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聴き比べ S&Gとディラン『ボクサー(The Boxer)』

今日の「聴き比べ」は『ボクサー(The Boxer)』です。

以前に聴き比べしたサイモン&ガーファンクル(Simon &Garfunkel)『明日に架ける橋』と同じアルバム『明日に架ける橋(Bridge over Troubled Water)』に収録されていた曲です。シングル発売はその前年の1969年でした。このアルバムはお化けアルバムというぐらいに数多くの名曲が並びます。当時の高校生も皆持っていました。



 The Boxer

by  Paul Simon


I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told

I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises

All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear

And disregards the rest, hmmmm


When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy

In the company of strangers

In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared, laying low

Seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go

Looking for the places only they would know


Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la lie

Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la lie, la la lie la lie


Asking only workman's wages, I come lookin' for a job

But I get no offers

Just a come-on from the whores on 7th Avenue

I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome

I took some comfort there, lalalalalalala


Now the years are rolling by me

They are rockin' evenly

I am older than I once was

And younger than I'll be; that's not unusual

Nor is it strange

After changes upon changes

We are more or less the same

After changes we are more or less the same


Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la lie

Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la lie, la la lie la lie


And I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone

Goin' home

Where the New York City winters aren't bleedin' me

Leadin' me

Goin' home


In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade

And he carries the reminders

Of every glove that laid him down or cut him

'Til he cried out in his anger and his shame

"I am leaving, I am leaving", but the fighter still remains


Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la li

Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la lie, la la lie la lie


Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer (Audio)


そしてこの曲をボブ・ディランがカバーしました。1970年発表の『セルフ・ポートレイト(Self Portrait)』です。このアルバムはほとんどがカバー曲で、しかもディランの声があのしゃがれ声から一変して美声になっています。この頃のディランは何を考えているのか、音楽界に留まらず世間でも話題になっていました。



Bob Dylan And Paul Simon - The Boxer (1999)



それでは今日はこの辺で 。