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'2000'Version feat. A Dream Deferred / Langston Hughes
|The New Günter Pröpper
"A new millenium... a multi-amplified new year effect... only a metaphor itself... with hopes and expectations are projected into this understanding of change by switching digits in a time count of a random culture among many others ...The song indeed has more distance to the year 2000 than we have today. Its origin lies in the early nineties and it could even be older, the connection with a poem by Langston Hughes makes also a connection back in time and confronts the desires of the 'I' in this song to a dream for change not caused by emotional unhappiness but concrete material suffer, the dream of the African Americans..."
To understand better
you have to learn that the song is a little bit older and was created with
a little more distance to the upcoming marker point in the period of time
that is signified by the Western world with a number that requires a change
of a digit which can only be witnessed by few generations. Not too long
ago the metaphor that is carried with such a switch was the one of a multi-amplified
new year effect. Everything would change. A lot of problems would find
their solutions. Technology would take man to a new world. He himself would
not have to change at all to find peace, richness and a problemfree living,
probably forever. Although Zager & Evans already sketched a more doom
view on progresses fruits, the future '2000' once stood as a promise of
a new modern era with the background of the (threatening) apokalypses of
the 20th century, like the second world war and a possible nuclear third
left behind. Usually such is connected to individual dreams in a society
that lives in rich circumstances but often does not feel easy but doomed...
...Just by switching figures of a model, maybe even a metapher for understanding time or existance, just by counting? Tough luck, if your calender differs...
...The song indeed has more distance to the year 2000 than we have today. Its origin lies in the early nineties and it could even be older, the connection with a poem by Langston Hughes makes also a connection back in time. Its relationship to time once was planned to switch later, and maybe it will be done this way, the following: Change the words from 'twothousand' to 'threethousand' and from 'ninety-nine' to 'twothousand'...
...It is obvious that we find a christian paradigma in the words. The dream of redemption from a state that is received as, let's put it in the moderate and neutral word unsatisfactory.The promise of a new era on earth transports the Christian message of accepting to suffer because redemption will take place even into the minds of non-religios people. The Non-Arrival of that relief (2000 is to close that one still believes in) has to be compensated with an even bigger promise (3000). The perspective of getting released somehow paralyses the 'victim' of his desires, whom is offered a collection of unfulfilling dreams by modern media and technology showing to him the incompleteness of his life even in an European state of wealth. Now the poem 'A Dream Deferred' by the African American poet Langston Hughes is added and makes the song even more complex. On one side it puts up the question what has become of that 'dream' (for example you could import Martin Luther King's deam) on the other hand it triggers a comparison of the African American idea of an 'unsatisfactory' being, a one that is more 'concrete' and the Western European complaints that are less materialised. It is like body and mind and it puts up the question whether the fulfilling of that first dream can lead to happiness and satisfaction at all if it leads to another 'unsatisfactory' state. And is it really this way? The 'I' seems to be quite comfortable, dozing off and dreaming. Is it really that negative or does 'I' just seek new distractions? On another level the poem questions the consequences from the state of mind of the 'lyrical I' in the rest of the song. What will become of him?...
...There is also the musical metapher. It seems to be the case, the 'I' falls asleep and is able to catch the train that takes off in the instrumental area in the middle of the song. In another state of dreaming the 'I' discovers Langston Hughes poems and starts to worry. The final stage, is it a nightmare or a liberation?...
...There is indeed
another version of the song where instead of the poem by Langston Hughes
gets quoted, the 'I' arrives in 'his/her 2000' ahead of the people still
living in another era, incapable of communicating with them who live in
a different context and facing a dangerous confrontation as a consequence.
A weird solution?