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i'm only in it for the money

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)の詩です。

かの「租税は、われらが文明の対価」云々のOliver Wedell Holmes, Jr. 連邦最高裁判事の父親がオリヴァー・ウェンデル・ホームズ・シニアというわけです。
シニアの方は、医者としても成功し、詩人としても有名な人物であります。

アメリカという国は、一見新しい国のように見えますが、実際はそうではなく、かなり限られた少数の一族が色んな分野の影響力のある地位を占めていると言うのが実態ですね。

   BALLAD OF THE OYSTERMAN

T was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side,
His shop was just upon the bank, his boat was on the tide;
The daughter of a fisherman, that was so straight and slim,
Lived over on the other bank, right opposite to him.

It was the pensive oysterman that saw a lovely maid,
Upon a moonlight evening, a-sitting in the shade;
He saw her wave her handkerchief, as much as if to say,
"I'm wide awake, young oysterman, and all the folks away."

Then up arose the oysterman, and to himself said he,
"I guess I'll leave the skiff at home, for fear that folks should see;
I read it in a story-book, that, for to kiss his dear,
Leander swam the Hellespont,--and I will swim this here."

And he has leaped into the waves, and crossed the shining stream,
And he has clambered up the bank, all in the moonlight gleam;
Oh there were kisses sweet as dew, and words as soft as rain,--
But they have heard her father's step, and in he leaps again!

Out spoke the ancient fisherman,--"Oh, what was that, my daughter?"
"'T was nothing but a pebble, sir, I threw into the water."
"And what is that, pray tell me, love, that paddles off so fast?"
"It's nothing but a porpoise, sir, that's been a-swimming past."

Out spoke the ancient fisherman,--"Now bring me my harpoon!
I'll get into my fishing-boat, and fix that fellow soon."
Down fell the pretty innocent, as falls a snow-white lamb,
Her hair drooped round her pallid cheeks, like seaweed on a clam.

Alas for those two loving ones! she waked not from her swound,
And he was taken with the cramp, and in the waves was drowned;
But Fate has metamorphosed them, in pity of their woe,
And now they keep an oyster-shop for mermaids down below.


Fairport Convention は、Byrds の影響下に誕生したとSimon Nicol が歌っているのに気づきました。バーズを名指しはしていません。リッケンバッカーと5DのCrosbyの曲のギター・リフを入れているのですね。Box Set 収録です。

Ike & Tina Turner が、D&BLeon Russell たちを結ぶ位置にいたようです。
by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-12 09:30 | Poetry


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