A song: “We’re Going to be Friends”

 

WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
Look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, there’s no one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
There’s dirt on our uniforms
Chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now it’s time to learn
We clean up and now it’s time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns, and books, and show and tell
At playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

We don’t notice any time pass
We don’t notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
The teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight, I’ll dream while in my bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
About the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow, I’ll bet
You and I will walk together again
And I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are gonna be friends

“We’re Going to Be Friends” is a song by the American alternative rock band White Stripes released in 2002, and featured in the 2017 film Wonder, which used two versions of the song, the original and a cover version performed by Caroline Pennell.
It is about those innocent playful friendships made at the beginning of a school year. It tells the story of a boy who befriends a schoolgirl, Suzy Lee. They walk to school every day and have lots of adventures along the way.
Its lyrics evoke the simplicity, innocence and nostalgia of childhood, which is a dreamlike, fun, carefree age when the biggest worries are hunting bugs and learning the alphabet.

Its catchy tune and rhyming sequences support its child-like mood.

Notes:

“Suzy Lee”, mentioned in the song, makes recurring appearances in White Stripes’ discography

“walking blues” may suggest wearing new shoes for school can cause discomfort
It might also be a metaphor conveying the idea that that going back to school after the summer holiday causes a feeling of being “blue”, i.e. sad, depressed, anxious, fearful.
Also, in a more literal sense, these shoes could be blue in colour (like in the song “Blue Suede Shoes”)

Translation into Italian:

L’autunno è arrivato, ascolta l’urlo
Torna a scuola, suona la campanella,
Scarpe nuovissime, passeggiando tristemente
Scavalca il recinto, libri e penne,
Credo proprio che saremo amici
Credo proprio che saremo amici

Passeggia con me, Suzy Lee
Attraverso il parco e tra gli alberi,
Ci riposeremo per terra, sul terreno
E guarderemo tutti gli insetti che abbiamo trovato,
Tranquillamente cammineremo fino a scuola in silenzio
Tranquillamente cammineremo fino a scuola in silenzio

Eccoci, non c’è nessun altro
Siamo andati a scuola per conto nostro,
C’è dello sporco sulle nostre uniformi
avendo dato la caccia a tutte le formiche e i vermi
ci ripuliamo e ora è il momento di imparare
ci ripuliamo e ora è il momento di imparare

Numeri, lettere, imparare a scrivere
Nomi e libri, e mostrare e raccontare/spiegare
Durante la ricreazione ci lanceremo la palla
Tornati in classe, attraverso l’atrio
L’insegnante segna la nostra altezza sul muro
L’insegnante segna la nostra altezza sul muro

Non ci accorgiamo del tempo che passa
Non ci accorgiamo di nulla
Ci sediamo fianco a fianco in ogni lezione
L’insegnante pensa che io sembri divertente
Ma le piace il modo in cui tu canti
Le piace il modo in cui tu canti

Stanotte, sognerò mentre sarò a letto
Quando pensieri sciocchi mi passano per la testa
Riguardo agli insetti e l’alfabeto,
E quando mi sveglierò domani scommetto
Che Tu e io cammineremo di nuovo insieme
Credo proprio che saremo amici
Credo proprio che saremo amici

(L.Z.)

 

 

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15 thoughts on “A song: “We’re Going to be Friends”

  1. Ah that’s nice. Sadly our kids grow up too quickly these days. Walking Blues? Don’t know but maybe Paul Simon did – ‘That’s one way to beat those walking blues, diamonds on the soles of her shoes.’

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