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聴き比べ ビッグ・ママとジャニス『ボール・アンド・チェイン(Ball 'N' Cain)』

今日の「聴き比べ」は『ボール・アンド・チェイン(Ball 'N' Cain)』です。

この曲の元歌はアメリカのブルースシンガー、ビッグ・ママ・ソートン(Big Mama Thornton)が1968年にアーフリー・レコードに吹き込んだものです。シングル盤で発売され、後にいくつかのコンピレーション・アルバムに収録されました。いくつかのバージョンがあり、シングルは2分強の長さです。その他にも何種類かの録音を残しています。



Ball 'N' Cain

by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton


S-sitting down by my window

Oh, looking at the rain

S-sitting down by my window now now

All around I felt it

All I could see was the rain

Something grabbed a hold of me, honey

Felt to me honey like, lord, a ball and chain

Yeah! hey! you know what I mean

But it's way too heavy for you

You can't hold it tomorrow


Say, whoa, whoa, honey, it can't be

Just because I got to want your love

Please please please please, whoa please, please

Whoa, honey it can't be

Just because I got to need you daddy

Please don't you let me down, no, please, lord!

Here you gone today, but I wanted to love you

I wanted to hold you, yeah, till the day I die

Till the day, till the day

Yeah! hey! hey! all right!


Say, whoa, whoa, honey this can't be

Not anything I ever wanted from you daddy

Tell me now, now, now, now, oh, tell me now, yeah

I say, whoa, whoa, honey this can't be

No, no, no, no, no, no, no yeah yeah, hey!

And I want someone that could tell me, tell me why

Just because I got to want your love

Honey, just because I got to need, need, need your love

I said I don't understand, honey, but I wanna chance to try

Try, try, try, try try try try

Honey when everybody in the world wants the same damn thing

When everybody in the world will need the same lonely thing

When I wanna work for your love, daddy

When I wanna try for your love, daddy


I don't understand how come you're gone, man. I don't understand why half the

World is still crying, man, when the other half of the world is still

Crying too, man, I can't get it together. I

If you got a cat for one day, man I mean, if you, say, say, if you want a

Cat for 365 days, right you ain't got him for 365 days, you got him for one

Day, man. well I tell you that one da

N, better be your life, man. because, you know, you can say, oh man, you

Can cry about the other 364, man, but you're gonna lose that one day, man

And that's all you've got. you gotta call that, man

That's what it is, man. if you got it today you don't want it

Tomorrow, man, cause you don't need it, 'cause as a matter of fact, as we

Discovered in the train, tomorrow never happens, m

Ts all the same fucking day, man


So you gotta, when you wanna hold a sigh

You gotta hold him like it's the last minute in your life, baby

You gotta hold, whoa, whoa, hold him

'Cause someday some weights gonna come on your shoulders, babe

It's gonna feel too heavy, it's gonna weigh on you

It's gonna feel just like a ball, ball, ball, oh daddy

And a chain



この曲が世界でも有名になったのは、やはり1967年のモントレー・ポップ・フェスティバルでビッグ・ブラザー&ザ・ホールディング・カンパニー(Big Brother & The Holding Company)がこの曲を演奏してからでしょう。その時のリードボーカルジャニス・ジョプリン(Janis Joplin)でした。これが大きな反響を呼び、その後アルバム『チープ・スルル(Cheep Thril)』やその他のライブ盤にも収録されました。




Janis Joplin - Ball and Chain (sensational performance at Monterey)

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin - Ball and Chain (Audio)