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Video: Your Smiling Face

“Your Smiling Face” performed by Ping An in the singing competition, The Voice of China

Lyric:

 

The falling sorrow,

Memories in pieces,

It’s dreamy, Faery or Real,

Humming sound of flicking strings,

It is song,

la la la

With your gentle smile,

My heart is infatuated,

Only your smile and laughter,

Accompanies me long the distant path,

 

Rain in spring, frost in autumn, they are senseless;

Ocean dries up and rocks may crumble with no marks;

Only your smile and laughter,

Accompanies me long the distant path,

The falling sorrow,

Memories in pieces,

It’s dreamy, Faery or Real,

Humming sound of flicking strings,

It is song,

la la la la…

This song is an old song from the movie under the same name “Your Smiling Face” in 1979. It is re-performed by Ping An in the currently most famous sing competition, The Voice of China, in Sep 2012. According to him, he sang this song to his mother and father who had an unforgettable as well as difficult time during the Rural-Going Movement period. During that period (approximately from 1950s to late 1970s), intellectuals and professionals were encouraged to go to the rural areas to get more practices in the farming works. Put aside the political topics, most knowledgeable intellectuals and professionals of the young generation moving to the rural areas which was totally strange to them were had a very different and challenging period. Love during time of difficulty become more precious to them and it was love that supported many people in passing the challenges.

Chinese Lyric:

欢颜

演唱:平安

飘落着淡淡愁

一丝丝的回忆

如梦如幻如真

弦轻拨声低吟

那是歌啦啦啦

只要你轻轻的一笑

我的心就迷醉

只有你的欢颜笑语

伴我在慢慢长途有所依

春雨秋霜岁月无情

海枯石烂形无痕

只有你的欢颜笑语

伴我在慢慢长途有所依

飘落着淡淡愁

一丝丝的回忆

如梦如幻如真

弦轻拨声低吟

那是歌啦啦啦

啦啦啦啦啦

 Key Words: 中国好声音, 英文, 海枯石烂, 翻唱, 怎么说

In the Spring (春天里)

With the booming of the economy in China, big cities like Beijing have been attracting international and domestic investment as well as focus for long. When studying, working and living in the capital became a dream for a generation, the overcrowded Beijing had actually turned down most people’s expectation, even for the locals. This situation is enhanced by the sky-high pricing of housing.

In the video above, two farmer workers performing the song “In the Spring” in the Spring Festival Gala of 2011 had voiced out the heart of people in the lower class working in the big cities like Beijing. They are not well protected in the early years of urbanization and their life as immigrants still deserves more social attention and care even today. With the speedup of the social welfare building, we do hope the difficult life for the lower class would become history really soon.

The lyric is translated as follows:-

I do recall many years ago, in the spring,

When I did not cut the hair,

When I did not have a credit card nor her,

When I did not have a home with 24-hour hot water,

But I was so happy,

Although I only had a broken guitar,

And played in the street, or under a bridge, or in the farm,

Playing songs that nobody cared,

If one day I become an old men and nobody takes care of me,

Please let me stay in the old time,

If one day I leave quietly,

Bury me in the spring

I still remember those lonely springs,

When I did not have a beard,

There was no valentine gift,

There was no my little princess,

But I felt that everything was not so bad,

Although I only had illusions of love,

(But I was) singing the songs that nobody cared

In the morning, at night, in the wind,

Maybe someday I become an old men and nobody takes care of me,

Please let me stay in the old time,

If one day I leave quietly,

Bury me in the spring,

Maybe someday I become an old men and nobody takes care of me,

Please let me stay in the spring,

Maybe someday I become an old men and nobody takes care of me,

Please bury me in the spring, in the spring…

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