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The modern day poet
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I was out today with Allan, tagging along to gramaphone when I spotted the latest Jay Chou CD! It's called Jay: On the Run, and as usual, it has some amazing tunes.

His vocabulary and understanding of the chinese laguage is so deep, I would compare him to a modern day chinese poet. Remember all those chinese poems infused with cheeminology we used to recite in chinese class? Well, the best of Jay's songs are very much like that, but he's managed to wax it so well together with melody and instruments. I know I've said it before, but the guy is nothing short of genius.

My favourite song so far that I'm so totally stuck on, is Track 3: Qing Hua Ci, or "Blue and White Porcelain".

I could not decipher a single line as I listened to it, enchanted by its lyrical quality in the car. When I got home, the first thing I did was to visit jay-chou.net , the foremost resource on the internet for anything Jay.

Uploaded the song to imeem for you guys to enjoy. Listen and follow with the Lyrics.



青花瓷 |Qing Hua Ci| Blue and White Porcelain


曲:- 周杰倫
Qu:- Zhou Jie Lun
Music:- Jay Chou

詞:- 方文山
Ci:- Fang Wen Shan
Lyrics:- Vincent Fang

Pin Yin: ekyec - www.jay-chou.net
Translation: laruku - www.jay-chou.net


素胚勾勒出青花筆鋒濃轉淡
su pei gou le chu qing hua bi feng nong zhuan dan
The brush outlines a beautiful pattern, brush strokes becoming lighter

瓶身描繪的牡丹一如妳初妝
ping shen miao hui de mu dan yi ru ni chu zhuang
The peony on the bottle, simplest beauty, just like you

冉冉檀香透過窗心事我了然
ran ran tan xiang tou gou chuang xin shin wo liao ran
Whiffs of incense smoke bring your troubles to my heart

宣紙上走筆至此擱一半
xuan zhi shang zou bi zhi ci ge yi ban
I pause halfway while painting


釉色渲染仕女圖韻味被私藏
you se xian ran shi nu tu yun wei bei si cang
The glazing of the lady's portrait hides her charm

而妳嫣然的一笑如含苞待放
er ni yan ran de yi xiao ru han bao dai fang
Your smile, to me, like a budding flower

妳的美一縷飄散 去到我去不了的地方
ni de mei yi lu piao san qu dao wo qu bu liao de di fang
But your beauty dissipates like smoke, to a place I can never reach


#天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳 (1)
tian qing se deng yan yu er wo zai deng ni
The perfect shade of blue awaits the right weather, like how I wait for you

炊煙裊裊昇起 隔江千萬里
chui yan niao niao sheng qi ge jian qian wan li
From a thousand miles away, I gaze at the curling chimney smoke

在瓶底書漢隸仿前朝的飄逸
zai ping di shu han li fang qian zhao de piao yi
The calligraphy beneath the bottle, elegance of the Han Dynasty

就當我為遇見妳伏筆
jiu dang wo wei yu jian ni fu bi
Our meeting I foreshadowed


*天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳 (1)
tian qing se deng yan yu er wo zai deng ni
The perfect shade of blue awaits the right weather, like how I wait for you

月色被打撈起 暈開了結局
yue se bei da lao qi yun kai liao jie ju
The moonlight smudged away the remnants of our ending

如傳世的青花瓷自顧自美麗 妳眼帶笑意
ru zhuan shi de qing hua ci zi gu zi mei li ni yan dai xiao yi
Like legendary porcelain obsessed with itself, your eyes full of laughter


色白花青的錦鯉躍然於碗底
se bai hua qing de jin li yue ran yu wan di
Those blue carp seem to come alive on the white bowl

臨摹宋體落款時卻惦記著妳 (2)
lin mo song ti luo kan shi que dian ji zhe ni
While I am imitating the Song inscription I'm thinking of you

妳隱藏在窯燒裡千年的秘密
yin cang zai yao shao li qian nian de mi mi
The eon of secrets you buried in the kiln

極細膩猶如繡花針落地
ji xin ni you ru xiu hua zhen luo di
It's exquisiteness like an embroidery needle


簾外芭蕉惹驟雨門環惹銅綠 (3)
lian wai ba jiao re zhou yu men huan re tong lv
The banana tree outside brought the sudden downpour, and in turn the copper rust on the door handle

而我路過那江南小鎮惹了妳 (3)
er wo lu guo na jiang nan xiao zhen re le ni
My passing by Jiangnan brings me to you

在潑墨山水畫(4) 裡 妳從墨色深處被隱去
zai po mo shan shui hua li ni cong mo se shen chu bei yin qu
You fade away into the deep abyss of the Chinese painting

Comments...

You should check it again.. I made a couple of changes to ekyec's han yu pin yin.. and added a few notes.

<3 reene

http://ruku.wordpress.com

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wow..that writing is really something else!! :) Thanks for the english translation as well. A true blue banana from the banana plantation in Malaysia. :D

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Haha, sorry lah, I was too eager to test out the new site!! =D

I realized I couldn't post in the "innit"..

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Aiyoh siao eh, you are giving Jay Chou too much credit la.

Granted the songs he actually wrote are not that bad too, but don't you see?

"詞:- 方文山"

Fang Wen Shan is the genius behind the lyrics of songs like fa ru xue and qi li xiang etc... All he write one lor!

Mr Fang is the amazing one... Jay is merely the voice singing our Mr Fang's writing talents.

P/S: I am going to watch Jay Chou concert with Wanyi. Our tickets is 108 one... :D

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I'm stuck on this song too i can't stop listening to it its on repeat in my car, on my laptop, and on my ipod thanks for posting the lyrics.

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