I wasn’t a Teresa Teng’s fan until few years ago when I listened to Tian Mi Mi. It was covered by one band and I like that song very much. Later on, I figured out why I like that particular song: memory. It was one of several songs my mother listened to. Probably because of the frequent plays of the song, it stays in certain part of my brain.
To better understand how some songs became popular, we need to do some research. This is an important thing to do during holiday in this festive week (yeah!). Few days ago, i happened to spare some of my precious time looking for the translation of Tian Mi Mi 🙂
I just realized how romantic it is. It is a very simple lyric, check this out:
As sweet as honey
your smile is so sweet as honey
just like the way flowers bloom
in the spring breeze
in the spring breeze
i wonder where on earth
where on earth i’ve seen you?
your smile is so familiar to me
but i still can not remember where
Ah….. in my dreams!!!
in my dreams,
in my dreams i’ve met you
Sweet, isn’t it? 🙂
When you checked on Teresa, the other popular song is Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin. And, while it is again very simple, it is very romantic as well! Check this out:
You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you.
Go think about it.
Go and have a look [at the moon],
The moon represents my heart.
Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin is translated “The Moon Represents My Heart”. While browsing around, i bumped into a dude (Donn Lee)’s website. He wrote about this song, and I love how he put the moon in to the context!
I went out to take a look at the moon, hmm… it was a moonless night! Sheesh, some love song. On a moonless night it would be a stupid song for a lover. Then it struck me. On a moonless night, one cannot see the moon, and yet one knows the moon is there — somewhere out there, but out there somewhere. Gosh, there was more to this metaphor than meets the eye.
Too bad we can not hear more sexy voices from this soldier’s sweetheart. She passed in 1995. She was called soldier’s sweetheart because of her frequent performances for servicemen. Read more interesting stories here.
Shit, it is now 11pm and I’m writing about this! While reading this, don’t you think you would like to look out the window and look for the moon?
I did. See none! 🙂
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