The Next Page of Me by Cyndi Wang

Song Title: The Next Page of Me (下一頁的我)

Lyricist: Yi Jia Yang (易家扬)

Composer: Mizuno Yoshiki  (水野良树)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Red-Violet = Pin Yin
Lavender = English
Sea Green = Vietnamese

就要出發 是馬
jiu yao chu fa   shi ma
About to set out, right?
Sắp xuất phát rồi, phải không?
這問題困擾著我
zhe wen ti kun rao zhe wo
This matter has been disturbing me
Vấn đề này đang quấy rối tôi
是個可能吧 或許想太多
shi ge ke neng ba   huo xu xiang tai duo
Is it possible? Or perhaps I’m thinking too much?
Chuyện này có khả năng không? Hay là tôi đã nghĩ quá nhiều?
有的夢不去做好可惜
you de meng bu qu zuo hao ke xi
If a dream isn’t pursued, then it’s really a shame
Nếu giấc mơ mà không thực hiện thì đáng tiếc lắm

我害怕嗎 有點
wo hai pa ma   you dian
Am I afraid? A little bit
Tôi có sợ hay không? Có chút đỉnh
孤單很痛的對不對
gu dan hen tong de dui bu dui
Loneliness is very painful, right?
Sự cô đơn rất là đau khổ, phải không?
我得放下 翻開這一頁
wo de fang xia   fan kai zhe yi ye
I should let go and turn that page
Tôi nên buông xuống mà lật trang đó đi
沒時間想過去
mei shi jian xiang guo qu
There’s no time to think about the past
Không có thời gian để nghĩ tới dĩ vãng

心中會怕才問自己
xin zhong hui pa cai wen zi ji
My heart is afraid to ask itself
Lòng tôi lo sợ phải hỏi chính mình
那些曾經的話語
na xie ceng jing de hua yu
Those words of the past
Những lời đó của quá khứ
謝謝是你讓我有天空和明天
xie xie shi ni rang wo you tian kong he ming tian
Thank you for allowing me to have a sky and a tomorrow
Cám ơn anh đã cho tôi một khung trời và một ngày mai
學會獨立
xue hui du li
To learn independence
Để học biết tự lập

站在未知的泥土裡
zhan zai wei zhi de ni tu li
Standing at an unknown path
Đứng tại một con đường vô danh
看我勇敢的深呼吸
kan wo yong gan de shen hu xi
Seeing me taking a deep breath of courage
Xem tôi hít sâu một hơi đầy dũng cảm
黑的夜 我不怕
hei de ye   wo bu pa
I’m not afraid of the dark night
Tôi không sợ đêm u tối
天空很大 像在說 不能哭
tian kong hen da xiang zai shuo bu neng ku
The sky is humongous, like it’s saying, “Don’t cry.”
Khung trời rất vĩ đại, giống như là đang nói rằng: Đừng nên khóc

下一頁的我 會去哪裡 用多大的用氣
xia yi ye de wo   hui qu na li   yong duo da de yong qi
The next page of me, I could go anywhere because I have so much courage
Trang kế tiếp của tôi, tôi muốn đi đâu cũng được vì tôi có rất nhiều dũng khí
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
suo you meng li mian de feng yu   wo bu pa na shi wo de shi ti
All the wind and rain within the dream, I’m not afraid that those are my tests
Tất cả phong ba bão táp của giấc mộng, tôi đều không sợ những thử thách đó
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
xia yi ye de wo   xi wang neng yong you   mi li de ming tian
The next page of me, hoping that I could have a beautiful tomorrow
Trang kế tiếp của tôi, hy vọng rằng tôi có thể được một ngày mai tươi đẹp
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見
suo yi zhe ci wo song zou cong qian  yin wei wo   kan de jian
Therefore, this time, I’m sending off the past, because I could see clearly
Cho nên, lần này, tôi tạm biệt quá khứ, bởi vì tôi đã nhìn thấy rõ

(music)

擔心什麼 去吧
dan xin shen me   qu ba
What is there to worry? Just go
Lo gì chứ? Hãy đi đi
愛讓人哭真對不起
ai rang ren ku zhen dui bu qi
Love makes one cry, I’m really sorry
Tình yêu làm cho người ta khóc, thiệt xin lỗi
之前的回憶 握在掌心裡
zhi qian de hui yi   wo zai zhang xin li
Memories of the past are held in my heart
Ký ức của dĩ vãng đang chứa đựng trong lòng tôi
它讓我 再苦也肯努力
ta rang wo   zai ku ye ken nu li
It allows me to strive forward regardless of the hardship
Nó khiến cho tôi không ngừng cố gằng dù có bao nhiêu khổ nhọc

耳邊的風 吹吧
er bian de feng   chui ba
The wind by the ear, go ahead and blow
Gió bên tai, hãy cứ thổi
讓我聽見新消息
rang wo ting jian xin xiao xi
Allowing me to hear the news
Để tôi được nghe tin tức mới
在旅途上 愛是氧氣
zai lu tu shang   ai shi yang qi
During this journey, love is the oxygen
Đối với chuyến đi này, tình yêu là dưỡng khí
讓我越來越肯定
rang wo yue lai yue ken ding
Allowing me to be more and more certain
Để tôi càng lúc càng khẳng định hơn

心中會怕才問自己
xin zhong hui pa cai wen zi ji
My heart is afraid to ask itself
Lòng tôi lo sợ phải hỏi chính mình
那些曾經的話語
na xie ceng jing de hua yu
Those words of the past
Những lời đó của quá khứ
謝謝是你讓我有天空和明天
xie xie shi ni rang wo you tian kong he ming tian
Thank you for allowing me to have a sky and a tomorrow
Cám ơn anh đã cho tôi một khung trời và một ngày mai
學會獨立
xue hui du li
To learn independence
Để học biết tự lập

