Crowd Lu: Mosquito / 蚊子 – English Translation

Continuing this run of easy-to-learn Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) songs, here’s my translation of ‘Mosquito’ (蚊子). There are fewer lines to learn than most of his numbers, and two useful 成語 to pick up here. This song is funny because the mosquito that he’s addressing is never explicitly called out – if you ask other people to guess from the lyrics, they’ll probably just assume the target of the song is someone, rather than something.

終於 你還是靠了過來
You’re back, at last
[Lit. At-last, you still approached over-come]

早知道 你會在夏天回來
I knew all along that you’d be back in the summer

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Crowd Lu: Slow Soul / 慢靈魂 – English Translation

I like this song by Crowd Lu, which includes a lot of simple nouns and verbs, especially referring to the time of day. There’s also a little higher-level Chinese too, as noted in the translation below. The song uses the simile of a kite blowing in the wind to describe the aimless way in which the singer’s life develops. As is typical of Crowd’s lyrics, there are a lot of lines where it’s ambiguous what he’s referring to, which can make it a little tricky to understand without considering the song holistically. (For example: we see 找不到 a few times, but there’s no object; what is it that he can’t find?)

He sings nice and clearly, and it’s been available at every karaoke place I’ve been to in Hong Kong and Guangdong, so it’s worth learning.

晚霞燦爛照著我 一朵蒲公英飄過窗口
It’s sunset; a dandelion floats past the window
[Lit. evening sunset-clouds brightly shining me; one [counter] dandelion float past window]
[晚霞, wǎn xiá, is quite literary and has no direct equivalent in English*]

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Crowd Lu: Cafeteria Feliz / 開心餐廳 – English Translation

開心餐廳 contains a lot of very basic vocab and grammar, so is great for lower intermediate students. This is one of my favorite Crowd Lu songs, because it’s just so darned funny – it’s all about a restaurant that he’d like to open. He goes through the song describing what he’d buy and how he’d run it; the cutest thing is that he puts the emphasis on making friends. If this isn’t an antidote to all those sorrowful love songs that permeate the world of Chinese music, I don’t know what is.

昨天晚上夢見 我開了一間店
I had a dream last night in which I’d set up shop

販賣一些咖啡還有一些些甜點
Selling coffee and deserts
[一些: ‘a little/some’, redundant in English]

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Crowd Lu: Seven Days / 七天 – English translation

This is another easy song, which is about a guy who just needs a little more time. It’s not explicitly specified what he needs the time for; although it’s probably related to a girl, it could also be that he’s asking for an extension for an assignment. Who knows?

我真的沒有辦法 我真的快要睡著
I’m all out of ideas; I’m about to fall asleep
[Lit. I really no method; I really quickly sleep]

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Crowd Lu: When I’m at my loneliest / 最寂寞的時候 – English translation

Crowd Lu is a Taiwanese singer that Mandarin learners should be listening to. His lyrics are primarily not typical love-song fodder, and are generally pretty easy to learn, containing lots of basic verbs. As for genre, his songs tend to be either easy-listening or pop-rock, with a lot of the instrumentation revolving around acoustic guitars, which also makes a nice departure if you’re sick of brokenhearted string-fests.

This particular song is about losing someone, but the lyrics are actually very opaque about whether it’s a lover. Without further ado…

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