Crowd Lu: I love you / 我愛你 – English Translation

This song has a really catchy tune, and the lyrics are written using super-basic Chinese – I would peg the level at “upper beginner”. You can think of it as the Mandarin equivalent of an Oasis song, i.e. a glorified nursery rhyme.

曾 曾經在我眼前 卻又消失不見
You were right in front of my eyes, but [now] you’ve disappeared again completely
[Pronoun not specified in the Chinese, but from context it should be a person rather than an object]
[曾經 is usually talking about events a long time ago… but since the next line is ‘the sixth time today’, it’s more like a simple past tense here.]

這是今天的第六遍
This is the sixth time today

電影裡的配樂 好像你的雙眼
Your eyes are like the score to a film
[Lit. ‘Film-in score, like your pair-of eyes’; why someone’s eyes would be like a film score is a bit beyond me, though. Maybe the mood changes frequently? Also: see this article about other words like ‘好像.]

我愛你 快回到 我身邊
I love you; come back to me

好不好 好不好 好不好
Okay? Okay? Okay?

答案沒有什麼好不好
“Okay?” is not an answer
[Lit. Answer no-have any ‘okay?’]

不知道 不知道 不知道
I don’t know, don’t know, don’t know

不知道是什麼好預兆
Don’t know whether it’s a good sign
[Lit. Don’t know is what good sign/omen]

好不好 好不好 好不好
Okay? Okay? Okay?

答答答答答答答答答
Answer meeeeeeee!

不知道 不知道 不知道
I don’t know, don’t know, don’t know

不知道是什麼好預兆
Don’t know whether it’s a good sign

太陽公公出來了 他對我呀笑呀笑
The sun has come out; he smiles at me
[Lit. Sun-grandpa come-out-already; he at me [sentence particle] smile-ah-smile]
[The pattern [verb]呀[verb] means something like “do [verb] for a shortish period of time”, although it’s not very common. Another example: 望呀望/看呀看 “have a look at”. ]

我愛你 你知不知道
Do you know that I love you?
[Lit. I love you, you know-or-not?]

Click here for a full list of the songs that I have translated.


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