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城市是今天想分享的主題

從小我們偶而聽著不熟悉的英文歌,總是繚繞出一些美國城市的名子

重慶森林裡也有California Dreamin ; LA Boys也唱金斯頓的夢想

Alicia Keys近期讓我無法忘懷的Empire State of Mind也成功塑造了不能不提

不得不親眼見一面的紐約。

這首歌所提到的紐約,

不是電影慾望城市裡的紙醉金迷惑找尋真愛,而是- 夢幻無窮的希望。

什麼都可以擁有,可以創造! 一如歌詞所寫,There's nothing you can't do in NY.

 

 Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind x

Western Union -World of Betters Alicia Keys Highlights 

 

兩個版本,來自Alicia Keys i-hear radio清唱版本x

Alicia母校Professional Performing Arts School

 Western Union -World of Betters募款活動的版本 

歌詞:

New York New York
Grew up in a town that is famous as the place of movie scenes
Noise was always loud, there are sirens all around and the streets are mean
If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere, that's what they say
Seeing my face in lights or my name on marquees found down on Broadway

Even if it aint all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I'm from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!

On the avenue, there ain't never a curfew, ladies work so hard
Such a melting pot, on the corner selling rock, preachers pray to God
Hail a gypsy cab, takes me down from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge
Some will sleep tonight with a hunger for more than an empty fridge

I'm gonna make it by any means, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I'm from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!
One hand in the air for the big city,
Street lights, big dreams all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

(一) 單字解說: 

1. marquee : [mɑrˋki] 名詞 大螢幕

 

2. Broadway:[ˋbrɔd͵we] 名詞 百老匯

A street traversing the length of Manhattan, New York.

It is famous for its theatres, and its name has become synonymous with show business.

 

3. pocketful: [ˋpɑkɪt͵fʊl] 名詞/較口語的用法

口袋滿滿 很多的意思

 

4. gypsy cab 片語

無營業執照的計承車(只能在招呼站供客人召喚, 不得在街頭流動叫客)

 

5.Concrete jungle 片語 水泥叢林

 

6. curfew:  [ˋkɝfju] 名詞  晚鐘 /宵禁/戒嚴 

 

7.melting pot 片語

文化鎔爐 : New York is a melting pot of different cultures.

 

8. preacher: [ˋpritʃɚ]  名詞 傳教士

 

9.  hunger :  [ˋhʌŋgɚ] 形容詞 飢餓

 

() 小編附記

還記得Alicia Keys 的If I Ain't Got You歌曲旋律 蹦!

不到五秒間就擄獲我的心。

Empire State of Mind更是讓我每聽一次就再感動一次的歌曲

我很喜歡清唱版勝過Jay-Z版。這首歌的歌詞寫得真的讓每次聽都非常感動

在很多單字上也很值得注意,如我們中文常說的水泥叢林就是直接翻成Concrete jungle!

近年Alicia開始晉升公益事業以自己為借鏡,鼓勵許多青少年實踐夢想,

這次分享的 Western Union -World of Betters影片裡,

她也不斷的鼓勵母校的同學們,讓自己不停發光發熱,勇於活出自己。

繼續學習;繼續做夢! 小時候我們常作夢對吧!

長大後卻常被罵:少作夢了。……所以,當想做夢時,就來聽聽這首歌吧。

 

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