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.]
This is the sixth time today
Continue reading “Crowd Lu: I love you / 我愛你 – 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.
You’re back, at last
[Lit. At-last, you still approached over-come]
I knew all along that you’d be back in the summer
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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.
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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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.
I had a dream last night in which I’d set up shop
Selling coffee and deserts
[一些: ‘a little/some’, redundant in English]
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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?
I’m all out of ideas; I’m about to fall asleep
[Lit. I really no method; I really quickly sleep]
Continue reading “Crowd Lu: Seven Days / 七天 – English translation”