Don't Cry Joni
Jimmy please say you'll wait for meI'll grow up some day you'll seeSaving all my kisses just for youSigned with love forever true
Joni was the girl who lived next doorI've known her I guess ten years or moreJoni wrote me a note one dayAnd this is what she had to say Jimmy please say you'll wait for me I'll grow up some day you'll see Saving all my kisses just for you Signed with love forever true
Slowly I read her note once moreThen I went over to the house next door Her teardrops fell like rain that day When I told Joni what I had to say
Joni Joni please don't cry You'll forget me by and by You're just 15 I'm 22 And Joni I just can't wait for you
Soon I left our little hometown Got me a job and try to settle downBut these words kept pounding my memoryThe words that Joni said to me
I packed my clothes and I caught a planeI had to see Joni I had to explainHow my heart was filled with her memoriesAnd ask my Joni if she'd marry me I run all the way to the house next door But things weren't like they were before My teardrops fell like rain that dayWhen I heard what Joni had to say
Jimmy Jimmy please don't cryYou'll forget me by and byIt's been five years since you've goneJimmy I married your best friend Jone
1这首乡村经典“Don't cry Joni”，是1975年Conway Twitty与他的女儿合唱的，出自专辑“The very best of Conway Twitty”。Saving all my kisses just for you, signed with love forever true我会为你保留我所有的吻,那是爱的印记永无虚假。这是一个15岁小女孩纯真的告白，只要心上人等着我，待我长大，我会把我的吻全都献给他，这些吻都是爱的印记永无虚假 sign, 签署，登记，它还可以表达“预兆，预示”。看下面的例子---乌云是雨或雪将至的预兆--- Dark clouds are a sign of rain or snow.我们知道星座是horoscope或者constellation, 要问别人是什么星座的，除了用这两个词，还可以说---what sign were you born under?---你是什么星座的。
刚刚大家听到的质朴可爱的女声的演唱是Conway的女儿Joni Lee，父女俩你一段我一段对唱，扮演那个纯真的小女孩Joni和隔壁家的大哥哥Jimmy, 唱出很简单很质朴的歌词，很美好很伤感的故事。
2 Slowly I read her note once more. Then I went over to the house next door. 我再次把她的信仔细读了一遍，然后我来到了隔壁她家 go over to, 翻译的时候我们说“来到”她家，但在英文里“来”，“去”都分得很清楚，不妨比较一下come over to 和go over to. 来看这几个例子--- As soon as we sat down a waiter came over to wait on us---我们刚一落座，有一侍者过来招待我们; ---I’ll go over to England for a holiday---我要去英国度个假。
3 我来到邻家小妹的家，她听到我的回答，顿时泪如雨下 Her teardrops fell like rain that day when I told Joni what I had to say. 讲英语的人们也会用梨花带雨来形容眼泪，这一句写得非常优美，her teardrops fell like rain that day… 中英文里以相同的事物做比，这样的例子不少，最常见出现在谚语中。例如：
Constant dropping wears the stone.滴水穿石
4 Jimmy对小妹妹Joni说，不久你就会忘掉我 you’ll forget me by and by. By and by, 不久，以后---It’s very likely to clear up by and by---不久就要放晴了---we’ll meet again by and by---我们不久会再见面的。
5 拒绝了Joni不久，我就离开了家乡小镇，找份工作，试图安定下来Soon I left our little hometown, got a job and tried to settle down. 但Joni对我说的话一直萦绕在心头But these words kept pounding my memory, the words that Joni said to me. The words pound my memory, 那些言语击打在我心头 pound，敲打，猛拍。例如---马沿着跑到奔驰---the horses came pounding along the track.
