(音樂分享) Cat Stevens唱出兩代關係: Father and Son

Father and son 這首歌,如果你是Marvel迷,一定聽過。因為她是其中一套:Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2的片尾曲。這首曲正正好說明兩代關係,尤其是父與子對立;香港人這幾年來相信感覺會特別深,因為由2019年開始的運動中,無論你是那一方,什麼年紀,對著家人,朋友,最最親的朋友都會有這樣子的事情發生: 反面割蓆,因為不同意見而分開,而且還是政治原因,多可惜。而很多時候便是大家的視點,政見及對事物看法不同。(內文有Spoiler: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2)

Father and Son這首歌便是父與子對談而說出這關係了。
先發來歌詞給大家。
It’s not time to make a change
Just relax, take it easy
You’re still young, that’s your fault
There’s so much you have to know
Find a girl, settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy
I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy
To be calm when you’ve found something going on
But take your time, think a lot
Why, think of everything you’ve got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
How can I try to explain? ‘Cause when I do he turns away again
It’s always been the same, same old story
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away
I know I have to go
It’s not time to make a change
Just sit down, take it slowly
You’re still young, that’s your fault
There’s so much you have to go through
Find a girl, settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside
It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it
If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them they know not me
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away
I know I have to go
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Yusuf Islam ( Cat Stevens)
Father & Son lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Youtube傳送門: https://youtu.be/yJDHkjXBtcU

你不會想到這是一首 1970年的作品,很多讀者也沒出生吧。From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen,正是每代年青人的心聲,而上一代就一定是: It’s not time to make a change。

原曲很有名氣,差不多都忘了有這首歌曲,直至看Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2才想起,那一幕相信沒有人不哭吧。
所以歌詞部份其實是分成父及子的部份我加以註腳,而主音唱時,也特別用上不同聲調及拍子。在聲音上可分別聽出是父及子的對談。可喜是主唱的Cat Stevens在幾次音樂表演中,都說明這首Father And Son中的一切與他的跟兒子的關係相反,他有一個Great Son及關係很好很好。(希望真的吧)。

(父)
It’s not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You’re still young, that’s your fault,
There’s so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy,
To be calm when you’ve found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you’ve got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.

(子)
How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It’s always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

(父)
It’s not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You’re still young, that’s your fault,
There’s so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
if you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.
(和音/子– Away Away Away, I know I have to
Make this decision alone – no)

(子)
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them you know not me.
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.
(和音/父– Stay Stay Stay, Why must you go and
make this decision alone?)

註: 和音好像電影版Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 是沒有了,還是我聽不出?現場Live也很多時Cut了,還是上Spotify/ Apple Music聽吧。至於這首歌的背景也很有趣,寫此歌曲時,作者Cat Stevens不是忽然想起作此曲,或是洗澡時突發其想而寫的,反而是為Nigel Hawthorn合作的音樂劇,一套關於俄羅斯大革命中,內容劇情描述在兒子不顧父親反對執意要去參加革命,而父親當然也堅持兒子應留在家中,攪什麼革命;是不是有點似香港的狀況?

劇名叫Revolussia,即Russian+Revolution而來的新字。可惜Stevens因患肺病影響Revolussia要延期,據說他快要死,足足住了院一年。不過此曲沒有被放棄,後來大熱。但更好歌曲也會因年代被忘記。Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2可以說是把這老好歌帶回人間,讓大家再次認識;這為整套Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2加上不少內在美,不單是父及子關係,也是一場Galaxy上的革命,革命便有人亡,亡者是電影中主角的2個父親。

the boad that rocked father and son

Father and Son說明寫革命的歌曲也可以用對談方式去表現出來,也可以很溫柔但熱血。還有另一電影: The boad that rocked 也曾用過father and son,只是印象中不是太多人有看過的電影而己,這些年來,沒有商業電影敵得過Marvel系列吧。 2020年了,回想過去半年間,當每次聽到家人吵架,朋友間因政見分開,也不知是反射作用還是什麼原因,都令我想起歌詞。兩代關係,政見不同,自古已有,大家不要太傷心,要分開的,便要分開,注定走在一起便會在一起了。

至於Father and Son有出名的程度可以在Youtube翻唱程度看得出,下面幾個版本都是值得去聽:

Sandie Shaw(1972)

Johnny Cash & Rosie Nix Adams(1974) 翻唱成Father and Daughter

Boyzone(1995)

Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple(2003)

Ronan Keating(2004)

至於被認為是抄曲的有: The Flaming Lips於2003年發行之單曲Fight Test,也曾有官司,可看wiki百科。Father and Son真的在當年配合了一切的要素,剛剛是最好的歌,配有最好的詞,又剛好是為一個革命為題的Musical作歌曲,再配以忽然肺病的歌者,而加了不少談論點為後人稱道。至於大家在google時,會發現Yusuf Islam 及 Cat Stevens這名字,請不要奇怪,因為都是同一人: Steven Georgiou,出道以 Cat Stevens,後因信回教以Yusuf Islam 為名字。

他信了回教後心態也改變不少的,很多不合宗教的Project他也拒絕去配樂或把自己歌曲版權給予使用。

 

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