,

‘High Song’ by Huang Ling (Isabelle Huang)

Huang Ling 01

Huang Ling 01

Huang Ling (Isabelle Huang) is a Shanghainese singer most notable for her ethereal voice and achievements in independent music. She published her first album Itch in 2007 and the second album Special in 2010. In this song’s title, “high” means “elated”. As a popular Chinese slang term, “high” describes excitement rather than a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or drugs.

Song:

Composer: Chang Shilei
Lyrics: Chang Shilei
Singer: Huang Ling/Isabelle Huang

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

VERSE ONE:

Mountain top 就跟着一起来
Mountain top, jiù gēn zhe yì qǐ lái
Mountain top, just come and follow me

没有什么阻挡着未来
méi yǒu shén me zǔ dǎng zhe wèi lái
Nothing stands in the way of the future

Day and night 就你和我的爱
Day and night, jiù nǐ hé wǒ de ài
Day and night, just the love between you and me

没有什么阻挡着未来
méi yǒu shén me zǔ dǎng zhe wèi lái
Nothing stands in the way of the future

 
REPEAT VERSE ONE 2x

 
VERSE TWO:

Yi yi yi 你不在 我不在
yi yi yi, nǐ bú zài wǒ bú zài
Yi yi yi, [if] you’re not here, I’m not here   

[Note: “Yi yi yi” is an imitation of the sound of the morin khuur, a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument.]

Yi yi yi 谁还会在
shuí hái huì zài
Yi yi yi, then who would be here?
  
Yi yi yi 你不在 我不在
nǐ bú zài wǒ bú zài
Yi yi yi, [if] you’re not here, I’m not here   

Yi yi yi 谁还会在
shuí hái huì zài
Yi yi yi, then who would be here?

 
VERSE ONE
  
 
VERSE TWO

 
Mountain top 就一起来
Mountain top, jiù yì qǐ lái
Mountain top, just come together

REPEAT ABOVE 3x

Zhang Wei’s version of ‘High Song’ on the popular The Voice of China singing competition, the Chinese version of The Voice of Holland:

READ  Punk Music Scene in China: 'China Calling!' (Video)

Many Chinese netizens have remarked that Zhang Wei’s rendition was better than Huang Ling’s.

On September 30th, 2012 Zhang Wei and Isabelle Huang sang ‘High Song’ together on the final contest of The Voice of China:


Huang Ling 02

Huang Ling 03

Written by Rensi

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading…