Chinese Pop Songs

卷珠帘-霍尊 (Rolling up the Beaded Curtain-Huo Zun)

Huo Zun at 2014 CCTV Spring Festival Gala

曲:霍尊 (Composer: Huo Zun)
词:李姝 & Luna (Lyrics: Li Shu & Luna)
编曲:彭飞 & Luna (Arrangements: Peng Fei & Luna)
演唱:霍尊 (Singer: Huo Zun)
MP3: 卷珠帘-霍尊 (Rolling up the Beaded Curtain-Huo Zun)
MV: Live performance at 2014 CCTV Spring Festival Gala

[Note: This song is about an ancient Chinese woman longing and waiting for her love, a recurrent scenario in ancient Chinese poetry.]

镌刻好 每道眉间心上
juān kè hǎo  měi dào méi jiān xīn shàng
Engraved on every eyebrow and in every heart

画间透过思量
huà jiān tòu guò sī liáng
The painting, well-thought-out,

沾染了 墨色淌
zhān rǎn le  mò sè tǎng
is tainted with, the flowing ink

千家文 都泛黄
qiān jiā wén  dōu fàn huáng
[The pages of] The Thousand Characters Classic, have all yellowed

夜静谧 窗纱微微亮
yè jìng mì  chuāng shà wēi wēi liàng
In the serene night, a glimmer of light is reflected on the window screen

拂袖起舞于梦中徘徊
fú xiù qǐ wǔ yú mèng zhōng pái huái
She swings her sleeves and dances; she paces up and down in her dreams

相思蔓上心扉
xiāng sì màn shàng xīn fèi
Longing grows in the heart

她眷恋 梨花泪
tā juàn liàn  lí huà lèi
She reminisces, her sheds tears
[Note: Metonymy is used here as the raindrops attached to pear blossoms are a traditional cultural symbol of a woman’s tears]

静画红妆等谁归
jìng huà hóng zhuāng děng shuí guī
She quietly rouges her face: Whom is she waiting for to come home?

空留伊人徐徐憔悴
kōng liú yī rén xú xú qiáo cuì
Yet she is left alone, pining away

啊 胭脂香味
à yān zhī xiāng wèi
Ah, the fragrance of rouge

卷珠帘 是为谁
juǎn zhū lián  shì wèi shuí
Whom does she roll up the beaded curtain for?

啊 不见高轩
a  bú jiàn gāo xuān
Ah, the royal carriages are not seen
[Note: Metonymy is used here as the royal carriages are a traditional cultural symbol of the royals.]

夜月明 此时难为情
yè yuè míng  cǐ shí nán wéi qíng
The bright moon is chagrined at the moment

细雨落入初春的清晨
xì yǔ luò rù chū chūn de qīng chén
The drizzle falls at the early spring break of dawn,

悄悄唤醒枝芽
qiāo qiāo huàn xǐng zhī yá
gently awakening the sprouts

听微风 耳畔响
tīng wēi fēng  ěr pàn xiǎng
Listen to the breeze singing by the ear

叹流水兮落花伤
tàn liú shuǐ xī luò huā shāng
Sigh for the flowing stream, mourn for the fallen flowers
[Note: The flowing stream/water is a traditional cultural symbol of the passing of time, and the fallen flowers are a traditional cultural symbol of the loss of youth.]

谁在烟云处琴声长
shuí zài yān yún chù qín shēng cháng
Who is among the misty clouds while the sound of qin lingers?

Chinese Pop Songs, My Favorite Songs

答案-杨坤 & 郭采洁 (Answer-Yang Kun & Guo Caijie aka Amber Kuo)

answer-by-yang-kun-and-guo-caijie

曲:杨坤 (Composer: Yang Kun)
词:梁芒 (Lyrics: Liang Mang)
演唱:杨坤&郭采洁 (Singers: Yang Kun & Guo Caijie aka Amber Kuo)
MP3: 答案-杨坤 & 郭采洁 (Answer-Yang Kun & Guo Caijie aka Amber Kuo)
MV: Live performance at 2014 CCTV Spring Festival Gala

