Sep 30 2009

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American Pie

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这是Don Mclean的代表作,1972年冠军单曲.
后来曾经有华语歌手翻唱过,但是都很糟糕,无法唱出Mclean这种韵味.

1971年,一直默默无闻的美国民谣歌手Don McLean在灵感泉涌中写下了一首超长的歌曲《American Pie》,不仅使他一夜成名,而且使得他和他的这首作品一直流传到了21世纪的今天.
《American Pie》堪称一首史诗式的作品,纵观全球乐坛,能将一首长达8分34秒的歌曲唱得不仅不让人生厌,还让人们津津乐道并传颂几十年的现象可谓少之又少,而Don McLean和他的《American Pie》就做到了,如果作品里没有引人入胜的叙事性、没有内蕴幽远的深刻性,人们是不会傻呆呆地将这么长的时间消耗在一首歌曲里的.
《American Pie》是用音乐记录二十世纪中叶美国历史(主要是流行音乐史)的一首史诗,没有春风得意的赞美,也没有针锋相对的批判,有的只是在轻快的民谣节奏中娓娓地道来.

英文歌词

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.

But february made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn't take one more step.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.

So bye-bye, miss american pie.
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Did you write the book of love,
And do you have faith in God above,
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock 'n roll,
Can music save your mortal soul,
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him
`cause I saw you dancin' in the gym.
You both kicked off your shoes.
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues.

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck,
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died.

I started singin',
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone,
But that's not how it used to be.
When the jester sang for the king and queen,
In a coat he borrowed from james dean
And a voice that came from you and me,

Oh, and while the king was looking down,
The jester stole his thorny crown.
The courtroom was adjourned;
No verdict was returned.
And while lennon read a book of marx,
The quartet practiced in the park,
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died.

We were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Helter skelter in a summer swelter.
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter,
Eight miles high and falling fast.
It landed foul on the grass.
The players tried for a forward pass,
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast.

Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune.
We all got up to dance,
Oh, but we never got the chance!
`cause the players tried to take the field;
The marching band refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

We started singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Oh, and there we were all in one place,
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again.
So come on: jack be nimble, jack be quick!
Jack flash sat on a candlestick
Cause fire is the devil's only friend.

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage.
No angel born in hell
Could break that satan's spell.
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite,
I saw satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn't play.

And in the streets: the children screamed,
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken.
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost,
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died.

And they were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

They were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die."

对照歌词

本歌中文歌词为本站自译,转载时可以考虑注明一下这点

A long long time ago I can still remember
我依然记得,很久很久以前
How that music used to make me smile
那音乐是如何让我微笑
And I knew if I had my chance
我也知道,如果我有机会
That I could make those people dance
我可以让那些人跳起舞来
And maybe they/’d be happy for a while
也许那会让他们高兴一会儿 ⑴
But February made me shiver
但二月让我颤抖
with every paper I/’d deliver
当我送出每一份报纸之时 ⑵
Bad news on the doorstep
那丢在门口台阶上的的噩耗 ⑶
I couldn/’t take one more step
使我难以迈出脚步
I can/’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
我记不清在读到他那位新寡妻子的新闻时我有没有哭过 ⑷
But something touched me deep inside
但我确信,某种情绪深深触动了我
The day the music died
在音乐死去的那一天 ⑸
[重复部分开始]
So... Bye, bye Miss American Pie
那么....再见了,美国派小姐
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
我开着雪佛兰到河堤上,但河堤已干涸
Them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
老好人们喝着威士忌和麦酒
Singing this/’ll be the day that I die
唱着,这会是我死的那一天
This/’ll be the day that I die
这会是我死的那一天 ⑹
[重复部分结束]

Did you write the book of love
你写过爱之书吗? ⑺
And do you have faith in God above
你坚信的上帝的存在吗?
If the Bible tells you so?
如果圣经是这样告诉你的 ⑻
Now do you believe in rock and roll?
你相信摇滚乐吗? ⑼
Can music save your mortal soul?
音乐能够拯救你罪恶的灵魂吗?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
你能教会我如何很慢很慢地跳舞吗? ⑽
Well, I know that you/’re in love with him
我知道你和他正恋爱
/’cause I saw you dancing in the gym
因为我看到你们在体育馆里跳舞 ⑾
You both kicked off your shoes
你们踢掉鞋子 ⑿
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
伙计,我深深感受到那R&B(节奏与蓝调) ⒀
I was a lonely teenage broncin/’ buck
那时的我是个寂寞的年轻人
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
别着一朵粉红色的康乃馨,有一辆皮卡 ⒁
But I knew I was out of luck
但我明白自己并不走运
The day the music died
在音乐死去的那一天
I started singing
我开始唱着......
[唱一次重复部分]

