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‘Can’t Leave You’ by Huang Qishan and Liu Huan

Huan Qishan on "I'm a Singer"

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《离不开你》 ‘Can’t Leave You’ is the song that brought 44-year-old singer 黄绮珊 Huang Qishan aka Susan Huang to national attention on China’s internet over the past two weeks. Though she entered the music business 27 years ago, Huang Qishan did not become a household name until recently when she appeared on Hunan Satellite TV’s I’m A Singer, a singing competition reality show imported from South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation. This singing competition has featured famous artists from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, such as Qi Qin aka Chyi Chin, Paul Wong Koon-Chung aka Huang Guanzhong (former guitarist from the Hong Kong rock band Beyond), Sha Baoliang, Chen Ming, Shang Wenjie aka Laure Shang, and the former members of the pop duet Yu Quan—Chen Yufan, and Hu Haiquan (these two singers also took turns hosting this reality show).

When I’m A Singer debuted on 2013 January 18th, Huang Qishan was the least known singer among the contestants and ranked only No.6 among the seven contestants, but then her name became a hot search term overnight after the show. In the following contest aired on January 25th, she rose to No.2 with a moving performance of Liu Huan‘s ‘Can’t Leave You’, the closing sequence of the TV series Snow City that was aired in 1988. She remarked that the song perfectly describes her connection with music. Her performance moved audiences to tears and won the admiration of many singers on Weibo as well. For the February 2nd contest, she paid tribute to Whitney Houston by singing “I’ll Always Love You” (video), and became the champion of the week.

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According to her profile on Baidu Baike [Baidu Encyclopedia], Huang Qishan was dubbed “China’s Mariah Carey” and “the No.1 female voice in Asia” though she has released only two albums so far, Only You (2000) and Asia First Female (2009, on Amazon).

Huang Qishan’s performance of “Can’t Leave You” on the nostalgic singing competition reality show I’m A Singer on Hunan Satellite TV:

Composer: Liu Huan
Lyrics: Li Wenqi
Singer: Huang Qishan/Susan Huang

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

VERSE:

你敞开怀抱融化了我
nǐ chǎng kāi huái bào róng huà le wǒ
You opened your arms, melting me

你轻捻指尖揉碎了我
nǐ qīngniǎn zhǐ jiān róu suì le wǒ
You pressed your fingertips together, crumbling me

你鼓动风云卷走了我
nǐ gǔ dòng fēng yún juǎn zǒu le wǒ
You stirred the winds and clouds, rolling me away

你掀起波澜抛弃了我
nǐ xiān qǐ bō lán pāo qì le wǒ
You made waves, abandoning me

 

CHORUS:

我俩 太不公平
wǒ liǎ tài bù gōng píng
Us two, (it’s) so unfair

爱和恨全由你操纵
ài hé hèn quán yóu nǐ cāo zòng
Love and hate, all controlled by you

可今天 我已离不开你
kě jīn tiān wǒ yǐ lí bù kāi nǐ
But today, I can no longer leave you

不管你 爱不爱我
bù guǎn nǐ ài bú ài wǒ
Whether you love me or not

CHORUS

VERSE

CHORUS X4

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Liu Huan might be better known to foreigners as the Chinese man who sang “You and Me”, the official theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, alongside Sarah Brightman. More recently, he was one of the judges on the popular 中国好声音 Voice of China television singing competition.

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Here’s his performance of “Can’t Leave You”:

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Written by Rensi

A translator of trending Chinese Internet humor and Chinese pop music.

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