‘The Song of An Older Artistic Woman’ by Shao Yibei

'The Song of An Artistic Woman' video

The Chinese character reads “marry (a man)”.

《大龄文艺女青年之歌》 ‘The Song of An Older Artistic Woman’ was created by 邵夷贝 Shao Yibei, a Peking University alumni from the class of 2006. This song discusses what kind of men an older “artistic” woman should marry. 大龄 (dà líng) means “older than the average age for marriage”. In China, the average age for a man to have his first marriage is 25.3 years old, and the average age for a woman to have her first marriage is 23.4 years old. This song first became an internet hit in 2009 but drew a lot of attention again at the beginning of 2013 because the female host Zhu Dan sang an adapted version of this song on Hunan Satellite TV‘s New Year’s Eve Gala without Shao Yibei and her record company’s permission.

Music Video:




Composer: Shao Yibei
Lyrics: Shao Yibei
Singer: Shao Yibei

Lyrics (Original Chinese, Pinyin Romanization, and English Translation):

呵 呵 这是一首悲伤的歌
hē hē zhè shì yì shǒu bēi shāng de gē
Hehe, this is a sad song

呵 呵 这是一首悲伤的歌
hē hē zhè shì yì shǒu bēi shāng de gē
Hehe, this is a sad song

 
王小姐三十一岁了
wáng xiǎo jiě sān shí yī suì le
Miss Wang is 31

朋友们见到了她
péng yǒu men jiàn dào le tā
When friends meet her

都要问一个问题:
dōu yào wèn yí gè wèn ti
they all ask a question:

你什么时候打算嫁呢?
nǐ shén me shí hou dǎ suàn jià ne
When do you plan to marry (a man)?

 
可是嫁人这一个问题
kě shì jià rén zhè yí gè wèn ti
But the issue of marrying a man

又不是她一个人可以决定的
yòu bú shì tā yí gè rén kě yǐ jué dìng de
cannot be decided by her alone

她问她爸爸
tā wèn tā bà ba
She asked her dad

她问她妈妈
tā wèn tā mā ma
She asked her mom

他们都说你赶紧的
tā men dōu shuō nǐ gǎn jǐn de
They all say: You must hurry up

你看 你看 你看人家那那那那那那那那
nǐ kàn nǐ kàn nǐ kàn rén jiā nèi nèi nèi nèi nèi nèi nèi nèi
Look, look, look at those people like that that that that that that that that [meaning the parents are listing the women they know who have gotten married]

你看 你看 你看看看那那那那
nǐ kàn nǐ kàn nǐ kàn kàn kàn nèi nèi nèi nèi
Look, look, look at those people like that that that that

 
大龄文艺女青年
dà líng wén yì nǚ qīng nián
An older artistic woman

该嫁一个什么样的人呢
gāi jià yí gè shén me yàng de rén ne
What kind of man should she marry?

是不是也该找个搞艺术的
shì bú shì yě gāi zhǎo gè gǎo yì shù de
Should she also find someone who does art?

这样就比较合适呢
zhè yàng jiù bǐ jiǎo hé shì ne
Would that be more suitable?

可是搞艺术的男青年
kě shì gǎo yì shù de nán qīng nián
But the men who do art

有一部分只爱他的艺术
yǒu yí bù fèn zhǐ ài tā de yì shù
Some of them only love their art

还有极少部分搞艺术的男青年
hái yǒu jí shǎo bù fèn gǎo yì shù de nán qīng nián
And a very few men who do art

搞艺术是为了搞姑娘
gǎo yì shù shì wèi le gǎo gū niang
They do art to do girls

搞姑娘又不只搞她一个
gǎo gū niang yòu bù zhǐ gǎo tā yí gè
When they do girls, they don’t do just her alone

嫁给他干什么呢
jià gěi tā gàn shén me ne
So what’s the point of marrying him?

搞姑娘又不只搞她一个
gǎo gū niang yòu bù zhǐ gǎo tā yí gè
When they do girls, they don’t do just her alone

奶奶奶奶奶奶的
něi něi něi něi něi něi de
[expletive, deviated from 奶奶的 (nǎi nǎi de) which means "fuck"] Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

 
呵 呵 这是一首悲伤的歌
hē hē zhè shì yì shǒu bēi shāng de gē
Hehe, this is a sad song

呵 呵 这是一首悲伤的歌
hē hē zhè shì yì shǒu bēi shāng de gē
Hehe, this is a sad song

 
朋友们介绍了好几个
péng yǒu men jiè shào le hǎo jǐ gè
Friends have introduced quite a few men (to her)

有车子房子和孩子的
yǒu chē zi fáng zi hé hái zi de
who have cars, houses, and kids

他们说你该找个有钱的
tā men shuō nǐ gāi zhǎo gè yǒu qián de
They said, “You should find a rich man

让他赞助你搞创作
ràng tā zàn zhù nǐ gǎo chuàng zuò
and let him sponsor your artistic work”

可是大款都不喜欢她
kě shì dà kuǎn dōu bù xǐ huan tā
But no rich man likes her

他们只想娶会做饭的
tā men zhǐ xiǎng qǔ huì zuò fàn de
They just want to marry a woman who knows how to cook

