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艾顿庄写给女人的歌  

2011-10-21 02:04:00|  分类: 美国生活 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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認識艾頓 莊(Elton John)的歌是在1997年,那年,他為紀念戴安娜王妃而錄製的「風中的殘燭」(Candle In The Wind)風靡了全世界,而我,在這首歌中沒也少流下為戴安娜而悲的眼淚。


艾頓莊是英國著名流行樂手、作曲家和鋼琴家,是流行音樂史上最成功的獨唱歌手之一。在1970年代,艾頓莊是搖滾樂的最主要的力量之一,他的唱片在美國唱片榜上連續七次登上第一位就是其佐證。他以鋼琴為基礎的音樂,使鋼琴在吉他主導的時代得以立足。他的歌聲也響徹了樂壇經久不衰。


作爲同性戀藝人,誇張的衣著和個性化的舞臺演出、糾纏不清的私生活誹聞和在音樂方面的特殊天分,使艾頓莊成為一個音樂史上的傳奇,而他寫給的女人的歌更在這個傳奇上添上了浪漫的一筆。如寫給瑪麗夢蓮的歌和寫給他前妻的「今夜有人救了我」(Someone saved my life tonight),其實這位在艾頓莊自殺的時候挽救了他性命的女子,只和他維持了短暫的婚姻。在這些歌中,他寫出了對女性的真誠理解和女性命運無奈呻嘆,從中看出艾頓莊細膩的情感。

 

而我最喜歡的是他寫給一個蘇聯女軍官的歌「娜基塔」(Nikita),不儘歌詞真摯感人,旋律哀怨婉轉優美,這首歌的背後還有一個動人的故事︰那還是在上個世紀60年代冷戰期間,當時的蘇聯政府請了為數不多的西方音樂家訪問了莫斯科,披頭四還有艾頓莊正在其中,艾頓莊一眼就鍾情於做保衛工作的軍官娜基塔,金發碧眼的娜基塔當時負責指揮著一隊祕密警察監視艾頓莊,不讓他接近蘇聯觀眾,在這種情況下,艾頓莊既便是綿綿情意,也不可能有機會向她表達。多年後,當艾頓莊得知娜基塔被調柏林圍墻駐守時,趕到了西柏林,希望可以有機會傾訴自己的感情,在白雪飛舞的柏林城牆下,隔著鐵絲網,艾頓莊只能在遠距離用相機留下娜基塔的倩影,這時他再也憋不住,把自己多年來思念對方的心情盡情一歌︰我看見你站在圍墻邊,你那世界的一角很冷,我是這樣的需要你,我不知道擁抱你的感覺有多麼的美妙。不知你是否有讀過我給你的信,有否在夢中見到我,那一群士兵把你圍繞,娜基塔,你從未瞭解我的家鄉,如果那一天真的可以來到,槍枝和鐵門不能再把你困住,不要猶豫,勇往直前,到西方把朋友找。(歌詞大意)當然,這一段單戀無疾而終,不知道是否因為太多對女性的的失意影響了他的性取向,這又給艾頓莊浪漫的傳奇蒙上了一層神祕的色彩。

後記︰〞Nikita〞這首歌,我用來作大考的作業,和我搭檔的伊朗同學,很有創意,我們先讓班上的同學聽三次此歌的錄音,一邊填充歌詞,然後在黑板上公佈正確答案,但是他們要作拼字遊戲,最後再播放此歌的MTV,我們的作業完全達到了老師的要求︰同學參與並發生興趣,達到熟知歌曲和作者背景並能牢記的目的﹗那次考試我們倆得了高分。


附三首我喜歡的歌詞

Nikita

Hey Nikita is it cold
In your little corner of the world
You could roll around the globe
And never find a warmer soul to know

Oh I saw you by the wall
Ten of your tin soldiers in a row
With eyes that looked like ice on fire
The human heart a captive in the snow

Oh Nikita You will never know anything about my home
I'll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so
Oh Nikita is the other side of any given line in time
Counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Oh no, Nikita you'll never know

Do you ever dream of me
Do you ever see the letters that I write
When you look up through the wire
Nikita do you count the stars at night

And if there comes a time
Guns and gates no longer hold you in
And if you're free to make a choice
Just look towards the west and find a friend

someone saved my life tonight

When I think of those East End lights, muggy nights
The curtains drawn in the little room downstairs
Prima Donna lord you really should have been there
Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair
And it's one more beer and I don't hear you anymore
We've all gone crazy lately
My friends out there rolling round the basement floor

And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

I never realised the passing hours of evening showers
A slip noose hanging in my darkest dreams
I'm strangled by your haunted social scene
Just a pawn out-played by a dominating queen
It's four o'clock in the morning
Damn it listen to me good
I'm sleeping with myself tonight
Saved in time, thank God my music's still alive

And I would have walked head on into the deep end of the river
Clinging to your stocks and bonds
Paying your H.P. demands forever
They're coming in the morning with a truck to take me home
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight
So save your strength and run the field you play alone

The candle in the wind

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something as more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

The candle in the wind
Goodbye England's rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart
You called out to our country
And you whispered to those in pain
Now you belong to heaven
And the stars spell out your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And your footsteps will always fall here
Along England's greenest hills
Your candle's burned out long before
Your legend ever will

Loveliness we've lost
These empty days without your smile
This torch we'll always carry
For our nation's golden child
And even though we try
The truth brings us to tears
All our words cannot express
The joy you brought us through the years

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And your footsteps will always fall here
Along England's greenest hills
Your candle's burned our long before
Your legend ever will

Goodbye England's rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart
Goodbye England's rose
From a country lost without your soul
Who'll miss the wings of your compassion
More than you'll ever know

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And you footsteps will always fall here
Along England's greenest hills
Your candle's burned out long before
Your legend ever will

原載《星島日報》副刊

 

Elton John Nikita

 

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