2007年4月13日 星期五

I'm your beautiful loser

多年前,Leonard Cohen的《Beautiful losers》中文版上市,書商在台北敦南誠品為書舉辦座談會,會中有個人,我忘了他是誰了,就稱他書評好了,發表他看完書的感想,他說了一堆,我只記得他覺得看不懂。就宣傳一本書的方式而言,這太糟了,分明是叫讀者不要買、不要看一樣。座談會最後,請了一位歌手演唱Leonard Cohen的歌;美妙的歌聲稍微沖淡我對混帳書評的不爽。

我覺得書商根本不用請書評,只要把Leonard Cohen為中文版讀者寫的信朗讀一遍,然後再請歌手演唱Leonard Cohen的歌就可以了;因為書怎樣怎樣,Leonard Cohen在信中都說得一清二楚。

《Beautiful losers》中文版2003年出版,直到2007年,我讀到第136頁,段落45;我完全按照Leonard Cohen的指示讀此書。

我有感而發是因為在影片《I'm your man》中,Leonard Cohen特地將《Beautiful losers》給中文版讀者的一封信朗讀一遍所致。

If you want a lover
I'll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner
Take my hand
Or if you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I'm your man
If you want a boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I'll examine every inch of you
If you want a driver
Climb inside
Or if you want to take me for a ride
You know you can
I'm your man

Ah, the moon's too bright
The chain's too tight
The beast won't go to sleep
I've been running through these promises to you
That I made and I could not keep
Ah but a man never got a woman back
Not by begging on his knees
Or I'd crawl to you baby
And I'd fall at your feet
And I'd howl at your beauty
Like a dog in heat
And I'd claw at your heart
And I'd tear at your sheet
I'd say please, please
I'm your man

And if you've got to sleep
A moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work the street alone
I'll disappear for you
If you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while
Across the sand
I'm your man

If you want a lover
I'll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you

影片《I'm your man》中,除了聽到動人的歌曲外,還有珍貴的訪談,最重要、也最有趣的就是U2當伴奏、Leonard Cohen演唱Tower of Song的時刻。

Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day
Oh in the Tower of Song
I said to Hank Williams: how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
A hundred floors above me
In the Tower of Song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
They tied me to this table right here
In the Tower of Song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I'm very sorry, baby, doesn't look like me at all
I'm standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don't let a woman kill you
Not in the Tower of Song

Now you can say that I've grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there's a mighty judgement coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices
In the Tower of Song

I see you standing on the other side
I don't know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We'll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don't know when I'll be back
There moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone
I'll be speaking to you sweetly
From a window in the Tower of Song

Yeah my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day
Oh in the Tower of Song

以上2首歌詞來自Leonard Cohen lyrics


當然提到Leonard Cohen、提到I'm your man,一定會想起向Leonard Cohen致敬專輯《I'm your fan》,關於專輯介紹可參考楊久穎的搖滾尼希利。不過很可惜的是此書在博客來已絕版,連我寫的熱血讀後感想也一併移除了;還好,在Join的拐角處還有搖滾尼希利的電子版,但是《I'm your fan》專輯介紹還沒轉成電子版,想看的人可以催一下作者。


I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift, the baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu----jah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof, you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair, she broke your throne, she cut your hair, and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu----jah

Maybe I have been here before, I know this room; I have walked this floor, I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch, love is not a victory march, it's a cold and its a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu----jah

There was a time you let me know whats really going on below, but now you never show it to me, do you? (and)
Remember when I moved in you; the holy dark was moving too, and every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu----jah

Maybe there's a God above, and all I ever learned from love was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
And its not a cry you can hear at night, its not somebody who's seen the light, its a cold and its a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu--jah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelu---u---jah


以上歌詞來自Hallelujah lyrics

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