Father’s Day’s coming up in a few weeks, and we’ll be looking at the lyrics of a beginner-level saccharine-cute song written for children to sing to their dads (or, for the children of the digital generation, to forward to their dads) on their special day. This post is accompanied by a Flash Father’s Day video where you can listen to the song on an INFINITE LOOP. Lucky you.
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Here’s the original video with the actual song., have a listen if you dare.

Because this is a song, we have a couple of instances where a similar sentence structure is used with different words – these are probably the hardest sentences in the song. Example: 脏活累活他全包了. First, let me break down this sentence:

脏 – Dirty
活 – Activity, work
累 – Tired
活 – Activity, work
他 – He
全包 – All included
了 – (grammar word)

What? Dirty activity tired activity he all included?! What the heck does that mean? In proper English, we might translate that as “Dirty work, Tired work, he does it all!” We are, of course, talking about our amazing dads and all the thanklessly exhausting housework and job work they do. Thing is, there’s nowhere in this sentence where the verb “does” as in “to do work” actually appears. We’re just expected to infer the word from the context of 全包 – “all included”.

We see the same sentence structure later in the song: 剩菜剩饭他全包了. The breakdown:

剩 – Leftover
菜 – Vegetables
剩 – Leftover
饭 – Rice
他 – He
全包 – All included
了 (grammar word).

Once again, that strange “all included” – we are again expected to infer the verb here. Any guesses? The sentence means “Leftover Vegetables, Leftover Rice, he eats it all!” or “He eats all the leftovers!” So the missing word we kinda have to mentally fill in is “eats”.

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力气 – lì qì – Strength
脏活 – zàng huó – Dirty work
累活 – lèi huó – Exhausting work
肚量 – dù liàng – Generosity
挣 – zhēng – Earn (usually money)
花 – huā – Spend (money)
剩 – shèng – Surplus, leftover

爸爸好, 爸爸好, 爸爸好
爸爸好, 爸爸好, 爸爸好

Dad’s the best, Dad’s the best, dad’s the best!
Dad’s really got no shortage of strength
He does a lot but speaks little
He does all the dirty and tired work.
Dad’s the best, dad’s the best, dad’s the best!
Dad’s really got no shortage of generosity
He earns a lot but spends little
And he eats all the leftovers!
He earns a lot but spends little
And he eats all the leftovers!

14 comments to "Lyrics: Baba Hao, a Song for Father’s Day"

  1. i let that song loop for longer than i care to admit…

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  2. If someone wants to see kids actually singing, see this video:

  3. Isnt the pronounciation of 做 and 脏 in the video a bit off?

  4. I like this

  5. ya, it is a little of

  6. I’ve played this song so many times that I now know it word for word. It’s a little sad. Lol

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