Moonlake’s Lyrics (4)

Another inspiring Cantonese song lyric for today. The actual song is called A Straight path and A Meandering Path. It is the theme song for a Hong Kong TV drama called Rainbow at Night:

How can one compete with anyone if no sweats are ever shed?

I’ve never had the extravagant hope      that the angels would be generous

How is it possible that one would see colour if one has not opened up one’s eyes?

Haven’t yet toiled            what right to wait for cheers?

 

Everyone knows that the lights won’t be dazzling before night fall no matter how beautiful they are

Given a backdrop of adversity    a life would be too resplendent

Have to walk no matter how difficult      not slowing when facing setbacks

I am used to the turbulence of tsunamis                               even the ordeal of travelling up a mountain of knives

*Without nightfall           there won’t be stars shinning

Brilliant even amidst darkness

If I faint one day               learn to treasure breathing

Who would always have luck undiminished?

When a day ends             there will be a new start

Pleasure and sadness pass within the blink of an eye

Falling into a bottomless pit         a hard turn of life

Efforts are hard to rein in             a ferocious tide can be stopped with enough effort

How can one be passionately in love if one is unable to treat oneself well?

Having learnt to treasure oneself             even breaking up would become a lovable experience

Even falling down would be spectacular                                let me create unexpected miracles

I see myself as a genius                 I would not deign to sigh for having fallen just one time

Repeat *

No matter the path in front is straight or meandering     it won’t be too late as long as one steps out

In such a dark night         the constellations are brighter

When there’s a high mountain in front of one    the courage to climb it would follow

The more difficult it is                    the stronger the will to not turn back

Everyone knows that the lights won’t be dazzling before night fall no matter how beautiful they are

Given a backdrop of adversity    a life would be too resplendent

Have to walk no matter how difficult      not slowing when facing setbacks

I am used to the turbulence of tsunamis                               even the ordeal of travelling up a mountain of knives

Note: the italic bit has an additional meaning in Chinese in that travelling up a mountain of knives is one of the known punishments in Hell according to folklore

Moonlake’s Lyrics (3)

A little change of pace for today’s lyrics post. Instead of liking it for delving into life philosophies and themes, this one drew me because of it told a tale, a somewhat wistful tale of love and reincarnation. It’s also a relatively new song, in Mandarin and its title is “the Love of a Thousand years”, sung by a male and female Taiwanese singer together.

(F): Who made a pot of tea on a cliff       warming the longing from the previous life?

Whilst I’m adjusting for the “jet lag” of a thousand years               drinking in all the loves and hatreds

(M): Years are hammering at the rocks  I’m leaving my hair long again

Waiting patiently for changes in the coastline                     a heavy rain is about to fall

(F): The Wind is blowing fiercely

(M): Who is afraid at this moment?

(F): The sea breeze had always been yearning for the sands        yet you’ve missed the best years of my life

Missed the branches and shoots that I’ve newly grown                 and my white hair

(M): Butterflies are still wildly in love with flowers            yet you’ve missed the best years of my life

Missed my reincarnated face     do you still love me         I’m waiting for an answer from you

(F): I’ve been always been looking at the cliffs that broke up the sky whenever I walked,

the farthest sight I’ve seen is merely the sunsets

I’m wondering into which family you were born into this life       my tears fall before I can utter a word

(M): The vanished sprays on the beach                 makes me think of home in a gradual way

Where is the forever that has been promised    I can never put it down

(F&M): Oh          The memories from reincarnations are dwindling in the winds

Yet I will be remembering them deeply

(F&M): The sea breeze had always been yearning for the sands                yet you’ve missed the best years of my life

Missed the branches and shoots that I’ve newly grown                 and my white hair

*Butterflies are still wildly in love with flowers  yet you’ve missed the best years of my life

Missed my reincarnated face     do you still love me         I’m waiting for an answer from you

Repeat *

By the way, I saw that my followers had finally reached the two digits recently. And I would like to say a big thank you to all of my followers given that I post but sparsely and is quite a shy person whether in person or online.

Moonlake’s Lyrics (2)

Another making-up-for-word-count post. This one is a little morose but I love it because it contains one-liners that touches on the human truism about choice and again, the theme of gain and loss. It’s another Chinese old song (truth be told, the lyrics of old songs appeal to me more. 90% of new songs are love/break up songs and I much prefer songs that are just about life in general).

 

*How could the interchange of coldness and warmth stop?

How many autumns have passed when I turn back?

Losing something that I’ve search over,

Having something in hand that I never expected.

Have I gained or not? There’s no way to explain gains, losses and missing things by mistake.

A change occurs after I’ve just seen and heard something for certain,

I do not know where I should go to seek the cause.

 

What is it that you desire throughout your life?

Always making judgements about giving up and possessing.

Using up the whole of my life, it already ran past me before I could lay hands on it.

What is it that you desire throughout your life?

Never been able to see through in my confusion.

I have not expected that what I lost

Is actually already all that I have.

 

Repeat *

 

What is it that you desire throughout your life?

I have made compromises as well as struggled hard.

When every single points of brilliancy in the dreams fades,

How can they be captured and stored?

What is it that you desire throughout your life?

Who is parsimonious over praises and curses?

I have not expected that what I lost

Is actually already all that I have.

Moonlake’s Lyrics (1)

I have quite a fetish for good song lyrics, so much so that I sometimes am taken with a song not because of the tune but purely because of the lyrics. For that matter, I actually prefer instrumentals to a song with meaningless/bad lyrics.

So I am starting a new series of posts titled Moonlake’s Lyrics.  These are lyrics I feel are inspiring, touching or just draw me with the language it uses. And today, I will be sharing the lyrics of an old Chinese song that I like, that talks about dealing with the ups and downs in life. The translation is done by me alone and while I’ve lived in Australia for a long time I can’t promise that they will have the same effect in English as in their original form but here goes:

I do not know whether there is an end to the sky,

All I know is that the time that went past will never turn back its head.

Unbeknownst to me, every inch of tears,

accompanied with each of the dreams, all slipped away.

Unconsciously passing through so many years in this circle,

I am only aware that I have gone through tides both for and against me within this circle.

I silently and stoicaly tolerate

Every one of the accompaniement of cruel gazes as well as friendly laughter.

Backs in those days I silently accept all the hardships,

not letting go despite all of the bitterness and acridness.

Today I do not care about intentional nit-picking,

just follow the wishes from within my own heart.

I do not believe that I can gain possession without first making sacrifices,

I only believe that I have gained what I desire through my own hands.

Every string of sweat in exchange for every one of my achievements

I have always seen through gaining and losing.