welcome back into my life again

30年ほど前だったろう、あるいは父が現在の僕ぐらいの年齢のころだったかもしれない、読書のほかに趣味のない父にハーモニカを贈ったことがある。尋常小学校か旧制中学校のとき、ハーモニカを吹いていた、という話を聞いたからだ。

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父が遺した文庫本を整理しているとき、本箱の奥に隠すように置いてあったハーモニカを発見し、義母には何も言わずに持ち帰った。故人が吹いたことがあると思うと、懐かしいような不思議な感懐に包まれた。

ジャズハーモニカの奏者として著名な Toots Thieleman(1922-2016)の演奏を聴いていると、泪が滲んできた。ずっとその世界に浸っていたいと思った。Old Friend の歌詞の末尾にある Old friend, welcome back into my life again という一節のように、死んだ父があらためて僕の人生のなかに戻ってきたように感じた。

A million times or more I thought about you
The years, the tears, the laughter, things we used to do
Are memories that warm me like a sunny day
You touched my life in such a special way

I miss the way you’d run your fingers through my hair
Those cozy nights we cuddled in your easy chair
Oh no, I won’t let foolish pride turn you away
I’ll take you back whatever price I pay

Old friend
It’s so nice to feel you hold me again
No, it doesn’t matter where you have been
My heart welcomes you back home again

Remember those romantic walks we used to take
You held my hand in such a way my knees would shake
You can’t imagine just how much I’ve needed you
I’ve never loved someone as I love you

Old friend
It’s so nice to feel you hold me again
No, it doesn’t matter where you have been
My heart welcomes you back

Old friend
This is where our happy ending begins
Yes, I’m sure this time that we’re gonna win
Welcome back into my life again

Yes, I’ve tried to live my life without you
Knowing I had lost my closest friend
And though I’m feeling low from time to time
Knowing I will never find the kind of love I had when you were mine

Old friend
It’s so nice to feel you hold me again
No, it doesn’t matter where you have been
My heart welcomes you back

Old friend
This is where our happy ending begins
Yes, I’m sure this time that we’re gonna win
Welcome back into my life again

Welcome back into my life again
Welcome back into my life again

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