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the river

Bruce Springsteen "the river"





I come from down in the valley

where mister when you're young

They bring you up to do like your daddy done

Me and Mary we met in high school

when she was just seventeen

We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green



We'd go down to the river

And into the river we'd dive

Oh down to the river we'd ride



Then I got Mary pregnant

and man that was all she wrote

And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat

We went down to the courthouse

and the judge put it all to rest

No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle

No flowers no wedding dress



That night we went down to the river

And into the river we'd dive

Oh down to the river we did ride



I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company

But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy

Now all them things that seemed so important

Well mister they vanished right into the air

Now I just act like I don't remember

Mary acts like she don't care



But I remember us riding in my brother's car

Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir

At night on them banks I'd lie awake

And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take

Now those memories come back to haunt me

they haunt me like a curse

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true

Or is it something worse

that sends me down to the river

though I know the river is dry

That sends me down to the river tonight

Down to the river

my baby and I

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Like a rolilng stone

以前にも日記で紹介した記憶があるけど。

やっぱり好きなので。



Once upon a time you dressed so fine

You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?

People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"

You thought they were all kiddin' you

You used to laugh about

Everybody that was hangin' out

Now you don't talk so loud

Now you don't seem so proud

About having to be scrounging for your next meal.



How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be without a home

Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone?



You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely

But you know you only used to get juiced in it

And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street

And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it

You said you'd never compromise

With the mystery tramp, but now you realize

He's not selling any alibis

As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes

And ask him do you want to make a deal?



How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be on your own

With no direction home

Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone?



You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns

When they all come down and did tricks for you

You never understood that it ain't no good

You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you

You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat

Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat

Ain't it hard when you discover that

He really wasn't where it's at

After he took from you everything he could steal.



How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be on your own

With no direction home

Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone?



Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people

They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made

Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things

But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe

You used to be so amused

At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used

Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse

When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose

You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.





How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be on your own

With no direction home

Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone





Do they know it's Christmas?

80年代に洋楽狂いしていた人にとっては、

「奇跡の出来事」と言っても差し支えないでしょう。



1984年、

Do they know it's Christmas?

という曲が発表され、

当時人気だったミュージックビデオ番組で

放映されました。



BAND-AIDという名の下、

80年代を代表するイギリス・アイルランドのミュージシャン達が

レーベルやジャンルの壁を乗り越えて集まり、

曲を制作したのです。



当時の音楽シーンを知る者にとっては、

信じられないほど豪華なメンバーが揃っています。







今でもミュージシャンによるチャリティなどが

よく行われています。

60年代にもウッドストック・フェスティバルという、

伝説的な音楽フェスティバルが開かれたことがあります。



でも、この「Do they know it's Christmas?」は、

ワシ自身が洋楽狂いだった時期に発表されたため、

衝撃はハンパなものではありませんでした。



当時のワシは学生で、財布が寂しかったため(今もですが)

曲の発表から5年以上たってから

この曲のCDを買おうとしました。

しかし、これだけの名曲だったにも関わらず

すでに廃盤になっており、

手に入れるのにとても苦労しました。



当時はまだネットショッピングも発達しておらず、

CDショップを探し回ったのです。

新品を見つけた場合、多少の出費を覚悟していましたが、

定価で新品を見つけたときには、わが目を疑いました。



・・そして10年以上。

今もそのCDは手元にあります。



ワシの宝物です。



今では、最近のアーティスト達による

リメイク版などが出ているものの、

オリジナル版は10年以上前でさえ手に入れるのに苦労したので、

今では非常に入手が困難だと思います。



今でもクリスマスシーズンになるとFMでこの曲が流れることが

多いのですが、クリスマスソングの中では

マイナーな部類に入るでしょうね。



でも、この高尚な歌詞や

当時の音楽シーンを髣髴とさせるメロディは

いまでも聴いていてシビレます。



There's a world outside your window

あなたの窓の外側には別の世界がある



pray for the other ones

他人のために祈ろう





It's Christmastime; there's no need to be afraid

At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade

And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy

Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

But say a prayer to pray for the other ones

At Christmastime



It's hard, but when you're having fun

There's a world outside your window

And it's a world of dread and fear

Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears



And the Christmas bells that ring there

Are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime



The greatest gift they'll get this year is life

Oh, where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow

Do they know it's Christmastime at all?



Here's to you, raise a glass for everyone

Here's to them, underneath that burning sun

Do they know it's Christmastime at all?



Feed the world

Feed the world



Feed the world

Let them know it's Christmastime again

Feed the world

Let them know it's Christmastime again

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