有个简单的问题
yǒu gè jiǎn dān de wèn tí
There is a simple question

什么是爱情
What is love
shén me shì ài qíng

它是否是一种味道 还是引力
tā shì fǒu shì yì zhǒng wèi dào  hái shì yǐn lì
Is it a kind of flavor or attraction

从我初恋那天起 先是甜蜜
cóng wǒ chū liàn nà tiān qǐ  xiān shì tián mì
From the first day I fell in love, it was first sweetness

然后紧接就会有 风雨
rán hòu jǐn jiē jiù huì yǒu  fēng yǔ
and soon followed by storms

爱就像 蓝天白云
ài jiù xiàng  lán tiān bái yún
Love is like a blue sky with white clouds

晴空万里 突然暴风雨
qíng kōng wàn lǐ  tū rán bào fēng yǔ
a sunlit and boundless sky, but suddenly storms come

无处躲避 总是让人 始料不及
wú chù duǒ bì  zǒng shì ràng rén  shǐ liào bù jí
leaving people nowhere to hide, which they never see coming

人就像 患重感冒
rén jiù xiàng  huàn zhòng gǎn mào
People are just like catching a bad cold

打着喷嚏 发烧要休息
dǎ zhe pēn tì  fā shāo yào xiū xǐ
and sneezing. Gotta take a rest when you have a fever

冷热交替 欢喜犹豫 乐此不疲
lěng rè jiāo tì  huān xǐ yóu yù  lè cǐ bù pí
Heat and cold alternate, [so do] ecstasy and hesitation, [but you] will enjoy it

叫人头晕的问题
jiào rén tóu yūn de wèn tí
A question that makes you dizzy

什么叫爱情
shén me jiào ài qíng
What is called love?

它是那么的真实 又很可疑
tā shì nà me de zhēn shí  yòu hěn kě yí
It’s so real, yet so dubious

研究过许多誓言 海枯石烂
yán jiū guò xǔ duō shì yán  hǎi kū shí làn
Having studied many oaths and vows [which are set to be valid] till the seas dry up and the rocks decay

发觉越想要解释 越乱
fā jué yuè xiǎng yào jiě shì  yuè luàn
I felt the more I want to explain, the more confused I am

所以说 永远多长
suǒ yǐ shuō  yóng yuǎn duō cháng
So, how long does eternity last

永远短暂 永远很遗憾
yǒng yuǎn duǎn zàn yǒng yuǎn hěn yí hàn
Eternity ends shortly, eternity is such a pity

每个人有 每个人不同的体验
měi gè rén yǒu  měi gè rén bù tóng de tǐ yàn
Everyone has everyone’s unique experience

那滋味 时而在飞
nà zī wèi  shí ér zài fēi
That smell, it sometimes flies

时而下坠 时而又落泪
shí èr xià zhuì  shí ér yòu luò lèi
It sometimes falls, and sometimes it sheds tears

动人电影 自己体会 别嫌票太贵
dòng rén diàn yǐng  zì jǐ tǐ huì  bié xián piào tài guì
A touching movie, you have to experience it, don’t complain that the tickets are too pricy

比如美酒和咖啡 都是水
bǐ rú měi jiù hé kā fēi  dòu shì shuǐ
Like good wine and coffee, which are both water

可一个让你醒 一个让你醉
kě yí gè ràng nǐ xǐng  yí gè ràng nǐ zuì
But one keeps you awake, and the other one makes you drunk

那么感情
nà me gǎn qíng
Then, can relationships

能否以此类推
néng fǒu yǐ cǐ lèi tuī
be inferred in the same way

有的很平淡 有的撕心裂肺
yǒu de hěn píng dàn  yǒu de sī xīn liè fèi
Some are bland, some tear your heart and shatter your lungs

所以说 永远多长
suǒ yǐ shuō  yǒng yuǎn duō cháng
So, how long does eternity last?

