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China (Shānxi) Folk Song -- 0017: People Said That Shanxi Is In A Good Scene --Ren Shuo Shanxi Hao Fengguang


This week, I learned a new Chinese (Shānxi) folk song -- People Said That Shanxi Is In A Good Scene --Ren Shuo Shanxi Hao Fengguang

This song is the theme song of a famous movie The Young Ones In Our Village -- Wo Men Cun Li De Nian Qing Ren that was produced in 1959 by Changchun Film Studio. Director : Ma Feng, Act The Leading Role: Su Li. It is full of the Shānxi local colors. Its main plot is that how a group of young people in a village tried to change the poorness and behindhand situation via blasting cliffs to bring water, then to build a water and electricity station. This movie made a daring trying and allowed two boys love a girls at the same time, and also, it's strong idealist color made many city young people looking forward to a countryside life in 50's.

This song was written by Qiao Yu, Zhang Luzhang wrote its music. It was sung in the movie by a famous folk musician Guo Lanyin first time. :-)

Note: Shānxi and Shǎnxi has same Chinese pinyin, but, one is tone 1, the other is tone 3. For distinguishing both of them.,Chinese government makes a rule that Shānxi keeps its original form and Shǎnxi should be written as Shannxi. You have to know that Shǎnxi's capital is Xian and Shānxi's capital is Taiyuan. They are totally different places. Today, the song we have touched is a fold of Shānxi.

Their Chinese character are:
山西: Shānxi -- Shanxi
陕西: Shǎnxi -- Shannxi

I introduced another China (Shanxi) Folk Song: Xiu He Bao-- Embroider Pouch to you days ago, do you still remember it?


People said that
there is a wonderful scene in Shanxi,
soil is fat,
water is beautiful,
corn is sweet-smell.
It is Taihang mountain on the left,
It is Lǚliang mountain on the right.
When you stand on the high place to see up,
you can see the water from Fen River
is singing to flow by my little village.

Apricot flowers are blooming
in the Apricot Village,
We are just at the golden ages,
young boys do not dare to stand
hundreds' hard work,
young girls can embroider
ten thousand's flowers.
We will not get older
for we have dreams always.
You see the grandmothers with white hair,
when they are straight their wastes,
they are just like only 17 or 18 years old... :-)

You are welcome to clink any Chinese Character in the lyrics below to see its Chinese pinyin, meaning and    pronunciation, also, you can follow the links to enter the New Chinese Board and follow me to read it in Chinese


人说山西好风光 -- Ren shuo Shanxi hao fengguang,
地肥水美五谷香 -- di fei shui mei wugu xian。
左手一指太行山 -- zuoshou yi zhi Taihang Shan,
右手一指 是 吕 梁 -- youshou yi zhi shi Lǚlian。
站在那高处 -- zhan zai na gaochu
望上一望 -- wang shang yi wang,
你看那汾河的水呀 -- ni kan na Fenhe de shui ya,
哗啦啦啦地流过 -- hua la la de liu guo
我的小村旁 -- wo de xiao cun pang。

杏花村里开杏花 -- xing hua cun li kai xing hua,
儿女正当好年华 -- er nǚ zheng dang hao nian hua。
男儿不怕千般苦 -- nan er bu pa qian ban ku,
女儿能锈万种花 -- nǚ er neng xiu wang zhong hua。
人 有 那 志 气 永 不 老 -- ren you na zhiqi qong bu lao,
你看那 白发的婆婆 -- ni kan na baifa de po po,
挺起那腰板 -- ting qi na yao ban
也 象十七八 -- ye xiang shi qi ba。


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Written, Translated, Sang And Recorded on Sat, Feb 18, 2006