic is the NewStone age, ca. 10000-2000 BC, transl.], to the modern man. The first lived in a cave, but the second finds himself in increasingly small spaces. The reference to the 2 × 3 meters could refer either to the size of the offices, which are often only cubicles, or to the apartments, where many of us live. Easy answers, unnecessary dilemmas “Intellettuali nei caffè, internettologi… L’intelligenza è démodé risposte facili, dilemmi inutili” (“Intellectuals in cafes, internettologues … The intelligence is out of fashion, easy answers, unnecessary dilemmas”). Here it is stressed that now anyone with an internet connection feels himself like an intellectual and you think you know everything just because you can do a search on google. While true intelligence is overlooked and undervalued in our society, we want quick answers just a click away, but that, in fact, arises only silly questions. Piovono gocce di Chanel su corpi asettici, tieni lontano il tuo odore dai tuoi
    simili” Raindrops of Chanel (parfume) on aseptic bodies, keep your smell away from your own kind. This phrase emphasize that the humans, unlike other animals, want to have a different smell from the other own kind as superiority factor. This concept is also reflected in the second verse when he says “tutti tuttologi col web, coca dei popoli, oppio dei poveri” (“all ‘we-know-all’s with the web, the people’s cocaine, opium of the poor”). The reference is to the famous Karl Marx’s phrase “religion is the opium of the people” According to the German philosopher, the people, especially the poorer classes, seeking consolation from the misery in which they are in religion and in the promise of a better eternal life in comparison to the earthly one, just
    as you look for a distraction from reality through drugs. Today this is the consolation in the internet search, where we all are “we-know-all’s” believing to be experienced and knowledgeable enough to be able to have their say on any topic or event. Also in their social profiles, they all show to others a full and happy life trying to erase the pain and suffering in this way. anonymous selfie-addicts Soci onorari del gruppo dei selfisti anonimi“‘ (“Honorary Members of the group of anonymous
    selfie-addicts”). Westerner addiction of today is not the alcohol, but to take selfies, a sign of our vanity and narcissism; that’s why in this verse, Alcoholics Anonymous are replaced by anonymous selfie-addicts. AAA cercasi storie dal gran finale, sperasi, comunque vada panta rei and singing in the rain” (“WANTED stories from the grand finale, hoping for whatever happens panta rei and singing in the rain” [The three A’s is a habit in Italy to put your announcements as first in the alphabetic list, transl.]). The singer recalls the famous Heraclitus’ “panta rei” phrase meaning “everything flows”, ie that everything is always in
    progress, everything changes and nothing stays the same. Western man seems looking for a glorious finale, but in any case, everything will go on, without giving yourself too much importance. It also refers to the song “Singing in the Rain” eponymous musical, symbol of carelessness. WANTED virtual humanity The second prechorus says “AAA cercasi umanità virtuale, sex appeal, comunque vada pianta rei and singing in the rain” (“WANTED virtual humanity, sex appeal, whatever happens plant rei and singing in three rain”. It recalls as more and more to us trying to establish relationships and relationships on the internet, with people who we have never even met; you feel the need humanity, but you prefer virtual contact. “Lezioni di Nirvana, c’è il Buddha in fila indiana, per tutti un’ora d’aria, di gloria” (“Lessons of Nirvana, there is the Buddha in a single line, for every hour of air, of glory,” [‘fila Indiana’ refers to a single line, one person wide, to make the queue/ennemy look smaller when you approach your ennemy. ‘Indiana’ refers to the native Americans. transl.]) The refrain, as explained by the same Gabbani, refers to how more and more Westerners are seeking inner peace in Oriental arts and then go to “nirvana school”. In fact nirvana in Buddhism is the ultimate goal in life where you find peace and you are free of pain. The moment of meditation becomes “the hour of
    air”, literally means the moment when the prisoners in jail can get out of their cells, and then the moment when the West tries to take a break from your busy life, but in reality we can not fully understand these practices because they do not belong to us and, as stated by the singer, we turn out “awkward” and maybe even funny, as the picture of “Buddha in single line.” The naked ape dances “La folla grida un mantra, l’evoluzione inciampa, la scimmia nuda balla. Occidentali’s karma” (“The crowd shouts a mantra, the evolution stumbles, the naked ape dances. Western’s karma”). The mantra is a sacred formula repeated continuously during meditation. In my opinion, this verse may refer to all those situations where we’re continuously repeating a phrase or slogan, as at the disco when we together sing the hit of the moment with our hands into heaven. At that moment, the evolution of the species seems to take a step back and the man dances. In fact, “The Naked Ape” is a book of the zoologist Desmond Morris, where he studied the man, watching him with a scientific approach as an animal, comparing its behavior with those of primates. Karma, which literally translates to “act”, indicates in religions and Eastern philosophies the law for which man is responsible for his actions and each of these corresponds to a result that will have repercussions in future lives, and while a good action produces a result positive, negative action will have negative consequences.
    "Quando la vita si distrae, cadono gli uomini, Occidentali's Karma, la scimmia si rialza, Namastè” When the life distracts, men fall…….. the ape stands again” This concept of falling men that stands again is a quote of German philosopher Nietzsche. Namastè is the tipycal indian/induist greeting. The ape is us, is our primordial instinct, we are naked monkeys. When we give values to materialism and idiocy (selfies, internect addiction,useless dilemmas, chanel, non intelligent things etc etc),when our life lose its focus, (what it is really important) ' the evolution stambles', we come back, we don't evolve anymore. We go back in our evolution and the inner ape inside us rises again.

