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賞心悅目
歌曲的美
Diamond and Rust

"Diamond and Rust" 單是歌名已經令我感覺震撼。兩樣極端的東西放在一起,一樣是極之珍貴、可遇而不可求、人人都渴望得到的;而另一 樣是極之令人討厭、揮之不去、沒有人想得到的,這感覺很特別。但是很奇怪,如果歌名不是英文,而是中文“鑽石與鐵鏽”,我又沒有特別感覺。或許“天國與地獄”、“甘與苦”會帶給我較接近英文歌名的感覺。不知道你有沒有這樣的感覺?
不知道有多少人跟我一樣,
被一陣陣扣人心絃的韻律,
被歌者如泣如訴的歌聲,
強烈地震撼著心靈深處!
音樂真是很奇妙!完全不知道如何去解釋音樂,不知道為何音律會在自然界中出現!更加不知道人類為什麼會懂得利用音律,去安撫、感動、刺激以至震撼別人的心靈!
對於其他表達媒體帶來的感染力,例如文字、畫像,或多或少都需要有一些具體的近似的經驗,才能產生共鳴。但音樂就是不一樣;當這首歌第一次進入我的耳朵,打從第一粒音符開始,就直搗我的心窩,過後,我的心窩竟然良久也未能平息,還在震盪著,期待著。
而每一次,這首歌都給我同樣的感覺,雖然至今我仍不太清楚歌詞的含意。聽說是 Joan Baez 自己的一段愛情,與 Bob Dylan 的一段情,已過去的一段情。
可是,不知道是不幸還是必然,鑽石甚少是完美的,又或者如歌曲的含義,得到鑽石也得到鐵鏽;不知道是我英文能力有限還是可以作另外的解釋,我覺得歌詞中有一錯處,there is no "light years ago", only "light years away". 光年不是指時間,而是天文學上的距離單位。不過,這一點缺憾無損這歌在我心中的地位。



Diamond and Rust

Joan Baez
Well , I'll be damned 
Here comes your ghost again 
But that's not unusual 
It's just that the moon is full and you happened to call 
And here I sit, hand on the telephone 
Hearing a voice I'd known a couple of light years ago (away?)
Heading straight for a fall 

As I remember your eyes 
were bluer than robin's eggs 
My poetry was lousy, you said 
"Where were you calling from?" 
"A booth in the Midwest" 
Ten years ago I bought you some cufflinks 
You brought me something 
We both know what memories can bring 
They bring diamond and rust 

Well, you burst on the scene were already a legend 
The unwatched phenomenon 
The original vagabond you strayed into my arms 
And there you stayed temporarily lost at sea 
The Madonna was yours for free 
Yes, the girl on the half shell 
Could keep you unharmed 

Now I see you standing with brown leaves falling all around 
Snow in your hair 
Now you're smiling out the window of that crummy hotel over Washington Square 
Our breath comes out white cloud mingles and hangs in the air 
Speaking strictly for me 
We both could've died then and there 

Now you're telling me you're not nostalgic 
Then give me another word for it 
You who're so good with words and it's keeping things vague 
Cause I need some of that vagueness now 
It's all come back too clearly 
Yes , I love you dearly 
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust 
I've already paid 


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