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Spring is finally here. There is still a lot to look forward to. I was listening to Eason’s song Red Rose, when the coldness hit us one last time before the weather finally warming up. A song I would normally consider overtly sentimental. It is catchy and it is a typical example of very vague and literary Chinese lyrics made clearer and more direct in English translation. I don’t know what is lost or gained in translation.

紅玫瑰 Red Rose 夢裡夢到醒不來的夢 紅線裡被軟禁的紅 Dreamed a dream that couldn’t be awaken The red colored thread that couldn’t be faded 所有刺激剩下疲乏的痛 再無動於衷 All excitement were gone and fatigue was left And the pain couldn’t bring any difference to us 從背後抱你的時候 期待的卻是他的面容 The moment I hugged from your back I was thinking of his (her) face 說來實在嘲諷 我不太懂 偏渴望你懂 It’s kinda ridiculous to be true But I expect you to understand while I couldn’t 是否幸福輕得太沉重 過度使用不癢不痛 Is happiness too oppressive? Overdosed till I’m numb 爛熟透紅 空洞了的瞳孔 終於掏空 終於有始無終 Bloody red, empty pupil It is finally empty, and the ending was found nowhere 得不到的永遠在騷動 被偏愛的都有恃無恐 The not taken one is always taken to your heart The biased one always has nothing to fear 玫瑰的紅 容易受傷的夢 握在手中 卻流失於指縫 又落空 Red roses, too vulnerable dreams Grasped in hand, but loosed in fingers 紅是硃砂痣烙印心口 紅是蚊子血般平庸 Redness could be a red precious mole on your chest But it could also be as inferior as mosquito blood 時間美化那僅有的悸動 也磨平激動 Time could beautify the only touching moment But it also wears off our excitement 從背後抱你的時候 期待的卻是他的面容 The moment I hugged from your back I was thinking of his (her) face 說來實在嘲諷 我不太懂 偏渴望你懂 It’s kinda ridiculous to be true But I expect you to understand while I couldn’t 是否幸福輕得太沉重 過度使用不癢不痛 Is happiness too oppressive? Overdosed till I’m numb 燒得火紅 蛇行纏繞心中 終於冷凍 終於有始無終 Burning red, winding heart It is finally frozen, and the ending was found nowhere…

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