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This is a series of exercises where you are presented with the translated English lyrics of a Chinese song. Your goal is to use your Chinese search skills to find the title and artist of the mystery song. A brief audio clip is provided as an additional hint.

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feihong

Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 



Shana, my daughter
Darling, I love you
Shana, I’m sorry
To have brought you into this world

Even though this world
Has so much beauty
Unfortunately this world
Still has many problems

Shana, I’m powerless
To solve these problems, you’ll have to rely on yourself
Shana, you will understand
The beauty of the world is in your heart
In my heart

Shana, my daughter
Darling, I love you
Shana, I’m sorry
To have brought you into this world
In the future, this world
Will have many problems
Fortunately, there will still be beauty in our hearts

Shana, if you learn
Mercy, kindness, wisdom, determination
Shana, if you sing
You will be beautiful, you will be happy
You will understand
 

clip.mp3

 



Answer
 

Spoiler

 

Title: Shana
Artist: 杨乐
Link: https://youtu.be/ZExQNJWLxUQ?t=116
Translation: https://www.notion.so/2b2c3b22503846e6a267aeb84a0c7fe6

Chinese lyrics

Shana, ma fille
Mon amour je t'aime
Shana,我对不起
把你带到这个世界

虽然这个世界
有很多的美丽
可惜这个世界
还有很多问题

Shana,我无能为力
解决问题,靠你自己
Shana,你会懂得
世间美丽在你心里
在我心里

Shana, ma fille
Mon amour je t'aime
Shana,我对不起
把你带到这个世界
未来这个世界
有很多问题
幸好我们心中仍有美丽

Shana,只要学会
宽容,善良,智慧,坚强
Shana,只要唱歌
你会美丽,你会快乐
你会懂得

 

 

feihong

Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.

 



What should we use to wash away
The traces left by war
A once great land is now left with nothing but devastation
What should we use to wash away
The marks left by violence
A once-glorious homeland has been razed to the ground

You turned all the people who loved you into killing robots
Make them slaughter each other so you can conquer more territory
To pompously satisfy your bottomless selfish desires
Violence has been labeled as war to uphold your so-called justice

When your beloved loses both legs on the battlefield
When he’s unable to sleep at night, shouting and crying in pain
When you fearfully wait for news and it finally becomes a death notification
Then victory in war is mockery aimed directly at you

When you’re still diligently pondering your life’s potential
When the bomb drops a second before you receive blessings
This isn’t the heavens making a senseless joke at your expense
You must start praying for the lifetime of suffering you will receive

Your people are drifting in misery, homeless and destitute
Your people are desperately searching for a way to survive
You’ve already gotten what you were striving for
But you paid a painful price in bloodshed

Your power is pushing you towards the path of no return
Your power will not allow your soul to be redeemed
Yet even if you are hacked to pieces, it won’t wash away your sins
Violence has completely turned into a berserker demon

What should we use to resist
The merciless destruction of bullets
You use the bodies of warriors to build the facade of war victory
What should we use to rouse
The deeply slumbering power
The firepower of war cannot withstand the longing for peace in people's hearts

What should we use to liberate
The power of love and peace
So that it can heal the desolation of time
To allow happiness to grow like crazy
No more casualties
No more casualties
No more people will be hurt by this
 

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Answer
 

Spoiler

 

Title: They Lie
Artist: ChaCha
Link: https://youtu.be/7YkZjY9TUmE
Translation: https://www.notion.so/828a9c1a584547aa828a3c9398d6f22d

Chinese lyrics

我们该用什么来清洗
战争留下的痕迹
曾经大好的河山现在只剩下满目疮痍
我们该用什么来清洗
伤害留下的痕迹
曾经美好的家园都已经被夷为一片平地

你将爱你的人民全都变成杀人机器
让他们互相残杀为你争夺更多的土地
为了冠冕堂皇地满足你贪得无厌的私欲
暴力被冠以战争之名去主持你所谓的正义

当你心爱的人在战场上失去双脚
当他在夜里无法入睡,痛苦地大声哭嚎
当你战战兢兢等待的消息最终变成噩耗
那么战争的胜利就是对你最直接的嘲笑

当你还在为人生的前途用力地思考
当炸弹掉落在你迎接幸福之前那一秒
这不是老天对你开的无聊玩笑
你要为从此迎接苦难的一生开始祷告

你的人民在颠沛流离居无定所
你的人民在为了生活苦苦求索
你已经得到了一切你想得到的结果
却为此付出惨痛的代价血流成河

你的权力在把你推向一条不归的路
你的权力在让自己的灵魂得不到救赎
可是就算将你千刀万剐也洗不去你犯下的罪恶
暴力已经完全变成一个丧心病狂的恶魔

我们该用什么来抵挡
子弹无情的扫荡
你用战士的尸体堆积成战争胜利的假象
我们该用什么来唤起
还在沉睡的力量
战争的炮火敌不过人民心中对和平的渴望

我们该用什么来解放
爱与和平的力量
让它能治愈时间的荒凉
让快乐疯狂生长
不再受伤
不再受伤
不会再有人为此受伤

 

