[Chinese Song] Miss Dong

Updated 2014-03-25 13:06:18

Intro:

"Miss Dong (董小姐, Dǒng xiǎo jiě)"  is a song written by 25-year-old Beijing indie pop singer-songwriter Song Dongye (宋冬野, Sòng Dōng Yě), later popularized by Zuo Li (左立, Zuǒ Lì), a contestant of Super Boy (快乐男声, kuài lè nán shēng, an all-male TV singing competition).

Although this indie pop song has been popular among Chinese “artistic youth” [hipsters] for some time, it didn't reach the broader public until Zuo Li covered it.

Lyrics (Original Chinese, Pinyin,  English Translation):

董小姐 你从没忘记你的微笑 (Dǒng xiǎo jiě nǐ cóng méi wàng jì nǐ de wēi xiào)
Miss Dong, you never forget your smile

就算你和我一样 渴望着衰老 (Jiù suàn nǐ hé wǒ yí yàng kě wàng zhe shuāi lǎo)
Even if you are like me, eager to get old

董小姐 你嘴角向下的时候很美 (Dǒng xiǎo jiě nǐ zuǐ jiǎo xiàng xià de shí hou hěn měi)
Miss Dong, when the corners of your mouth curl down, it's so beautiful

就像安和桥下 清澈的水 (Jiù xiàng ān hé qiáo xià qīng chè de shuǐ)
just like the clear water under Anhe Bridge

董小姐 我也是个复杂的动物 (Dǒng xiǎo jiě wǒ yě shì gè fù zá de dòng wù)
Miss Dong, I too am a complicated animal

嘴上一句带过 心里却一直重复 (Zuǐ shàng yí jù dài guò xǐn lǐ què yì zhí chóng fù)
saying things only once, but repeating them over and over again in my heart

董小姐 鼓楼的夜晚时间匆匆 (Dǒng xiǎo jiě gǔ lóu de yè wǎn shí jiān cōng cōng)
Miss Dong, that evening near Gulou, time fled

陌生的人 请给我一支兰州 (Mò shēng de rén qǐng gěi wǒ yì zhī lán zhōu)
Stranger, please give me a Lanzhou [cigarette brand]

CHORUS

所以那些可能都不是真的 董小姐(Suǒ yǐ nà xiē kě néng dōu bú shì zhēn de Dǒng xiǎo jiě)
So probably all those things are not true, Miss Dong

你才不是一个没有故事的女同学 (Nǐ cái bú shì yí gè méi yǒu gù shì de nǚ tóng xué)
You certainly aren't a female classmate without stories

爱上一匹野马 可我的家里没有草原(ài shàng yì pǐ yě mǎ kě wǒ de jiā lǐ méi yǒu cǎo yuán)
Falling in love with a wild horse, but having no grassland in my home

这让我感到绝望 董小姐 (Zhè ràng wǒ gǎn dào jué wàng Dǒng xiǎo jiě)
This makes me feel hopeless, Miss Dong

董小姐 你熄灭了烟 说起从前 (Dǒng xiǎo jiě nǐ xī miè le yān shuō qǐ cóng qián)
Miss Dong, you put out a cigarette, and started talking about the past

你说前半生就这样吧 还有明天(Nǐ shuō qián bàn shēng jiù zhè yàng ba hái yǒu míng tiān)
You said the first half of your life is what it is, there's always tomorrow.

董小姐 你可知道我说够了再见 (Dǒng xiǎo jiě nǐ kě zhī dào wǒ shuō gòu le zài jiàn)
Miss Dong, you know I've said enough “goodbyes”

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