龍的傳人 Heirs of the Dragon

the beginning of 龙的传人

This song was written by Taiwan singer/songwriter Hou Dejian (候德建) in December of 1978, in response to the American decision to break off diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and establish relations with the People’s Republic of China. Though it gained popularity as a patriotic song, in fact, Hou’s metaphor of growing up “under the claw of the dragon” demonstrates a certain amount of ambivalence toward China. As scholar Geremie R. Barme has noted, “‘Heirs’ had originally been written after the U.S. abandonment of the Republic of China in 1978 to express profound frustration with the traditions that the song appeared, at least superficially, to romanticize.” (1)

 

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作詞:侯德健 作曲:侯德健
Music and Lyrics by Hou Dejian

遙遠的東方有一條江
它的名字就叫長江
遙遠的東方有一條河
它的名字就叫黃河

In the Far East there is a river,
its name is the Yangtze River
In the Far East there is a river,
its name is the Yellow River

雖不曾看見長江美
夢裡常神遊長江水
雖不曾聽見黃河壯
澎湃洶湧在夢裡

Although I’ve never seen the beauty of the Yangtze,
in my dreams I miraculously travel the Yangtze’s waters
Although I’ve never heard the strength of the Yellow River,
the rushing and surging waters are in my dreams

古老的東方有一條龍
她的名字就叫中國
古老的東方有一群人
他們全都是龍的傳人

In the Ancient East there is a dragon,
her name is China
In the Ancient East there are people,
they are all the heirs of the dragon

巨龍腳底下我成長
長成以後是龍的傳人
黑眼睛黑頭髮黃皮膚
永永遠遠是龍的傳人

I grew up under the claw of the dragon,
after I grew up I became an heir of the dragon
Black eyes, black hair, yellow skin,
forever and ever an heir of the dragon

百年前寧靜的一個夜
巨變前夕的深夜裡
槍砲聲敲碎了寧靜夜
四面楚歌是姑息的劍

One hundred years ago on a tranquil night,
in the deep of the night before enormous changes
Gun and cannon fire destroyed the tranquil night,
surrounded on all sides by the appeasers’ swords

多少年砲聲仍隆隆
多少年又是多少年
巨龍巨龍你擦亮眼
永永遠遠的擦亮眼

How many years have gone by with the gunshots still ringing out,
how many years followed by how many years
Mighty dragon, mighty dragon open your eyes,
forever and ever open your eyes

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