Heroin – The Velvet Underground 關於海洛英的悲歌:歌詞及意思

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#1 歌曲
#2 歌詞
#3 翻唱







專輯《The Velvet Underground & Nico》include Heroin,來源:Wikimedia
專輯《The Velvet Underground & Nico》,圖片來源Wikimedia

Heroin (1967) – The Velvet Underground

Heroin, be the death of me
Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life
Because a mainline to my vein
Leads to a center in my head
And then I’m better off than dead

Heroin (1967) – The Velvet Underground

提起六十年代樂隊,不得不提The Velvet Underground(TVU)這隊美國樂隊,代表專輯有《The Velvet Underground & Nico》。如果沒有聽過TVU這樂隊,相信大家對它的專輯封面或多或少都有印象吧!特別是封面「香蕉」,由知名當代藝術家Andy Warhol操刀,亦是TVU的經理人或製造人,生前投放大量精力於樂隊。題外話,大碟文藝氣息極高,非常適合收藏。

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
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Andy Warhol 作品

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans detail

TVU樂隊主要屬於迷幻搖滾(Psychedelic Rock)及實驗搖滾(Experimental Rock)類型,《TVU & Nico》音樂的題材圍繞「社會禁忌」,例如濫藥(Drug Abuse)、性虐戀(Sadomasochism)、賣淫(Prostitution)及性欲變態(Sexual Deviant),果然「走得非常前」。當時大碟銷程慘淡,題材極度爭議,受到各大媒體批評。至於,製作專輯除了有Andy Warhol打理,亦有金牌製作人Tom Wilson(曾與Bob Dylan,The Mothers of Invention 及Simon & Garfunkel等合作)聯手打造。

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樂隊主音兼歌曲創作—Lou Reed

另外,在歌曲後段(4:30秒後),除了鼓聲加快,最明顯的是強列電子小提琴聲。對筆者而言,電子小提琴聲刺耳,可說是令人相當厭惡。但是在Heroin歌曲發揮了極大作用,描述瀕死的一刻,以刺耳電子小提琴聲形容當時不知所措、恩緒混亂、崩潰及迷惘不安等。最後,歌曲尾段節奏開始放慢,可以說是Fade Out技術。筆者則認為是歌曲中主人翁死亡的象徵,在經歷了鼓聲加快及剌耳的電子小提琴聲後,節奏開始放慢,好比一個大量注射毒品的身體狀況。Heroin歌曲絕對不是歌頒濫藥,是一首清楚描述「道友」一生的歌曲,「濫藥」與「死亡」劃上等號,諷刺味道濃厚。

TVU實在是一對「走得相當前」的樂隊,在六十年代當時,究竟有誰會知道海洛英是甚麼的一回事?會有甚麼影響?為什麼令音樂人愛不擇手?TVU的Heroin充分解答了上述的問題。

歌詞方面

填詞作曲 Lou Reed

I don’t know just where I’m going
But I’m gonna try for the kingdom, if I can
‘Cause it makes me feel like I’m a man
When I put a spike into my vein

And I’ll tell ya, things aren’t quite the same
When I’m rushing on my run
And I feel just like Jesus’ son
And I guess that I just don’t know
And I guess that I just don’t know

I have made the big decision
I’m gonna try to nullify my life
‘Cause when the blood begins to flow
When it shoots up the dropper’s neck
When I’m closing in on death

And you can’t help me, not you guys
Or all you sweet girls with all your sweet talk
You can all go take a walk
And I guess I just don’t know
And I guess that I just don’t know

I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
I wish that I’d sail the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship
Going from this land here to that
On a sailor’s suit and cap

Away from the big city
Where a man cannot be free
Of all of the evils of this town
And of himself, and those around
Oh, and I guess that I just don’t know
Oh, and I guess that I just don’t know

Heroin, be the death of me
Heroin, it’s my wife and it’s my life
Because a mainline to my vein
Leads to a center in my head
And then I’m better off than dead

Because when the smack begins to flow
I really don’t care anymore
About all the Jim-Jim’s in this town
And all the politicians makin’ crazy sounds
And everybody puttin’ everybody else down
And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds

‘Cause when the smack begins to flow
Then I really don’t care anymore
Ah, when the heroin is in my blood
And that blood is in my head

Then thank God that I’m good as dead
Then thank your God that I’m not aware
And thank God that I just don’t care
And I guess I just don’t know
And I guess I just don’t know

(來源 musixmatch)

翻唱方面

Billy Idol 版本

歌曲節奏加快,加插了一句歌詞Jesus died for somebody’s sins / But not mine,而這句是 Patti Smith歌曲Gloria 開頭的一句。有音樂評論人認為這個版本是他聽過最差的翻唱版本。

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