Afterwards (Hou lai3)
Singer: 刘若英 (Rene Liu)
This is another popular song by Rene Liu. Heard it recently in town of Malacca in Malaysia. There was a restaurant with karaoke that was close to my hotel room, and someone sang it rater loudly.
The melody of this song is really nice. The video is rather confusing though, not sure what to make of it.
栀子花,白花瓣 (zhi zi = gardenia ; hua ban4 = petals)
落在我蓝色百褶裙上. (bai3 zhe3 qun2 = pleated skirt )
我低下头闻见一阵芬芳. (fen fang = fragrant)
那个永恒的夜晚, (yong3 heng2 = everlasting)
每当有感叹, (gan3 tan4 = sigh )
在这相似的深夜里, (xiang si = resemble)
也在静静追悔感伤. (zhui hui3 = remorse )
如果当时我们能不那么倔 强, (jue2 jiang4 = stubborn )
现在也不那么遗憾. (yi2 han4 = regret )
Afterwards, I finally learned how to love
It’s a shame you disappeared into the sea of faces.
Afterwards, though all the tears, I finally understood
That you can only miss somebody once.
White petals of orange flowers fall on my blue pleated skirt
"I love you," you softly say
I lowered my head and smelled the burst of fragrance
That eternal night; 17 years old, midsummer
That night you kissed me
Letting me in my future days, when I feel like sighing
To always remember that day’s starlight
That love then, why was it so simple like that?
And also, why when we are young
Must we let those whom we love be hurt?
On this similar deep of night, are you the same?
Also feeling the quiet hurt of regret?
If at the time we could have been less stubborn
We would not feel regret now
How are you remembering me? Does it bring you laughter or silence?
These past years, was there someone who could let you not be lonely?
It will never happen again.
To have that boy in love with that girl