苏轼 水调歌头Water Song, by Su Shi

Teresa Teng had sang a song using this poem as he lyrics!

Notes preeding the poem:

bǐng chén zhōng qiū, huān yǐn dá dàn, dà zuì, zuò cǐ piān, jiān huái zi yóu

丙辰中秋, 欢饮达旦, 大醉,作此篇, 兼怀子由。

In autumn of Bing Chen year, drinking till dawn and got incredibly drunk, wrote this poem as I think of(my brother) Zi You. 

The actual poem:

Shuǐ diào gē tóu   sū shì

水调歌头  苏轼    Water song

míng yuè jǐ shí yǒu, bǎ jiǔ wèn qīng tiān.

明月几时有,把酒问青天。

When will there be the bright moon? I raise the wine glass asks the clear sky. 

bù zhī tiān shàng gōng jué, jīn xī shì hé nián.

不知天上宫阙,今夕是何年。

Don’t know about the Palace in the sky, what year is it over there. 

wǒ yù chéng fēng guī qù, yòu kǒng qióng lóu yù yǔ

我欲乘风归去,又恐琼楼玉宇。

I wanted to ride the wind to return there, yet fear the jade towers. 

gāo chù bù shèng hán, qǐ wǔ nòng qīng yǐng, hé shì zài rén jiān

高处不胜寒,起舞弄清影,何似在人间。

In a place so high up I would not bear the cold, 

dance with the clear shadow, I don’t fee like I am on earth anymore. 

zhuǎn zhū gé, dī qǐ hù, zhào wú mián

转朱阁,低绮户,照无眠。

(The moon) circles and shine upon the pavilion, lowering itself to the delicately carved windows and doors, shines upon the sleepless.

bù yìng yǒu hèn, hé shì  cháng xiàng bié shí yuán

不应有恨,何事长向别时圆。

One should not hate, but why is the moon always full when people are separated from each other?

rén yǒu bēi huān lí hé, yuè yǒu yīn qíng yuán quē, cǐ shì gǔ nán quán

人有悲欢离合,月有阴晴圆缺,此事古难全。

People have sadness, happiness, we separate and we reunion, the moon can be dark, bright, round, broken, this problem can never be solved even since the ancient time. 

dàn yuàn rén cháng jiǔ, qiān lǐ gòng chán juān

但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。

Wish people live a long peaceful life, so that even if you are so far apart from each other still can appreciate this beautiful moonlight together. 

2 Comments

  1. I love this song and makes me feel so sad. So beautiful poem so beautiful.. I feel it in my heart so deep and my soul cry. That voice and melody is inside my body and mind and never stop this feeling of ” I want something and i need something”.

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