Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Album:In the Ghetto (1969)
Artist:Elvis Presley
Music/
Lyrics:Scott Davis


Album:Wake Up and Smell the Coffe (2001)
Artist:The Cranberries

Lyrics:

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago morning
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries
'cause if there's one thing that she don't need
it's another hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto

People, don't you understand
the child needs a helping hand
or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too blind to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way

Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto

And his hunger burns
so he starts to roam the streets at night
and he learns how to steal
and he learns how to fight
In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation
a young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto

As her young man dies,
on a cold and gray Chicago morning
another little baby child is born
In the ghetto


 這首歌是貓王Elvis在1969年剛出道時發的單曲,小紅莓在2001年重新翻唱後收錄在Wake Up and Smell the Coffe這張專輯裡,整個編曲與原曲無多大的差異,主要是男女聲唱腔還有不同時代的不同的味道。

 其實我並不熟貓王這個人,嚴格來說除了被誤會是貓王唱的知名啤酒廣告曲Quando Quando Quando外,我根本連為什麼他叫貓王,為什麼他這麼紅我都不清楚。

 雖然小紅莓最為人所知的是Click裡頭的Linger,不過我記得我小時候會喜歡小紅莓應該是一部日本的棒球卡通的片頭曲吧,不過我當時我很小,現在已經忘了歌名跟卡通片名了。

 這首歌聽起來很輕鬆,但其實看了歌詞會發現其實很悲哀,是在敘述70年代美國的的猶太社區的慘況,生孩子並不是快樂的,孩子出生了根本沒辦法養活,孩子只能靠偷搶才能養活自己的,最後橫死在槍下或醉倒,就像生他的父親一樣,曲名原為The Vicious Circle(悲慘循環)就是這個意思。

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