Translations 中文

周杰倫 – 青花瓷

青花瓷 |Qing Hua Ci| Blue and White Porcelain

曲:- 周杰倫
Qu:- Zhou Jie Lun
Music:- Jay Chou

詞:- 方文山
Ci:- Fang Wen Shan
Lyrics:- Vincent Fang

Translation: laruku (ME!!!) –

The brush outlines a beautiful pattern, brush strokes becoming lighter

The peony on the bottle, simplest beauty, just like you

Whiffs of incense smoke bring your troubles to my heart

I pause halfway while painting

The glazing of the lady’s portrait hides her charm

Your smile, to me, like a budding flower

妳的美一縷飄散 去到我去不了的地方
But your beauty dissipates like smoke, to a place I can never reach

#天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳 (1)
The perfect shade of blue awaits the right weather, like how I wait for you

炊煙裊裊昇起 隔江千萬里
From a thousand miles away, I gaze at the curling chimney smoke

The calligraphy beneath the bottle, elegance of the Han Dynasty

Our meeting I foreshadowed

*天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳 (1)
The perfect shade of blue awaits the right weather, like how I wait for you

月色被打撈起 暈開了結局
The moonlight smudged away the remnants of our ending

如傳世的青花瓷自顧自美麗 妳眼帶笑意
Like legendary porcelain obsessed with itself, your eyes full of laughter

Those blue carp seem to come alive on the white bowl

臨摹宋體落款時卻惦記著妳 (2)
While I am imitating the Song inscription I’m thinking of you

The eon of secrets you buried in the kiln

It’s exquisiteness like an embroidery needle

簾外芭蕉惹驟雨門環惹銅綠 (3)
The banana tree outside brought the sudden downpour, and in turn the copper rust on the door handle

而我路過那江南小鎮惹了妳 (3)
My passing by Jiangnan brings me to you

在潑墨山水畫(4) 裡 妳從墨色深處被隱去(5)
Yet you fade away into the deep abyss of the Chinese painting


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Translator’s Notes:

This song makes use of the metaphor of porcelain to describe love and separation. Separation doesn’t always have to be painful and sad, it can be inscribed for life in memories and in the heart, just like paintings on porcelain, glazed and fixed for eternities. The pain and the sadness can pass with time, but the beauty of the love will always stay.

1. 天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳
天青色 is a very specific colour of the porcelain that can ONLY be created/set with great difficulty. The temperature of the kiln has to be perfect and the last day of the glazing HAS TO BE on a rainy day. Only then can it achieve that specific colour.
煙雨天 =Rainy Day
Which is why 天青色&煙雨 are inseparable, relating it to the ‘me’ & ‘you’ in the song. Which means that I can ONLY wait for you, and no one else. Nobody else will complete me as you do.

To be more exacting to Vincent Fang’s way of thought, it is the waiting that is the key point in this line. The shade of blue has to patiently ‘wait’ for the rainy weather, just as I can only wait for you…

2. 臨摹宋體落款時卻惦記著妳
This line, literally translated above, actually means that even though dynasties have passed (in reference to Han Dynasty a few lines up), the memory and thought of you does not wane.

3. 簾外芭蕉驟雨門環銅綠

The use of the word  veers from the usual negative implication it has.  in normal usage means ‘annoy; irritate’. However, in this instance, it means attracting or bringing forward something.

It has a much more aggressive implication than simply just bring 2 things together. In the first line,  is used passively, as copper can only wait for the rust to form on it.. Yet in the second line,  is used aggressively. It reflects from a few lines before 天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳 where I am passive. In this instance, I am active. There is a contrast here.

4. 潑墨山水畫
It’s a special type of landscape painting.

潑墨 is the technique used. What happens is that the artist will splash some ink on the canvas, and very quickly use that splatter of ink to create a final landscape painting.

Example 1
Example 2

5. 妳從墨色深處被隱去
This is purely my own take on the lyrics. This line talks about how the other party is gone (dead or otherwise), but she hasn’t entirely vanished, only immortalised in the painting itself, the painting being a metaphor for the heart/mind.

Vincent Fang’s own take on how he came up with the song.. CLICKIE.. I’m actually not far off. *pats back*

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