 

feihong

Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 



Sharpen knives and scissors, collect used books, fix bowls

Popsicles and ice cream bars, soymilk and deep-fried breadsticks
These are the flavors that can’t be erased from my childhood
Big bowl of sheep innards, egg with rice wine
Along with people’s customs, (these foods) have been forgotten due to the changing of the times

Old Bai at the alleyway, he’s singing a folk song
Whatever he’s singing, whatever it is, you listen
Sharpen knives and scissors, the wind is blowing the willow branches
We sit on the riverbank singing the local folk songs from that time
Sharpen knives and scissors, people from the big mountain
They smoke and smoke their water pipes, letting time slip away
Sharpen knives and scissors, my loved one
Throw away your rouge now and come with me to seek tomorrow
Sharpen knives and scissors, I’m a happy person
Even if time becomes lightning fast, I’ll still live brilliantly

Water so clear, mountain so green
This is the childhood from my dreams that I can’t return to
Winter’s kang (heatable brick bed), summers’s sun
Spring’s flowing brook, autumn’s wine
At that end of the mountain, Yellow River’s upper reaches
Comes a sound, you listen

Sharpen knives and scissors, wind is blowing on the wharf
They sit on the riverbank looking at that western mountain’s sun
Sharpen knives and scissors, people from the big mountain
They’re drinking tea from teacups with lids and gossiping about the boss family’s unexpected misfortunes
Sharpen knives and scissors, my loved one
Put aside your worries and come with me to seek your childhood
Sharpen knives and scissors, I’m a happy person
Just keep walking, don’t look back

Sharpen knives and scissors, collect used books
Collect used books, return to your hometown

 

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Answer
 

Spoiler

 

Title: 谣
Artist: 谣乐队
Link: https://artist.douban.com/m/yaoband/tracks?play=tS946q&pl=pS2jz65l5f&pz=1
Translation: https://www.notion.so/2a3dc5cc4b554f6da50436a50c3458cc

Chinese lyrics

砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,收废书哟,收上废书,换碗哟

冰棍儿雪糕,豆浆油条
这是我童年里抹不去的味道
大碗儿的羊杂,鸡蛋加老酒
也随着时间的变迁和人们的习惯被遗忘

巷口的老白,他唱着歌谣
他唱的什么,唱的什么,你听
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,风吹着柳枝
我们坐在河岸边唱着那儿时的歌谣
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,大山的人哟
他们磕巴磕巴烟袋让时光就这么溜走
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,我亲爱的人呐
快丢掉你的胭脂和我去寻找明天
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,我是快乐的人呐
就算时光飞快我一样活得精彩

清清的水哟,绿绿的山哟
这是我在梦里却回不去的小时候
冬天的炕哟,夏天的日头
春天的溪流,秋天的酒
在山的那头,黄河的上游
传来一个声音,你听

砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,风吹着码头
他们坐在河岸边看着那西山的日头
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,大山的人哟
他们喝着盖碗儿茶扯着东家的三长两短
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,我亲爱的人呐
快放下你的忧愁和我去寻找小时候
砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,我是快乐的人呐
就一直走,不回头

砌刀磨剪子嘞唉嘿,收废书哟
收上废书哟,回家乡喽

 

 

feihong

Challenge #13: Let's restore a little color to the world

Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 



Lady Nüwa mended the heavens
A leftover rock became Mt Hua
Birds fly with their backs to that sun
Fly from the east side to the west side

Why has the sky turned grey?
Why does the earth have no green?
Why are people's hearts not red?
Why has the snowy mountain turned black?

Why does the rhino have no horn?
Why does the elephant have no tusks?
Why does the shark have no fin?
Why do the birds have no wings?

Heaven and earth keep each other company
Birds go around that sun
Mt Hua and Yellow River keep each other company
The rice in the fields bend over in laughter

Why does the desert have no oasis?
Why are the stars no longer twinkling?
Why are the flowers no longer blooming?
Why is the world devoid of color?

