2012年8月28日 星期二

[MUSIC] 經典百老匯 -- 棋王 CHESS -- One Night In Bangkok



今天介紹的音樂劇是【Chess 棋王】, 故事描述兩位棋王間的鬥爭、復仇, 穿插著愛恨夾雜的三角戀情, 是音樂劇之王Tim Rice繼搖滾音樂劇【萬世巨星】與【阿根廷別為我哭泣】後的名作之一。在英國上演了三年之久, 但在百老匯卻是失敗收場, 後來數度捲土重來, 成績普通。

這首「One Night In Bangkok」不僅是在音樂劇中有名, 更拿到美國告示牌熱門單曲榜 No.3。所以應該很多人會以為是流行歌曲。我很小的時候常在 ICRT 上聽到, 呵。這首歌出現在第二幕的第一首歌。




參考歌詞

[THE AMERICAN]
 Bangkok, Oriental setting
 And the city don't know that the city is getting
 The creme de la creme of the chess world in a
 Show with everything but Yul Brynner

Time flies -- doesn't seem a minute
 Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
 All change -- don't you know that when you
 Play at this level there's no ordinary venue

It's Iceland -- or the Philippines -- or Hastings -- or --
 or this place!

[COMPANY]
 One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
 The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
 You'll find a god in every golden cloister
 And if you're lucky then the god's a she
 I can feel an angel sliding up to me

[THE AMERICAN]
 One town's very like another
 When your head's down over your pieces, brother

[COMPANY]
 It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity
 To be looking at the board, not looking at the city

[THE AMERICAN]
 Whaddya mean? Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town --

[COMPANY]
 Tea, girls, warm, sweet
 Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite

[THE AMERICAN]
 Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist
 Whose every move's among the purest
 I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

[COMPANY]
 One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
 Not much between despair and ecstasy
 One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
 Can't be too careful with your company
 I can feel the devil walking next to me

[THE AMERICAN]
 Siam's gonna be the witness
 To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
 This grips me more than would a
 Muddy old river or reclining Buddha

And thank God I'm only watching the game -- controlling it --

I don't see you guys rating
 The kind of mate I'm contemplating
 I'd let you watch, I would invite you
 But the queens we use would not excite you

So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage
 parlours --

[COMPANY]
 One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
 The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
 You'll find a god in every golden cloister
 A little flesh, a little history
 I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
 Not much between despair and ecstasy
 One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
 Can't be too careful with your company
 I can feel the devil walking next to me

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