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Yu Kwang-chung (余光中; Yu Guangzhong)- 乡愁四韵 ~ lyrics + English Translation

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Genre: Pop
Original spelling / Aliases / Search hints: 莫文蔚, Karen Joy Morris, Mok Man-wai
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Mok

乡愁四韵

给我一瓢长江水啊长江水
酒一样的长江水
醉酒的滋味
是乡愁的滋味
给我一瓢长江水啊长江水

给我一张海棠红啊海棠红
血一样的海棠红
沸血的烧痛
是乡愁的烧痛
给我一张海棠红啊海棠红1

给我一片雪花白啊雪花白
信一样的雪花白
家信的等待
是乡愁的等待
给我一片雪花白啊雪花白

给我一朵腊梅香啊腊梅香
母亲一样的腊梅香
母亲的芬芳
是乡愁的芬芳
给我一朵腊梅香啊腊梅香

1.特指民国时期中国版图,可对比民国中国地图与现版本中国地图。


English #1 – four rhymes of nostalgia

Give me a gourd ladle of water from Yangtze
Wine-like water from Yangtze
Taste ‘f inebriety
is th’taste ‘f nostalgy
Give me a gourd ladle of water from Yangtze

Give me a map-of-China-shaped begonia
Sanguine colored begonia
Pain of boiling blood
is th’pain of nostalgia
Give me a map-of-China-shaped begonia

Give me a flake of snow white, flake of snow white
A home-letter-like snow white
T’ wait letters in sight
is nostalgia alright
Give me a flake of snow white, flake of snow white

Give me a blossom of fragrant wintersweet
As sweet as mother, wintersweet
Mother’s fragrant treat
is nostalgic sweet treat
Give me a blossom of fragrant wintersweet

Submitted by zhiyiwang


English #2 – Four Rhymes of Nostalgia

Give me a bowl of Yangtze’s water, oh, Yangtze’s water,
So mellow as wine.
The feeling of drunkenness
Is from nostalgia.
Oh, give me a bowl of Yangtze’s water.

Give me a begonic red, oh, begonic red,
So fiery as blood.
The burn of boiling blood
Is owing to nostalgia.
Oh, give me a begonic red.

Give me a snowy white, oh, snowy white,
So clear as letter.
The waiting for homeletter
Is due to nostalgia.
Oh, give me a snowy white.

Give me the plum-blossom aroma, oh, plum-blossom aroma
So fragrant as mother.
The smell of mother
Is of nostalgia.
Oh, give me the plum-blossom aroma.

By Isaiah Siegfried Chen

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