Cyndi Lauper – If you go away

Cyndi Lauper – If you go away

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1959年,比利时人Jacques Brel创作了一首名叫《Ne me quitte pas》的法文歌,但让这首伤心的歌走红世界流传至今的,却是她的英文版本——《If you go away》。半个多世纪来,不知道有多少歌手钟情于她,不厌其烦地改编和翻唱,香颂版、古典版、爵士版、流行版、驰放版……毫无掩饰对她的眷恋,因她哀婉的旋律,为她美丽的忧伤。

Cyndi Lauper,这位成长于纽约曼哈顿皇后区一个文化熔炉街区的未来流行巨星,从小耳濡目染各色人种带来的音乐和故事,那些天南地北的过客与腔调各异的音符构成了她最初的舞台背景。2003年,早已大红大紫功成名就的Lauper选择以《At Last》这张翻唱专辑致敬她童年的多元声响,一改嚣张轻佻的流行风格,回归了爵士时代的凝重绚丽。这张唱片里的经典曲目比比皆是,有Louis Armstrong的《La vie en rose》,有与爵士巨星Tony Bennett合唱的《Makin’ Woopee》,有国人熟知《人鬼情未了》中的《Unchained Melody》。当然,还有这首独具风韵的惨情之歌《If you go away》。而这一年,Lauper五十岁,迈入知天命之年。

人过半百,歌亦如是。也许只有到了这样的年纪,才能将“分别”唱得如此令人愀然心动,愁肠百结。Lauper早年羁旅多坎,当过女侍,模特,管家,秘书, 空手道教练,店员,马场服务生,料想啜饮人生百味。1983年,她以处女专辑踏入流行乐界便一炮走红,成为MTV时代的偶像巨星,后来涉足影视界也同样熠熠生辉。Lauper的出道和成功均早于麦当娜和迈克•杰克逊,但却始终与后者的流行姿态保持着骄傲的距离。我喜欢Lauper活力四射、多变不羁的嗓音,更喜欢她在《At Last》中炉火纯青,随心所欲的音色。她用岁月演绎的离愁别绪,唱出了人心底处不堪触摸的律动:一种缱绻与无奈,一种揪心与纠结。

让我们假想一场分离吧。在这个季节转换的时刻,肌肤相依的热度尚未散去,就不得不开始承受不同的冷暖。天各一方之后的所有空白和未知,只能在幻想与梦境中完成。她轻轻唱着,鼓慢慢敲打,像思念的心的节奏,短促、惆怅;她颤颤唱着,鼓顿而又起,像牵扯不断的情丝,绵长、坚韧。她抱怨着,太阳都被你带走了;同时又幻想着,与你一起对树倾心语。她绝望着,我会渐渐死去直到你到来;同时又希望着,你将归来陪我即使我成为你阴影的阴影……

“黯然销魂者,唯别而已矣!”这样的心思千古如一,却还有多少人得以体味?也许在很多人看来,在通讯技术高度发达的今天,离别不再是一场空空的守望,或是一次对于未知的心焦,而早已成为抚慰虚空心灵的滥情滥调。但我宁愿相信,离别是撞击之后火花的耀眼余晖,是奔赴休憩驿站的漫漫旅程。随着年月的悄然增长,它将更显深沉,愈发委婉。它带来的思念不绝如缕,与这歌声徘徊在脑海,像波浪阵阵抹去沙滩上一切浮渣,和你一起潜入深深的黑夜中。

If you go away

On this summer day

Then you might as well

Take the sun away

All the birds that flew

In a summer sky

When our love was new

And our hearts were high

When the day was young

And the night was long

And the moon stood still

For the night bird song

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

But if you stay

I’ll make you a day

Like no day has been

Or will be again

We’ll sail on the sun

We’ll ride on the rain

We’ll talk to the trees

And worship the wind

But if you go

I’ll understand

Leave me just enough love

To hold in my hand

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

If you go away

As I know you will

You must tell the world to stop turning

Till you return to me

If you ever do,

Oh what good is love without loving you?

I can tell you now, as you turn to go

I’ll be dying slowly

Till your next hello

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

But if you stay

I’ll make you a night

Like no night has been

Or will be again

I’ll sail on your smile

I’ll ride on your touch

I’ll talk to your eyes

That I love so much

But if you go

I’ll understand

Leave me just enough love

To hold in my hand

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

If you go away

If you go away

As I know you must

There’ll be nothing left

In the world to trust

Just an empty room

Full of empty space

Like the empty look

I see on your face

I’d have been the shadow of your shadow

If you might have kept me by your side

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

以泪洗面

2012.04.04.

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