Sunday, April 10, 2011

白皮貓

現時世界人口有七十億,超過一半的人口是在城市。人口繼續不斷由鄉間流向城市,估計到了2050年,城球人口會有70%是居住在城市。城市生活有極大吸引力,但對移民來說並不是每個人都可夢想成真。正如我曾讀過 Steward Brand 的一個報告所說,很多由鄉間來的移民只能住在城市貧民窟。

究竟去不去城市,這個重要抉擇困擾著不少鄉間小子。早在四十年前,Elton John 有一首名曲白皮貓 Honky Cat 就是講述這個心情。Elton John是基督徒,亦是基督教罪人,他是同性戀者,和他的伴侶David Furnish正式成婚,又找代母生了一個兒子Levon。三宗罪都有人說可以下地獄,但其實全部都被世人承認又合法。

這一首名曲音樂與歌詞俱佳。雖然由一人唱出,但內含兩個聲音,一個是說鄉間生活苦悶,需要去城市尋找出路;另一個說城市生活沒有答案,就像是:
Trying to find gold in a silver mine;
Trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine.

這個聲音又說不如留在鄉下信主罷啦;但城市的誘惑實在太大,心中的真正感覺就是:
How can you stay when your heart says no;
How can you stop when your feet say go.

請你聽聽這首歌和看看歌詞。



When I look back, boy I must have been green
Bopping in the country, fishing in a stream
Looking for an answer trying to find a sign
Until I saw your city lights honey I was blind

They said, "Get back honky cat
And better get back to the woods"
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
And oh, oh change is gonna do me good

You better get back honky cat
Living in the city ain't where it's at
It's like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It's like trying to drink whiskey, oh from a bottle of wine

Well I read some books and I read some magazines
About those high class ladies down in New Orleans
And all the folks back home well, said, "I was a fool"
And they said, "Oh, believe in the Lord is the golden rule"

They said, "Stay at home, boy you gotta tend the farm"
Living in the city boy is, is going to break your heart
But how can you stay when your heart says no
How, how can you stop when your feet say go.

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