Monday, April 4, 2016

Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive (1977)



The Bee Gees performing “Stayin’ Alive” in this 1977 video, a song that pretty much reflects the emotions and sentiments (the vibe) of the Disco era [c.1970–1980], hitting its peak in mainstream culture around the time the song and the movie was released. (Two years earlier, New York City faced bankruptcy, saved by the teachers’ union pension fund on October 17, 1975.)  Could this have had some influence on the song and the movie? (Life goin’ nowhere/Somebody help me/Somebody help me, yeah.) The movie in question is Saturday Night Fever, a film set in gritty NYC, and considered an important American film, Wikipedia writes, “by the Library of Congress and therefore preserved for all time in their National Film Registry.” It captures and presents a mood that might be unfamiliar and foreign to many people today. If disco is defined as anything, it is as dance music—the freedom to “move to the groove” despite the realities around you.

Stayin’ Alive
By Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I’m a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around
Since I was born.
And now it's all right. It’s OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times’ effect on man.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
You're stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Feel the city breakin’and everybody shakin’,
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive.

Well now, I get low and I get high,
And if I can't get either, I really try.
Got the wings of heaven on my shoes.
I'm a dancin’ man and I just can't lose.
You know it's all right. It’s OK.
I'll live to see another day.
We can try to understand
The New York Times’ effect on man.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
You're stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Feel the city breakin’and everybody shakin’,
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive.

Life goin’ nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah.
Life goin’ nowhere. Somebody help me, yeah.
Stayin’ alive.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I’m a woman's man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm,
I’ve been kicked around since I was born.
And now it’s all right. It’s OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times’ effect on man.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
You're stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Feel the city breakin’and everybody shakin’,
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive.

Life goin’ nowhere. Somebody help me.
Somebody help me, yeah.
Life goin’ nowhere. Somebody help me, yeah.
I'm stayin’ alive.

[Repeat 3x]