2005年06月06日

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.

I’m in the basement, you’re in the sky,
I’m in the basement baby, drop on by.
I’m in the basement, you’re in the sky,
I’m in the basement baby, drop on by.

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.

I’m in the basement, you’re in the sky,
I’m in the basement baby, drop on by.
I’m in the basement, you’re in the sky,
I’m in the basement baby, drop on by.

Hold your breath and count to ten,
And fall apart and start again,
Hold your breath and count to ten,
Start again, start again…
Hold your breath and count your step,
And fall apart and start again,
Start again…

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.

Hold your breath and count to ten,
And fall apart and start again,
hold your breath and count to ten,
Start again, start again…
Hold your breath and count to ten,
And fall apart and start again,
Old your breath and count to ten,
And start again, and start again,

Start again…

Talk to me softly
There’s something in your eyes
Don’t hang your head in sorrow
And please don’t cry
I know how you feel inside I’ve
I’ve been there before
Somethin’s changin’ inside you
And don’t you know


Don’t you cry tonight
I still love you baby
Don’t you cry tonight
Don’t you cry tonight
There’s a heaven above you baby
And don’t you cry tonight


Give me a whisper
And give me a sigh
Give me a kiss before you
tell me goodbye
Don’t you take it so hard now
And please don’t take it so bad
I’ll still be thinkin’ of you
And the times we had…baby


And don’t you cry tonight
Don’t you cry tonight
Don’t you cry tonight
There’s a heaven above you baby
And don’t you cry tonight


And please remember that I never lied
And please remember
how I felt inside now honey
You gotta make it your own way
But you’ll be alright now sugar
You’ll feel better tomorrow
Come the morning light now baby


And don’t you cry tonight
An don’t you cry tonight
An don’t you cry tonight
There’s a heaven above you baby
And don’t you cry
Don’t you ever cry
Don’t you cry tonight
Baby maybe someday
Don’t you cry
Don’t you ever cry
Don’t you cry
Tonight

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
>From a cold steel rail?

Smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade?Your heroes for ghosts
Hot ashes for trees
Hot air for a cool breeze
Cold comfort for change
And did you exchange?
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in the cage

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We′re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

It takes the pain away
that could not make you stay
it’s way to broke to fix
no glue, no bag of tricks

Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
lay me down to crawl

Your smile would make me sneeze
when we were Siamese
Amazing grace in here
I’d pay to have you near

Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
lay me down to crawl

Don’t go and lose your face
at some stranger’s place
and don’t forget to breathe
and pay before you leave

Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
lay me down to crawl
Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
lay me down to crawl

Strange infatuation seems to grace the evening tide.
I’ll take it by your side.
Such imagination seems to help the feeling slide.
I’ll take it by your side.
Instant correlation sucks and breeds a pack of lies.
I’ll take it by your side.
Oversaturation curls the skin and tans the hide.
I’ll take it by your side.

tick – tock x3
tick – tick – tick – tick – tick – tock
I’m unclean, a libertine
And every time you vent your spleen,
I seem to lose the power of speech,
Your slipping slowly from my reach.
You grow me like an evergreen,
You never see the lonely me at all

I…
Take the plan, spin it sideways.
I…
Fall.
Without you, I’m Nothing.
Without you, I’m nothing.
Without you, I’m nothing.
Take the plan, spin it sideways.
Without you, I’m nothing at all.

I stand alone in the darkness
the winter of my life came so fast
memories go back to childhood
to days I still recall
oh, how happy i was then
there was no sorrow, there was no pain
walking through the green fields
sunshine in my eyes
I’m still there everywhere
I’m the dust in the wind
I’m the star in the northern sky
never stayed anywhere
I’m the wind in the trees
would you wait for me forever
I’m still there everywhere
I’m the dust in the wind
I’m the star in the northern sky
never stayed anywhere
I’m the wind in the trees
would you wait for me forever
would you wait for me forever
will you wait for me forever

I lie awake
I’ve gone to ground
I’m watching porn
In my hotel dressing gown
Now I dream of you
But I still believe
There’s only enough for one in this
Lonely hotel suite

The journey’s long
And it feels so bad
I’m thinking back to the last day we had.
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you
I’m nearly with you

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

On a clear day
I’ll fly home to you
I’m bending time getting back to you
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you
I’m nearly with you

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

I’ll fly, I’ll fly home
I’ll fly home and I’ll fly home

When past sometimes takes you with soft hands
Forceless it pulls you to your chair
Hides you away from these half off days
Sunless, at the end of the year

The air is like a knife cutting through you
A room in the house is always warm
Stretched down on the bathroom floor thinking
Of fair days your future may hold

Love comes like surprise ice on the water
Love comes like surprise ice at dawn
Love comes at dawn

Deprived all the light of colours
The world ends at your window tree
Darkness creates these illusions
That pale days can teach you to see

Rain falls but no life is given
Weeks pass, no progress is made
Past sometimes takes you with soft hands
And all that surrounds you will fade

    北欧确实是一块神奇的土地,在世人的印象中,它不仅拥有优美的传统神话,新鲜的旅游景点,而且,在文学、艺术上,它也从不示弱,为人们留下了盎格鲁·撒克逊语言所开辟的文化世界。丹麦,冰岛,瑞典,挪威……,犹如一个个艺术天才的摇篮,但是,北欧不仅仅诞生过安徒生,克尔凯郭尔,蒙克……北欧,还是种种先锋艺术的发源地。

    90年代的现代音乐界,北欧,再次引起人们惊叹的目光,因为她悄悄引发了音乐界的一场“革命”,独辟了现代音乐的发展途径,即新古典乐派——哥特音乐Darkwave的滥觞。

