About requests (please read!)
I have no plan to take requests at this time. This site is updated at my leisure because I enjoy Chinese music, but it should not be treated as a lyrics request service.
If you have an urgent need for song lyrics, please consider figuring them out yourself by trying the following:
- To begin, you will need to be able to input the title of the song, in characters, into your browser. If you don’t know the name of the song or the artist (either in characters, pinyin, or English), I can’t help you. Ask a Chinese-speaking friend. If you know the name of a song or an artist, but don’t know how to type characters, you can input the romanized name of the artist into Wikipedia or Google and hope that there is a page with the characters for that person’s name. This works for most of the famous artists, and at least gives you a place to start. Guang Liang’s Wikipedia entry, for instance, gives the names of each of his albums in characters, and with that, it is easy to find the name of the song in the next step. Another way is to go to the artist’s English Wikipedia entry and click over to the 中文 entry on the left side (though this probably won’t help if you can read absolutely no Chinese).
- Next, Google the name of either the song, the album, or the artist PLUS “kkbox.” So, a search for Guang Liang’s 單戀 (dan1 lian4) should look like this: “單戀 kkbox.” The first result should be a link directly to a page on the KKBOX website that shows your song in a list of tracks from its album. Searching by album name will likely yield the same result, but searching by artist name will take another step or two. If you want to skip Google and go directly to KKBOX, you are welcome to use its search box, but I think my method is actually faster.
- Now, you will need to look for your song’s name in the list, and click the icon for its lyric sheet somewhere on the right (the icon should have the character “詞” on it).
- Next, head to MDBG Chinese-English dictionary (www.mdbg.net) and navigate to the “Word Dictionary” page. You’ll need to click on “Look up all Chinese words in a text” and choose Simplified or Traditional before moving on (Note: KKBOX is based in Taiwan, and therefore uses traditional characters). Paste the lyrics into the box and click “Go.” On the next page, you can further adjust the display by choosing “Inline/popup annotation,” which I think is the best for reading/printing.
- Guess what? You’re done! Now, you can do a number of things with the information you have gathered. You can print the page for portable study, or you can explore the character links to find more information about them. Some of the characters will offer a variety of pronunciations and meanings, and MDBG will list them all together. Listen to the pronunciation in the song or use the context of the phrase to determine which pronunciation is correct.