Regina Spektor – Samson

Regina Spektor – "Samson" [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Regina Spektor – Samson

[Chorus]
You are my sweetest downfall
你是我最甜蜜的負擔
I loved you first, I loved you first
起初是我先愛上你的
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
我的歌聲譜出我的真心
I have to go, I have to go
但我得走了
Your hair was long when we first met
我倆初識時,你仍留著一頭長髮

[Verse 1]
Samson went back to bed
Samson回到床上
Not much hair left on his head
頭髮所剩無幾
He ate a slice of Wonder bread, and went right back to bed
他吃了一塊麵包,又回到床上
And history books forgot about us and the Bible didn’t mention us
所有史書都忘了我們,連聖經也沒有提到
And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once
聖經裡一次也沒有提及我們

[Chorus]
你是我最甜蜜的負擔
I loved you first, I loved you first
起初是我先愛上你的
Beneath the stars came falling on our heads
我們頭上星光閃耀
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
但這也只是許久以前的光芒
Your hair was long when we first met
我倆初識時,你仍留著一頭長髮

[Verse 2]
Samson came to my bed
Samson來到我的床邊
Told me that my hair was red
告訴我我從前有著一頭紅髮
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed
稱讚我的美貌,並與我共眠
Oh, I cut his hair myself one night
噢,一天晚上,我剪去了他的頭髮
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
昏暗的燈光下,我拿起一把鈍了的剪刀
And he told me that I’d done alright
他卻告訴我,沒什麼大不了
And kissed me ’til the morning light, the morning light
他親吻我,直到清晨
And he kissed me ’til the morning light
他親吻我,直到清晨

[Verse 3]
Samson went back to bed
Samson回到床上
Not much hair left on his head
頭髮所剩無幾
He ate a slice of Wonder bread, and went right back to bed
他吃了一塊麵包,又回到床上
Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down
噢,我們沒能抵擋垮下的樑柱
Yeah, we couldn’t destroy a single one
連一根都抵擋不了
And history books forgot about us
所有史書都忘了我們
And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once
聖經一次也沒有提及我們

[Outro]
You are my sweetest downfall
你是我最甜蜜的負擔
I loved you first
起初是我先愛上你的

 

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

 

剛聽到這首歌時,只是被 Regina Spektor 的那種空靈的聲音所吸引,細看歌詞,又對這背後的故事感到讚嘆。Samson 是聖經中的大力士,他的力量來自頭髮。他因為遭受許多挫折後開始墮落,便與妓女 Deliah 交往,以致落入陷阱,頭髮被剪掉而力量全失。後來他真心悔改,神再次賜予他力量。在一次戰鬥中,他承受不住廟宇梁柱的重量而被擊垮。

這首歌雖然是以這個聖經故事為背景,不過卻著重在故事的另一面:愛情。歌曲以 Deliah 的角度來寫,訴說她與 Samson 相識時的那份真情。歌詞中的”Bible didn’t mention us”的意思,我想應該是指裡面完全沒有提到兩人相愛的部分,只是一面倒地將 Deliah 描寫成一個惡毒的女人,還有 Samson 墮落的過程。雖然說在聖經中,Samson 確實是因為 Deliah 才喪失力量,但若因為這樣的結果就忽略兩人相愛的過程,或許也是一種殘忍。

 

這首歌還有另一個解讀方式,據說 Regina Spektor 曾經有個得癌症病重的男友,而整首歌是在緬懷這位因病而未能有好結果的戀人。因為做化療的關係,頭髮漸漸脫落,而 Bible didn’t mention us 指的則是兩人未能在神的見證下成婚。

 

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Regina Spektor 的其他歌曲:

Regina Spektor – The Call

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