the river

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    Bruce Springsteen "the river"


    I come from down in the valley
    where mister when you're young
    They bring you up to do like your daddy done
    Me and Mary we met in high school
    when she was just seventeen
    We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

    We'd go down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we'd ride

    Then I got Mary pregnant
    and man that was all she wrote
    And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    We went down to the courthouse
    and the judge put it all to rest
    No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
    No flowers no wedding dress

    That night we went down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we did ride

    I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
    But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
    Now all them things that seemed so important
    Well mister they vanished right into the air
    Now I just act like I don't remember
    Mary acts like she don't care

    But I remember us riding in my brother's car
    Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
    At night on them banks I'd lie awake
    And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
    Now those memories come back to haunt me
    they haunt me like a curse
    Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
    Or is it something worse
    that sends me down to the river
    though I know the river is dry
    That sends me down to the river tonight
    Down to the river
    my baby and I

    Like a rolilng stone

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      以前にも日記で紹介した記憶があるけど。
      やっぱり好きなので。

      Once upon a time you dressed so fine
      You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
      People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
      You thought they were all kiddin' you
      You used to laugh about
      Everybody that was hangin' out
      Now you don't talk so loud
      Now you don't seem so proud
      About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

      How does it feel?
      How does it feel?
      To be without a home
      Like a complete unknown
      Like a rolling stone?

      You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
      But you know you only used to get juiced in it
      And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
      And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
      You said you'd never compromise
      With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
      He's not selling any alibis
      As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
      And ask him do you want to make a deal?

      How does it feel?
      How does it feel?
      To be on your own
      With no direction home
      Like a complete unknown
      Like a rolling stone?

      You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
      When they all come down and did tricks for you
      You never understood that it ain't no good
      You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
      You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
      Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
      Ain't it hard when you discover that
      He really wasn't where it's at
      After he took from you everything he could steal.

      How does it feel?
      How does it feel?
      To be on your own
      With no direction home
      Like a complete unknown
      Like a rolling stone?

      Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
      They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
      Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
      But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
      You used to be so amused
      At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
      Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
      When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
      You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.


      How does it feel?
      How does it feel?
      To be on your own
      With no direction home
      Like a complete unknown
      Like a rolling stone


      Do they know it's Christmas?

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        80年代に洋楽狂いしていた人にとっては、
        「奇跡の出来事」と言っても差し支えないでしょう。

        1984年、
        Do they know it's Christmas?
        という曲が発表され、
        当時人気だったミュージックビデオ番組で
        放映されました。

        BAND-AIDという名の下、
        80年代を代表するイギリス・アイルランドのミュージシャン達が
        レーベルやジャンルの壁を乗り越えて集まり、
        曲を制作したのです。

        当時の音楽シーンを知る者にとっては、
        信じられないほど豪華なメンバーが揃っています。



        今でもミュージシャンによるチャリティなどが
        よく行われています。
        60年代にもウッドストック・フェスティバルという、
        伝説的な音楽フェスティバルが開かれたことがあります。

        でも、この「Do they know it's Christmas?」は、
        ワシ自身が洋楽狂いだった時期に発表されたため、
        衝撃はハンパなものではありませんでした。

        当時のワシは学生で、財布が寂しかったため(今もですが)
        曲の発表から5年以上たってから
        この曲のCDを買おうとしました。
        しかし、これだけの名曲だったにも関わらず
        すでに廃盤になっており、
        手に入れるのにとても苦労しました。

        当時はまだネットショッピングも発達しておらず、
        CDショップを探し回ったのです。
        新品を見つけた場合、多少の出費を覚悟していましたが、
        定価で新品を見つけたときには、わが目を疑いました。

        ・・そして10年以上。
        今もそのCDは手元にあります。

        ワシの宝物です。

        今では、最近のアーティスト達による
        リメイク版などが出ているものの、
        オリジナル版は10年以上前でさえ手に入れるのに苦労したので、
        今では非常に入手が困難だと思います。

        今でもクリスマスシーズンになるとFMでこの曲が流れることが
        多いのですが、クリスマスソングの中では
        マイナーな部類に入るでしょうね。

        でも、この高尚な歌詞や
        当時の音楽シーンを髣髴とさせるメロディは
        いまでも聴いていてシビレます。

        There's a world outside your window
        あなたの窓の外側には別の世界がある

        pray for the other ones
        他人のために祈ろう


        It's Christmastime; there's no need to be afraid
        At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
        And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
        Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
        But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
        At Christmastime

        It's hard, but when you're having fun
        There's a world outside your window
        And it's a world of dread and fear
        Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears

        And the Christmas bells that ring there
        Are the clanging chimes of doom
        Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you
        And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime

        The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
        Oh, where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
        Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

        Here's to you, raise a glass for everyone
        Here's to them, underneath that burning sun
        Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

        Feed the world
        Feed the world

        Feed the world
        Let them know it's Christmastime again
        Feed the world
        Let them know it's Christmastime again

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