Why is it we know the outcome?
Why are we still being wasteful?
We must stop our forward march
(We) should restore a little color to the world

 

clip.mp3

 



Answer
 

Spoiler

 

Title: 给你一点颜色
Artist: 谭维维
Link: https://youtu.be/1BZzs_2dhS4?t=146
Translation: https://www.notion.so/ebe4b6f7f824416a936da79136c8590d

Chinese lyrics

女娲娘娘补了天
剩下块石头成华山
鸟儿背着那太阳飞
东边飞到西那边

为什么天空变成灰色
为什么大地没有绿色
为什么人心不是红色
为什么雪山成了黑色

为什么犀牛没有了角
为什么大象没有了牙
为什么鲨鱼没有了鳍
为什么鸟儿没有了翅膀

天空和大地做了伴
鸟儿围着那太阳转
华山和黄河做了伴
田里的谷子笑弯腰

为什么沙漠没有绿洲
为什么星星不再闪烁
为什么花儿不再开了
为什么世界没有了颜色

为什么我们知道结果
为什么我们还在挥霍
我们需要停下脚步
该还世界一点颜色

 

 

feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

Remember in my youth
Everyone was honest and sincere
Say something and that’s that

Daybreak at the train station
Long street is dark, no pedestrians
The shop selling soy milk gives off steam

In the past, the hues of sunlight changed slowly
Cars, horses, mail were all slow
A lifetime lasts long enough to love one person

In the past, locks were lovely
Keys were elegant and classy
You locked it, and everyone understood
 
clip.mp3
 

Answer
 
 
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

(Bossily) I’m a badass doctor of Chinese medicine
Specialize in treating talking BS
Headache, fever, low blood pressure
Has nothing to do with me

If you want to talk BS
Why not strike an airplane (slang) instead
Not only cheap but also enjoyable
And also no pressure

Eat a bit is no big deal
Drink a bit is no big deal
People who talk BS
(They) all lack real ability

If someone is talking BS
Just find an awesome doctor of Chinese medicine
A beating of “punish five evils” fist
Beat your head until it leaks air

(Bossily) I’m a badass doctor of Chinese medicine
Driving a tractor
Running all over the country
Specialize in treating talking BS

Carrying a Dageda (huge and expensive legacy mobile phone from the 90s)
Wear a pager around my waist
Wear a pair of big boxers
Effing Yuxi cigarette dangling from mouth

(Bossily) I’m a badass doctor of Chinese medicine
All day smiling and laughing
Hear someone talking BS
Will beat them by kicking

(Bossily) I’m a badass doctor of Chinese medicine
When I go out I still take a taxi
Sometimes will find two young companions
Effing do 3P (slang)

Every day talking BS
Sooner or later will be struck by lightning
If lightning didn't strike you dead
There's still a badass doctor of Chinese medicine

Don't talk BS
Those who talk BS will be kicked
(Even more bossily) I'm a badass doctor of Chinese medicine
Specialize in treating talking BS
 
clip.mp3
 

Answer
 
 
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

Just like this, day after day
Just like this, smoking
I’m burning time
Year after year

Won’t keep thinking about yesterday
Today will quickly become the past
Also won’t wait for tomorrow
Getting through today

Reflect from every day’s experience
Sing every day’s joy and sorrow
Drink a cup of coffee without sugar
Taste many flavors (within)

Maybe there are tears
Maybe there will be regret
Maybe this is what makes it perfect
There’s only one life
Time flows like water
Maybe its ephemerality is what makes it beautiful

Just like this, day after day
Just like this, staring into space
I’m enjoying time
Year after year

It’s too late to wait for yesterday
Today will quickly become the past
It’s also too late to wait for tomorrow
Got through today

This moment’s experience
This moment’s joy and sorrow
This cup of coffee without sugar
Taste even more flavors (within)

Because there are tears
Because there’ll be regrets
Because it’s like this, it can be called beautiful
There’s only one life
Time flows like water
Maybe its ephemerality is what makes it beautiful
 
clip.mp3
 

Answer
 
 
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

In the night sky
So many stars
Bright one is you
Dim one is me

In the wilderness
Flowers in the wind
Red one is you
Green one is me

Between heaven and earth
So many landscapes
Blue mountain is you
Small river is me

In life
So much that is ephemeral
Cloud is like you
Cool breeze is like me

The day will come when we both leave
In turn you forget me
In turn I forget you
Thinking of this makes my heart shatter
Only that night sky’s moonlight understands me

The day will come when we both leave
In turn you forget me
In turn I forget you
Thinking of this makes my heart shatter
Only that night sky’s moonlight understands me
 
Only that night sky’s moonlight understands me
clip.mp3
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 
Drifting in circles
Tired of a thousand people with the same face
The day she descends to earth
What will her appearance be?
 
