Tembang Rujukan

 

Seekor burung tidak berkicau karena punya sebuah jawaban, dia berkicau karena punya sebuah lagu.

Maya Angelou ~

Nina, Pretty Ballerina

Lagu ini dikeluarkan tahun 1973 oleh ABBA, sebuah grup band-penyanyi dari Swedia. Selama kurun hampir satu dekade (1972-1982) grup yang terdiri Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson dan Anni-Frid Lyngstad (nama grup diambil dari huruf pertama personil-personilnya) berkiprah menghibur dunia dengan banyak hit-nya. Grup mereka menjadi salah satu pelopor grup daratan Eropa yang menembus pasar negara-negara berbahasa Inggris (yang umumnya didominasi grup Inggris dan Amrik).

Nina, Pretty Balerina kalah populer dibanding lagu Ring Ring dari album yang sama (juga bertajuk Ring Ring). Tapi buatku pribadi lagu ini lebih menyentuh jiwa karena syairnya lebih bercerita dan lebih bermakna diimbangi dengan lagu yang manis melodious yang menjadi ciri grup ini.

Every day in the morning on her way to the office
You can see as she catches a train
Just a face among a million faces
Just another woman with no name
Not the girl you’d remember but she’s still something special
If you knew her I am sure you’d agree
‘Cause I know she’s got a little secret
Friday evening she turns out to be…

Nina, pretty ballerina
Now she is the queen of the dancing floor
This is the moment she’s waited for
Just like Cinderella
(just like Cinderella)
Nina, pretty ballerina
Who would ever think she could be this way
This is the part that she likes to play
But she knows the fun would go away
If she would play it every day

So she’s back every morning to her work at the office
And another week to live in a dream
And another row of early mornings
In an almost never-ending stream
Doesn’t talk very often, kind of shy and uncertain
Everybody seems to think she’s a bore
But they wouldn’t know her little secret
What her Friday night would have in store…

Nina, pretty ballerina
Now she is the queen of the dancing floor
This is the moment she’s waited for
Just like Cinderella
(just like Cinderella)
Nina, pretty ballerina
Who would ever think she could be this way
This is the part that she likes to play
She would like to play it every day

Nina, pretty ballerina
Now she is the queen of the dancing floor
This is the moment she’s waited for
Just like Cinderella
(just like Cinderella)
Nina, pretty ballerina
Who would ever think she could be this way
This is the part that she likes to play

  

 

 

Scarlet Ribbons

Lagu ini digubah oleh Evelyn Danzig (lagu) dan Jack Segal (lirik) di tahun 1949. Sejumlah penyanyi pernah menyanyikannya: banyak penyanyi lawas macam Willie Nelson, Harry Belafonte, Perry Como, dan Jim Reeves tapi juga penembang anyar seperti Sinead O’Connor.

Pertama kali aku kenal lagu ini (awal 70-an), anehnya, justru lewat lirik yang dengan manisnya membangun cerita. (Aku lihat liriknya dari buku lirik seorang tante yang dibuat sendiri, ditulis tangan dengan rapi dan cantik). Ceritanya itulah yang ‘menyihir’-ku, khususnya di bagian akhir yang begitu ‘misterius’ yet puitis.

Ketika beberapa tahun kemudian aku kenal lagunya, makin kepincut-lah aku karena susunan nadanya juga bagus punya.

Silakan menyimak kisah ajaib tembang ini!

I peeked in to say goodnight
And then I heard my child in prayer:
” . . . and for me some scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for my hair . . . .”

All the stores were closed and shuttered
All the streets were dark and bare
In our town, no scarlet ribbons
Not one ribbon for her hair

Through the night my heart was aching
Just before the dawn was breaking

I peeked in and on her bed
In gay profusion lying there
Lovely ribbons, scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair

If I live to be one hundred
I will never know from where
Came those lovely scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair

 

 

I Just Called to Say I love You

Lagu ini ditulis, baik syair mau pun lagunya, oleh Stevie Wonder (meskipun mitra Stevie, Lee Garrett, menyatakan bahwa lagu itu adalah karya Lee). Dikeluarkan di tahun 1984. Iringan musiknya, yang didominasi oleh synthesizer, sempat dikritik habis oleh pengamat musik.

Aku menyimak lagu ini pertama kali ketika menonton filem Woman in Red salah satu filem komedi Gene Wilder (eh . . . kemana komedian satu ini ya?).

Nada lagunya manis, masuk dalam rentang ‘oke’-ku. Tapi yang paling nyantel di benak adalah liriknya. Baris-baris lirik itu, secara cerdik, menerjemahkan occasion per bulan (dari Januari sampai Desember) sehingga pesan lagunya, yang ‘mengajarkan’ bahwa cinta mesti disampaikan setiap ada kesempatan tanpa nunggu occasion tertentu, menohok tepat di benak pendengarnya.

No New Year’s day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring
No song to sing
In fact here’s just another ordinary day

No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
But what it is, though old so new,
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do.

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

 

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  1. Love ‘I just called to say I love you’ song Pak… (akhirnya aku tuliskan juga di kolom comment, bukan sekedar ku-email hehehe)
    sangat indah, sederhana tapi mengena 🙂

    Aku hampir yakin penuh memang tembang ini yang mengena di hatimu. 3 kali aku write dan re-write berbasis lagu ini, 3 kali kamu muncul ke permukaan dan menanggapi 😀 . Semoga ada yang lain yang mengena di hati sehingga kemunculanmu lebih sering di sini, antaranya.


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