• 丹尼男孩 Danny Boy /  倫敦德里小調 Londonderry Air /  輕柔的豎琴 The Gentle Harp

     

    只有小提琴及男高音才可完全詮釋出其悠揚淒美旋律的歌曲

     

     

    噢!丹尼男孩,那風笛的聲音不斷的呼喚著…,這首舉世聞名的愛爾蘭民謠「丹尼男孩」(Danny Boy),是任何一場愛爾蘭音樂演唱會中,勢必會被點唱的歌曲。這首曲子的作曲者為羅利.戴爾.歐卡漢(Rory Dall O'Cahan,寫於1600年間。後來,費德里克.魏舍利(Frederick Edward Weatherly)在1913年將其填了「丹尼男孩」歌詞,深受當時人們的喜愛,而流傳至今,其歌詞如下:

    Danny Boy

    Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
    From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
    The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
    'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
    But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
    Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
    'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
    Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

    And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
    And I am dead, as dead I well may be
    You'll come and find the place where I am lying
    And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
    And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
    And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
    If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
    I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
    I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

    其實,上述「丹尼男孩」歌詞,原本是費德里克.魏舍利於1911年所做的另一首歌曲的歌詞,但並不流行,隔年他接到居住在美國的妹妹寄給他歐卡漢所做的歌譜,他發現這個曲子與他所填的丹尼男孩」歌詞相當契合,就將其合併,沒想到因此大放異彩,亦是後來許多不同填詞中最受歡迎的一首,「丹尼男孩」也因此成為愛爾蘭最具代表性的民謠之一,與「夏日最後玫瑰」、「強尼當兵去」同為愛爾蘭最負盛名的三首民謠。

    羅利.戴爾.歐卡漢當初寫這首歌時,歌名為「倫敦德里小調」(Londonderry Air),亦有歌詞,倫敦德里是愛爾蘭的一個地名,與英國的首都倫敦無關,不可混淆,Air是詠唱調或小調之意。「倫敦德里小調」的填詞其實亦相當優美,只是丹尼男孩」的填詞太受歡迎了,所以演唱者選擇以「丹尼男孩」歌詞唱的人比較多,其實二種歌詞之意境是不分軒輊的。「倫敦德里小調」的英文歌詞如下:

    Londonderry Air

    Would God I were the tender apple blossom
    That floats and falls from off the twisted bough,
    To lie and faint within your silken bosom,
    Within your silken bosom as that does now!
    Or would I were a little burnish'd apple
    For you to pluck me, gliding by so cold,
    While sun and shade your robe of lawn will dapple,
    Your robe of lawn, and your hair's spun gold.

    Yea, would to God I were among the roses
    That lean to kiss you as you float between,
    While on the lowest branch a bud uncloses,
    A bud uncloses, to touch you, queen.
    Nay, since you will not love, would I were growing,
    A happy daisy, in the garden path;
    That so your silver foot might press me going,
    Might press me going even unto death.

    國內風潮唱片公司發行的「東方天使合唱團」演唱的「乘 著歌聲的翅膀」,其中也包含了這首歌,他們選用的歌名是「倫敦德里小調」,而不是丹尼男孩」,但是歌詞並不是Londonderry Air」的中文直譯詞,卻寫得非常的美,不輸英文的歌詞,可惜作者不詳,中文歌詞如下:(若以下列中文歌詞清唱,可感受其美)

    倫敦德里小調

    在我的故鄉河流日夜歌唱,曾記得我時常徘徊遊蕩,

    春天早晨採朵金色水仙花,整個世界使春色放光芒。

    我的故鄉啊永遠盼望的故鄉,綠草如茵,江水靜靜的流,

    遊子的心啊嚮往美麗的小島,如今卻永隔著重洋。

     

    那美麗的河水環繞我們家鄉,魚兒躍在水堤上,

    海鷗的歌聲至今我仍聽見,在夢中仍然那們嘹亮。

    讓時光快快飛逝快快飛逝,我願故鄉安然無恙,

    但願我沒被親人遺忘,重回故鄉再過幸福生活。

    另外有一個叫湯姆斯‧摩耳(Thomas Moore, 1770-1852)的人,在丹尼男孩」填詞之前亦針對此曲寫過歌詞,名為「輕柔的豎琴」(The Gentle Harp),只是較不流行,其英文歌詞如下:

    The Gentle Harp

    My gentle harp, once more I waken
    The sweetness of thy slumb'ring strain
    In tears our last farewell was taken
    And nos in tears we meet again.
    Yet even then, while peace was singing,
    Her halcyon song o'er land and sea,
    Though joy and hope to others bringing,
    She only brought new tears to thee.

    Then who can ask for notes of pleasure,
    My drooping harp, from chords like thine?
    Alas, the lark's gay morning measure
    As ill would suit the swan's decline.
    Or how shall I, who love, who bless thee,
    Invoke thy breath for freedom's strains,
    When e'en the wreaths in which I dress thee,
    Are sadly mixed, half flours, half chains.

    其實中文填詞還有一首寫得非常棒的,名為「秋夜吟」,這首歌詞比上述中文的「倫敦德里小調」歌詞還要動人,若在夜深人靜時吟唱這首歌,會被其歌詞感動而不覺潸然淚下,這首歌在早期的國小或國中音樂課中,是必唱的歌曲,為目前年輕人已較不熟悉,而這首歌的填詞者亦不可考,相當可惜,其歌詞如下:

    秋夜吟

    月亮當空,照射大地明亮如鏡,

    雲淡風輕,秋高又氣爽。

    在這個優美撩人的秋夜裡,

    想起了遙遠的故鄉,家鄉的母親。

    啊!母親呀!我最愛的母親,

    您愛家鄉,卻更愛著我們,

    為了我們明天有光榮的前程,

    引導著我們奔向旅程。

     

    丹尼男孩」這首歌旋律的悠揚淒美,公認只有小提琴及男高音才可完全詮釋出其動人的曲調,不論中英文歌詞,細細聆聽,皆有同感。

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