Mar 19 2011

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Leader Of The Band

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Dan Fogelberg最经典的歌数那首《Longer》,而他的《Sutter’s Mill》则是叙事民谣的典例。他的《Same Old Lang Syne》已介绍过,这次是他的另一首名曲《Leader Of The Band》。

这是一首自传式的作品,主要却是讲他父亲的故事,以及父亲对音乐的热爱所带给他的影响,是一首相当感人的歌。

Wiki上如是说:

The song was written as a tribute to his father Lawrence Fogelberg, a musician and the leader of a band, who was still alive at the time the song was released. Released as a single at the end of the year, it reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Fogelberg原唱

周华健翻唱版本

英文歌词

An only child, alone and wild
A cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none

He left his home
And went his lone and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift
I know I never can repay

A quiet man of music
Denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once
But his music wouldn't wait
He earned his love through discipline
A thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls
Took me years to understand

The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument
And his song is in my soul
My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band

My brothers' lives were different
For they heard another call
One went to Chicago
And the other to St. Paul
And I'm in Colorado
When I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I've chose
And come to know so well

I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go
I thank you for the kindness
The times when you got tough
And papa, I don't think I said,
"I love you" near enough

中文歌词

身为独子,孤独而狂野
是个木工师傅的儿子
他的双手不善于做杂活
也没有人了解他的内心

他离开了家
踏上孤独的旅程
而他赐给我的天赋
我永远都无法报答

一个沉静的音乐家
不向单纯的命运低头
他曾经想要从军
但等不及要从事音乐
他赢得了挚爱,用那受过训练的、
时而雷霆万钧时而柔软如丝绒的双手
他那种温柔雕塑众人灵魂的慧黠
我一直要到多年之后才终于能够理解

乐队指挥已经倦了
他的眼神日渐苍老
但他的血液流经我的乐器
他的歌注入了我的灵魂
为了模仿他,我的一生做过许多可笑的尝试
对于乐队指挥来说,我不过是个活生生的遗产

我的兄弟们际遇完全不同
当他们接到另一通电话
其中一个前往芝加哥
另一个去了圣保罗
而我在科罗拉多
当时我并不住在旅馆
过着自己选择的生活
才能明白这许多

衷心感谢你的音乐
还有你流浪的故事
谢谢你给我自由
当我想离开的时候
谢谢你的慈爱
在你最困顿的时刻
爸爸,我想
光说"我爱你!"是不够的

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