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[cpop] Fish Leong - Swallowtail Butterfly

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May. 8th, 2012 | 02:04 am
music: Mayday - Swallowtail Butterfly
posted by: starriheavens in nostarwords

Swallowtail Butterfly
Artist: Fish Leong
Album: Wings of Love / Swallowtail Butterfly
Lyrics: Ashin
Composition: Ashin
Arrangement:Ashin



Music Video

燕尾蝶 Swallowtail Butterfly
興高采烈的破蛹
華麗新生的衝動
尋找燦爛天地 美夢
A butterfly is being born
swiftly rising forth in joy
Searching for its heaven, its dreams
主宰愛情的是誰
奮不顧身的撲火
就算輪迴只為 襯托
Who's the one to dictate love?
To put one's life upon the line.
I will love you in all my lives.
你笑 你哭 你的動作
都是我的聖經 珍惜的背頌 
我喜 我悲 我的生活
為你放棄自由 要為你左右
Your laugh, your tears, all your movements
Are all my holy writ; treasured holy chants.
My joy, my pain, all of my life
For you I will be chained I'll live life for you…
你是火 你是風 你是織網的惡魔
破碎的燕尾蝶 還做最後的美夢
你是火 你是風 你是天使的誘惑
讓我做燕尾蝶 擁抱最後的美夢
讓我短暫快樂很感動
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the demon spinning webs
A broken butterfly, dreaming its very last dream
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the trumpet of angels.
Let me be a butterfly, holding its very last dream
Let this brief joy matter to us all.
興高采烈的破蛹
華麗新生的衝動
尋找燦爛天地 美夢
A butterfly is being born
swiftly rising forth in joy
Searching for its heaven, its dreams
既然不是毛毛蟲
就要壯烈的撲火
短暫青春要像煙火
Since I'm no caterpillar
I'll put my life upon the line
My short youth should burn like fireworks
此生 此愛 此刻揮霍
揮霍我的色彩  在你的天空
你想 你說 你要我做
其實我很快樂 全都因為
This life, This love, All this extravagance
It's changing my whole life, and it's all for you.
You think, you say, All you want of me
Actually I'm happy, and it's because
你是火 你是風 你是織網的惡魔
破碎的燕尾蝶 還做最後的美夢
你是火 你是風 你是天使的誘惑
讓我做燕尾蝶 擁抱最後的美夢
讓我短暫快樂很感動
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the demon spinning webs
A broken butterfly, dreaming its very last dream
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the trumpet of angels.
Let me be a butterfly, holding its very last dream
Let this brief joy matter to us all.
你是火 你是風 你是織網的惡魔
破碎的燕尾蝶 還做最後的美夢
你是火 你是風 你是天使的誘惑
讓我做燕尾蝶 擁抱最後的美夢
讓我快樂讓我痛
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the demon spinning webs
A broken butterfly, dreaming its very last dream
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the trumpet of angels.
Let me be a butterfly, holding its very last dream
Give joy and give me pain
你是火 你是風 你是織網的惡魔
破碎的燕尾蝶 還做最後的美夢
你是火 你是風 你是天使的誘惑
讓我做燕尾蝶 擁抱最後的美夢
讓我短暫快樂很感動
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the demon spinning webs
A broken butterfly, dreaming its very last dream
You're the flames, you're the wind, you're the trumpet of angels.
Let me be a butterfly, holding its very last dream
Let this brief joy matter to us all.
讓我短暫快樂很感動
Let this brief joy matter to us all.


I found this translation on my hard-drive and was surprised because I knew I had a content translation done, but I didn’t realize I had actually finished the conversion to a sing-along / singable translation. Sometimes, my computer has surprises for me! Some notes.
1. I stripped out “Swallowtail Butterfly” at every instance and replaced it with just “Butterfly”. I decided to not try to re-write the lyrics to incorporate “Swallowtail Butterfly” in a 3 syllable space, especially because the song is so concise already.
2. I actually tried to preserve as much structure and repetition as I could. That’s probably most noticeable at the parts leading up to the chorus and the chorus itself, where the repetitive structure in Chinese is preserved as much as possible.
3. Some of the way the lines are arranged in the official text was changed for the sake of making the lyrics easier to read.
4. There’s a good amount of interpretation in the verses, but the chorus is actually fairly accurate. Some changes were made to preserve structure and rhythm, of course.
5. This is a Fish Leong song, but I actually like the Mayday version (pretty sure it’s from their Final Home live). Youtube video here

Fun times with this song! If you can believe it, it was actually the second song I translated! The first was another Fish Leong song. It seems like I got to the start of my translations with Fish Leong. xD

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