【英语角】Butterfly Kisses:天使的守护者

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从呱呱坠地的一刻起,我们就得到了一份无比珍贵的礼物,那就是来自父母的无私的爱。人们常说“父爱如山,母爱如水”,但其实如高山般威严、深沉的父爱也有似水般细腻、柔情的一面。在孩童时期,在无数个哭闹不止的晚上,父亲会俯下身来看着我们,睫毛像蝴蝶翅膀一样轻拍在我们肥嘟嘟的小脸上,那疼爱的神情和温柔的“蝴蝶之吻”让我们对周围的一切不再恐惧,安然进入梦乡。


发行于1997年的歌曲Butterfly Kisses是一首父亲写给女儿的歌。美国乡村歌手Bob Carlisle在女儿Brooke16岁生日前夕创作了这首感人至深的歌曲。歌曲从一个父亲的角度回忆了女儿成长的点滴:第一次养宠物,第一次做蛋糕,每天清晨的父女拥抱,每天睡前父女之间专属的“蝴蝶之吻”。在父亲眼里,女儿仿佛是在一眨眼间长大的。到了“一半女孩、一半女人”的年龄,女儿开始热衷于化妆打扮,也有了自己的空间,和父亲也不再像从前那般亲密。时间如风般在指尖溜走,当年有着一头卷发、绑着发带的小女孩终究要长大成人,结婚生子。不远的将来,在女儿的婚礼上,父亲将握着女儿的手把她带到一个值得托付终生的男人面前,女儿也许还会像小时候一样,在爸爸的脸上留下一个“蝴蝶之吻”。


这首细腻动人的Butterfly Kisses一经推出便成为热门歌曲,位居美国《公告牌》(Billboard)排行榜榜首,并在1998年获得了格莱美最佳乡村歌曲奖。这首歌还被Raybon Brothers等众多歌手翻唱过。直到现在,这首父亲写给女儿的歌仍然是许多美国人举行婚礼时必不可少的经典曲目。


在名为“时光号”的列车上,父亲是拉着我们的手带我们上车的人,他将我们视为上天派来的天使,一生中的挚爱。列车不停向前,总会有一天,父亲眼里那个长不大的孩子将要展翅高飞,去车窗外寻找属于自己的风景,在人生的旅途里经历磨练,收获欢笑和泪水。然而,纷繁的世界中却有一种感情不会改变,那是父亲的爱。长大成人的我们不要忽略了身后那关切的目光和渐渐老去的身影,不要忘了拉着父亲的手一起看看我们这个新世界的风景,记得像儿时一样给父亲一个拥抱和一个“蝴蝶之吻”。



Butterfly Kisses


There’s two things I know for sure
She was sent here from heaven, and she’s Daddy’s little girl
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus, and I close my eyes
And I thank God for all of the joy in my life

Oh, but most of all, for …


Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin’ little white flowers all up in her hair
“Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it’s my first ride”
“I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried”
Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning
And butterfly kisses at night

Sweet sixteen today
She’s looking like her momma, a little more everyday
One part woman, the other part girl
To perfume and makeup, from ribbons and curls
Trying her wings out in a great big world
But I remember …

Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin’ little white flowers all up in her hair
“You know how much I love you, Daddy, but if you don’t mind
I’m only going to kiss you on the cheek this time”
Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve her love every morning
And butterfly kisses at night

All the precious time
Oh, like the wind, the years go by
Precious butterfly
Spread your wings and fly

She’ll change her name today
She’ll make a promise, and I’ll give her away
Standing in the bride room just staring at her
She asked me what I’m thinking, and I said “I’m not sure
I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl”
Then she leaned over and gave me …

Butterfly kisses, with her mama there
Stickin’ little flowers all up in her hair
“Walk me down the aisle, Daddy, it’s just about time”
“Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy?” “Daddy, don’t cry”
Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve her love every morning
And butterfly kisses


I couldn’t ask God for more. Man, this is what love is
I know I’ve gotta let her go, but I’ll always remember
Every hug in the morning, and butterfly kisses



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