Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lyric of the Day: John Mayer

Back to me, I know that it comes
Back to me, doesn’t it scare you
Your will is not as strong, as it used to be

-John Mayer, Back to You : ending verse

Lyric of the Day: Jason Mraz, Michael Natter

Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth;
We got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it

-Jason Mraz, I Won’t Give Up : second chorus

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Lift Every Voice and Sing

A happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to all!

I loved this song back in elementary school. After growing a little older, I understand a little more what I was actually singing about, but I didn’t know much of the history of the song until I looked it up online just now. Originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1900, it was set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson five years later. Just like most Christmas carols, I only have the first verse memorized:

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

My favorite lyrical part has been bolded (though melodically, I like the opening notes). Also didn’t realize there were so many great renditions!

Lyric of the Day: 周杰倫 (Zhou Jie Lun)

人們的汗水夾雜著滿足與歡喜 / The people’s mixture of sweat, fulfilment and celebration
是我現在最捨不得的畫面 / Is the image that I am most afraid to lose…

-Jay Chou, 梯田 (Rice Fields, Ti Tian) : second verse

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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.


Lyric of the Day: 周杰伦, 徐若瑄 (Zhou Jie Lun, Xu Ruo Xuan)

我想帶妳 / I want to take you
回我的外婆家 / to my grandma’s home
一起 看著日落 / Watch the sunset together
一直到我們都睡著 / Until we fall asleep

-Jay Chou, 簡單愛 (Simple Love, Jian Dan Ai) / first chorus

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Lyric of the Day: 周杰伦, 徐若瑄 (Zhou Jie Lun, Xu Ruo Xuan)

愛像一陣風 / love is like a gust of wind
吹完它就走 / as soon as it blows, it goes
這樣的節奏 / this kind of rhythm
誰都無可奈何 / would leave anyone helpless

-Jay Chou, 龍卷風 (Tornado, Long Juan Feng)

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Lyric of the Day: 周杰倫 (Zhou Jie Lun)

如果要走 / If wanting to leave
請妳記得我 / please remember me

如果難過 / If painful
請妳忘了我 / please forget me

-Jay Chou, 藉口 (Excuse, Jie K0u) : chorus

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Lyric of the Day: 周杰倫, 方文山 (Zhou Jie Lun, Fang Wen Shan)

我送妳離開 / I give you to leaving
天涯之外 / Beyond the edges of the sky
妳是否還在 / Are you still here or not?

-Jay Chou, 千里之外 (Thousand Miles Away, Qian Li Zhi Wai) : chorus

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Lyric of the Day: Zhou Jie Lun, Zeng Yu Ting (周杰倫, 曾郁婷)

靜靜看守這份愛 / Silently guarding this piece of love
知道不能太以來 / Knowing (I) can’t be too dependent

-Jay Chou, 妳聽得到 (You Can Hear It, Ni Ting De Dao) : chorus

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