我思故我在

COGITO ERGO SUM

 

法國哲學家笛卡兒說了一句流行千古的話︰「我思故我在」(COGITO ERGO SUM),照字面上的意思來看,便是「因為我能思想,所以我是活著的」,這句話有幾個不同的含意。

 

1.          一個人只要具有思考的能力,就不能說死亡,跟時下流行的醫學術語「腦死」,有相互照映的功效。

2.          生命的價值在思考,而非吃喝拉撒睡,雖然兩者都是活著的狀態,然而在哲學的角度來看顯然「思想」技高一籌。

3.          肯定自己。由於這句話使用了兩個「我」,所以有人說這是一種「唯我主義」,但不管是什麼主義,就是滿滿的自信心。

4.          在人群中,因為我能思考,所以不能被忽略,這也是我扮演一個角色的的意義。

5.          我為什麼要活在世界上呢?生命的目的到底在哪?因為我的思考,所以我有存在的意義。

 

拉拉雜雜說了一堆,其實從哲學的角度來看這句話還有其他的意義,真是又玄又麻煩,笛卡兒這句話看來學問頗深,他「現代哲學之父」的名號可不是白叫的。不過在更久以前,早有另一位哲學家奧斯丁說過類似的話,就是「我犯錯,所以我存在」(Si Fallor, Sum),因此,偉大的人也有可能抄襲別人的文章,俗云「天下文章一大抄」,其來有自。

 

不管如何,我們也來仿效一番,讓這句話有更多的變化。

 

 

「我思念,所以我存在」

Think Of Laura | Christopher Cross

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=28477

想念一個心愛的對象是何等喜悅,她的笑容與她的眼神,在我心中像似完美的雕像,縱使沒有一句話,沒有一次相遇,依然想念她。白天她隨著街頭的車水馬龍不斷地經過,夜堣あ足P星在天空閃爍,我知道她就在身邊,只是安靜沉默地微笑。我存在總是想念著她。

 

Christopher Cross 的一首抒情好歌,多聽幾次,能把眼淚融在喜悅的感傷堙C

 

 

「我歌唱,所以我存在」

Sing | Carpenters

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=8794

唱一首歌,把感情寄託在聲音的波動堙A向大地散播,向人們訴說。讓小溪漂浮著我的嗓音,流呀流到大海堙A跳動的音符不斷地從水面躍出,奔騰在天空中,奔騰在柳樹枝頭,讓世界聽到我唱這首歌,我存在人群中,美好的旋律圍繞在身上,你何妨忽略我,但莫忘了我的歌。

 

Carpenters 耳熟能詳的老歌,別忘了把情感跟著它揮灑。

 

 

「我不在,所以我存在」

Wouldn't I Be Someone | Bee Gees

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=18640

失戀絕對是難以忘懷的,但我該如何離開它?我陷入哀傷的回憶,怎麼走也走不出那個圈圈,似乎唯一的方法,就是我不再是我,讓痛苦的我留在那兒,另外一個我重新開始面對生命,憂傷的我,請你哭泣與徬徨,不要離開也不要快樂,你代表我生命中黑暗的一角,永遠在夜裡悲啼。

 

1973, Bee Gees 被忽略的絕佳的抒情曲,也是我最喜歡的歌之一,別忘了多聽兩次,讓你的兩個我相互體會和眺望。

 

 

「我舞蹈,所以我存在」

You Never Can Tell | Jerome Patrick Holan & Chuck Berry

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=54351

有時候,爲了一點點的知覺,何不來段輕快的扭扭舞?甩開那數不清的煩惱,拋棄昨天的悲情劇情,讓此時此刻陶醉在跳躍的音符中。左右擺動的雙手其實是兩條奔放的帶魚,纏繞著你的身軀搖晃呀搖晃,眼光從指間湧現,看著人世間隱藏的故事,你逐漸地上升,繽紛燦爛的舞台燈光閃爍在臉上,脫去鞋子,赤著腳踩在平滑的地板上,誰說我只會木訥地停留在人間?

 

你一定聽過這首愉快地電影主題曲,藉著飛舞,給你自己一個存在的感覺如何?

