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老歌亂談(1104)Mercedes Benz

此曲為美國女歌手Janis Joplin於1970年8月在紐約巡演,等時間上台前在切斯特港( Port Chester ) 的一間酒吧與詞曲作家的朋友Bob Neuwirth的即興之作,而Joplin的靈感是來自於聽到Michael McClure所寫的一句歌詞:Come on, God, and buy me a Mercedes Benz。

歌詞主要分為三段,分別是希望上帝幫她買一輛賓士汽車、一台彩色電視機及小鎮的夜晚,另歌詞中的「Dialing for Dollars」,是一個隨機撥打電話的電視節目,觀眾若即時接到電話並說出「密碼 / 語」即可獲獎。Joplin後來進錄音室錄製此曲時曾說了段開場白「我想作一首具有重大社會和政治意義的歌曲,它是這樣的 ~ 」。其實這首歌是對金錢、物質是否會帶來幸福的價值觀的批判,對Joplin來說,出身於中產階級的家庭,成名之後所帶來的財富並未讓她感到快樂 ( 反而是酗酒與吸毒?與她有緋聞牽連的多達27人,但似乎未有固定的感情摯友?),且Joplin當時應該是認同「嬉皮式」無拘束生活的思想,故應是想藉此曲來嘲諷那些一昧追求物慾的人。

同年10月,Joplin在錄製此曲後的第3天,被發現死在旅館房間的地板上,死因顯然是服用海洛因過量,也可能與同時喝酒有關,僅享年27歲,也成了「27 俱樂部」的一員 ( 其他也在27歲過世的成員有滾石樂團的Brian Jones、知名吉他手Jimi Hendrix、Door樂團的Jim Morrison等數十位 )。Joplin並未擁有賓士車,而是有一輛保時捷356,原色為「海豚灰」,但很快地被她換成了「迷幻」的塗裝。


左至右:Jimi Hendrix、Jim Morrison、Janis Joplin & Brian Jones

Janis Joplin & Porsche 356

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I'd like to do a song
Of great social and political import
It goes like this

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
I worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color tv?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me
I wait for delivery each day until three
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color tv?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?
I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down
Show me you love me, and buy the next round
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?

Everybody!
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
So oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

That's it!