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You know you need a KTV song! Beijing, Beijing is a slow ballad sung by Chinese artist 汪峰 wāng fēng and was in the Baidu Top 100 top 10 for a bit this year. Now it looks like it’s fallen between the 30th and 40th place on various music charts, but it’s still pretty popular, particularly in, you know, Beijing. If you can find it in yourself to embrace the painful 80′s growly I-mean-it man voice and the “Streets of Philadelphia” emo-dad thing, you may find that the song is a good karaoke song if you’re just starting out because it’s repetitive, it’s not abstract, it’s sung slowly enough to sing along and it’s so emotionally over-fraught that it’s fun.


I recommend you read and translate the lyrics before you listen to the song, so you’ve got an idea of what you’re hearing.

A few translation notes: it’s not always clear exactly how to translate song lyrics. Example: 寻找着追逐着奄奄一息的碎梦 is not an easy lyric to translate. Or rather, it’s super easy to get the gist of the meaning (searching, chasing, dying, broken dreams… you get the idea), but put an “of” in the wrong place and the meaning changes to something slightly different. I’ve done my best, feel free to re-write or re-interpret those in a different way.

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平静 – píng jìng – Tranquil
轰鸣 – hōng míng – Rumble
烛骨 – zhú gǔ – wick (of a candle)
哭泣 – kū qì – Weep
祈祷 – qí dǎo – Pray
迷惘 – mí wǎng – Pray
霓虹灯 – ní hóng dēng – Neon lights
挣扎 – zhēng zhá – Struggle
奄奄一息 – yǎn yǎn yī xī – Last gasp
眷恋 – juàn liàn – To long for


当我走在这里的每一条街道
我的心似乎从来都不能平静   
除了发动机的轰鸣和电器之音   
我似乎听到了他烛骨般的心跳   
我在这里欢笑   
我在这里哭泣   
我在这里活着   
也在这死去   
我在这里祈祷   
我在这里迷惘   
我在这里寻找   
也在这儿失去   
北京 北京   

咖啡馆与广场有三个街区   
就像霓虹灯到月亮的距离   
人们在挣扎中相互告慰和拥抱   
寻找着追逐着奄奄一息的碎梦   
我们在这欢笑   
我们在这哭泣   
我们在这活着   
也在这死去   
我们在这祈祷   
我们在这迷惘   
我们在这寻找   
也在这儿失去   
北京 北京  
 
如果有一天我不得不离去   
我希望人们把我埋在这里   
在这儿我能感觉到我的存在   
在这儿有太多让我眷恋的东西   
我在这里欢笑   
我在这里哭泣   
我在这里活着   
也在这儿死去   
我在这里祈祷   
我在这里迷惘   
我在这里寻找   
也在这儿失去   
北京 北京

SHOW ENGLISH TRANSLATION »
When I walk the streets here
It seems like my heart can never be serene
Beyond the rumble of engines and sounds of electronics
I seem to hear its candlewick heartbeat
This is where I laugh happily
This is where I weep
This is where I live
And this is where I’ll die
This is where I pray
This is where I’m confused
This is where I search
And also where I lose
Beijing, Beijing   

The three blocks between the coffee shop and the plaza
Seem like the distance between the neon lights and the moon   
People comfort and embrace each other as they struggle together
Searching for, chasing after, the last gasp of broken dreams
This is where we laugh happily
This is where we cry bitterly
This is where we live
And this is where we’ll die
This is where we pray
This is where we’re confused
This is where we search
And also where we lose
Beijing, Beijing    

 
If someday I have no choice but to leave
I hope people bury me here
Here I can sense my existence
Here there are too many things I yearn for
This is where I laugh happily
This is where I cry bitterly
This is where I live
And this is where I die
This is where I pray
This is where I’m confused
This is where I search
And also where I lose
Beijing, Beijing   


3 comments to "Song Lyrics: Beijing Beijing by Wang Feng"

  1. I Love this song!

    谢谢,
    阮北

  2. Reply lay tjhi hoa . { chinese indonesia says: October 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    i like all wang feng song and hope have wang feng “karaoke” songs collection with internasional translate, because i am very happy can sing chinese singer song like wang feng. thanks

  3. Wow !
    Very moving, very powerful and wonderful…
    has many parallels with this site. :)


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