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Bilangual Song--048: Shirley Sings A Chinese North Folk/Popular Song -079: Yueliang Zou, I Ye Zou-- The Moon Is Going, I am Going" in English & Chinese in the US--016

Listen to Shirley Sang the Song In English June 20, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Sang the Song in Chinese June 20, 2009 in the US


Listen to Shirley Sang the Song in Chinese April 27, 2007 in China


As soon as heard this Chinese song first time, I enjoyed it. I am not sure I should sort it into Chinese popular song or Chinese Folk Song, because it was sung by a Chinese popular singer first time but with a strong Chinese folk style. :-)

This is a typical Chinese Western love song. It expresses how a girl is sending-off his boyfriend/lover to join in the border army in the moonlight-- she has gone with him over 10 miles, she did not want to say "bye" to him, she pleases the moon rests for a while and gives them time more, she wishes him does good in the army and sends his good news back earlier...   

Maybe for I am from a former military family, I enjoy this song not only for his beautiful music and lyrics, but also for this is a song for the army men. Do you know? Since I was 5 or 6 years, I was singing on a little bench for the army men, I have been respecting, trusting and like army men, for their brave, strong, following discipline and self-devotion, also, for their good-looked gesture of walking in the line... :-)

I learned this song first time in my music lesson April 21, 2007. But then, I felt its tone too high to master and also I felt it was too long and too difficult to translate and sung it in English then.

Now, the studying in the US, has given me the courage to translate it and to sing it in English.

So, I translated it into English first time Wednesday night, then I re-translated it and re-sang and recorded it on Saturday.

My heart was full of the grateful to my two music teacher
Ms. Ma and Ms. Huang for their music lesson for me for 6 years, even though my throat has been in hoarseness since Wed, I tried to complete the singing and recording with the help of breath.

Once more, we meet an interesting cultural phenomena, that is, in many places of China, girls and women call their male colleagues, male friend, boyfriends, lovers, even husbands "Brothers" or what what Brothers -- such as John Brother, Green Brother... So, if a Chinese girl calls you as "Brother", you have to make sure her true meaning, to make you as her colleague, a common friend, a friendly "Brother" or a "Lover", to avoid making a misunderstanding... :-)

In Chinese culture, most of people are not easy to speak "Love" directly even though they have been lovers or husband and wife. Many people express their love with their actual activities of helping or caring for and so on.

So, in this song, you can not see any word of love directly in the lyrics. However, if you do understand the culture of China, then, you can feel a strong love feeling in the girl's heart to her “Brother”.   

I did not satisfy my singing and translation yet. I will re-sing and re-translate it someday when I am in the emotion to sing.

I just hope that my effort will be some help to you to learn Chinese culture and language.

Also, I wish that you find that my singing and English level has been improved a little bit. :-)

Listen to Shirley Singing the Song In English June 20, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Singing the Song in Chinese June 20, 2009 in the US

MAIN MEANING OF THE SONG

The moon is going,
I am going.
I send my brother out of the village.
You will be a   border guard,
Sending you ten miles,
it is hard to say "bye"
Ah... ah ...ah...

Clouds follow the moon in the sky,
Wind blows the willow on the land.
The moon (ah) the Moon (ah) rests for a while,
gives us a time to talk more...
Ah...ah..ah


The moon is going,
I am going.
I send my brother by the bridge.
You are a good boy,
you will show your talent in the frontier,

Ah...ah..ah ...
Night breeze is blowing gently,
little river is flowing silently.
Brother, brother, listent to me,
to send your good news earlier...
Ah...ah...ah


CHINESE CHARACTER AND PRONUNCIATION

月亮 -- Yueliang zou,
-? wo ye zou,
阿哥口 wo sou a he dao zen kou,
口 ? dao zun hou。
阿 哥 防 军 -- A ge qu dang bianfangjun,
-- shili xiangsong nan fen shou,
? nan fen shou。
啊, 啊,啊 -- a ... a … a
天上 ? Tianshang zhui yue,
? dixia feng chui liu。
月亮,月亮歇歇 ? Yueliang yueliang xiexie jiao,
儿没够 ? Wolia hua er mei shuo gou,
够 ? mei shuo gou。

I am sending my brother to the
月亮 ? Yueliang zou,
? wo ye zou,
阿哥 ? we shong a ge dao qiaotou,
? dao qiao tou。
阿哥 ? A ge shi ge hao qingnian,
千里疆显 ? qianli bianjiang xian shenshou,
? xian shenshou。
啊, 啊,啊 a ... a … a
悠悠 ? Wanfeng youyou chui,
? xiao he jingjing liu。
阿哥,阿哥 ? A ge a ge ting wo shou,
? zao ba xibao sao huitou,
? shao huitou。

Listen to Shirley Singing the Song In English June 20, 2009 in the US
Listen to Shirley Singing the Song in Chinese June 20, 2009 in the US

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn, or yiping007@missouristate.edu, You are welcome to publish your opinions in Forum For Friends. :-)

--Shirley Zhang
Translated, Edited, Sang & Recorded Sat, April 21, 2007 in China, Re-Edited, Re-sang & Re-recorded Jun 20, 2009 in the US.