Black Swan Song by Athlete

從2005年"Tourist"的"Wires"開始認識Athlete,超愛那張專輯的,每首都很順我的耳。

最近聽到了他們的新歌"Black Swan Song",才發現從2005到今年,中間他們還又出了Beyond the Neighbourhood (2007)。

這張我可是徹徹底底沒印象(XD)。

好在最近因為買了HTC Hero後,有免費KKbox可用,上去找來了聽。聽過一次,初步印象還是Tourist讚。

今年八月他們出了最新的專輯"Black Swan",主打歌之一,就是這首黑天鵝之歌。

這是主唱Joel Pott以他祖父John Pott少校於二次世界大戰時參與的Arnhem一役為背景,寫成的歌。
MV拍得很棒,很符合歌詞的意境,應該也有某種程度的魔幻寫實吧。

I waded through the darkest fields you’d imaging
Your pretty face sketched on the barrel of my gun

And I know you’ll be the first to welcome me
when I climb into eternity oh, oh
Oh, oh

The forest always kept us warm
But it diesn’t feel like home any more
And I know there’s bigger mountains where you are
And a better climate for my heart oh, oh
Oh, oh

I’ve been racing the clock
And I’ve run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms

Though many battles I have won
I lost too many friends I could count on
And I know
They’ll be the first to welcome me
When I parachute into eternity oh, oh
Oh, oh

I’ve been racing the clock
And I’ve run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms

And the rain beat down on the rooftops
But there was no sound
There was no sound
And all my friends and family carried me
They carried me home
Carried me home

And the rain beat down on the rooftops
But there was no sound
There was no sound
And all my friends and family carried me
They carried me home
Carried me home

I’ve been racing the clock
And I’ve run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms

Oh i’ve been racing the clock
And I’ve run out of steam
I am ready for my final symphony
Oh my body is weak
But my soul is still strong
I am ready to rest in your arms oh, oh

Album: Black Swan

Year: 2009

網路上還找到另一段小波特回到當年老波特戰場的影片
Black Swan Story – Athlete – (43 mins) from Richard Edkins on Vimeo.  http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7475133&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

至於歌名為何叫做黑天鵝咧?
Athlete的主唱說,靈感應源自於Nassim Nicholas Taleb"黑天鵝效應(The Black Swan Theory)"這本書

黑天鵝理論是這樣來的,以前的歐洲只有白天鵝,歐洲人從沒見過黑天鵝,「所有的天鵝都是白的」就成了一個沒有人懷疑的事實。
一直到人們在澳洲發現黑天鵝,歐洲人的想法從此一百八十度翻轉,黑天鵝也變成了不吉利的象徵。
這種翻轉,會造成人們心理很劇烈的震盪,因為「所有的天鵝都是白的」有數萬隻的白天鵝作證,但是要推翻它,只需要一隻黑天鵝就足夠了。
也就是說,人們所習慣相信的信念、所樂觀看待的事件,有可能是錯的,而我們從未思考過「它是錯的」所造成的後果。
人總是只相信他所想要的、他所預期的發展,以致於忽略了世界往往不按照我們的期待走,等到發生了一出乎意料的重大事件,我們原本賴以支撐的假設,便一夕之間全部崩潰(以上摘自阿特拉斯的部落格:全球金融風暴的蝴蝶效應與黑天鵝理論)。

Joel Pott說,書上所言,生命中總是充滿了不可預期的變化,不管好或壞。就如同他們六年來的生活,充滿不可預期的高低起伏,不論是樂團或是個別成員,都經歷了生活中的喜樂悲傷。

相關連結:
Athlete官網
Battle of Arnhem

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