過年了,輕鬆自在的心情讓我完全不知道該寫什麼文章,所以趁這機會介紹我非常愛的樂團Queensrÿche給大家,並提供兩首歌曲試聽,一首熱血澎湃、一首抒情感人,希望大家會喜歡。

先介紹”Revolution Calling”這首歌,它出自Queensrÿche在1988年的專輯”Operation: Mindcrime”,此專輯堪稱Progressive Rock的經典之一,整張專輯的故事是連貫的,所有歌曲串成一氣,即類似Pink Floyd的”The Wall”專輯,可說是「搖滾歌劇」。這張” Operation: Mindcrime”故事主軸是個辛苦掙錢的男主角Nikki,只是個街頭小混混,但因染上毒癮,受Dr. X的控制而鼓吹革命,成為殺人工具。至於這個Dr. X原本是個想發財的人,夢碎後心存報復想法,轉而對這社會的不公平展開反擊與革命,操縱男主角謀殺那些無恥政客與披著虛偽道德外衣的卑鄙宗教領袖。本故事還有個女主角Mary,她原是個逃家少女,被William神父帶回修道院做修女,William神父卻拿她當洩欲工具,最後Mary自殺身亡,而William則死在男主角Nikki槍下。整張專輯其實很悲慘,有興趣想要好好被感動一下的人,可以找這張專輯來聽聽。

而”Revolution Calling”這首歌則道出了Dr. X對社會的氣憤與控訴,而且他說的也頗貼近真正的政治現實,尤其那句”到處都是騙子,你能相信誰呢?(Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?)”更是畫龍點睛,政客、宗教人士…大家都只是利用彼此來賺錢賺名罷了。




REVOLUTION CALLING
Music and Lyrics by Geoff Tate & Michael Wilton

For a price I'd do about anything except pull the trigger
For that I'd need a pretty good cause
Then I heard of Dr. X, the man with the cure
Just watch the television... Yeah, you'll see there's something going on

Got no love for politicians, Or that crazy scene in D.C.
It's just a power mad town
But the time is ripe for changes, There's a growing feeling
That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due

I used to trust the media to tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I've seen the payoffs everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

Revolution calling, Revolution calling, Revolution calling you
[There's a] Revolution calling, Revolution calling
Gotta make a change, gotta push, gotta push it on through

I'm tired of all this bullshit they keep selling me on T.V. About the communist plan
And all the shady preachers begging for my cash
Swiss bank accounts while giving their secretaries the slam

They're all in Penthouse now or Playboy magazine, million dollar stories to tell
I guess Warhol wasn't wrong fame fifteen minutes long
Everyone's using everybody, making the sale

I used to think that only America's way, way was right
But now the holy dollar rules everybody's lives
Gotta make a million doesn't matter who dies

Revolution calling, Revolution calling, Revolution calling you
[There's a] Revolution calling, Revolution calling
Gotta make a change, Gotta push, gotta push it on through

I used to trust the media to tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I've seen the payoffs everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

Revolution calling, Revolution calling, Revolution calling you
[There's a] Revolution calling, Revolution calling
Gotta make a change, Gotta push, gotta push it on through


聽完了熱血的歌,下面來一首柔情似水的好歌”Silent Lucidity”,收錄在1990年的”Empire”專輯。我不想對這首歌做太多介紹,因為它是首可以治療傷痛的歌,所以不用太辛苦地分析,只需要在夜裡靜靜地聽、慢慢地感受,你一定會了解為何我說它可以「療傷」的。以下附上現場版:



SILENT LUCIDITY
Music and Lyrics by Chris DeGarmo

Hush now, don't you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You're lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game of life
So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over... or has it just begun?

There's a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run through in the night
Relax child, you were there
But only didn't realize it and you were scared
It's a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years
And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you hear and see
This magic new dimension

I- will be watching over you
I- am gonna help you see it through
I- will protect you in the night
I- am smiling next to you, in Silent Lucidity

-spoken during solo-
[Visualize your dream]
[Record it in the present tense]
[Put it into a permanent form]
[If you persist in your efforts]
[You can achieve dream control]
[Dream control]
[How's that then, better?]
[Hug me]

If you open your mind for me
You won't rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within
Come tumbling down, and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You're safe from the pain in the dream domain
A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize
Your dream's alive, you can be the guide but...

I- will be watching over you
I- am gonna help to see it through
I- will protect you in the night
I- am smiling next to you....

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