誰是珍珠母?


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我一直很喜歡roxy音樂中的歌曲Mother of pearl。我一直想知道誰是珍珠之母。我搜索了翻譯後的歌曲文本,並使用了諸如"選定的歌曲"之類的譯文。我不是英語母語人士,因此我不確定這是否是英語中"珍珠母"的通稱。我找到了mother of pearl的維基百科頁面,但我不認為這首歌的意思。

那麼有人可以向我解釋這首歌中珍珠母的意思嗎?對於心愛的人來說,這只是一個普通的英語短語還是其他含義?

是否知道這首歌是專門獻給這首歌的人?

3

I believe that the context is meant to be ambiguous. In this case, there is clear allusion that they are referencing the drug cocaine, which has been called "Mother of Pearl", especially in the 70s. The lyrics seem to transition from or between the idea of a romantic lover and the drug throughout the song.

In short, the meaning is most likely both "cocaine" and "an amazing lady" in this song.


"Mother of Pearl" has a few meaning in English

As a material sometimes used in jewelry.

As a slang for cocaine.

As an exclamation:

Mother of pearl! Did you see that <insert something amazing here>?!

1

As a fan of Roxy Music since 1974, I believe the song is about Peace of Mind.

The first letters of Mother of Pearl backwards are PoM (Peace of Mind). Hence the lyrics:

"...Have you a future?
( . . . )
No no no no. (Yes)
I've been looking for something
I've always wanted
But was never mine.
But now I've seen that something
Just out of reach - glowing -
Very Holy grail".

To take it a step further, some believe that The Holy Grail is actually a state of mind/experience. In a later song on Country Life, we find:

"Now I know
There's a future
For all of us.
Not so long ago
I was so scared.
Then out of the blue
Love came rushing in.
Out of the sky
Came the sun.
Out of left field
Came a lucky day
Out of the blue
No more pain..."