 

 

「我說,所以我存在」

I Am ... I Said | Neil Diamond

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=34517

如果你出外奮鬥多時,成了國王皇后,想回家嗎?

 

回到出生、長大、但此時卻變得陌生的家,你進了門,一對對的眼神堙A你看到的是喜悅、榮耀,你渴望已久的親情和關懷卻付之闕如,光鮮亮麗的物質吸走了人們的目光,虛偽堆成了讚美,冷漠造出了索求,兒時的泥巴早已化成灰燼,我的家呢?

 

躺在高級皮製沙發堙A寬廣挑高的大廳顯得冰冷,你的努力換來你的孤寂,人說遠處有個叫做故鄉的地方,那裡的臉龐佈滿皺紋與汗水,人和人之間只有些微的距離,這兒卻都是用虛偽堆成的大樓,冷漠造出了車輛和首飾,這堣ㄛO我溫暖的家,我的家呢?

 

在新世界裡坐如針氈,在老家依然坐立難安,跟自己說幾句話,才知道我始終存在,只是我的家卻早已消逝無蹤。

 

Neil Diamond 的歌總是充滿意境,難怪成為受歡迎的巨星,他的演唱會溫馨感性,聽眾大都來自彬彬有禮的家庭,聽聽這首現場的曲子,彷彿置身在雲霧山林中。

 

 

「我退讓,所以我存在」

Put It There | Paul McCartney

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=13023

人與人之間都難免有意見不合的時候,愈常相處摩擦也就愈多,爲了大家和諧愉快,我不妨多讓些,退一步海闊天空,何必在小事上斤斤計較?不過話說回來,這種事情說的容易做起來難,處處讓步顯得懦弱,強弱拿捏到好處沒人做得到,唯一可以獲得的,是在讓步時產生的自我優越感。

 

男人通常都會讓女人,為什麼?因為男強女弱,所以讓步反而顯得風度,如果女人讓男人就不好看啦,男人會變得粗俗沒教養,女人也會成為強人,雖然說社會風氣不太一樣,兩性平等的觀念漸植人心,但是男人繼續保持禮讓的態度也未嘗不可,至少,讓一讓能感覺「好大的」一個存在。

 

Paul McCartney 的作品以搖滾歌居多,這首卻是輕快的小曲,簡單的旋律和歌詞,有如沐春風的感受。

 

 

「我孤獨,所以我存在」

Lonely People | America

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=27534

你是一個人嗎?所謂「一個人」是指心堛漫t單,生活中必定有許多圍繞在身邊的生命,然而心堜珝Q的,有誰能瞭解?有誰願意貢獻一個可靠的肩膀讓你依賴?望著人來人往的街頭,不知道下一步應該走向何方,也不明白雙手可以擁抱哪一個軀體,有時候,你只想躺下來,天空的星辰不再是遠方的景色,而是你的化身,你只是孤獨的角色之一,一閃一閃的微光,不是我的照耀,是我無法開口的眼淚。

 

Lonely People 有著充分的孤獨滋味,它告訴我們不要放棄,不要沮喪,可是談何容易?我曉得我在世界裡扮演一個無足輕重的砂礫,我只是不甘心我是如此的寂寞。

 

 

「我害怕,所以我存在」

Rock & Roll Lullaby | B. J. Thomas

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=23377

也許在小時候,也許已經長大,那深遠的黑暗,那飢餓的日子,甚至暴力的威脅,讓我無時無刻躲在陰暗的角落,我不敢看遠處的山峰,也不敢觸摸身旁的夥伴,緊閉著雙眼,夜晚是如此淒黑,大海也無限深廣,我身在其中動也不動,深怕露出痕跡遭遇無止境的迫害。

 

媽媽的懷抱最溫暖也最安全,可是媽媽也害怕,她把我的恐懼留給了她自己,吃力地面對妖精野獸的荒野。

 

這首歌述說一個16歲的小媽媽抱著寶寶,唱著輕快的催眠曲哄著他入睡,「不要害怕不要流淚」,媽媽的無力感卻表露無遺。歌曲好聽,歌詞寓意也深遠,值得再三回味。

 