不会做饭的女青年
bú huì zuò fàn de nǚ qīng nián
Young women who don’t know how to cook

只能去当第三者
zhǐ néng qù dāng dì sān zhě
can only go be the third person [extramarital lover]

不会做饭的文艺女青年
bú huì zuō fàn de wén yì nǚ qīng nián
The artistic young women who don’t know how to cook

只能被他们潜规则
zhǐ néng bèi tā men qiǎn guī zé
can only be casting-couched by them

奶奶奶奶奶奶的
něi něi něi něi něi něi de
Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

呼~

Hu~

 
这一首歌纯属雷同
zhè yì shǒu gē chún shǔ léi tóng
This song is purely a reflection of reality

如有虚构纯属巧合
rú yǒu xū gòu chún shǔ qiǎo hé
If there is anything fabricated, it’s purely coincidence

请不要自觉对号入座
qǐng bú yào zì jué duì hào rù zuò
Please don’t consciously put yourself in this song

然后发动群众封杀我
rán hòu fā dòng qún zhòng fēng shā wǒ
And then mobilize the masses to censor me

你看 你看 你看她只会做西红柿炒鸡蛋
nǐ kàn nǐ kàn nǐ kàn tā zhǐ huì zuò xī hóng shì chǎo jī dàn
Look, Look, look she only knows how to make fried eggs with tomatoes

你看 你看 还要就着方便面
nǐ kàn nǐ kàn hái yào jiù zhe fāng biàn miàn
Look, look, and she eats it with instant noodles

那是非常的好吃的
nà shì fēi cháng de hǎo chī de
That’s very tasty

mia mia mia mia mia mia mia

[Note: "mia mia mia" is similar with "yum yum" in English.]

那是非常的好吃的
nà shì fēi cháng de hǎo chī de
That’s very tasty

mia mia mia mia mia mia mia

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  • andao

    I used to read Chinasmack everyday. But after the “letter from angry politically correct readers,” the site has really gone downhill. When Chinasmack was about reporting edgy and relevant Chinese news stories along with netizen responses, it was a unique and interesting site. Now it’s practically a language learning site with all these song/lyric posts.

    There must be an audience for this stuff because you wouldn’t post it otherwise, but the edgy news stuff is now being covered better by the competition. So, I guess have fun being a language learning site.

    • markus peg

      What is the competition?

      • Rusty

        Dumpsters.

    • Monster of Truth

      blablabla what are you talking about? This shizzle is free! Check it once a week and see if there’s anything worth reading. There are plenty of good sites to read Chinese news and stuff, tea leaf nation for an example. If you want serious Chinese news sign up to NiuB’s China newsletter at Sinocism, http://sinocism.com/ its awesome

      • Second Monster of Truth

        Bikini toddlers not shocking enough? :/

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

    For some reason, the video of this song wasn’t included in the article, so:

  • MrT

    Hehe, this is a sad song

  • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

    enough of this cpop. kpop is the best.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

      A k-pop fan demanding k-pop on chinaSMACK.

      Is there no depth to which k-pop fans won’t sink?

      • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

        :P

  • Johnny_Basic

    I can’t say I have much sympathy for all these supposedly well-educated and sophisticated shengnv bemoaning how hard it is to find a guy.

    The majority of Chinese guys are long-nailed, dog-breathed, insipid non-entities whose mothers still dictate their hairstyle, yes. Noone would want to end up with them of course.

    But there is simply no call for all this self-pitying shengnv whinging when actually there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of guys in China’s top-tier cities who are, compared with the average, stronger, taller, richer, funnier, cleaner, more charismatic, better conversationalists, better mannered, better educated and better looking by far.

    The Chinese term for this kind of guy is ‘老外’, I believe.

  • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

    is she Chinese? her feature reminds me of another east asian.
    那是非常的好吃的
    mia mia mia

  • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

    A little off topic but have anyone been to kowloon walled city? i imagine its post apocalyptic + somalia

    • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

      They destroyed it.

      • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

        thats too bad, the environment looks like something out of a science fiction movie

        • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

          yeah i’d love to have explored it. but even if they shut it down completely and say just left it there for people to tour and such, it would still be a huge fire hazard and would still attract a lot of bad people in the dark nooks and crannies.

          • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

            that is its charm, a chance to escape a safe and colourful world into a rusty, dark and mysterious one. Running around with paintball gun shooting each other, build barricades, sneak and shoot up close or snipe from afar… and at night time, hanging around the bonfire waiting for the enemy to ambush, or your group ambush them first. How fun! =D

          • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

            Ah yeah paint ball there would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!

            Have you heard of Chungking mansion? its nowhere as bad as kowloon city but it still seems pretty interesting!

          • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

            I havent heard of it, how did you know about this place? have you stayed there, its like a hostel isnt it? I only know a few places that are like these. There is another place called Gunkanjima, its also deliciously deserted

    • DongDong

      It does not exist anymore. It’s been torn down and replaced by a park long ago.

  • Dr Sun

    she’s welcome on my casting-couch

  • ric

    ehh in a nation of 1 billion + i think she’s just not going out and talking to new men or really picky in reality

  • Joe

    邵夷贝!!! Thank you for posting some good Chinese music! ^_^

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