Midori Mitamura

三田村光土里

Free As a Bird   

 

Sep 7. 2018


ギャラリーのオーナーのマニュエルが、今回のわたしの作品展
”If not here, then I’m somehwere else"に寄せて、ビートルズの
”Free As a Bird”という歌を引用してくれた。

ビートルズが1970年に解散後、ジョン・レノンが1980年に亡くなり、その後発見されたジョンの録音テープを元に他の3人のメンバーが完成させて1995年に発表した、言わばビートルズ最後の曲。

もともと録音が悪い上に、抽象的な歌詞にポールが解釈を加え、和訳の意訳もかなり様々で、ジョンの真意は聴くものそれぞれに委ねられる。

わたしの解釈は、
(ヨーコとの)甘い生活はいつの間にか、なりをひそめ、鳥のように自由になりたい。自由だった時期もあったのにね。けど、やっぱり家(ヨーコ)が自分の帰る場所、鳥のように自由になるなんて二の次さ。


という、倦怠期の自虐的な葛藤を描いた一曲。もちろん、ヨーコでなく、ビートルズのメンバーだと解釈するとまた違った趣がある。

 

でも、こういうジョンの現実的な私生活について憶測しないで、純粋に自分の身に当てはめると、せつなくなって涙がほろり。
わたしの自由は頼りなくて、甘美なようでさびしくて、ふわふわ漂っている。
どこかに帰りたくて、必死で飛んでいるけど、どこに帰ればいいのかもわかってない。きっと帰りたい場所もないのでしょう。

 

きっと自由な鳥などいない。  

人は自由を求めて、自由を恐れるのでしょう。

 

Manuel Ojeda quoted a song of the Beatles  ”Free As a Bird” for my exhibition at his gallery ”If not here, then I’m somewhere else".

The Beatles broke up in 1970, John Lennon died in 1980, and then they found this song in the tape he left. Three other members completed this song and was released in 1995. This means the song was the last song the Beatles produced all together.

Although the tape was poor quality, Paul added his interpretation into abstract lyrics. What is more, Japanese translations are also interpreted into various expressions. The true meanings of what John wanted to say was up to each listener.

My interpretation is,

Even though the sweet life (with Yoko) had gone and he wants to be free as a bird, his home (Yoko) is the place to go back to. To be free as a bird is of secondary importance.

It sounds like relating to self‐ridicule about going through a rough patch. However, if it was relating to the Beatles, we would enjoy other interpretations.

On the other hand, listening to this music without concerning John's private, when it came to my own life it moved me to tears sentimentally. My freedom is floating unstably. It seems sweet but lonesome.

I'm flying back to somewhere  as desiring going home. But  I don't know where it is.

I'm flying back to somewhere as desiring going home. But I don't know where it is. I may not know where I want to go back to. 

I'm flying back to somewhere  as desiring going home. But  I don't know where it is.
I may not know where I want to go back to.
I may not know where is the place I want to go back to.

No birds were free.
We are afraid of being free while looking for freedom.

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