Now, for ten years we/’ve been on our own
如今,十年来,我们全靠自己挺过来了 ⒂
And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
滚动的石头上长满了青苔 ⒃
But that/’s not how it used to be
但它原来并不是这个样子 ⒄
When the jester sang for the king and queen
当弄臣为国王与皇后歌唱 ⒅
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
穿着向詹姆斯狄恩借来的外套 ⒆
And a voice that came from you and me
并且用着来自你我的声音 ⒇
Oh and while the king was looking down
噢,当国王低头向下看的时候
The jester stole his thorny crown
那弄臣偷走了长满刺的皇冠 ①
The courtroom was adjourned
法院宣布休庭
No verdict was returned
没有宣判任何判决 ②
And while Lenin read a book on Marx
当蓝尼读着关于马克思的书 ③
The quartet practiced in the park
四重奏在公园里排练 ④
And we sang dirges in the dark
我们在黑暗中唱着挽歌
The day the music died
那是音乐死去的那一天
We were singing
我们在唱着......
[唱一次重复部分]

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
在酷暑中手忙脚乱 ⑤
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
鸟群飞过辐射尘防护罩
Eight miles high and falling fast
高度为八英里,急速下降 ⑥
Landed foul on the grass
错误地降落在草地上 ⑦
The players tried for a forward pass
球员尝试把球向前传 ⑧
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast
靠着边线上那弄臣的帮忙 ⑨
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
在中场休息时间,空中充满着香气 ⑩
While sergeants played a marching tune
当士官们奏起了进行曲
We all got up to dance
我们起身准备跳舞
Oh, but we never got the chance
但是我们始终没有机会 ⑪
/’Cause the players tried to take the field
因为球员们想要占据球场
The marching band refused to yield
但乐队拒绝让步
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?
你还记得在音乐死去的那一天揭晓了什么吗?
We started singing
我们开始唱着......
[唱一次重复部分]

Oh, and there we were all in one place
我们都聚集在同一处地方 ⑫
A generation lost in space
我们是在太空中迷失的一代
With no time left to start again
没有时间可以让我们重新开始
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
那么,来吧,杰克!杰克,快点 ⑬
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
杰克闪电般地坐在一个烛台上
/’Cause fire is the devil/’s only friend
因为火焰是魔鬼唯一的朋友 ⑭
And as I watched him on the stage
当我看到他在舞台上
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
我愤怒的握紧了拳头
No angel born in hell
没有一个诞生在地狱的天使 ⑮
Could break that Satan/’s spell
能够破除撒旦的咒语
And as the flames climbed high into the night
当火焰升上夜空
To light the sacrificial rite
照亮整个祭典时
I saw Satan laughing with delight
我看见撒旦高兴的大笑 ⑯
The day the music died
在音乐死去的那天
He was singing
他唱着......
[唱一次重复部分]

I met a girl who sang the blues
我遇到一个唱蓝调的女孩 ⑰
And I asked her for some happy news
我向她打听一些愉快的消息
But she just smiled and turned away
但她只是笑了笑便转身而去 ⑱
I went down to the sacred store
我走到一家宗教用品店
Where I/’d heard the music years before
在那里,我可以听到几年前前的音乐
But the man there said the music wouldn/’t play
但是店里的那个人说,那些音乐不能播放
And in the streets the children screamed
在街上,孩子们尖叫着
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
恋人们在哭泣,诗人们在作着梦 ⑲
But not a word was spoken
但没有人说一句话
The church bells all were broken
教堂的大钟都残破不堪
And the three men I admire most
我最敬仰的三个人——
the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
圣父、圣子与圣灵 ⑳
They caught the last train for the coast
他们都搭上最后一班火车,到海边去了
The day the music died
在音乐死去的那天
And they were singing
他们在唱着......
[唱一次重复部分]

