如果有人来问我最喜欢的歌是哪首,就今年而言,我会从血轨里挑。

Open D定弦贯穿始终,熟悉的口琴参与其间,涤纶的第十五张正式录音室专辑Blood on the Tracks无疑是他创作生涯中最耀眼的作品之一。

我好想写篇文章来认真聊聊它,不过,自己这类撰写乐评的念头通常总会无疾而终。所以,正如标题所言,我决定先换一种方式来表达对血轨的喜爱。

不为译得多漂亮,只为满足自己的心意,也算是弥补学生时代的遗憾了。何况,多记忆一遍歌词,加深些对曲子的理解,也不亏。

我先选择了平时弹得较多的几首,剩下的部分就等日后再去完成。

A Simple Twist of Fate/这命运的曲折交错

They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones
'Twas then he felt alone and wished that he'd gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate
他们肩并着肩坐在公园
正当傍晚的天夜色渐暗
她望向他,他感到了一阵火花,使他骨头酥麻
他突然觉得孤单,多希望自己能起身径直走远
要小心啊,这命运的曲折交错

They walked along by the old canal
A little confused, I remember well
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burnin' bright
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train
Moving with a simple twist of fate
他们沿着古老的运河走过
他有些困惑,我清楚地记得
停步在陌生的旅馆,明亮的霓虹闪烁
他感到夜晚的热浪袭来,像是一辆货运列车把他碾过
驶向远方,这命运的曲折交错

A saxophone someplace far off played
As she was walkin' by the arcade
As the light bust through a beat-up shade where he was wakin' up,
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate
远处的萨克斯风奏响
正当她穿行走过拱廊
正当残破的阴影中透出一束光,他就醒了
她丢一枚硬币,扔在门前那盲人的杯里
便忘记了,这命运的曲折交错

He woke up, the room was bare
He didn't see her anywhere
He told himself he didn't care, pushed the window open wide
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate
他醒来,屋内已空
他到处不见她的影踪
他告诉自己无需在意,大大地推开了窗
他只觉内心一阵空荡,不知该作何感想
只是因为,这命运的曲折交错

He hears the ticking of the clocks
And walks along with a parrot that talks
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailors all come in
Maybe she'll pick him out again, how long must he wait
Once more for a simple twist of fate
他听见钟楼的嘀嗒声
带上会说话的鹦鹉向前赶路
追寻她来到滨水码头,水手们进进出出
或许她会再认出他来,他究竟要等多久
又一次的,这命运的曲折交错

People tell me it's a sin
To know and feel too much within
I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring
She was born in spring, but I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate
人们告诉我这是罪过
知晓得太多,想得也太多
我仍坚信她是我的另一半,可我弄丢了戒指
她出生在春天,我出生得晚了太多
只好责怪,这命运的曲折交错

You're a Big Girl Now

Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me off-a my feet
And I'm back in the rain, oh, oh
And you are on dry land
You made it there somehow
You're a big girl now

Bird on the horizon, sittin' on a fence
He's singin' his song for me at his own expense
And I'm just like that bird, oh, oh
Singin' just for you
I hope that you can hear
Hear me singin' through these tears

Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast
Oh, but what a shame if all we've shared can't last
I can change, I swear, oh, oh
See what you can do
I can make it through
You can make it too

Love is so simple, to quote a phrase
You've known it all the time, I'm learnin' it these days
Oh, I know where I can find you, oh, oh
In somebody's room
It's a price I have to pay
You're a big girl all the way

A change in the weather is known to be extreme
But what's the sense of changing horses in midstream?
I'm going out of my mind, oh, oh
With a pain that stops and starts
Like a corkscrew to my heart
Ever since we've been apart

If You See Her, Say Hello

If you see her, say hello, she might be in Tangier
It's the city 'cross the water, not too far from here
Say for me that I'm all right though things are kind of slow She might think that I've forgotten her. Don't tell her it isn't so

We had a falling-out, like lovers sometimes do
But to think of how she left that night, it hurts me through and through And though our situation pierced me to the bone
I got to find someone to take her place. I don't like to be alone

I see a lot of people as I make the rounds
And I hear her name here and there as I go from town to town
And I've never gotten used to it, I've just learned to turn it off Her eyes were blue, her hair was too, her skin so sweet and soft

Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past
I know every scene by heart, they all went by so fast
If she's passin' back this way, and I sure hope she don't
Tell her she can look me up. I'll either be here or I won't

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go/当你离去,我该是多么寂寞

I've seen love go by my door
It's never been this close before
Never been so easy or so slow
Been shooting in the dark too long
When somethin's not right it's wrong
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go
我曾看见爱由我门前经过
它从未如此地靠近我
从未如此轻松也从未迟缓
我一直在黑暗中猜测摸索
每当事情不太对劲,那无非就是出了差错
当你离去,我该是多么寂寞

Dragon clouds so high above
I've only known careless love
It's always hit me from below
This time around it's more correct
Right on target, so direct
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go
如龙般的云在天空高挂着
我所仅知的爱就是粗心大意的
它总是深深地伤到我心底
这次却好了许多
正中目标,直击向我
当你离去,我该是多么寂寞

Purple clover, Queen Anne's lace
Crimson hair across your face
You could make me cry if you don't know
Can't remember what I was thinkin' of
You might be spoilin' me too much love
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go
紫色的四叶草,安妮皇后式的蕾丝边
深红色的头发垂在你的侧脸
你知道吗,当你离去,我会泪流满面
我记不清自己想了些什么
或许你满满的爱意宠坏了我太多
当你离去,我该是多么寂寞

Flowers on the hillside, bloomin' crazy
Crickets talkin' back and forth in rhyme
Blue river runnin' slow and lazy
I could stay with you forever and never realize the time
山坡上,鲜花盛开着
蟋蟀颇有韵味地来回哼唱着
蓝色的溪流慵懒地流淌着
我愿永远和你在一起,连时间流逝也不顾了

Situations have ended sad
Relationships have all been bad
Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud
But there's no way I can compare
All those scenes to this affair
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go
如今的情况让人难过
关系也变得糟糕了
就像是魏尔兰与兰波
可无论如何我也不能
拿那些场景同这件事相比
当你离去,我该是多么寂寞

Yer gonna make me wonder what I'm doin'
Stayin' far behind without you
Yer gonna make me wonder what I'm sayin'
Yer gonna make me give myself a good talkin' to
你使我不知该做些什么
只好远远落在你身后
你使我不知该说些什么
你使我开始反省,好好审视自己

I'll look for you in old Honolulu
San Francisco, Ashtabula
Yer gonna have to leave me now, I know
But I'll see you in the sky above
In the tall grass, in the ones I love
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go
我会去找你,一路去到火奴鲁鲁
去到旧金山,去到阿什塔比拉
你必须得离开我了,我明白的
但我会同你再见,就在天空之上
在高高的草场,在我爱的地方
当你离去,我该是多么寂寞

Shelter from the Storm

'Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured
I'll always do my best for her, on that I give my word
In a world of steel-eyed death, and men who are fighting to be warm
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

Not a word was spoke between us, there was little risk involved
Everything up to that point had been left unresolved
Try imagining a place where it's always safe and warm
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail
Poisoned in the bushes an' blown out on the trail
Hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

Suddenly I turned around and she was standin' there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

Now there's a wall between us, somethin' there's been lost
I took too much for granted, got my signals crossed
Just to think that it all began on a long-forgotten morn
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

Well, the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
But nothing really matters much, it's doom alone that counts
And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

I've heard newborn babies wailin' like a mournin' dove
And old men with broken teeth stranded without love
Do I understand your question, man, is it hopeless and forlorn?
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

In a little hilltop village, they gambled for my clothes
I bargained for salvation an' they gave me a lethal dose
I offered up my innocence and got repaid with scorn
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

Well, I'm livin' in a foreign country but I'm bound to cross the line
Beauty walks a razor's edge, someday I'll make it mine
If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"

Buckets of Rain

Buckets of rain
Buckets of tears
Got all them buckets comin' out of my ears
Buckets of moonbeams in my hand
I got all the love, honey baby
You can stand

I been meek
And hard like an oak
I seen pretty people disappear like smoke
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
If you want me, honey baby
I'll be here

Like your smile
And your fingertips
Like the way that you move your lips
I like the cool way you look at me
Everything about you is bringing me
Misery

Little red wagon
Little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like
I like the way you love me strong and slow
I'm takin' you with me, honey baby
When I go

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and ya do it well
I'll do it for you, honey baby
Can't you tell?