 

「我愛,所以我存在」

Forever | Beach Boys

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=12787

曾有人問我,要怎麼樣才能得到最強烈、最難忘的愛情,我回答說︰「The love is mine.」,意思是愛情不出在對方,也不出在美好的環境,而是在自己,想到得到最棒的愛情,就自己去愛吧。

 

別人愛你,你的感覺只是快樂或滿意,送你鮮花禮物,你只認為世界是美好的,但那份刻骨銘心的愛,卻都在對方而不是在你。你要去愛她,去關心、去思念,無論對方給你什麼樣的回報都無所謂,因為這份愛情你早已緊抱在心中了,讓你朝思暮想,永生難忘。愛情不需要價值,也不需要智慧,做了就是你的,如果別人說你不值得、不聰明都沒關係,你把那份愛埋在心中,此生此世它都是最完美的回憶。

 

談情說愛的歌曲太多了,選這首 Forever 的目的在解釋一份永恆的愛情,羅大佑在「戀曲1980」奡蕃﹛J「愛情這東西我明白,但永遠是什麼?」,他的想法也是大多數人的想法,不過如果轉個圈,把愛情放在心裡面,永恆可能就不是虛幻了,想到心愛的人,我隨時可以在心裡面說一千句一萬句「我愛你」,愛情永遠是我的。

 

 

「我看我,所以我存在」

Garden Party | Ricky Nelson

http://www.muzland.com/music/music_listen.php?recordno=46033

某一天,我走到往日的途徑,望著四周的景色,綠油油的稻田蓋了高樓大廈,雜貨店變成賣場,嬉戲的寬廣街道停滿車輛成了擁擠的巷弄,路邊打光腳流鼻涕的小孩們早已不見蹤影,取而代之的是大腹便便的中年男女,我倚靠著路燈,呆若木雞,為什麼,這個世界要改變?

 

我不敢照鏡子,知道當年那留小平頭的娃兒早已出現了皺紋,我哼起「每條大街小巷」,卻被沙啞蒼老的嗓音打斷了興致,我想拿起竹籬笆的棍子飛舞著,哪有竹籬笆?哪有棍子?

 

Garden Party 是敘述一個人在宴會上表演,聽眾都是老朋友,可是沒有人認得他,他也幾乎認不出那些往日的眼神,既然世界改變了,我也只好跟著變。柔和的曲調與輕快的節奏,從小便是我最喜歡的歌。

 


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Think Of Laura | Christopher Cross

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Every once in a while
I'd see her smile
She'd turn my day around
A girl with those eyes
Could stare through the lies
And see what your heart was saying
Think of Laura but laugh don't cry
I know she'd want it that way, hey, yeah
When you think of Laura
Laugh don't cry
I know she'd want it that way

A friend of a friend
A friend 'til the end
That's the kind of girl she was
Taken away so young
Taken away without a warning

Think of Laura but laugh don't cry
I know she'd want it that way, hey, yeah
When you think of Laura
Laugh don't cry
I know she'd want it that way

I know you and you're here
In every day we live
I know her and well she's here
I can feel her when I sing

Hey, Laura (Laura)
Where are you now
Are you far away from here
I don't think so
I think you're here
Taking our tears away

Think of Laura but laugh don't cry
I know she'd want it that way, hey, yeah
When you think of Laura
Well, laugh don't cry
I know she'd want it that way, hey, yeah
Well, I know she'd want it that way
(Want it that way)
Hey, Laura (Laura)
Hey, Laura
I know she'd want it that way
Hey, Laura (Laura)
Hey, Laura
I know you'd want it that way
Hey, Laura

 

 

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Sing | Carpenters

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Sing, sing a song

Sing out loud

Sing out strong

Sing of good things not bad

Sing of happy not sad

 

(*) sing, sing a song

Make it simple to last

Your whole life long

Don’t worry that it’s not

Good enough for anyone

Else to hear

Just sing, sing a song

 

La la la la la

La la la la la la...

