“If I die young, bury me in satin
lay me down on a bed of roses
sink me in the river at dawn
send me away with the words of a love song

Lord make me a rainbow
I’ll shine down on my mother
she’ll know I’m safe with you
when she stands under my colors
and life ain’t always what you think
it ought to be, no
ain’t even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

If I die young, bury me in satin
lay me down on a bed of roses
sink me in the river at dawn
send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

And I’ll be wearing white
when I come into your kingdom
I’m as green as the ring
on my little cold finger
I’ve never known the lovin’ of a man
but it sure felt nice
when he was holdin’ my hand
there’s a boy here in town
says he’ll love me forever
who would have thought
forever could be severed by

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best, boys
and I’ll wear my pearls
what I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts
oh, no, I’ll sell ‘em for a dollar
they’re worth so much more after I’m a goner
and maybe then you’ll hear
the words I been singin’
funny when you’re dead
how people start listenin’

If I die young, bury me in satin
lay me down on a bed of roses
sink me in the river at dawn
send me away with the words of a love song

The ballad of a dove
go with peace and love
gather up your tears
keep ‘em in your pocket
save ‘em for a time
when you’re really gonna need ‘em, oh

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best, boys
and I’ll wear my pearls”.

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Traduzione.

“Se dovessi morire giovane
seppellitemi vestita di raso
adagiatemi su un letto di rose
immergetemi nel fiume all’alba
mandatemi via con le parole
di una canzone d’amore

Signore, fammi diventare un arcobaleno
splenderò su mia madre
saprà che sono in salvo con te
quando starà sotto i miei colori
e la vita non è sempre come la vorresti, no
non è ancora anziana
ma già seppellisce la sua bimba

Il coltello tagliente di una vita breve
ma mi è bastato il tempo che ho avuto

Se dovessi morire giovane
seppellitemi vestita di raso
adagiatemi su un letto di rose
immergetemi nel fiume all’alba
mandatemi via con le parole
di una canzone d’amore

Il coltello tagliente di una vita breve
ma mi è bastato il tempo che ho avuto

E vestirò di bianco
quando arriverò nel tuo regno
sarò verde come l’anello
al mio piccolo, freddo dito
non ho mai conosciuto
l’amore di un uomo
ma era ugualmente bello
quando mi teneva la mano
c’è un ragazzo qui in città
dice che mi amerà per sempre
chi avrebbe pensato
che per sempre ci poteva separare.

Il coltello tagliente di una vita breve
ma mi è bastato il tempo che ho avuto

Quindi indossate il vostro vestito migliore, ragazzi
e io avrò addosso le mie perle
quello che non ho mai fatto è finito.

Un penny per i miei pensieri
oh, no, li venderò per un dollaro
valgono molto di più
se sto per andarmene
e forse dopo sentirai
le parole che cantavo
strano come la gente cominci ad ascoltarti
quando sei morta.

Se dovessi morire giovane
seppellitemi vestita di raso
adagiatemi su un letto di rose
immergetemi nel fiume all’alba
mandatemi via con le parole
di una canzone d’amore

La ballata di una colomba
vai in pace ed amore
raccogli le tue lacrime
e tienile in tasca
conservale per un momento
in cui davvero ne avrai bisogno, oh

Il coltello tagliente di una vita breve
ma mi è bastato il tempo che ho avuto

Quindi indossate il vostro vestito migliore, ragazzi
e io avrò addosso le mie perle”.

(Traduzione a cura di Arturo Bandini e Marie Jolie)

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The Band Perry, If I die young – 3:50
(Kimberly Perry)
Album: The Band Perry (2010)

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Citazioni.

If I Die Young is the title of a song written by Kimberly Perry, and recorded by American country music group The Band Perry. It was released in June 2010 as the second single from the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released on October 12, 2010. “If I Die Young” is a mid-tempo tune accompanied by acoustic guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, and drums. The song is about the sadness of dying young (“The sharp knife of a short life“) as the narrator describes how she never really got to experience love and worrying about how her loved ones will miss her and deal with the loss. She recognizes that once someone passes away, others seem to pay more attention to life in the lines, “And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’ / Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’“. She states that if she dies young, then her family left behind should “save their tears” for a time when “they’re really gonna need them“. Kimberly states she has had a well-lived life in the line “Well, I’ve had just enough time“.
Bobby Peacock of Roughstock spoke positively of the lyrics which were “very well-developed with interesting little details”. He felt that although the topic is “a little sugarcoated,” the vocal performance is a “pleasant listening experience”. Jim Malec of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs down, stating that while the “songwriting demonstrates a command of language and craft that allows her to construct thick, interesting lyrics,” the result “is a series of exceedingly dark, loosely connected statements. The concept is murky, at best, and although many of the individual pieces are well drawn the whole is difficult to follow”.
The Band Perry received at least one letter in response to the song. In its envelope, the members also found a necklace with a ring on it. The letter’s author was a young girl who had recently lost her best friend to cancer. Mourning her friend’s death, the girl was contemplating suicide. Driving from work one day, she heard “If I Die Young” on the radio. Hearing “so much life in the song,” the girl changed her mind. In her letter to The Band Perry, she wrote about the necklace, “I’m sending this to you, because it’s the most important thing I own. This song literally saved my life”.
If I Die Young” debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 29, 2010. It also debuted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of July 24, 2010. In October 2010, it became the group’s first Top 10 single on the country chart as well as their first Top 20 on the Hot 100. The song became their first Number One hit on the country charts for the week of December 11, 2010. In early 2011, the song was remixed by Matt Ward and Dean Gillard for pop music radio. The remix debuted at number 36 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Songs and number 29 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for the week of June 11, 2011. With the remix impacting pop radio, the song re-entered the Hot 100 at number 46 for the week of June 25, 2011. It has since reached a new peak of number 14. The song has sold 4,542,000 digital copies in the US alone making it the single highest single to miss the top ten. In addition to this the song was the eleventh country song to sell over 2 million copies and only the fourth time that a band reached this plateau, following Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Rascal Flatts. In July 2011, the song reached the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 in its thirty-fifth chart week, making it the slowest climb into the Top 15. It broke the slowest climb record that was previously held by Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats“, and Taylor Swift‘s “Teardrops on My Guitar“. Both songs took thirty-three weeks to reach the Top 15. The song spent 53 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and is their best selling single to date.
The music video, which was directed by David McClister, premiered on CMT on May 27, 2010. In the video, the band is shown setting Kimberly Perry in a canoe before pushing it off into the river. Perry is holding a book containing poems by Tennyson, including The Lady of Shalott, which the book is opened to at the end of the music video. The video echoes a scene in Anne of Green Gables in which Anne attempts to appear as the Lady of the poem. Kimberly’s mother and her love interest (played by Kyle Kopecky) are shown plucking flower petals and visibly depressed that she has left them. Eventually, her canoe begins to take on water,she sits up. Once this occurs her brothers come back for her. When she gets back to her house, her mother and love interest embrace her. The video was filmed on location at Two Rivers Mansion outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout the video, the band is also shown performing with their instruments inside of the house”.

(Wikipedia, voce If I Die Young)

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