5首旋律動人的西洋歌曲(上)

關於西洋歌曲,尤其是情歌,我始終有個小小的偏好——比較喜歡聽女歌手唱。雖然歌詞的對象大都是從女性視角出發,代入感沒那麼強,不過,正因為如此,恰好能讓我專注在自己對「旋律」的愛好上。就如同《最美旋律與最美作詞》這篇文章提到的判斷標準,無論是中文歌或非中文歌,我聽旋律都是一次性的,只要第一次聽沒特別喜歡,我就不會拿出來推薦,除非是詞寫得非常好。

然而,西洋歌曲的詞呢……嗯,我向來就不是很在乎。因為,請容我非常大膽且不客氣地說,我覺得中文字的深度、能譜寫的意境與美感,實在比洋文強太多太多了!比如說《青花瓷》裡的「天青色等煙雨」這六個字,我不信這世上還有哪一種語言,可以像中文這樣,僅僅用六個「音」就描繪出如此複雜美妙的意境。(沒錯,中文不只是語言,還是一種藝術!)

因此,我只有在聽中文歌才會特別留意歌詞,非中文歌我向來只注重旋律與歌聲。所以,以下推薦的五首西洋歌曲,都是我在聽了第一遍旋律與歌聲之後,印象比較深刻的名單,分享給大家聽聽看。

※因歌詞字數過多,故拆成兩篇文章,剩餘三首歌請點擊:5首旋律動人的西洋歌曲(下)


5. Yesterday Once More

詞  /  曲:Richard Carpenter & John Bettis

演唱:The Carpenters


When I was young I’d listen to the radio

當我年輕時,我常聽著收音機

Waiting for my favorite songs

等待著我最愛的歌曲

When they played I’d sing along

當播出時我就會跟著哼唱

It made me smile

那總使我覺得開心

Those were such happy times

那真是一段快樂的時光啊

And not so long ago

而就在不久以前

How I wondered where they’d gone

我想知道它們到哪裡去了

But they’re back again

但它們終究是回來了

Just like a long lost friend

就像個失聯已久的朋友

All the songs I loved so well

每一首歌都是我的最愛

*

Every sha-la-la-la

每一句Sha-la-la-la

Every wo-o-wo-o

每一句Wo-o-wo-o

Still shines

依然閃亮動人

Every shing-a-ling-a-ling

每一句shing-a-ling-a-ling

That they’re starting to sing

它們就是這麼開始唱的

So fine

真是好極了

When they get to the part where he’s breaking her heart

當它們唱到他傷了她的心那一段

It can really make me cry

真的會使我哭泣

Just like before

就像從前那樣

It’s yesterday once more

彷彿昨日重現

*

Looking back on how it was in years gone by

回顧著流逝的歲月

And the good times that I had

以及那些我擁有的美好時光

Makes today seem rather sad

相較之下,如今多麼悲傷啊

So much has changed

物事大都已非了

It was songs of love that I would sing to then

那是我當時會唱的情歌

And I’d memorize each word

我還記得每一句歌詞

Those old melodies

那些古老的旋律

Still sound so good to me

聽起來依舊甜美

As they melt the years away

就像把歲月都融化了

*

Every sha-la-la-la

每一句Sha-la-la-la

Every wo-o-wo-o

每一句Wo-o-wo-o

Still shines

依然閃亮動人

Every shing-a-ling-a-ling

每一句shing-a-ling-a-ling

That they’re starting to sing

它們就是這麼開始唱的

So fine

真是好極了

All my best memories

我最美好的回憶

Come back clearly to me

清晰地回到我的身邊

Some can even make me cry

有些甚至會使我哭泣

Just like before

就像從前那樣

It’s yesterday once more

彷彿昨日重現

*

Every sha-la-la-la

每一句Sha-la-la-la

Every wo-o-wo-o

每一句Wo-o-wo-o

Still shines

依然閃亮動人

Every shing-a-ling-a-ling

每一句shing-a-ling-a-ling

That they’re starting to sing

它們就是這麼開始唱的

So fine

真是好極了

*

Every sha-la-la-la

每一句Sha-la-la-la

Every wo-o-wo-o

每一句Wo-o-wo-o

Still shines

依然閃亮動人

Every shing-a-ling-a-ling

每一句shing-a-ling-a-ling

That they’re starting to sing

它們就是這麼開始唱的

So fine

真是好極了The Carpenters


4. Way Back Into Love

詞  /  曲:Adam Schlesinger

演唱:Hugh Grant & Haley Bennett


I’ve been living with a shadow overhead

我一直活在陰影之下

I’ve been sleeping with a cloud above my bed

烏雲總是扮我入眠

I’ve been lonely for so long

長久以來我是如此寂寞

Trapped in the past, I just can’t seem to move on

受困於過去,我似是無法逃脫

*

I’ve been hiding all my hopes and dreams away

我已深藏所有希望與夢想

Just in case I ever need them again someday

以防哪天我會再需要它們

I’ve been setting aside time

我已經撥出了一些時間

To clear a little space in the corners of my mind

在我的心靈角落清出一點小空間

*

All I wanna do is find a way back into love

我所想要的,只是重新找回愛

I can’t make it through without a way back into love

若找不到愛,我就無法撐過一切

Oh oh oh

喔喔喔

*

I’ve been watching but the stars refuse to shine

我觀望著星空,但星星卻拒絕閃亮

I’ve been searching but I just don’t see the signs

我總是在尋覓,但就是看不見跡象

I know that it’s out there

我知道它就在那裡

There’s gotta be something for my soul somewhere

在某個角落,一定會有屬於我靈魂的東西

*

I’ve been looking for someone to shed some light

我一直在尋找某個能點亮我生命的人

Not somebody just to get me through the night

不是某個只能陪我度過夜晚的人

I could use some direction

我可以聽從一些指引

And I’m open to your suggestions

也包括你的建議

*

All I wanna do is find a way back into love

我所想要的,只是重新找回愛

I can’t make it through without a way back into love

若找不到愛,我就無法撐過一切

And if I open my heart again

如果我再次敞開心房

I guess I’m hoping you’ll be there for me in the end

我猜我會希望最後是你在等著我

*

There are moments when I don’t know if it’s real

有些時候我會懷疑這一切是否真實

Or if anybody feels the way I feel

或是其他人也有著跟我一樣的感受

I need inspiration

我需要一些啟發

Not just another negotiation

而不是另一場談判

*

All I wanna do is find a way back into love

我所想要的,只是重新找回愛

I can’t make it through without a way back into love

若找不到愛,我就無法撐過一切

And if I open my heart to you

如果我再次對你敞開心房

I’m hoping you’ll show me what to do

我希望你會告訴我該怎麼做

And if you help me to start again

若你能幫助我重新開始

You know that I’ll be there for you in the end

你知道我會是那個陪著你到最後的人Hugh Grant & Haley Bennett

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