Learn Chinese song – “Step by Step” by Mayday

 

Mayday – Popular band in Taiwan

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Popular Taiwanese band MayDay has created many successful songs.

MayDay “五月天” (Wǔyuètiān) is a famous Taiwanese band consists of five members, Ashin, Monster, Stone, Masa, and Guan You. MayDay made their debut in 1999 and has abundant of albums, four best hit albums, and concert albums, all of which sold in impressive numbers including the sales into China and Japan, and other countries.

MayDay is well-known for their songs mainly composed and played by themselves. They also won multiple awards including Golden Melody Awards (GMA) for Best Musical Group. Not only Mandarin, MayDay’s songs in Taiwanese language are also popular. They’ve also go on the world tour and was interviewed in BBC “Impact.” Their history toward awesomeness is too long, so I’m going to conclude here and talk about the song for today.

About Mandarin song “Step by Step” by Mayday

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Time travel fiction – “Scarlet Heart” and its sequel, Scarlet Heart 2.

The song “Step by Step” (步步, Bù bù) celebrates MayDay’s 15th year anniversary in 2013.  It was composed by Ashin and Cola Kai and is the theme song of famous Chinese historical fiction drama “Scarlet Heart 2” (步步惊情, Bù bù jīng qíng).  The official music video was shot worldwide cities in New York, Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Paris, etc. You can even see the coordinates in the video showing the location. What’s more, the elephant in the video is the one and only elephant that can swim. So, let’s listen to this popular theme song and watch the breathtaking views in the music video!

Lyrics with Chinese, Pinyin, and English translation

空无一人的大街 闯入无人婚纱店

Kōng wú yīrén de dàjiē chuǎng rù wú rén hūnshā diàn

On the street with no one, we broke into an empty  bridal shop

为妳披上雪白誓言

Wèi nǎi pī shàng xuěbái shìyán

I draped you in snowy white vows

世界已灰飞烟灭

Shìjiè yǐ huīfēiyānmiè

The world is destructed to ashes

而爱矗立高楼间

Ér ài chùlì gāolóu jiān

But our love stood still among the buildings

你是真的 或是我的幻觉

Nǐ shì zhēn de huò shì wǒ de huànjué

Are you real, or just my illusion?

时光遗忘的背面 独坐残破的台阶

Shíguāng yíwàng de bèimiàn dú zuò cánpò dì táijiē

Behind the forgotten times, (I) sat on the broken and abandoned stairs

哪个乱世没有离别

Nǎge luànshì méiyǒu líbié

Every chaos era has farewells

天空和我的中间 只剩倾盆的思念

Tiānkōng hé wǒ de zhōngjiān zhǐ shèng qīngpén de sīniàn

Between me and the sky, there’s only my overflowing missing towards you

如果相识 不能相恋 是不是还不如擦肩

Rúguǒ xiāngshí bùnéng xiāng liàn shì bùshì hái bùrú cā jiān

If we could meet but couldn’t fell in love, would it be better to just be strangers passing by

[chrous] ———-

在失去你的风景里面

Zài shīqù nǐ de fēngjǐng lǐmiàn

In the scene that I lose you,

你却占据了每一条街

nǐ què zhànjùle měi yītiáo jiē

You are still occupying in every street

一步步曾经

Yībù bù céngjīng

Every step of past

一步步想念

yībù bù xiǎngniàn

Every step of missing you

在脚下蔓延

zài jiǎoxià mànyán

Spreading underneath my feet

在充满你的回忆里面

Zài chōngmǎn nǐ de huíyì lǐmiàn

In the memories where you are everywhere

我独自流浪海角天边

wǒ dúzì liúlàng hǎi jiǎo tiānbiān

I wandered alone to the edge of the world

一步步走过当时心愿

yībù bù zǒuguò dàng shí xīnyuàn

Walked through our dreams back then step by step

 

格林威治大钟前

Gélín wēi zhì dà zhōng qián

In front of the clock of Greenwich

归零超载的伤悲

guī líng chāozài de shāng bēi

Sadness returned to zero and overloaded  

背着我和我的诺言

Bèizhe wǒ hé wǒ de nuòyán

Carrying me and my commitment

一起计画的路线

Yīqǐ jì huà de lùxiàn

The routes we’ve planned

对照孤单的旅店

duìzhào gūdān de lǚdiàn

Compared to the lonely hostel

一声晚安 却又唤醒 泪腺

Yīshēng wǎn’ān què yòu huànxǐng lèixiàn

A “good night” provoked my tears again

 

时代广场的跨年

Shídài guǎngchǎng de kuà nián

The countdown at the Time Square

颐和花季的蓝天

yí hé huājì de lántiān

The blue sky in YiHe blossom season

数着愿望在你指尖

Shùzhe yuànwàng zài zhǐ jiān

Counting our dreams at the edge of your fingertips

当时有多少心愿

Dāngshí yǒu duōshǎo xīnyuàn

The more dreams we’ve had at that time

就有多少的残缺

jiù yǒu duōshǎo de cánquē

The more fragments we have now

如果后悔 不能后退

Rúguǒ hòuhuǐ bùnéng hòutuì

If we regretted but couldn’t retreat

是不是就只能往前 

Shì bùshì jiù zhǐ néng wǎng qián

Then we don’t have other choices but to moving forward

生如浮萍般卑微 

Shēng rú fú píng bān bēiwéi

Borned fragile like duckweeds

爱却苍穹般壮烈 

ài què cāngqióng bān zhuàngliè

But we love robustly like firmament

我要为你爬上最险山岳 

Wǒ yào wèi nǐ pá shàng zuì xiǎn shānyuè

I will mount the steepest mountain for you

走过最崎岖眷恋 

Zǒuguò zuì qíqū juànliàn

and climb the bumpiest nostalgia

一步一步穿越 

yībù yībù chuānyuè

I’ll pass through those step by step

Repeat [chorus]

在失去你的风景里面

Zài shīqù nǐ de fēngjǐng lǐmiàn

In the scene that I lose you,

你却占据了整个世界

Nǐ què zhànjùle zhěnggè shìjiè

You are still occupying my whole world

每一张相片 每一个房间 每一滴眼泪

Měi yī zhāng xiàngpiàn měi yīgè fángjiān měi yīdī yǎnlèi

Every photo, every room, every drop of tear

在充满你的回忆里面

Zài chōngmǎn nǐ de huíyì lǐmiàn

In the memories where you are everywhere

我独自一人和眼泪周旋

Wǒ dúzì yīrén hé yǎnlèi zhōuxuán

I dealt with my tears alone

一步步走向 孤单的明天

Yībù bù zǒuxiàng  gūdān de míngtiān

Moving toward the lonely tomorrow step by step

也许在来生某个明天

Yěxǔ zài láishēng mǒu gè míngtiān

Maybe some day in our next life

我们能再写新的情节

Wǒmen néng zài xiě xīn de qíngjié

We’ll write a new story again

一步步完成当时心愿

Yībù bù wánchéng dāngshí xīnyuàn

And fulfill our dreams back then step by step

一步步完成最美残缺

Yībù bù wánchéng zuìměi cánquē

Fulfill the fragments step by step

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Chinese drama “Scarlet Heart 2” is a famous historical fiction and romance TV series.

Hope you love this song and interested in the TV series as well. The lyrics in this song is especially beautiful and sad, too. However, the lyrics fit the plot in “Scarlet Heart 2” perfectly. If you are a serious Chinese learner, put this song and TV series into your list, I’m sure through listen to songs and watching Chinese drama can be helpful for you!

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