    在此,不得不先提及的是关于中世纪(Medieval)以及古典主义(Classic)的一些东西。

    中世纪,这一形容词于其英语的词和其它语言中的对应词一样,都来源于拉丁名词。文艺复兴时期的人文主义学者认为,自古代文明衰落至15世纪,文化,文学和艺术“复活”的整整一千年,仅仅是一首不值得称道的“哥特人”的黑暗插曲。历史学家虽然早已驳斥了这种偏见,但是习惯上仍将这个漫长的时期视为一个独立的历史阶段。通常认为476年(西罗马帝国灭亡)和1453年(君士坦丁堡失陷于土耳其人)为这一时期的上下限。


    中世纪的历史介乎于欧洲古代和近代之间的大约一千二百年的历史时期。中世纪开始时,欧洲政治和社会结构土崩瓦解,生活困苦,一派萧条,以后接踵而来的是漫长而迟缓的复苏。然而这个时期在文化艺术方面的成就却不容忽视。音乐遗产亦很重要,虽然其思维方式及认识特点与今天相去甚远,但在其它一些重要方面,当代音乐却从中世纪音乐中继承了大量的资本。

   “古典”(Classic)一词也源自拉丁文,原是典范、即奉古希腊(或罗马)为典范而加以模仿的意思。古典主义开始形成于罗马时代——罗马文化鼎盛时期、即公元前一世纪奥古斯都时代。罗马与希腊同为奴隶社会,基础及文化有其大致相近之处,罗马帝国在文艺方面继承古希腊遗产,即把古希腊的成就看作不可逾越的高峰。因此,古典风格的作品也就相应地追求华丽的表象,庞大的史诗架构,明显的宿命论悲剧色彩,以及崇尚黑暗王朝的情结。

    新古典乐派中的许多代表性乐队,如Ataraxia,Love is cold than death,Rosa Cruv等都具有这一类特征。他们有着很深刻的中世纪情结,并以中世纪音乐为源,利用现代技术发展了新的音乐风格。正如著名乐队Arcana的灵魂Peter Petterson所说:“我们是中世纪的,我们的理想是做出中世纪的灵性音乐,这一切来源于我们对浪漫的追求。”

    这其实也代表了许多新古典乐队的观点。显而易见的是他们的唯美主义原则与追求。与传统的摇滚音乐相比较,新古典乐派实际上已经产生了很大的偏离,不再追随固有的摇滚乐模式,而是向古典乐,尤其是中世纪教堂音乐,圣咏(Chant)以及先锋氛围音乐(Ambient)靠拢。在我看来,他们的音乐,其实已经不必再归入摇滚范畴。


    在欧洲,新兴的电子乐技术使得这批雄心勃勃的乐队终于有可能实现自己的梦想。不过,在欧洲各国,由于文化上的差异,Darkwave亦发展甚至延伸出许多不同的形态,尽管它们都属于新古典乐派门下。

    1995年,挪威著名乐队Theatre of tragedy的首张同名专辑宣告了哥特氛围音乐的来临。他们的音乐,奠定了此后新古典乐派的基本要素。如采用残暴的男腔甚至是Black metal的尖吼,搭配柔美的女音对唱的形式。这正是纯正的中世纪哥特精神,这种对比亦象征着黑暗与光明,爱与死之间的对抗。

    在荷兰则由The gethering奠立了以优美女声作为主唱,着重心灵感受的风格,并逐渐减少摇滚元素,是Cocteau Twins一类的“仙乐派”的代表,给予听者一种看尽人间繁华的感受。

    事实上,北欧音乐的发展,已是将Gothic,Doom,Death,Black融为一体了,你很难将之归类清楚。如挪威乐队Tristania在音乐中,大量加入了交响效果,以及歌剧女高音(Soprano)和唱诗班的大合唱(Choir),古典味相当浓厚;而瑞典的Therion则发展出以管弦乐器与金属乐器并重的交响歌剧金属;另外还有一些专注于气氛营造的乐团,如充满中古世纪感觉的Dunwich,更运用了中古乐器和僧侣唱诗班。


    每一种形式的音乐都包含了当时的文化价值观念和哲学意味,也许中世纪的音乐带给人类的更多是一种宗教上的安慰,甚至包含了人类对未知世界的向往;而新古典乐派也不应该仅仅成为一种音乐形式,它更是90年代新的一代青年的生活态度的反映——无望,压抑,沉重,忧郁。哥特(Goth)正是这样一个世界,它让你逃避现实,进入幻想;它让你看见黑暗,面对黑暗,犹如面对一个传说中永恒的Neverland,可望而永远不可及。

    Placebo乐队正式成军于1995年1月,由美国人Brian Molko(主唱/吉他),来自瑞典的Stefan Olsdal(贝司/键琴)和土生土长的英国人Steve Hewitt(鼓)组建。乐队多首单曲一举登上了英国单曲榜。Brian Molko俨然如新一代摇滚乐巨星,被形容为是Mick Jagger(Rolling Stones乐队)和Freddie Mercury(Queen乐队)的混合体。Placebo,则被公认为是继承了70年代盛极一时的华丽摇滚乐精髓并将其发扬光大的新世代华丽摇滚乐坛新掌门。
Placebo的华丽之音更趋深度、内省和迷离。多首作品电气化的尝试,表明乐队不断努力着创新之意;而词作方面,依然是Brian Molko一如既往的爱情宿命论。Placebo确实是90年代最有影响力和最与众不同的一个英伦乐队。                                                                                                                                转自verycd.com