Sorry about breaking the promise coming back on first Sunday of Nov but I was fully engaged by my student (I did mention that I took up tutoring, didn’t I?) until this Tuesday. Anyway, now I’m back fully though I’ve decided to cut posting frequency to once per week. Posts will be put up every Sunday in Australasian time or potentially Monday for US time.
This is a set of lyrics that I like because it tells a story (it might actually be one of theme songs of a movie but I don’t know for sure), it was sung by a HK singer that I quite liked but had already passed away- Anita Mui. She has many classic songs, of which this sort of falls in the middle in terms of being famous. It’s very Chinese in that it’s reminiscent of the 30s or 40s (not that I have a personal thing for that era but the tune and the lyrics just fit so well into that particular era). The title of the song is called “Seemingly like the coming of one from the past”. In Chinese, the title’s only 5 characters and has a much more poetic ring to it but ah well, you always lose something through translations. Also, before I actually present the lyrics, just want to note that in Chinese, the term “One from the past” can refer to all kinds of contexts including an old friend, a former spouse/lover, someone who is deceased as well as disciples and old followers but obviously in this song, it’s referring to a past lover.
The lyrics is as follows:
Both passer-bys both dreaming the same dream we should’ve been a couple
In youth don’t realise within the dream (we) already returned home once awake
Barely having three meals and a night’s sleep yet still a couple who will that person be?
Whatever not attained whatever in the past is always (considered) the best fit
Down the stage you look up the stage I act the drama that you wish to see
You who have forgotten all worries the past and past people did you still remember?
Happiness and sadness ageing, sickness, life and death these are not considered legends
Hate the fact that neither those intimae upstage nor down stage is you and me
*the world is tiny fate is vast separating you and me
Sentences of broken-hearted words consecutive sounds of storm seemingly like the coming of one from the past
Which day it will be where will it be that we meet again
Not meant to be yet brought together by fate memories won’t stop but life is bitterly short
The same type of missing two bitter loves it takes more than half a lifetime to tell this tale
In the abyss of time looking at the moon faraway imagine your hidden bitterness
Leaving you or leaving me in this world alone
Before parting (we) did not know the days together are so good
Holding the other’s hands but then letting go (breaking up) loving and yet as if not loving
Couples ten years later or ten thousand years later it’s a pity that we won’t be able to see them