注释:以下注释皆为网友研究,Mclean本人从未出面对这些注释发表意见,带※号的事不确认的
⑴ 【早期的摇滚乐经常被视为跳舞音乐的一种。Mclean年少时代就希望自己能从事这类音乐的创作】
⑵ 【Mclean在成为一位专职的作曲家歌手以前的唯一一份工作是送报纸】
⑶ 【Mclean的偶像,歌手Buddy Holly于1959年2月3日死于空难,当时飞机因为一场暴风雪坠毁在爱荷华州】
⑷ 【Buddy Holly失事丧生时,其女友已经怀有身孕,因听闻噩耗而导致流产】
⑸ 【在那场坠机意外中,除了Buddy Holly以外,随行的歌手Richie Valens和The Big Bopper也不幸丧生,三位都是当时摇滚乐坛的重量级人物,那一天因而被视为音乐死亡的日子】
⑹ 【Buddy Holly有一首畅销单曲叫"That/’ll be the Day"歌词中就有一句是"That/’ll be the day that I die"】
⑺ 【"The Book of Love"是The Monotones合唱团于1958年的畅销曲】
⑻ 【有一首Sunday School合唱团的歌曲,歌词中有一句是"Jesus loves me this I know,for the Bible tells me so."】
⑼ 【The Loving Spoonful合唱团与John Sebastian于1965年合作的单曲"Do you Believe in Magic?"的歌词中有两句是"Do you believe in magic"和"It/’s like trying to tell a stranger about rock and roll."】※
⑽ 【慢板舞曲在早期的摇滚音乐会中是很重要的.但进入60年代后,动辄十几分钟、具有迷幻色彩的吉他独奏渐渐取而代之】
⑾ 【在那个年代,跳舞是种表达爱意的方式,也象征给对方的承诺】
⑿ 【一般穿鞋跳舞会破坏体育馆的木质地板,因此舞者必须脱掉鞋子】※
⒀ 【R&B启发了Buddy Holly投身音乐唱作与演唱】※
⒁ 【"A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)"是1957年Marty Robbins的畅销单曲.而皮卡车乃年轻人性欲自主的象征,尤其是在德州】
⒂ 【McLean写这首歌的时候,距离Buddy Holly飞机失事已有十年】
⒃ 【"Rolling Stone"可能指滚石乐队】※
⒄ 【Bob Dylan在1965年发行的"Like a Rolling Stone"是他第一首畅销单曲.之后66年到74年,他放弃巡回演唱,专心在家写歌,阐扬自己的理念.对Bob Dylan来说是个很大的转变】※
⒅ 【弄臣指的是Bob Dylan,因为他曾在专辑"Self-Portrait"封面中扮成小丑,在歌曲"Mr. Tambourine Man"自喻为衣衫褴褛的小丑.国王指的是猫王Elvis Presley,王后指的是Connie Francis或Little Richard】※
⒆ 【电影"Rebel Without a Cause"中,男主角詹姆斯狄恩一袭红色风衣,是全片的精神象征。在"The Freewheeling Bob Dylan"专辑封面中,Bob Dylan穿了一件类似的红色风衣,并摆出姿势模仿该片著名的一幕】
⒇ 【Bob Dylan的音乐来自美国民歌】
① 【比喻Bob Dylan在歌坛地位日趋重要,猫王却日落西山.猫王曾是Bob Dylan的偶像之一,Dylan说过希望自己能像猫王一样有名】
② 【关于The Chicago Seven的判决】※
③ 【Lenin是John Lennon的昵称.Lennon迷上马克思主义之后,Beatles的歌曲开始染上激进的政治色彩】
④ 【Beatles最后一场演唱会1966年8月于旧金山蜡烛公园举,但此处也可能指the Weavers合唱团,该团在麦卡锡主义白色恐怖时代被列入黑名单,Mclean六十年代初在纽约的咖啡屋或俱乐部演唱时,与该团成员Lee Hays成了好友,也与该团灵魂人物Pete Seeger相当熟悉,Mclean还曾和该团固定在哈德逊河畔某处演唱反污染的歌曲】※
⑤ 【"Helter Skelter"是Beatles在"White album"中的歌曲,Charles Manson宣称他受到这首歌的启示,而带领他的信徒犯下谋杀案】
⑥ 【The Byrd合唱团1966年的专辑"Fifth Dimension",其中有一首歌"Eight Miles High"因为歌词中的吸毒暗示而遭禁】
⑦ 【而The Byrd合唱团的一位成员曾因持有大麻而被捕】
⑧ 【比喻指滚石乐队等英国团体期望开拓英国以外的市场,直到Beatles成为开路先锋】
⑨ 【1966年7月29日,Dylan在他纽约Woodstock住家附近撞毁了他的Triumph机车,并隐居了九个月来疗养】
⑩ 【这句歌词指1968年召开的民主国际会议Democratic National Convention所造成的游行暴动,"sweet perfume"指催泪瓦斯和大麻】※
⑪ 【Beatles的告别演唱会只唱了三十五分钟,全场没有可跳舞的歌曲】
⑫ 【指1969年8月在伍德斯托克(Woodstock)举行的音乐节】※
⑬ 【滚石合唱团的"Jumpin/’ Jack Flash"专辑于1968年5月发行】※
⑭ 【指Grateful Dead乐队的歌曲"Friend of the Devil".接下来的歌词中,也指当时的古巴飞弹危机和核战危险】※
⑮ 【滚石乐队1969年在Altamont Speedway举办的演唱会中,雇用名为"the Hell/’s Angels"(地狱天使)的保镖公司,演唱会中散布在舞台前方的暗处,以制止过度热情的歌迷.在一场演唱会中,年仅十八岁的黑人歌迷Meredith Hunter当场被"地狱天使"的成员在舞台前活活打死。事后舆论大声谴责该团的歌曲"Sympathy for the Devil"根本就是在鼓励暴力行为.致使滚石合唱团在此后六年均将这首歌从演唱会曲目中删除】
⑯ 【撒旦是指滚石的主唱米克杰格】※
⑰ 【指白人灵魂歌后Janis Joplin】
⑱ 【Janis Joplin后来因服用海洛因过量,于1970年10月暴毙过世】
⑲ 【指六十年代迷幻乐的发展走向】
⑳ 【可能指Buddy Holly、Richie Valens和The Big Bopper三位逝世歌手】※

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