A Day In the Life (1967) – The Beatles

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#1 歌曲
#2 歌詞
#3 翻唱







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A Day In the Life (1967) – The Beatles

Having read the book
I’d love to turn you on~~~~~~~

A Day In the Life (1967) – The Beatles

歌曲A Day In the Life,由英國著名樂隊The Beatles在1967年唱出。歌曲長達5分35秒,屬於迷幻搖滾Psychedelic Rock、藝術搖滾Art Rock及Orchestral Pop類型,填詞作曲由Lennon–McCartney組合負責,即John Lennon 及 Paul McCartney聯手打造。歌曲被收錄於《Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band》專輯,大多節錄都由John Lennon所創作,歌曲中段部份則由Paul McCartney創作。歌曲被喻為了最具影響力流行曲之一,對音樂發展歷史有重要性的改變。

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歌曲口碑不絕,好評如潮,獲得多頂殊榮。例如

  • 被加拿大廣播公司 (CBC) 在2004年列入 50首 經典金曲名單
  • 被Q雜誌列入史上50首英國經典金曲名單
  • 被Mojo雜誌列入101首最佳The Beatles歌曲名單
  • 入圍格莢美 最佳伴唱器樂編曲(Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals) 侯選名單
  • 滾石雜誌史上500首最佳歌曲之一
  • Pitchfork音樂評論網200首六十年代最佳歌曲之一
  • 被Acclaimed Music音樂評論網,史上大受好評歌曲之一

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John Lennon所創作的部份,靈感主要源於當時新聞報章,來自一份報告,是關於愛爾蘭貴族Guinness家族繼承人Tara Browne之死一事(車禍)而令到John Lennon創作出這歌曲。在錄製過程,當中有兩段管弦樂所運用的滑音(甚麼是滑音,What is Glissandos) 技術,是受到前衛Avant-Garde風格影響,而即興創作出來。

至於歌曲中段的部份,Paul McCartney則透露是回想起了年少時的日子,那些有趣的事,上學、坐巴士及吸煙等生活瑣碎事。歌曲尾段的部份,運用了管弦樂為歌曲第二次的強音(Crescendo)部分,最終以鋼琴聲作結,聲音長達40多秒。

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據稱歌曲被BBC 電台禁播,主要是因為歌曲歌詞的一句I would love to turn you on,被指牽涉毒品等議題而遭到審查。充滿特色的地方在於歌曲最後的Chords作結,成為了音樂史上最知名的歌曲之一。另外,歌曲的誕生啟發了電影播放設備公司THX創作出Deep Note獨家技術。

而關於毒品方面,知名英國音樂評論人Ian MacDonald認為,歌曲很大程度上與迷幻藥物有關。歌曲當中的內容有很大程度上與LSD迷幻藥物及大麻有關,這個想法見仁見智,我想體會最深的人應該是The Beatles,關於A Day In the Life 的故事。

關於Albert Hall 及4000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

先談一些顯然而見的,歌詞中Blackburn 是指布力般,而Lancashire是指蘭開夏郡。Lancashire是英格蘭知名的「郡」,而Blackburn是在Lancashire內,屬於第二大城鎮。

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1967年英國郵報

THERE are 4,000 holes in the road in Blackburn, Lancashire, or one twenty-sixth of a hole per person, according to a council survey.

至於甚麼是Four thousand holes,其實是當時隨手拿起的報紙,在英國郵報(Daily Mail)所看到的一段訊息。

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而甚麼是Albert Hall,它是指英國倫敦知名的音樂廳,皇家阿爾伯特音樂廳(Royal Albert Hall)

歌詞方面

填詞作曲由Lennon–McCartney組合負責,即John Lennon 及 Paul McCartney聯手打造

I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph

He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before
Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords

I saw a film today, oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I’d love to turn you on

(Orchestra)~~~~~~~~~~~~(*Crescendo*)

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up, I noticed I was late (*Breathe*)
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

Ah ~~~~ah ~~~~~ah

I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I’d love to turn you on

(Orchestra)~~~~~~~~~~~~(*Crescendo*)

翻唱方面

Jeff Beck 版本 結他 (1998年)

Bee Gees 版本 (1978年)

The Fall 版本

Phish 版本 (2012年)

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