    This explanation was written by Rene Smith (rcsmit on youtube) and Jenna in the final part ("Quando la vita si distrae, cadono gli uomini, Occidentali's Karma, la scimmia si rialza, Namastè”). Share it in order to understand the significance of Occidentali's karma.

  2. Westerners' karma
    Be or must be-
    Hamletic doubt
    contemporary like the Neolithic man.
    Get comfortable in your cage 2×3.
    Intellectuals in coffee bars,
    Internetologists
    Honorary associates in the anonymous meetings of selfie-addicted
    Intelligence is out-of-date
    Easy answers
    Worthless dilemmas.

    A.A.A Seeking, seek, yes
    Grand finale's stories
    Hoping, hope, yes
    Whatever happens, panta rhei
    and singing in the rain.

    Chorus:
    Nirvana lessons
    there is Buddha in indian style, one line
    Ricreation time for everyone, glory time.
    The crowd shouts out a mantra,
    evolution stumbles.
    the naked ape is dancing;
    Westerners' karma,
    Westerners' karma,
    the naked ape is dancing,
    Westerners' karma.

    It rains drops of Chanel,
    on aseptic bodies,
    save yourself from the smell of your own kind
    Each person is a know-it-all thanks to the web,
    communities' cocaine,
    the poor people's opium.

    A.A.A Seeking, seek, yes
    virtual humanity,
    sex appeal, sex appeal,
    Whatever happens, panta rhei
    and singing in the rain.

    Chorus:
    Nirvana lessons
    there is Buddha in indian style, one line
    Ricreation time for everyone, glory time.
    The crowd shouts out a mantra,
    evolution stumbles.
    the naked ape is dancing;
    Westerners' karma,
    Westerners' karma,
    the naked ape is dancing
    Westerners' karma.

    When life becomes distracted,
    men fall.
    Westerners' karma,
    Westerners' karma,
    the ape gets back up
    Namaste, yeah!

    Chorus:
    Nirvana lessons
    there is Buddha in indian style, one line
    Ricreation time for everyone, glory time.
    The crowd shouts out a mantra,
    evolution stumbles.
    the naked ape is dancing;
    Westerners' karma,
    Westerners' karma,
    the naked ape is dancing,
    Westerners' karma.

  3. Die Bedeutung des Lieds ist eigentlich sehr wichtig (sehr ironisch über die moderne Gesellschaft). Das Lied scheint sehr fröhlich und lustig aber es ist gar nicht dumm.

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