爺爺的古老大鐘

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爺爺的古老大鐘英语My Grandfather's Clock)是美國一首有名的歌曲,由Henry Clay Work作詞作曲,在1876年發表,於當時美國發行了超過100萬份樂譜。

概要[编辑]

位於約克郡與達勒姆郡的邊緣,有一間名為名為佐治酒店的酒店,由Jenkins兩兄弟擁有、打理的。在酒店的大堂中,放著一個擺鐘。擺鐘一直運作正常,但當其中一個兄弟離世後,擺鐘開始運作不正常。儘管酒店的職員、鐘錶維修員盡力的修理它,它發生故障的頻率越來越多。當另外的一個兄弟也離世後,那個擺鐘也停止了運作。

據說,在1875年,作者在英國旅行的時候,曾到那間酒店,並根據他所聽聞的故事「My Grandfather's Clock」而作此曲。因而,本曲的曲名是「爺爺的大鐘」,而不是「擺鐘」。

而在歌詞內容中,提及到掛在牆上的大鐘,由爺爺出世開始運作,直至他死去而停止運作。原本歌詞中的爺爺的年齡是90歲,而在保富康午的日文歌詞中,改為100歲。另外,原本歌詞是4段的,而日文歌詞改為3段。

在英國、美國的情況[编辑]

許多於1950年代至1960年代長大的人民都知道這首曲。在英國,本曲是以兒童的最愛播放。而在美國,是播放「末段沒有抒情」的版本。

在2004年,本曲由Boyz II Men錄音,用來激發暮色區域沒有微睡的九十年」的靈感。

在日本的情況[编辑]

日語寫法
日語原文 大きな古時計
假名 おおきなふるどけい
平文式罗马字 Ookina Furu Dokei

1962年,日本放送協會電視節目「大家的歌曲」中,介紹了由保富康午翻譯的日文版本(日语大きな古時計,直譯中文為「古老的大鐘」),然後在日本該歌曲人氣急升。

在此之前,也有一首類似的歌唱,曲名為「お祖父さんの時計」,於1940年由ミミー宮島發表(作詞:門田ゆたか、編曲:仁木多喜雄)。本曲的唱片於1943年停止生產,共發售了5173張,如以2002年的音樂市場規模來換算,相當於5萬張[1]。這個時候的歌詞與保富康午的版本不一樣。本曲由古倫美亞音樂娛樂株式會社發售,並收錄在CD「舶来流行歌 笑・撃篇」。

2002年,歌手平井堅翻唱此曲,並發行收錄此曲的唱片《爺爺的古老大鐘》,此曲再次有名。平井堅的唱片發售後連續4週在Oricon公信榜的排行榜登上第1位,這也是Oricon第一次有100年以前發表的樂曲得到第1位;本CD也在2002年度Oricon年間紀錄得到第7位。

原文歌詞[编辑]

My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride;
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

CHORUS:
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

In watching its pendulum
Swing to and fro,
Many hours had he spent while a boy;
And in childhood and manhood
The clock seemed to know,
And to share both his grief and his joy.
For it struck twenty-four
When he entered at the door,
With a blooming and beautiful bride;
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
CHORUS

My grandfather said
That of those he could hire,
Not a servant so faithful he found;
For it wasted no time,
And had but one desire,
At the close of each week to be wound.
And it kept in its place,
Not a frown upon its face,
And its hand never hung by its side.
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
CHORUS

It rang an alarm
In the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb;
And we knew that his spirit
Was pluming for flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the time,
With a soft and muffled chime,
As we silently stood by his side.
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
CHORUS

曾表演此曲的歌手、演奏者[编辑]

參考資料[编辑]

  1. ^ 2002年、日本電視台「Zoom IN!!SUPER」中説明

外部連結[编辑]