記得(Ji De) by 張惠妹 (A-Mei)/ 2010 cover by 林俊傑 (JJ Lin)

February 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm (** Medium, ** Medium, Chinese lyrics, Cover songs, Female Singers, Male Singers, Pinyin lyrics) (, , , , , , , , )


JJ Lin (林俊傑) was awfully clever to cover this popular song, which he originally wrote for A-Mei (張惠妹) in 2001. A-Mei’s version still tops the charts at KTV, even 10 years later, and the song is also a popular choice for competitors on Taiwan’s ubiquitous idol shows. Sure, the song has already been covered by such big names as Khalil Fong (方大同) and Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰), but Lin’s voice has the strength to carry the song that Fong’s does not, and Hsiao’s unique sound is a mismatch for the quiet sadness of A-Mei’s classic (not to mention the drums in Hsiao’s version are a bit much). It’s a challenge to remake a song whose original is so popular, but Lin has managed it quite well.

Learners of Chinese will find this song to be only moderately challenging. It does require a solid foundation for common characters, but there are few difficult words/characters in the song. As for the vocals, the lower key of JJ Lin’s version is manageable for both men and women, but women can consider trying out A-Mei’s version for a challenge. Below are both versions. Enjoy!

Chorus:

誰還記得 是誰先說 永遠的愛我
shei hai ji de  shi shei xian shuo  yong yuan de ai wo

以前的一句話 是我們以後的傷口
yi qian de yi ju hua  shi wo men yi hou de shang kou

過了太久 沒人記得當初那些溫柔
guo le tai jiu  mei ren ji de  dang chu na xie wen rou

我和你手牽手 說要一起 走到最後
wo han ni shou qian shou  shuo yao yi qi  zou dao zui hou

我們都忘了 這條路走了多久
wo men dou wang le  zhe tiao lu zou le duo jiu

心中是清楚的 有一天 有一天都會停的
xin zhong shi qing chu de you yi tian you yi tian dou hui ting de

讓時間說真話 雖然我也害怕
rang shi jian shuo zhen hua    sui ran wo ye hai pa

在天黑了以後 我們都不知道會不會有以後
zai tian hei le yi hou  wo men dou bu zhi dao  hui bu hui you yi hou

Chorus 1 x

我們都累了 卻沒辦法往回走
wo men dou lei le  que mei ban fa wang hui zou

兩顆心都迷惑 怎麼說 怎麼說都沒有救
liang ke xin dou mi huo  zen me shuo  zen me shuo dou mei you jiu

親愛的為什麼 也許你也不懂
qin ai de wei shen me  ye xu ni ye bu dong

兩個相愛的人 等著對方先說想分開的理由
liang ge xiang ai de ren  deng zhe dui fang xian shuo xiang fen kai de li you

Alternate chorus:

誰還記得愛情開始變化的時候
shei hai ji de ai qing kai shi bian hua de shi hou

我和你的眼中 看見了不同的天空
wo han ni de yan zhong  kan jian le bu tong de tian kong

走的太遠 終於走到分岔路的路口
zou de tai yuan zhong yu zou dao fen cha lu de lu kou

是不是你和我 要有兩個相反的夢
shi bu shi ni he wo yao you liang ge xiang fan de meng

Chorus 1x

我和你手牽手 說要一起 走到最後
wo han ni shou qian shou  shuo yao yi qi zou dao zui hou

JJ Lin on Wikipedia (English): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JJ_Lin

A-Mei on Wikipedia (English): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-mei

Lyrics at KKBOX: http://tw.kkbox.com/song/.OFfIMRS4H.M51lel1lel0H4-index.html

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一眼瞬間 (Yi Yan Shun Jian) by 張惠妹 & 蕭敬騰 (A-Mei & Jam Hsiao)

March 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm (*** Difficult, Chinese lyrics, Duets, Pinyin lyrics) (, , , , , )


It’s a big tribute to Jam Hsiao’s talents that A-Mei would put him on her album less than a year after he hit the music scene via One Million Star (超級星光大道, one of Taiwan’s popular talent shows) in 2007. In American terms, that would be like Madonna grabbing a recent American Idol contestant to join her for a duet. Of course, although he was only 20 years old at the time, Hsiao had already built a huge following through his TV appearances, and his popularity has grown since he put out 3 albums of his own in 2008 and 2009.

The song itself is beautiful, one of the best duets out there, in my opinion. I’m putting this in the difficult pile, thanks to intermediate-level vocab and vocals that do require a bit of talent for both parts.

Note: As is the custom… blue = male, red = female, and green = both together.


白茫茫的星光 灑在長長路上
bai mang mang de xing guang  sa zai chang chang lu shang

想念的冰涼 你知道嗎?
xiang nian de bing liang  ni zhi dao ma?

你淺淺的微笑 深似海的眼光
ni qian qian de wei xiao  shen si hai de yan guang

都能掀起我 滔天的巨浪
dou neng xian qi wo  tao tian de ju lang

你相信嗎? 這是命嗎?
ni xiang xin ma? zhe shi ming ma?

這次我們放棄抵抗
zhe ci women fang qi di kang

哪怕擁抱 在身上 劃下深深的傷
na pa yong bao  zai shen shang hua xia shen shen de shang

(Chorus)

只要看你一眼一瞬間
zhi yao kan ni yi yan yi shun jian

哪怕是最後畫面
na pa shi zui hou hua mian

我的世界 因為愛過而完美
wo de shi jie  yin wei ai guo er wan mei

誰都不該離太遠 (oooh)
shei dou bu gai li tai yuan (oooh)

只要看你一眼一瞬間
zhi yao kan ni yi yan yi shun jian

足夠我熬過千年
zu gou wo ao guo qian nian

我不後悔 愛若讓末日提前
wo bu hou hui   ai ruo rang mo ri ti qian

我們要一起 好好迎接那句點
wo men yao yi qi  hao hao ying jie na ju dian

白茫茫的星光 灑在長長路上
bai mang mang de xing guang  sa zai chang chang lu shang

想念的冰涼 知道嗎?
xiang nian de bing liang
ni zhi dao ma?

你淺淺的微笑 深似海的眼光
ni qian qian de wei xiao  shen si hai de yan guang

都能掀起我 滔天的巨浪
dou neng xian qi wo  tao tian de ju lang

你相信嗎? 這是命嗎?
ni xiang xin ma? zhe shi ming ma?

這次我們放棄抵抗
zhe ci women fang qi di kang

哪怕擁抱 在身上 劃下深深的傷
na pa yong bao  zai shen shang hua xia shen shen de shang

(Repeat chorus)

如果相愛是錯 錯過又算什麼
ru guo xiang ai shi cuo  cuo guo you suan shen me

這一次我們 寧死不放手
zhe yi ci wo men ning si bu fang shou

往彼此的心裡跳 跳過天荒地老
wang bi ci de xin li tiao  tiao guo tian huang di lao

(Repeat chorus . Note: male/female split differs slightly from previous choruses)

我們要一起 好好迎接那句點
wo men yao yi qi hao hao ying jie na ju dian


Lyrics at KKBOX: http://tw.kkbox.com/song/iHtaYZiFt0F1tX1JVXJVX0On-index.html

Jam Hsiao on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam_Hsiao

A-Mei on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-Mei

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