Oh yes, I was plenty lonesome and I never will forget
How the old folks shuffle past me - I can see their faces yet -
Eyes all red around the edges and a damp look deeper in
Eyes that's seen their share of troubles that we're always stumbling in.
Foreheads marked and cut with wrinkles like the plow tracks on a field
Cheeks sunk in against the bone lips that never can be sealed.
Hair as grey and splashed with silver as a moonlight winter's night
Faces - faces - faces - what a picture! What a sight!
Faces friendly like a mountain top that stands up in the sun
When the blank and rotten tenements melt into the filthy slum
Strong and hard but bony faces with a shine of high tanned leather
Faces that had laughed and loved, and cried in every kind of weather
Eyes that looked out of sockets, like a man looks out of jail -
Half a smile and half a sneer - half a love song and half a wail.
Necks and muscles hard as iron once, a little front ways stooped,
Shoulders that had carried whole worlds, just a little downward drooped.
Young heads bobbed along the tight crowd and bellowed out their noise
That roars just like a cyclone in the younger girls and boys:
Eyes that shot ahead like spot lights on the drifting stage below
Eyes that made my spirits brighter even now that I was low.
And I thought, I wondered - which of these
Can look upon the rest of us and say she's really pleased.
Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90 es un nuevo libro de lujo de tapa dura de gran formato de 250 páginas compilado y editado por Gilles Peterson y Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) que presenta muchos cientos de diseños de portadas de discos cubanos impresionantes y únicos hechos desde la Revolución Cubana liderada por Fidel Castro en 1959.
Raimon cumple 80 años con la energía dirigida a "intentar ordernarme" e impulsar el Centro Raimon de Actividades Culturales de Xàtiva (Valencia), donde estará su legado, pero con el peso sobre los hombros de una pandemia que "ha oscurecido el horizonte", ha dicho en una entrevista con Efe.