1977年時,David Bowie還是個年輕小子,有幸和一代爵士大師Bing Crosby合作一首歌。這首歌就是(Peace On Earth)The Little Drummer Boy。
Little Drummer Boy是Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati和Harry Simeone在1958年所作的,曲中超過21節的"pa rum pam pam", 是這首歌曲的特色。歌詞的意思是要敬祝耶穌基督的誕生。
即使歌詞簡單,旋律也不華麗,這首歌還是成為幾十年來的聖誕歌曲經典,有多人翻唱。最有名的版本,還是David Bowie和Bing Crosby合作的,由Little Drummer Boy當作開頭,加上其他旋律。這首歌曲在1977年錄製併發行為單曲,同年十月,Bing Crosby逝世。
歌曲有點長,因為前半是兩人的對話,對話也是滿有意思的,除了畫家常,還做了介紹。
對於這首曲子的介紹,我就不多講了。

Peace On Earth, The Little Drummer Boy

David: Hello...... you the new butler?
Bing: Hahaha! Well, it's been a long time since I've been the new anything!
David: What's happened to Hudson?
Bing: I guess he's changing.
David: Yeah, he does that a lot, doesn't he? Uhm... Oh, I'm David Bowie, I live
down the road.
Bing: Oh!
David: Sir Percival let's me use his piano when he's not around. He's not around, is
he?
Bing: I can honestly say I haven't seen him, but come on in! Come on in!
David: But uh...
Bing: Come on in!
David: Are you related to sir Percival?
Bing: Well, distantly...
David: Oh, you're not the poor relation from America, right?
Bing: Ha! Gee... news sure travels fast, doesn't it? I'm Bing.
David: Oh, I'm pleased to meet you. You're the one that sings, right?
Bing: Well, right or wrong, I sing either way.
David: Oh well, I sing too.
Bing: Oh good! What kind of singing?
David: Mostly the contemporary stuff. Do you uh... do you like modern music?
Bing: Oh, I think it's marvellous! Some of it really fine. But tell me, have you ever listened to any of the older fellows?
David: Oh yeah, sure. I like ah... John Lennon and the other one with eh...Harry
Nielson.
Bing: Mmm... you go back that far, huh?
David: Yeah, I'm not as young as I look.
Bing: Haha, none of us is these days!
David: In fact I've got a six year old son. And he really gets excited around the Christmas holiday-thing.
Bing: Do you go in for any of the traditional things in the eh Bowie household, Christmas time?
David: Oh yeah, most of them really. Presents, a tree, decorations, agents sliding down the chimney...
Bing: What??
David: I was just seeing if you were paying attention.
Bing: Haha!
David: Actually, our family do most of the things that other families do. We
sing the same songs.
Bing: Do you?
David: Oh, I even have a go at 'White Christmas'.
Bing: You do, uh!
David: And this one. This is my son's favourite. Do you know this one?
Bing: Oh, I do indeed, it's a lovely thing.

Come they told me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
A new-born king to see pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Our finest gifts we bring pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

Peace on Earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we'll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be
Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He'll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be
Can it be

Bing: Pretty thing, isn't it?








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