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Wednesday 13-Apr-2016
綠袖子

「宜家,請大家欣賞由倫敦交響樂團演奏家傳戶曉嘅英國民謠《綠袖子》。」低沉的音韻配上柔和的旋律,《綠袖子》在大氣電波中再一次和各位考生渡過漫長卻又「唔夠時間做呀!」的一個早上。



不論你是本屆DSE考生,上一代的會考生還是高考生,這首播足廿一年,連你父母都可能聽過的《綠袖子》一定是這一輩人的集體回憶。這首經典英國民謠,是每一份公開考試聆聽卷的主題曲,也是一些考生心目中的「死亡之歌」。《綠袖子》一出,即是要考試;要考試,係人都怕。



雖然此曲對香港人來說是考試之歌,但對於作曲人亨利八世來說,《綠袖子》比考試更悲慘。



《綠袖子》的起源,至今都未有一個確實的答案。但較為廣傳的,則是英王亨利八世於十六世紀作給愛人安妮皇后的「追女之歌」。



也許相愛很難,就難在其實相方各有各寄望怎麼辦?當時,本來已有家室的亨利八世與皇后身邊的女侍官安妮偷情。亨利八世想改娶安妮,但根據宗教傳統,再婚便要犧牲王位,於是亨利八世便刻意拖延著安妮。安妮因此憤而離開亨利,而《綠袖子》就是在那時寫成的。



在當時的英國,「綠袖子」一詞有著妓女的隱喻,令人難免將曲中敘述的國王與民女相戀一事與亨利八世和安妮之戀拉上關係。亦有另一說表示,「在自己的衣袖上套上情人的袖子」是表達愛意的方式,令「綠袖子」一詞語帶雙關、甚至三關。



而為何英國有這麼多民謠古典,偏偏選中《綠袖子》這首代表著不倫戀的樂曲?考評局表示主要原因是倫敦交響樂團版本的《綠袖子》旋律柔和,能舒緩學生的緊張情緒,同時讓學生認得自己沒有「tune錯台」。而時間長度亦十分適合(約五分鐘),便於計算,於是一直沿用至今。



其實,無論考評局播甚麼歌曲,都會成為「死亡樂曲」,只因歌曲與考試有關。與其說與《綠袖子》有關,不如話考評局是「死亡之吻」。所以,不只《綠袖子》,還有Chris Wong、杏壇中學、香城、一心、有容等等…一講就打冷震。



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