好妹妹乐队:《一个人的北京》 (Hao MeiMei Band: “Lonely Beijing”)

How long has it been since you’ve seen a starry sky?
The city night’s artificial lights have shaded your eyes
Even weekend movies have become boring
Exhausting days have too many troubles

[A]
How long has it been since you’ve traveled by yourself?
Accustomed to returning to a cold home after work
This thing called love, you have no more courage for it
The more moving the love songs, the more skeptical you become

[CHORUS part 1]
Many people come and go, meeting and parting over and over
Others get drunk and weep in lonely Beijing
Perhaps I’ve succeeded in becoming forgetful, slowly growing old
Can I remember just a fragment of a memory?

[CHORUS part 2]
Many people come and go, meeting and parting over and over
Others hastily escape this lonely Beijing
Perhaps one day we’ll leave this place together
Leave this place in clear, bright weather

[A] [CHORUS part 1] [CHORUS part 2] [CHORUS part 2]



Notes:

The title (and any time it appears in the chorus) 一个人的北京 can also be interpreted as “One Person’s Beijing,” or even “One-Man Beijing” (as in, Beijing has one person in it.)

Big thanks to Jessica, both for introducing this beautiful and heart-breaking song to me, and also for all her help translating! These lyrics were a little more straightforward, but there were still some phrases that threw me a bit.

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