Sunday, June 19, 2011

Good Night, Beijing - by No. 43 in Baojiajie Street

So you want to learn Chinese? Singing a Chinese song is a good show-off to amaze friends. Just like many of us like to sing English songs while learning English.

But, Chinese pop culture might not be as "pop" as other well modernized areas', like Japan, Korea... You might have difficulty picking the "right" song to start.

In this blog series, I'm going to start (slowly) translating some Chinese songs I love, so you can really understand them before investing your energy.

Of course they are picked based on my taste, but I do have a pretty good taste :)

OTOH, though I'm pretty confident that my Chinese is well above many other Chinese people - thanks to my extensive reading/writing history - my English is still at early stage, so please bear with me if any grammar errors or dumb translations.

Here comes the first song: "Good Night, Beijing", by Wang Feng's old band "No. 43 in Baojiajie Street".

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Good Night, Beijing

I will fall asleep in tonight's rain
Along with the humming road roller
Along with the cracking wounds
Fall asleep in tonight's rain

Good night, Beijing
Good night, all you sleepless people

Wind will be blowing north in midnight's ringing bell
Along with the begging boy on the street
Along with the broken tire by the side
Blowing north in midnight's ringing bell

Good night, Beijing
Good night, all you sleepless people

Good night, Beijing
Good night, all you lonely people

I've been through many sleepless nights
Falling into the city's gigantic illusion
Falling into a deep hole of my own
Been sleepless on the edge of insanity

Good night, Beijing
Good night, all you sleepless people

I'm sensing my growing tiredness
Hearing the sobbing violin through neighbor's wall
Drinking the meat soup cooked by this world
I'm sensing my growing tiredness

Good night, Beijing
Good night, all you sleepless people

Good night, Beijing
Good night, all you lonely people

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Original lyrics:
http://list.mp3.baidu.com/gc/0/58/5813_somp3.htm

Original version (note: black screen mostly)


Live version:
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