America – Simon & Garfunkel

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#1 歌曲
#2 歌詞
#3 翻唱






America被收錄於Bookends 專輯
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America (1968) – Simon & Garfunkel

They’ve all come to look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America

America (1968) – Simon & Garfunkel

歌曲America,由美國雙人組合Simon & Garfunkel在1968年唱出。歌曲長達3分34秒,屬於民謠搖滾(Folk Rock)類型,填詞作曲由Paul Simon一手包辦。歌曲被收錄於他們第四張專輯《Bookends》,歌曲的另一面(B-Side)為For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (現場版本)。在1972年,推出熱播合輯《Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits》,而該歌曲有被收錄於熱播合輯中。America 被喻為是組合及Paul Simon的最佳作品及最佳創作歌曲之一。

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歌曲是關於當時年輕人喜愛的順風車文化(Hitchhiking)的議題,順風車文化圍繞著整個美國,「圍島遊」。歌曲靈感源於5天的遠足旅行,關於Paul Simon及他的伴侶Kathy Chitty。當時唱片製作人Tom Wilson正在處理他們首張專輯,《Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M》,要求Paul Simon返回美國處理後製及封面設計等,但當時Paul Simon 處身於英國。至於Paul Simon當時的心情是很不捨得,因為他將要與他的伴侶Kathy Chitty分開,但Paul Simon 沒有理會專輯製作一事,甚至邀請Kathy Chitty,來一個5天的公路旅行。

歌詞方面

填詞作曲由Paul Simon一手包辦

“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate here in my bag”
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And walked off to look for America

“Kathy”, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
“Michigan seems like a dream to me now”
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I’ve gone to look for America

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said “Be careful, his bowtie is really a camera”

“Toss me a cigarette, I think there’s one in my raincoat”
“We smoked the last one an hour ago”
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field

“Kathy, I’m lost”, I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America

翻唱方面

Cloud 版本 (1967年)

Bert Sommer 版本 (1970年)

Yes 版本 (1972年)

David Bowie 版本 (2001年)

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