Hidden-nomics (1)

My most favorite elective subject back in college was something entitled “Economics in Arts”. We actually had fun analyzing songs, movies and artworks looking for economically-linked issues beneath. It was the very first time I felt like an Undercover Economist…

One of the songs we analyzed was Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise”. As a child of the 1980’s, I was exposed to this song because it was always within the repertoire of any brave soul in Karaoke sessions (those were the days when we had what we called “minus-one” tapes; amateur ones would carry an already-rewound tape of their favorite song to interpret). I even learned the lyrics by heart just by hearing it thousands of times! However, it was only a decade afterwards when I would truly listen and think about what Mr Collins wanted to tell us: how the homeless fare each and every day of their lives in “paradise”, while being considered invisible by most of us.

The situation in Paris is truly becoming unbearable. One cannot simply turn a blind eye on the SDF (sans domicile fixe– without fixed residence) because now they don’t consist only of grown men and women- there are actually infants sleeping in salvaged mattresses beside trash cans in winter! How can one have faith in the European Union when this very basic human crisis is unfolding under our very eyes? and if we look at how policy-makers are reacting, there seems to be no urgency to solve this! To think that the refugee situation is only aggravating it…

What a waste of human capital! what a poor display of France’s highly-acclaimed abundancy in social capital.

I’ll leave the socio-economic discussion for another time. Meanwhile, why don’t you stop for exactly 4 minutes and 49 seconds and hear how Mr Collins describes our common reactions when faced with this type of biting reality…

ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

Disclaimer: I do not own this video. Video courtesy of the official YouTube channel for the solo work of English singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer, Mr. Phil Collins.
She calls out to the man on the street
‘Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?’

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, ’cause it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh think twice, ’cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh Lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
‘Cause she didn’t fit in there

Oh think twice, ’cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, just think about it, think about it

It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise, paradise
Just think about it, paradise, just think about it
Paradise, paradise, paradise

 

Songwriters: MERRILL, GEORGE ROBERT / RUBICAM, SHANNON / CLAYTON, ADAM / EVANS, DAVE / HEWSON, PAUL DAVID / MULLEN, LARRY / WALDEN, NARADA MICHAEL
Another Day In Paradise lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, IMAGEM U.S. LLC

Sources:

  1. Song facts, available at: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1994
  2. Youtube
  3. Lyrics freak, available at: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/phil+collins/another+day+in+paradise_20108035.html

2 thoughts on “Hidden-nomics (1)

  1. This is a sad reality – not just in Paris, but in a lot of countries around the world. Access to a safe housing is one of the most basic human rights. When people are homeless, they will be deprived of their other rights, such as right to privacy, right to security, right to education, and so on.

    I feel guilty when homeless people ask money from me and I’m not able to give. But really, if only I have more means to help out, I would do so…

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  2. Thank you, Miss A! Unfortunately you are right in stating that this is not an exclusive situation in Paris. But it never ceases to surprise me how this country, one that is considered a bastion for basic human rights, is very badly managing this. Bless your good heart!

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