6 I run all the way to the house next door, 我径直跑到了她家 but things weren’t like they were before 但是事过境迁物是人非。这里的run all the way描述了Jimmy迫切要见到Joni的心情，all the way, 一路赶来，一路走来。离家的我终于决定回来找回自己的爱情，可是结果怎样呢？听到Joni的答复，这次轮到Jimmy我泪如雨下了：
About Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty原名Harold Lloyd Jenkins。他这个艺名来得不寻常，是从地图上找出来的：阿肯色州的“Conway”加上了德克萨斯州的“Twitty”。他先是在摇滚界耕耘，1958年的一曲“It's only make believe”曾荣登榜首。 在整个美国流行音乐世界，有一位拥有55张排行首位的唱片的歌手，这个成就甚至连甲克虫、猫王以及弗兰克·辛纳特拉也未能达到的，他的最近一张也是他的第五十五张排名第一的专辑是1990年12月上榜的《Crazy in Love 疯狂的爱》，他就是乡村传奇歌手Conway Twitty。
Conway Twitty was born Harold Jenkins on Sept. 1, 1933, in the small town of Friars Point, Miss. His father, a riverboat pilot, taught him his first guitar chords when Conway was just 4 years old. From a black church in the town, he heard the sounds of gospel, and every Saturday night the family gathered around the radio for the Grand Ole Opry. His family moved to Helena, Ark., when he was 10, and there he put together his first band, the Phillips County Ramblers. Two years later, he had his own local radio show every Saturday morning. While in Arkansas, Twitty indulged his second passion -- baseball. He received an offer to play with the Philadelphia Phillies after high school but joined the Army instead.
Conway Twitty在五十年代是作为流行歌手出现的，而到了七十至八十年代，他已成为乡村音乐领域的主流明星，在二十年的时间里拥有了超过四十张的排行榜首位的唱片。他以深情、宏亮而淳朴热情的歌声成为在流行音乐时代工作在纳什维尔德歌手中最煽情的一位。相比于其他歌手，他赋予乡村音乐更多的“成人”音乐成份。在他大量的作品中充满了一种性感的暗示，并且从未带有任何的歧视色彩。他的歌曲通常性感而温柔，这也许是他取得这样的成绩的一个原因。在被问及他是如何做到这一点时，Twitty回答在他的歌曲中有直接传达给女性的信息。他说：“她们比男士们更快地得到了信息。”然而，这些信息其实也是同样写给男士的，当他们觉得有话要对她们说，并且觉得难以启齿的时候。Twitty解释道：“他只需要投一个角子在点唱机里，按下正确的按钮，并在适当的时机靠紧她，她就会明白。” After his discharge from the Army, Twitty again pursued a music career. After hearing Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train," he began writing original rock 'n' roll material. As a matter of course, he headed for the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn., and worked with the likes of Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many others. He changed his name in 1957, taking the names from two towns in Arkansas. However, Twitty didn't try rockabilly like some of his cohorts. Instead, he scored his first hit with a teen ballad, "It's Only Make Believe," on MGM in 1958, making him a teen idol of the day.
Eight years and three gold records later, he began his country career with MCA/Decca in 1965, and by the early '70s, he had scored four straight No. 1 hits including "Hello Darlin'." Many of them, featuring his signature growling vocal style, especially endeared him to female listeners. In 1971, he released his first hit duet with Loretta Lynn, "After the Fire Is Gone," followed by "Lead Me On" in 1971, "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" in 1973 and "As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone" in 1974. Together, they won four consecutive CMA awards for vocal duo, but Twitty never won a solo CMA award. Yet, by the end of his tenure at MCA in 1981, he had accumulated 32 No. 1 hits. Another 15 had reached the Top 5.
1967年的春天，他推出了他的首张乡村音乐单曲《Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart 眼大于心》这首歌一直冲到了第18的位置。随后的两年中，他以四首热门歌曲的成绩迅速稳固了自己在乡村音乐领域的地位，并在1968年春以一曲《The Image Of Me 我的想象》重回排行冠军的位置，几个月之后又推出了另一首《Next In Line下一个》。之后的四年，他为德卡唱片公司提供了12首前五名的歌曲，其中有8首位冠军曲目，包括《To See My Anger Cry 看见我的天使哭泣》《Hello Darlin 你好，亲爱的》《Fifteen Years Ago 十五年前》和《How Much More She Can Stand 她还能坚持多久》。
In 1982, Twitty moved to Warner Bros. (then Elektra) and reached No. 1 with remakes of the Pointer Sisters' "Slow Hand" and Bette Midler's "The Rose." In 1987, he returned to MCA, where he co-produced his albums with his wife, Dee Henry. The hits, such as "Julia" and "That's My Job" continued.
Twitty became ill while performing in Branson, Mo., and he died on June 5, 1993, from an abdominal aneurysm. Shortly before he died, he had recorded a new album, suitably called Final Touches. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.