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China’s Popular Epidemic Song Posted by on May 4, 2020 in music, News

The song which had been written for another occasion and became one of the most popular during the pandemic.

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Li Kaichou (李凯稠 Lǐ kǎichóu) is a successful Chinese musician (音乐人 yīn yuè rén). Working behind the scenes, he has composed and produced many popular songs (红歌 hóng gē) over the years. Last year he composed a new song, this time for his daughter, Li Xinrong (李昕融 Lǐ Xīnróng). Although she is only 10 years old, Li Xinrong already has a distinguished musical career. With both parents as professional musicians, she has been learning piano since early childhood and has shown extraordinary musical talent (天赋 tiān fù).

On June 2019, a couple of days before Father’s Day (父亲节 fù qīn jié) celebration, the single 《听我说谢谢你》 was released. Composed by Li Kaichou, and performed by Li Xinrong, the song Listen To Me Thanking You received positive reviews. The sentimental melody (旋律 xuán lǜ), Li’s sweet voice, and the touching lyrics (歌词 gē cí), made the song a special tribute to fathers-daughters, and really to any other relationship.

Six months later the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and swept the world. The epicenter city was overwhelmed with hundreds of new cases each day. Over 42,000 medical workers from across the country were dispatched to aid Hubei. They were praised as 最美的逆行者 (zuì měi nì xíng zhě, heroes in harm’s way), for traveling to the frontline to fight the epidemic in a race against time, giving all they can to cure Wuhan.

China was in awe, hailing the medical staff, who left their families behind, put themselves at risk and worked hard for China’s health. The humble lyrics of the song which had been written for another occasion expressed Chinese gratitude (感恩 gǎn ēn), and the song became one of the most popular during the pandemic.

Watch Li Xinrong performs the song:

送给你小心心

送你花一朵

你在我生命中

太多的感动

Sòng gěi nǐ xiǎo xīn xīn

Sòng nǐ huā yī duǒ

Nǐ zài wǒ shēng mìng zhòng

Tài duō de gǎn dòng

I’m sending you a little heart

I’m giving you a flower

You have touched me to the core

你是我的天使

一路指引我

无论岁月变幻

爱你唱成歌

Nǐ shì wǒ de tiān shǐ

Yī lù zhǐ yǐn wǒ

Wú lùn suì yuè biàn huàn

Ài nǐ chàng chéng gē

You are my angel

Pointed me the way

Although years will change

I’ll sing my love to you

听我说谢谢你

因为有你 温暖了四季

谢谢你 感谢有你

世界更美丽

Tīng wǒ shuō xiè xiè nǐ

Yīn wèi yǒu nǐ wēn nuǎn le sì jì

Xiè xiè nǐ gǎn xiè yǒu nǐ

Shì jiè gèng měi lì

Listen to me thanking you

Because you warmed up the four seasons

Thank you

Thanks to you the world is prettier

我要谢谢你 因为有你

爱常在心底

谢谢你 感谢有你

把幸福传递

Wǒ yào xiè xiè nǐ yīn wèi yǒu nǐ

Ài cháng zài xīn dǐ

Xiè xiè nǐ gǎn xiè yǒu nǐ

Bǎ xìng fú chuán dì

I want to thank you

Because of you love is always in my heart

Thank you

Thank you for spreading happiness

 

The song and its dance (舞蹈 wǔ dǎo) became a popular gesture to the people fighting the epidemic. A little girl was caught on camera performing the dance to a bus full of medical staff, leaving Hubei after things got better in the province:

Medical workers from Shaanxi province returning home in April, were welcomed on their plane by flight attendants performing the finger dance (手指舞 shǒu zhǐ wǔ) of the song:

A daughter greeted her father, when returning home after being away for fifty days fighting the epidemic, with the song and the dance:

 

Text vocabulary

音乐人 yīn yuè rén = musician

红歌 hóng gē = popular song

天赋 tiān fù = talent

音乐天赋 yīn yuè tiān fù = musical talent

父亲节 fù qīn jié = Father’s Day

旋律 xuán lǜ = melody

歌词 gē cí = lyrics

感恩 gǎn ēn = gratitude

舞蹈 wǔ dǎo = dance

手指 shǒu zhǐ = finger

手指舞 shǒu zhǐ wǔ = finger dance

 

大家都健康平安!



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