 

Sing, sing a song

Let the world sing along

Sing of love there could be

Sing for you and for me

Repeat (*)

 

 

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Wouldn't I Be Someone | Bee Gees

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Maybe there's a reason why we broke up
I could dedicate my life to something new
But I must have been asleep but then I woke up
Working out why I was still with you
All the things I wish I could have been

(*)

Wouldn't I be someone, someone

And I would be respected

In the prime of my life , I'll do ev'rything right

I'll begin

Wouldn't I be something, something

I would get a reputation

In the prime of my life , I'll do ev'rything right

I'll begin

 

(Break)

 

Midnight stars are shining on my shoeshine
Telling me the things I'm gonna be
Now the hurts all gone , I've pushed them all behind me
And the world is gonna fall in love with me
All the things I wish I could have been

 

(Repeat *)

 

 

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I Am ... I Said | Neil Diamond

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L.A.'s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is 'lay back'
Palm trees grow, and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin' about
Making my way back

 

Well I'm New York City born and raised
But nowadays, I'm lost between two shores
L.A.'s fine, but it ain't home
New York's home, but it ain't mine no more

 

"I am," I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am," I cried
"I am," said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

 

Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein' a king
And then became one
Well except for the names and a few other changes
If you talk about me, the story's the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I've tried, but it won't let me go
And I'm not a man who likes to swear
But I never cared for the sound of being alone

 

"I am," I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am," I cried
"I am," said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

 

 

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Put It There | Paul McCartney

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Give me your hand I'd like to shake it
I want to show you I'm your friend.
You'll understand if I can make it clear
It’s all that matters in the end.

Put it there if it weighs a ton,
That's what the father said to his younger son.
I don't care if it weighs a ton,
As long as you and I are here, put it there.
Long as you and I are here, put it there.

If there's a fight I'd like to fix it,
I hate to see things go so wrong.
The darkest night and all it's mixed emotions,
Is getting lighter sing a song.

 

 

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Lonely People | America

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This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
And ride that highway in the sky

This is for all the single people
Thinking that love has left them dry
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
You never know until you try

Well, I'm on my way
Yes, I'm back to stay
Well, I'm on my way back home (hit it)

This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
And never take you down or never give you up
You never know until you try

 

 

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Rock & Roll Lullaby | B. J. Thomas

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She was just sixteen and all alone
When I came to be
So we grew up together
My mama child and me
Now things were bad and she was scared
But whenever I would cry
She'd calm my fears and dry my tears
With a rock and roll lullaby
And she would sing sha na na na na na na na...
It will be all right sha na na na na na....
Sha na na na na na na na...
Now just hold on tight
 
Sing it to me mama (mama mama ma)
Sing it sweet and clear, oh!
Mama let me hear that old rock and roll lullaby
 
We made it through the lonely days
But Lord the nights were long
And we’d dream of better moments
When mama sang her song
Now I can't recall the words at all
It don't make sense to try
'Cause I just knew lots of love came thru

In that rock and roll lullaby

 

 

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Forever | Beach Boys

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If every word I said

Could make you laugh

I'd talk forever (together my love)
I ask the sky just what we had
Woo It shone forever (together my love)

If the song I sing to you

Could fill your heart with joy
I'd sing forever (together my love)

Forever

Forever

I've been so happy loving you

 

Together my love


Let the love I have for you
Live in your heart

And beat forever (together my love)
Forever
Forever
I've been so happy loving you

 

If every word I said

Could make you laugh

I'd talk forever

 

 

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Garden Party | Ricky Nelson

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I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party they all knew my name
But no one recognized me I didn't look the same

But it's all right now
I learned my lesson well
You see you can't please ev'ryone so
You got to please yourself

People came for miles around everyone was there
Yoko brought her walrus there was magic in the air
And over in the corner much to my surprise
Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan's shoes wearing his disguise

I played them all the old songs I thought that's why they came
No one heard the music we didn't look the same
I said hello to Mary Lou she belongs to me
When I sang a song about a honky-tonk it was time to leave

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode
Playing guitar like a ring an' a bell and lookin' like he should
If you gotta play at garden parties I wish you a lot a' luck
But if memories were all I sang I'd rather drive a truck