不知為何又一直想起這首歌......(還好不是Jungle Bell、White Christmas之類的歌)

一直很喜歡Life on Mars的旋律、編曲和唱腔表現,總是對內心有很直接的觸動。然而,對這首歌的感覺,無法從文本解釋,因為歌詞,也包括對於Bowie在MV中所要呈現的訊息和象徵,我仍無法參透。

隱約是種「Life is a mess, is there's a life on Mars? (不如去火星吧~life,好個雙關語)」既積極又消極的矛盾感。

順著音樂推演,不論是vocal、鋼琴或吉他的表現方式,尤其是最後副歌結束後的那段音樂設計,我想,最終Bowie要帶給大家的,還是一種積極的精神。

1973 Official Video


1999 Live (超棒的鋼琴伴奏Mike Garson)




It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling, "No!"
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen

But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

[Chorus:]
Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man!
Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns

But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

[Chorus:]
Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man!
Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?
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