永远短暂 永远很缓慢
yǒng yuǎn duǎn zàn  yǒng yuǎn hěn huǎn màn
Eternity ends shortly, eternity goes slowly

每个人有 每个人不同的计算
měi gè rén yǒu  měi gè rén yǒu bù tóng de jì suàn
Everyone has everyone’s unique plan

神秘的 诺言誓言
shén mì de  nuò yán shì yán
The mysterious oaths and vows

甚至谎言 自己去领悟
shèn zhì huǎng yán  zì jǐ qù lǐng wù
and even lies, you need to understand on your own

也许多年 也许瞬间
yě xú duō nián  yě xǔ shūn jiān
It may take years, or just a second

你自有答案
nǐ zì yǒu dá àn
and you’ll have an answer

所以说 永远多长
suǒ yǐ shuō yǒng yuǎn duō cháng
So, how long does eternity last?

永远短暂 永远很缓慢
yǒng yuǎn duǎn zàn yǒng yuǎn hěn huǎn màn
Eternity ends shortly, eternity goes slowly

每个人有 每个人不同的计算
měi gè rén yǒu měi gè rén yǒu bù tóng de jì suàn
Everyone has everyone’s unique plan

神秘的 诺言誓言
shén mì de nuò yán shì yán
The mysterious oaths and vows

甚至谎言 自己去领悟
shèn zhì huǎng yán zì jǐ qù lǐng wù
and even lies, you need to understand on your own

也许多年 也许瞬间
yě xú duō nián yě xǔ shūn jiān
It may take years, or just a second

你自有答案
nǐ zì yǒu dá àn
and you’ll have an answer

Chinese Pop Songs

时间都去哪儿了-王铮亮 (Where Did All the Time Go-Wang Zhengliang/Reno Wang)

曲: 董冬冬 (Composer: Dong Dongdong)
词: 陈曦 (Lyrics: Chen Xi)
编曲: 董冬冬 (Arrangements: Dong Dongdong)
演唱: 王铮亮 (Singer: Wang Zhengliang/Reno Wang)
MV: 时间都去哪儿了-王铮亮 (Where Did All the Time Go-Wang Zhengliang/Reno Wang)

Note: The photos in the 2014 CCTV Spring Festival Gala video came from Internet celebrity Zhao Mengmeng who posted a weibo in 2012 of the 30 photos she took with her father over the past 30 years.

VERSE #1:
门前老树长新芽
mén qián lǎo shù zhǎng xīn yá
The old tree outdoors sent up new shoots

院里枯木又开花
yuàn lǐ gū mù yòu kāi huā
The dead wood in the yard blossomed yet again

半生存了多少话
bàn shēng cún le duō shǎo huà
How many words have been saved over the past half of your lifetime

藏进了满头白发
cáng jìn le mǎn tóu bái fà
and hidden in a mane of white hair

VERSE #2:
记忆中的小脚丫
jì yì zhōng de xiǎo jiǎo yā
The little feet in your memory

肉嘟嘟的小嘴巴
ròu dū dū de xiǎo zuǐ ba
and the chubby little mouth

一生把爱交给他
yì shēng bǎ ài jiāo gěi tā
You gave your love to him [or her] with all your life

只为那一声爸妈
zhǐ wèi nà yì shēng bà mā
just for those two words “Dad” and “Mom”

CHORUS:
时间都去哪儿了
shí jiān dōu qù nǎ er le
Where did all the time go

还没好好感受年轻就老了
hái méi hǎo hǎo gǎn shòu nián qīng jiù lǎo le
Before taking a good taste of youth you’ve grown old

生儿养女一辈子
shēng ér yǎng nǚ yí bèi zi
Raising children all your life

满脑子都是孩子哭了笑了
mǎn nǎo zi dōu shì hái zi kū le xiào le
in your mind it’s all the child crying and laughing

时间都去哪儿了
shí jiān dōu qù
Where did all the time go

还没好好看看你眼睛就花了
hái méi hǎo hao kàn zhe nǐ yǎn jīng jiù huā le
Before taking a good look you the vision has blurred

柴米油盐半辈子
chái mǐ yóu yán bàn bèi zi
For the past half of your lifetime you were busy dealing with fuel, rice, cooking oil and salt [idiom referring to the everyday life]

转眼就只剩下满脸的皱纹了
zhuǎn yǎn jiù zhǐ shèng xià mǎn niǎn de zhòu wén le
In the twinkling of an eye all you have left is the wrinkles all over the face

