上個周末的家庭旅遊,在旅館看 "the Voice, Blind Audition",來自西澳伯斯的女孩 Rianna Corcoran選唱了 "Mad World" ,一首我青少年時期最愛樂團 Tears For Fears的經典名曲。照例,參賽歌手上台前都會有一段關於為何來參賽的故事,Rianna敘述自己如何克服焦慮症,追求夢想。其實她才 17歲,原本跟大多數小女孩一樣,快樂無憂,12歲那年,莫名地開始感到焦慮,封閉自己,父母說她並沒有受到霸凌,但就是沒來由地把自己跟外界隔離起來,曾經兩年足不出戶,後來,透過音樂,才慢慢地走了出來,甚至有機會步上舞台。

必須說,她的歌聲十分特別,讓人有點分不清楚到底是唱走音了,或者特殊的唱腔是她詮釋這首歌的方式。最終,歌聲雖沒有得到評審的青睞,仍然收下溫暖的鼓勵。但是,回想她前面述說的故事,又選了這首歌,很難不跟霸凌聯想在一起。

年少時期喜歡這首歌,也說不出原因,或許是在那個剛接觸西洋流行樂的年代,英文程度不好,無法充分理解歌詞含意,純粹就是喜歡上音樂的特色。隔了三十多年(沒錯,這首歌是1983年發行,我應該是85年買他們的專輯),身為青少年的老爸,歌曲給我帶來的感受已經完全不同,如果孩子告訴我他喜歡這首歌,我會擔憂是不是在學校出了甚麼事,或者被人欺負沒說出來。

看看原始版本的 MV,應該就能了解我在說甚麼了

這首歌後來被翻唱多次,Gary Jules的版本是最紅的一個,MV非常有特色

最近的版本,Jasmine Thompson演唱,其實應該是翻唱 Gary Jules,而非 Tears For Fears

重點是,這個版本是電影 American Pastoral主題曲,看起來十分沉重

最後,附上歌詞。當年在校園,很慶幸沒有體驗到歌詞中的焦慮與不安,或者說,壓力的來源不一樣吧。如今,重讀歌詞,角色轉換成憂慮孩子的父母,要堅定,溫柔地支持孩子經歷這段旅程。

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world
Mad world
Enlarging your world
Mad world

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