“a wonderful world” “美好的世界”

(注:中文在英文下面)

I was reading a book in the train, trying to ignore the unescapable noises, when I heard a man singing. His voice was almost devoured by the roaring train, but I heard him singing. I heard words like “what a wonderful world.”

I turned to where the singing came from and saw this man in a suit with a bow tie, holding a recorder and a bag. He was singing hard. Then he took out a litte bucket from his bag and reached out to the passengers. Not many people gave tips. I felt sorry for him and gave him a few quarters.

The train stopped.

He walked toward the door.

It suddenly occurred to me that I might want to photograph him.  I followed him to the next compartment and asked if I could photograph him. He was very friendly about it.

His name is Robert Hilton and he lives in uptown Manhattan. He has been singing in the metro for ten years, mostly on R train between Queens and manhattan. He makes $50 on a good day, $15 on a bad day. He only sings one song in the train -”What A wonderful World,” because he found passengers respond to it: People are more willing to give tips if they are told they live in a wonderful world.

地铁里轰隆隆的。乘客都没精打采,木然的,谁也不看谁。我低头读着沈从文,忽然隐约听到有歌声。歌声几乎被火车声淹没,也并不那么动听,但总归胜于轰隆隆的火车声。我朝歌声的方向张望,看到一个男人穿着破旧但整齐的西服,打着领结,专心又无奈地唱歌。歌里不断重复着“多么美好的世界!”

唱完,歌手从一个黑色布袋拿出小桶一只,伸向各个乘客。给钱的人很少。我挺同情他的——怎么着人家还是靠自己的努力挣钱,就给了几个硬币。

当火车停下,歌手走向车门。我忽然想给他拍照。于是跟着他到了另一个车厢。

歌手名叫Robert Hilton,十年来一直在纽约地铁卖唱。生意好时挣50美金,不好时挣十来二十美金。他在地铁只重复唱一首歌:《多美好的世界》,因为他发现乘客只对这首歌有些反应——大概内心太渴望世界变得美好吧。

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