VERSE #2

CHORUS

Chinese Pop Songs, My Favorite Songs

眼泪-范晓萱 (Tears-Mavis Fan/Fan Xiaoxuan)

mavis-fan

曲:黄国伦 (Composer: Huang Kuo-lun/Huang Guolun)
词:黄国伦 (Lyrics: Huang Kuo-lun/Huang Guolun)
演唱:范晓萱 (Singer: Mavis Fan/Fan Xiaoxuan)

VERSE #1:
青春若有张不老的脸 但愿她永远不被改变
qīng chūn ruò yǒu zhāng bù lǎo de liǎn dàn yuàn tā yǒng yuǎn bú bèi gǎi biàn
If youth has an ageless face, may she never be changed

许多梦想总编织太美 跟着迎接幻灭
xǔ duō mèng xiǎng zǒng biān zhī tài měi gēn zhe yíng jiē huàn miè
Many dreams tend to be woven too beautifully only to embrace disillusion

VERSE #2:
爱上你是最快乐的事 却又换来最痛苦的悲
ài shàng nǐ shì zuì kuài lè de shì què yòu huàn lái zuì tòng kǔ de bēi
Falling in love with you is the happiest thing, but the price is the deepest sorrow

苦涩交错爱的甜美 我怎样都学不会 Ha
kǔ sè jiāo cuò ài de tián měi wǒ zěn yàng dōu xué bú huì ha
Angst intertwine with the sweetness of love. I never manage to handle that. Ha

CHORUS:
oh 眼泪 眼泪都是我的体会 成长的滋味
oh yǎn lèi yǎn lèi dòu shì wǒ de tǐ huì chéng zhǎng de zī wèi
Oh tears. Tears are my understanding, the taste of growth

oh 眼泪 忍住眼泪不让你看见 我在改变
oh yǎn lèi rěn zhù yǎn lèi bú ràng nǐ kàn jiàn wǒ zài gǎi biàn
Oh tears. Holding back my tears so you won’t see them; I’m changing

孤单的感觉 你从不曾发现 我笑中还有泪
gū dān de gǎn jué nǐ cóng bù céng fā xiàn wǒ xiào zhōng hái yǒu lèi
The feeling of loneliness. You never discover the tears in my smile

VERSE #2

CHORUS

oh 眼泪 眼泪流过无言的夜 心痛的滋味
oh yǎn lèi yǎn lèi liú guò wú yán de yè xīn tòng de zī wèi
Oh tears. Tears meander through silent nights. The taste of heartbreak

oh 眼泪 擦干眼泪忘掉一切 曾有的眷恋
oh yǎn lèi cā gān yǎn lèi wàng diào yí qiè céng yǒu de juàn liàn
Oh tears. Wipe away the tears, erase all the attachement I once had

眼泪是苦 眼泪是伤悲 眼泪都是你
yǎn lèi shì kǔ yǎn lèi shì shāng bēi yǎn lèi dōu shì nǐ
Tears are agony. Tears are sorrow. Tears are you

眼泪是甜 眼泪是昨天 眼泪不流泪
yǎn lèi shì tián yǎn lèi shì zuó tiān yǎn lèi bù liú lèi
Tears are sweetness. Tears are yesterday. Tears don’t shed tears

Chinese Pop Songs

小龙人-旅行团 (Little Dragon Person-The Life Journey)

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曲:孔阳 & 韦伟 (Composers: Kong Yang & Wei Wei)
词:孔阳 (Lyrics: Kong Yang)
演唱:旅行团 (Singer: The Life Journey)
MP3: 小龙人-旅行团 (Little Dragon Person-The Life Journey)

[Note: This song was written for The Life Journey’s guitarist Zi Wei who was to be become a father. The song title “The Dragon Person” is borrowed from a 1992 TV series of the same name. Here the dragon person refers to Zi Wei’s baby, who was to be born in 2012, the year of Dragon.]

