Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks

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还是British Invasion,滚石ALBUM#288的album Something Else by The Kinks

看过很多采访,很多传世经典曲目作曲就花了二三十分钟,甚至几分钟都有。但是作词都是数个小时数天的单位量。可见就音乐来说,创作都是很随意的,因为拿起吉他随意地拨动,可能就是一首歌的诞生了(每天所有精力去对待音乐,作曲演出两不误,如此怎么不出大神)(环境很重要)。而写歌词的压力相对大一些,ROCK本身是带有强烈感情的,很多情况下不仅仅是个人的,这也是引起社会共鸣的原因。而某个ROCK上升到社会问题的时代,歌词确确实实是重中之重。DAVID LEE ROTH – Rock music is high-gelocity folk music,It is our life and times, but with fury and some passion.

Waterloo Sunset的歌词很简单,不过写得真得很美,在一些博客看到过相当诗意的翻译。From豆瓣

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
(古老的浊河,奔流向晚)
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
(匆忙的人群,使我眩晕)
Taxi light shines so bright
(出租车灯,亮如白昼)
But I don’t need no friends
(而我不需要朋友)
As long as I gaze on waterloo sunset
(我只要注视滑铁卢的余晖)
I am in paradise
(就仿佛沐浴天堂光辉)

搬运个采访的文章:Ray Davies: Waterloo Sunset was originally Liverpool Sunset(地址)

Jade Wright talks to music legend Ray Davies about his love affair with Liverpool

WHAT do you think of when you hear the immortal lines “As long as a I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise”?

I’d always assumed it was Waterloo, London, and that the dirty old river was the Thames, but it turns out the answer lies much nearer to home.

Liverpool is my favourite city, and the song was originally called Liverpool Sunset,” smiles its writer, Ray Davies. “I was inspired by Merseybeat. I’d fallen in love with Liverpool by that point. On every tour, that was the best reception. We played The Cavern, all those old places, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

“I had a load of mates in bands up there, and that sound – not The Beatles but Merseybeat(解释) – that was unbelievable. It used to inspire me every time.

“So I wrote Liverpool Sunset. Later it got changed to Waterloo Sunset, but there’s still that play on words with Waterloo.

“London was home, I’d grown up there, but I like to think I could be an adopted Scouser.(利物浦人) My heart is definitely there.”

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WATERLOO SUNSET LYRICS – KINKS

Writer   Ray Davies

Producer   Ray Davies

Released: Feb. ’68, Reprise

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is evening time
Waterloo sunset’s fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don’t want to wander
I stay at home at night
But I don’t feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is evening time
Waterloo sunset’s fine

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo sunset’s fine

后续:

And later this month he’ll be back in the city, playing at the Philharmonic Hall. I’m catching up with The Kinks singer quite literally on the road between tour dates, his bus has pulled over and the crew are having a rest break. He’s clearly loving every minute. As he talks about playing in Liverpool, his enthusiasm is clear.

“I love the Phil,” says Ray, 65. “It’s such a great place to play. And every time I come to Liverpool there’s something new. It’ a treat I look forward to on every tour.

“We’ve got a great band, and we play different songs every night. You get a few new ones, plenty of old ones. We go with what we think will work each night. It keeps it interesting.”

Ray has always been one to keep things interesting. Throughout his career he’s always tried new things, refusing to be pigeon-holed.

As well as writing some of the best songs of his generation, including You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Days, The Village Green Preservation Society, Lola and of course Waterloo Sunset, he’s composed musicals, acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.

“I like to ring the changes,” he laughs. “I’m interested in everything. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve been able to do so many things.”

His latest project is an album of collaborations, which includes a new version of the Kinks’ Better Things, featuring Bruce Springsteen, and a rendition of the 1972 single Celluloid Heroes, with Jon Bon Jovi.

“I’ve been working with Metallica, yes, and Jon Bon Jovi. Bruce Springsteen has been fantastic. I went out to his farm in New Jersey to record that. He’s a very generous performer. And I was blown away by what a Kinks fan he was. He’s got every record I ever made. I’m a fan of his work too, so it played out just right.”

The idea behind the album is to work collaboratively, says Ray.

“You hear in the music industry that it’s all dog-eat-dog competitive nonsense,” he chuckles. “Well, I wanted to do this album to show there’s more to it that. You get people who are in it for the wrong reasons, sure. But they don’t stick around. Give them three years and they’re out of the picture. Careers that last come from a love of the music, and music for music’s sake.”

Ray is still recruiting for the album.

“I’d love to work with Paloma Faith,” he explains. “She’s got a great sound. She’s playing in Liverpool soon isn’t she? Say hello to her for me. That should be a good show.”

Surely there can’t be anything still to tick off on Ray’s to-do list?

“Play for England?” he offers. “I fancy doing that. I go to the gym a fair bit, and we have a kickabout, so I think I’m as good a bet as any. I see they’ve got Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, so I could be the honorary Scouser on the line-up.”

He asks me if I’ve had a look at the potential squad. I have to admit that I haven’t and that the election has taken over my news viewing over the last few days.

“What do you think of all that?” he asks, pondering. “I think it was the best that we could hope for, after last week. I think Labour could do with going back to being old Labour, regrouping, and coming back stronger. The rest could do with doing the same. It’s been a bit of an anti-climax, but maybe it’s what we all need.”

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