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(大土佬兒于 04/18/2013 年寫于紐約阿帕拉契山內。)
Scarborough Fair
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjE1MTE3NDA=.html      大陆的读者请欣赏这个链接里的音乐。

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BakWVXHSug

Scarborough Fair 是一首英国老歌。 在越战时期被用来当反战的歌曲。 太多美国的洋人都不知道歌词的意思。 华人就更
迷糊了。 这首歌是身在远方的人(在越南的美军炮灰),自料此生无法活着回家,再也看不到爱人了,而唱的。

主旨是 "She once was the true love of mine. , , , , , ,  Then she will be a true love of mine."

在两句之间的那些逗号,是一连串的“不可能作到的事”。 换言之,"她再也不会是我的爱人了。"

那些不可能作到的事,包括了:

"Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Without no seams nor needlework"    要她不用针线,为我作一件没有接缝的麻布衣服。(不可能作到的事)

"Tell her to find me an acre of land
Between the salt water and the sea strand"    要她在海岸和大海之间为我找到一英亩的地。(不可能作到的事)

"Tell her to reap it with a sickle of leather"    要她用皮革制作的镰刀收割(麦子)。  (不可能作到的事)

“And gather it all in a bunch of heather."    要她把所有收割好的麦子,用石楠草(柔弱的短小植物)扎成一大捆。(不可能
作到的事)


倒不是这个美军不爱他的 true love, 而是 太爱他的 true love 了。 他要把他的爱人推开,让他的爱人另找男人的意思。
这当然是非常痛苦的决定。 但是,自己活不了了(对美军而言,随时会成炮灰。),出自于爱他的 true love, 故意要她
做到一些根本不可能作到的事情,才愿意再让她当爱人。 这个惨哪,得被迫到越南当炮灰的人才能真正地体会了。

全歌穿插了 Pasely, sage, rosemary & thyme 这些乡下野地里常见的香草,配乐里有不停的风铃声音,意味着离家前
和爱人在乡下美丽的记忆。 凄美!


Paul Simon – Scarborough Fair Lyrics

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
(On the side of a hill in the deep forest green)
Parsely, sage, rosemary & thyme
(Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground)
Without no seams nor needlework
(Blankets and bedclothes a child of the mountains)
Then she'll be a true love of mine
(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)
Tell her to find me an acre of land

(On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves)
Parsely, sage, rosemary, & thyme
(Washed is the ground with so many tears)
Between the salt water and the sea strand
(A soldier cleans and polishes a gun)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather

(War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)
Parsely, sage, rosemary & thyme
(Generals order their soldiers to kill)
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather
(And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.