一个精子游进去 找到卵子玩游戏
yí gè jīng zi yóu jìn qù  zhǎo dào luǎn zi wán yóu xì
A sperm swam inside, found an egg to play games

在场的还有波多野结衣
zài chǎng de hái yǒu bō duō yě jié yī
Present was also Yui Hatano [Japanese porn star]

于是于是我们就有了你
yú shì yú shì wǒ men jiù yǒu le nǐ
Then, then, we got you

每天对着肚子里的你说
měi tiān duì zhe dù zi lǐ de nǐ shuō
Every day [we] speak to you [who was] in the belly

爸爸爱你 妈妈爱你 还有一群叔叔阿姨
bà ba ài nǐ  mā ma ài nǐ  hái yǒu yì qún shū shū ā yí
Dad loves you, mom loves you. And a bunch of uncles and anties

陪你 每天一起玩游戏
péi nǐ  měi tiān yì qǐ wán yóu xì
accompany you to play games every day

人生如戏 别活得太着急 期待着你的降临
rén shēng rú xì  bié huó de tài zháo jí  qī dài zhe nǐ de jiàng lín
Life is like a play. Don’t rush. Looking forward to your arrival

一起去遨游旅行写日记
yì qǐ qù áo yóu lǚ xíng xie rì jì
Together we will roam, travel, and keep a journal

一个精子游进去 找到卵子玩游戏
yí gè jīng zi yóu jìn qù  zhǎo dào luǎn zi wán yóu xì
A sperm swam inside, found an egg to play games

十个月转眼就过去
shí gè yuè zhuǎn yǎn jiù guò qù
Ten months soon passed by

于是于是我们就有了你
yú shì yú shì wǒ men jiù yǒu le nǐ
Then, then, we got you

欢迎来到这个疯狂世界里
huān yíng lái dào zhè ge fēng kuáng shì jiè lǐ
Welcome to this crazy world

爸爸爱你 妈妈爱你 还有一群叔叔阿姨
bà ba ài nǐ  mā ma ài nǐ  hái yǒu yì qún shū shu ā yí
Dad loves you, mom loves you. And a bunch of uncles and anties

陪你 每天一起玩游戏
péi nǐ  měi tiān yì qǐ wán yóu xì
accompany you to play games every day

人生如戏 别活得太着急 这是最动听的哭啼
rén shēng rú xì  bié huó de tài zháo jí  zhè shì zuì dòng tīng de kū tí
Life is like a play. Don’t rush. This is the most beautiful crying

融化了所有daddy 妈咪
róng huà le suǒ yǒu daddy  mā mī
that melts all the daddies and mommies

人生的定义 需自己去找寻 长大后把吉他背起
rén shēng de dìng yì  xū zì jǐ qù zhǎo xún  zhǎng dà hòu bǎ jí tā bēi qǐ
The definition of life, you should find out on your own. After you grow up, pick up the guitar

把生活谱写得美丽
bǎ shēng huó pǔ xiě de měi lì
compose your life beautifully

爸爸爱你 妈妈爱你 还有一群叔叔阿姨
bà ba ài nǐ  mā ma ài nǐ  hái yǒu yī qún shū shu ā yí
Daddy loves you, mom loves you. And a bunch of uncles and anties

陪你每天一起玩游戏
péi nǐ měi tiān yì qǐ wán yóu xì
accompany you to play games every day

人生如戏 别活得太着急 纷扰的世界里
rén shēng rú xì  bié huó de tài zháo jí  fēn rǎo de shì jiè lǐ
Life is like a play. Don’t rush. In a fussy world

你是 最美好的慰藉
nǐ shì  zuì měi hǎo de wèi jiè
You are the most wonderful solace

你不是Lucy 没有diamond+rmb
nǐ bú shì Lucy  méi yǒu diamond+rmb
You are not Lucy, you don’t have diamonds or RMB

在你的天空里
zài nǐ de tiān kōng lǐ
In your sky

为幸福生活去努力
wèi xìng fú shēng huó qù nǔ lì
Strive for a happy life

一家人在一起 这才是幸福的真谛
yì jiā rén zài yì qǐ  zhè cái shì xīng fú de zhēn dì
The whole family living together. This is the meaning of happiness