Deep black horizon
Unfathomable hallucinations
Long unencountered halo
In front of me, barely discernible
 
I think this time
I really fell in love with something
I think this time
My heart is harder than stone
 
Inside my hand
There’s a single rose
There’s just one chance
Want to wilt in your embrace
 
Inside my gun
There’s a single bullet
Just one swift release
Want to go through your heart
 
I want to go through
Your heart
I want you to
Constantly think of me
 
More than 40 seasons
Forgot the feeling of love
Tip of tongue is numb
Cannot taste bitterness, cannot recall sweetness
 
No matter how many years I’ve waited
No matter how long I’ve walked down the wrong road
As long as I can see
The scene from every night’s dream
 
I think this time
I really fell in love with something
I think this time
My heart is harder than stone
 
Inside my hand
There’s a single rose
There’s just one chance
Want to wilt in your embrace
 
Inside my gun
There’s a single bullet
Just one swift release
Want to go through your heart
 
I want to go through
Your heart
I want you to
Constantly think of me
 
clip.mp3
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

If my mighty eagle loses its wings
If my spirited horse loses its direction
If my open country becomes a barren desert
If my rivers dry up and stop flowing

Don’t let the eagle’s soaring lose its wings
Don’t let the steed’s gallop lose its direction
Don’t let your desire drown your heart
Don’t let Mother Earth convalesce in loneliness

If my highland loses its pastures
If my shepherds lose their cows and sheep
Don’t let the eagle’s soaring lose its wings
Don’t let the steed’s gallop lose its direction
I fly over grasslands, searching for heaven
I fly in the sky, sun and moon illuminate me

I fly ah, I fly ah, lonelily I fly ah
I fly ah, I fly ah, lonelily I fly ah

Heaven is calling out
Restore everlasting green to the earth
I fly ah, I fly ah
I fly ah, I fly ah
Love knows no borders

I fly ah, I fly ah, lonelily I fly ah
I fly ah, I fly ah, freely I fly ah

I lonelily fly
I freely fly
I freely fly
I fly ah, I fly ah, lonelily I fly ah
I fly ah, I fly ah, freely I fly ah
 
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Answer
 
 
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

I want to waste time with you
For example, look down at fish
For example, leave tea cups on the table and walk away
Squander their good-looking shadows

I also want to squander the setting sun together with you
For example, take a stroll
Keep idling until the sky is full of stars
I also want to squander the moment when the wind rises
Sit in the hallway and stare blankly
Until the dark clouds in your eyes
Are all blown out the window

I’ve already idled away the world, it passed through me
Weariness is like never having been loved
But I still want tomorrow to be like this
Wasting time, I still want it to be like this

An eyeful of flowers and plants
Life should just as glorious as they are
The same meaninglessness, the same
Like a movie that was idled through

For example, leaning on the railing
Look down at the water’s mirror
Until all the things that have been idled away
Grow delicate wings behind our backs

I’ve already idled away the world, it passed through me
Weariness is like never having been loved
But I still want tomorrow to be like this
Wasting time, I still want it to be like this
Want us to waste each other
Together idle through brief silence, long meaninglessness
Together idle through the intricate yet aged universe
 
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Answer
 
 
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

I think I should calm down to think about some words
I think I should calm down to walk a path
I think I should calm down to read a book
I just want to calm down to reflect on myself

I think I should calm down to sleep a spell
I think I should calm down to think about someone
I think I should calm down to forget those things
I just want to calm down to reflect on myself

When everything starts to calm down
Calm enough for me to hear a composed and quiet heartbeat
Calm like clouds
Calm like air
Calmly and gradually I get used to it

clip.mp3

Answer
 
 
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 

Darling Orpheus
Please sing a song
You pluck the lyre strings
Mountains and seas are all moved
Mesmerized by your song

Pitiable Orpheus
Please don’t cry
That despicable poisonous snake
Took away Eurydice
You narrate your grief through song

Weary Orpheus
You walked seven days and seven nights
Arrive at the foothills of Mount Tartarus
That god who can resurrect her
I want to use my sincerity to trade

The golden lyre’s light
Shines through the perpetual darkness
You lightly stroke the strings
The wandering souls
Weep sympathetic tears

Darling Orpheus
Don’t forget your promise
Eurydice is just behind you
Feel the warmth of sunlight
How could you possibly lose her again?

Pitiable Orpheus
Your song contains nothing but sorrow
He lost Eurydice forever
All that’s left is ceaseless
Longing for her

Oh my Orpheus
Those who can’t have you
Who can’t hear your song
In rage and disappointment tear you to shreds
Toss you into the sea along with the lyre

Darling Orpheus
Those streets you walked through
Nightingales circling in the air
Listen to her song
Moves you like nothing else
clip.mp3
feihong
Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
 
Something you didn’t personally ignite
That can’t be called a flame
Something you didn’t personally touch
That can’t be called a jewel
You ah you
Finally appeared
We only met by chance
This heart was smashed to pieces
The entire world completely fell apart
 
Someone who isn’t personally killed by you
Has absolutely no reason to continue living
You ah you
Finally appeared
We only met by chance
This heart was smashed to pieces
The entire world completely fell apart
 
If this life must end
Then I must die by your hands
Then I must die by your hands
Then I must die by your hands
 
 
clip.mp3
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