Daily Archives: January 14, 2012

Lyric of the Day: Zhou Jie Lun (周杰倫)

故事的小黃花 / the small yellow flower from the story
从出生那年就飘着/ has been drifting since the day it was born

ㄖㄨㄟ ㄙㄡ ㄙㄡ ㄒ一 ㄉㄡ ㄒ一 / re so so ti do ti
ㄌㄚ ㄙㄡ ㄌㄚ ㄒ一 ㄒ一 ㄒ一 ㄒ一 ㄌㄚ ㄒ一 ㄌㄚ ㄙㄡ/ la so la ti ti ti ti la ti la so

從前從前  有個人愛你很久 / Long, long ago, there was someone who loved you for a long time

-Jay Chou, 晴天 (Clear Day) / interlude, chorus

It’s a sad day for Taiwan… Let’s all listen to a little Jay and hope that artistic liberties and freedom of speech will be allowed to continue. Grr.

One of Jay’s best songs, hands down. In words and music, an unbeatable mix of poetic + unassuming + charming + nostalgic. No wonder it’s one of his most heavily covered songs. Cute MV as well, though you might want to ignore the cello-in-the-rain part.

Back to Taiwan in regards to the Chinese language – I’m glad we’re still on traditional characters, even if we have moved to the pinyin system. I don’t mind pinyin romanization at all; it’s super convenient for international learners and with the English-based keyboard. It’s just that the “bopomofo” alphabet (symbols in the middle two lines of excerpted lyrics) is a lot more innate to the language. I learned “bopomofo” when I was a kid, and the way the sounds fit together through that system actually helped me navigate some of the weird parts of pinyin.

Anyway, a lot of the lyrics I find online are in simplified Chinese though, so I’ve resorted to using this handy dandy converter.

Translated lyrics here.


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