From the heart of a loafer

Saturday, July 06, 2019

I was randomly playing songs in my Apple Music when out of the thousand over songs I have, this was played and I had a nostalgic moment

This is a song by Sam Hui and to me it really showcases the beauty of the Cantonese language. Notice the wealth of meaning with the economy of words.

I like the song except for the part where he says life destines you, which of course I don't agree. I make my decisions in life and in Christ I decide and have life.

And the part on clear conscience and living a just life deserving greatest joy would make a good discussion because it doesn't happen. Who is to say your conscience is clear and your life is just to begin with.

For those who don't know the language, I found the translation here which I've added to the lyrics below.




浪子心聲
Long ji sam seng
From the Heart of a Loafer

難分真與假
Nan fan zhan yu ga
It's hard to tell the true from the false
人面多險詐
Yan min do him za
People's appearances are deceitful
幾許有共享榮華
Gei hui yau gung heong wing wa
Who will share in your glory
簷畔水滴不分差 
Sim bun sui dik bat fan ca 
Water droplets from the eaves is in one stream (meaning not willing to share success and wealth with others and only enjoy it alone)

無知井裡蛙
Mou zi zheng lui wa 
I was as ignorant as a frog in a well
徙望添聲價
Tou mong tim sing ga
Hoping to find fame and fortune
空得意目光如麻
Hoong dak yi muk gwong yu ma
Overeager and short-sighted
誰料金屋變敗瓦 
Sui liu gham nguk bin bai nga
Who knew my golden palace would become a wreck of failure

命裡有時終須有
Ming lui yau si zhong sui yau
If life destines something for you, you will have it in the end
命裡無時莫強求 
Ming lui mou si mok kheong khau
If life destines you never to have it, there is no point forcing it

雷聲風雨打
Lui sing fung yu da
When lightning strikes, and thunder roars, and wind howls, and rain patters
何用多驚怕
Ho yung do ging pa
There is no need to be afraid
心公正白璧無瑕
Sam gung jing bak bik mou ha
So long as your conscience is clear and your heart is just
行善積德最樂也 
Hang sin jik dak zui lok ya
The person who does good deserves the greatest joy

命裡有時終須有
Ming lui yau si zhong sui yau
If life destines something for you, you will receive it in the end
命裡無時莫強求 
Ming lui mou si mok kheong khau
If life destines you never to have it, there is no point forcing it

人比海裡沙
Yan bei hoi lui sa
People are as the sand of the sea
毋用多牽掛
Mou yung do hin gwa
There is no point worrying too much
君可見漫天落霞
Gwan ho gin man tin lok ha
You see the sunset in the sky
名利息間似霧化
Ming lei sik gan ci mou fa 
Fame and fortune disappear like that mist
君可見漫天落霞
Gwan ho gin man tin lok ha
You see the sunset in the sky
名利息間似霧化
Ming lei sik gan ci mou fa 
Fame and fortune disappear like that mist

pearlie

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