September 8,2006 03:41

重遇卡洛金《You've Got A Friend》

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You’ve Got A Friend

 友誼歌曲第二彈!提起《You’ve Got A Friend》這首歌,多數人會想起詹姆斯泰勒(James Taylor)的版本,事實上這首歌的原唱者是卡洛金(Carole King),現實生活中,他們也真是好朋友,尤其在卡洛金婚變時,泰勒陪她度過很多難熬的日子。

《你》出自卡洛金第二張個人專輯《織錦畫》(Tapestry),也是美國流行音樂史上第一張發行第一年即創下八百萬張銷售紀錄的作品。這張編曲簡單、歌詞貼近生活的民謠曲風專輯,沒有太多眩目的花招,只是輕輕地訴說熱戀、失戀、朋友及家庭的歌,在搖滾樂盛行的七○年代,反而乾淨得像塊璞玉,而且最後獲得超過一千三百萬張的銷售肯定。

 如果是一清早就聽這張專輯,那麼從第一首歌《I Feel the Earth Move》,你就會忍不住興奮地跟著鋼琴大步大步跳起來,這首描述熱戀之情溢於言表(地都會動了還用說嗎),曾在《親密關係》等電影出現過;第二首《So Far Away》則轉為失戀的抒情小品。第三首《It’s Too Late》也是主打歌,描述戀人從熱戀到失望而分手,簡單又朗朗上口的歌詞,助她拿下告示牌五周單曲冠軍。

卡洛金最早是創作歌手出身,不過,她唱的歌沒紅,寫給別人的歌倒紅了一堆,譬如「The Shirelles」唱紅的《Will You Love Me Tomorrow?》、艾瑞莎富蘭克林(Aretha Franklin)唱成經典的《(You Make Me FeelLike A Natural Woman》。她在這張專輯全部回收重唱,她的歌喉或許不是頂好,但愈簡單的愈能讓人感動。 

我個人最喜歡的也是後世最傳唱不絕的就是《You’ve Got A Friend》這首,在爭取自由、學運與意識自主的激情六○年代年輕人,跨越到七○年代反而尋求一種心靈上的平靜,如同電影《成名在望》(Almost Famous),在經過荒誕不經的放縱歲月,也需要反樸歸真的感動。這首歌就是有這樣的魔力。

When you're down and troubled
And you need some love and care
And nothin', nothin' is goin' right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come runnin' to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that ol' north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud
Soon you'll hear me knockin' at your door

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come runnin' to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there

Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend
When people can be so cold
They'll hurt you, yes, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them
Oh, but don't you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come runnin' to see you again
oh ya baby,Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

雖然卡洛金進入八○年代後,產量變少,音樂好像也成了過時產物,但她所代表了奔放自由大聲說愛與不愛的七○年代,卻始終未曾變更。九○年代再聽見她,是一九九九年《電子情書》的主題曲《Anyone At All》,歌詞描述最終的等待是值得的,她唱來那種深入人心的溫暖,現在歌手很難再找到了。 

Funny how I feel more myself with you
Than anybody else that I ever knew
I hear it in your voice, see it in your face
You've become the memory I can't erase

You could have been anyone at all
A stranger falling out of the blue
I'm so glad it was you

It wasn't in the plan, not that I could see
Suddenly a miracle came to me
Safe within your arms, I can say what's true
Nothing in the world I would keep from you

You could have been anyone at all
An old friend calling out of the blue
I'm so glad it was you

Words can hurt you, if you let them
People say them and forget them
Words can promise, words can lie
But your words make me feel like I can fly

You could have been anyone at all
A net that catches me when I fall
I'm so glad it was you

You could have been anyone at all
An old friend calling out of the blue
I'm so glad it was you

Anyone at all
Anyone at all
Anyone at all
So glad it was you

順帶一提的,Neil Sedaka譜寫且唱紅的《Oh Carol》,那位卡洛小姐指的就是卡洛金。


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    《織錦畫》(Tapestry)這張全球熱賣千萬的經典我也沒有遺漏。
    那首I Feel the Earth Move好像後來MATIKA也有翻唱。
    | 檢舉 | Posted by 堂本慶 at September 8,2006 17:30
    果然是黑膠大王,接連幾張介紹都在走黑膠之懷舊路線耶...呵呵!
    卡洛金的這張超級專輯真的整張超好聽,我個人除了很愛You've Got A Friend之外,更超愛Will You Love Me Tomorrow,剛好我最近也將這首歌整理了一段落,找個時間也想要開始玩這首歌的各個版本嚕!!嘻嘻~~
    | 檢舉 | Posted by 阿步疾 at September 8,2006 19:03
    to 堂本慶,
    你真厲害,還記得Matika有翻唱,另外還有Mandy Moore. Leah Andreone也有唱,真是「好歌大家唱」。

    to 阿步疾,
    呵呵,黑膠大王這稱號不敢當啦。我也很愛Will you love me tomorrow,尤其carole的版本真是超有感覺,不過,我覺得唱得最棒的還是Roberta Flack。
    | 檢舉 | Posted by stephane at September 9,2006 16:55
    這張Carole King 專輯﹐實在是超讚啦。當年我最喜愛是 It's Too Late. N年後 Gloria Estefan 翻唱﹐仍是令我著迷不已。
    | 檢舉 | Posted by Muzikland at October 10,2006 16:01
    對啊,這張真是百聽不膩,前兩年sony有出新版本,好像又多收錄幾首歌。
    | 檢舉 | Posted by stephane at October 11,2006 20:22
    這首歌超級無敵無敵好聽的!^^
    我愛死了!
    | 檢舉 | Posted by 曼 at January 22,2007 23:09
    這張專輯整張都很好聽,值得大力推薦。
    | 檢舉 | Posted by stephane at January 24,2007 11:58
    hi
    從找high art的資料找到這個資料豐富的個人網站
    您對音樂的愛好還有與電影的連結真讓人嘆為觀止
    而我只是個二十初還在摸索的人 @@"
    看到卡洛金 我之前看一部片聽到某首歌 才認識她
    這部電影是之前上映的 "跳越時空的情書"
    由稍嫌過時的銀幕情侶 基奴李維和珊卓布拉克主演
    中間插了一首卡洛金的 "It's too late"
    我只是覺得您應該會想知道 ^^"
    | 檢舉 | Posted by sing at January 29,2007 12:41
    sing你好,謝謝你,我只是把我一些黑膠唱片的收藏與對老電影的熱愛,寫出來跟大家分享,很高興你喜歡。你才二十哦,好年輕啊,還有很多機會去看很多好電影的,加油。我看過《跳越時空的情書》,這首歌其實挺符合基哥與珊卓的實際年齡的,哈。
    | 檢舉 | Posted by stephane at January 31,2007 13:13