站在未知的泥土裡
zhan zai wei zhi de ni tu li
Standing at an unknown path
Đứng tại một con đường vô danh
看我勇敢的深呼吸
kan wo yong gan de shen hu xi
Seeing me taking a deep breath of courage
Xem tôi hít sâu một hơi đầy dũng cảm
黑的夜 我不怕
hei de ye wo bu pa
I’m not afraid of the dark night
Tôi không sợ đêm u tối
天空很大 像在說 不能哭
tian kong hen da xiang zai shuo bu neng ku
The sky is humongous, like it’s saying, “Don’t cry.”
Khung trời rất vĩ đại, giống như là đang nói rằng: Đừng nên khóc

下一頁的我 會去哪裡 用多大的用氣
xia yi ye de wo hui qu na li yong duo da de yong qi
The next page of me, I could go anywhere because I have so much courage
Trang kế tiếp của tôi, tôi muốn đi đâu cũng được vì tôi có rất nhiều dũng khí
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
suo you meng li mian de feng yu wo bu pa na shi wo de shi ti
All the wind and rain within the dream, I’m not afraid that those are my tests
Tất cả phong ba bão táp của giấc mộng, tôi đều không sợ những thử thách đó
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
xia yi ye de wo xi wang neng yong you mi li de ming tian
The next page of me, hoping that I could have a beautiful tomorrow
Trang kế tiếp của tôi, hy vọng rằng tôi có thể được một ngày mai tươi đẹp
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見
suo yi zhe ci wo song zou cong qian yin wei wo kan de jian
Therefore, this time, I’m sending off the past, because I could see clearly
Cho nên, lần này, tôi tạm biệt quá khứ, bởi vì tôi đã nhìn thấy rõ

(music)

萬言藏在我心中
wan yan cang zai wo xin zhong
Thousand of words are hidden within my heart
Có hàng ngàn lời nói đang ẩn khuất trong lòng tôi
相信它吧 往前衝
xiang xin ta ba   wang qian chong
Believe them, charge forward
Tin tưởng chúng đi, tiến tới phía trước
我的路 我就一定讓它走成幸福
wo de lu   wo jiu yi ding rang ta zou cheng xing fu
My path, I will definitely let it arrive at happiness
Con đường của tôi, tôi sẽ nhứt định đưa nó tới điểm của hạnh phúc
那些作了的夢忘了嗎 那些萬分之一的也許
na xie zuo le de meng wang le ma   na xie wan fen zhi yi de ye xu
Those accomplished dreams, have you forgotten already? Those ten thousandth of possibilities
Những giấc mơ hiện thực đó, anh đã quên rồi sao? Một phần ngàn của những chuyện có thể đó

不用說 我還是我
bu yong shuo   wo hai shi wo
There’s no need to say anything, I’m still me
Không cần nói gì hết, tôi vẫn là tôi
約定怎樣寂寞也不能哭
yue ding zen yang ji mo ye bu neng ku
It’s already decided that we shouldn’t cry no matter how lonely it could get
Chúng ta đã quyết định rồi, dù cô đơn cỡ nào cũng không được khóc
看吧 下大雨也不認輸
kan ba   xia da yu ye bu ren shu
Look! Even if it’s there’s a huge rainstorm, we shouldn’t admit defeat
Nhìn đi! Cho dù có mưa to gió lớn, chúng ta cũng không được nhận thua
請讓我 學長大
qing rang wo   xue zhang da
Please allow me to learn and grow
Xin hãy để tôi có thể học làm sao trưởng thành

下一頁的我 會去哪裡 用多大的用氣
xia yi ye de wo hui qu na li yong duo da de yong qi
The next page of me, I could go anywhere because I have so much courage
Trang kế tiếp của tôi, tôi muốn đi đâu cũng được vì tôi có rất nhiều dũng khí
所有夢裡面的風雨 我不怕那是我的試題
suo you meng li mian de feng yu wo bu pa na shi wo de shi ti
All the wind and rain within the dream, I’m not afraid that those are my tests
Tất cả phong ba bão táp của giấc mộng, tôi đều không sợ những thử thách đó
下一頁的我 希望能擁有 美麗的明天
xia yi ye de wo xi wang neng yong you mi li de ming tian
The next page of me, hoping that I could have a beautiful tomorrow
Trang kế tiếp của tôi, hy vọng rằng tôi có thể được một ngày mai tươi đẹp
所以這次我送走從前 因為我 看的見
suo yi zhe ci wo song zou cong qian yin wei wo kan de jian
Therefore, this time, I’m sending off the past, because I could see clearly
Cho nên, lần này, tôi tạm biệt quá khứ, bởi vì tôi đã nhìn thấy rõ

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Stick To You by Cyndi Wang

YES, finally because it was delayed!

First off, whoever made the packaging should be shot not ONCE, but TWICE. I’m so serious here because after I get the plastic wrap off (carefully since I plan to store the whole package in that plastic bag afterward to protect its paper wrapping) and tried to study the whole package to see which way was the correct way to open it (so I don’t wreck it), the CD came flying out before I could catch it. Lucky it landed the artwork face down OR there would be major careful blowing to get the dust off. NOT to mention how it didn’t break. (PHEW!) Moving on, the second complaint about the packaging. Okay, I’m grateful and happy that someone went out of his/her way to get all creative with the clever design, BUT it was a pain to scan stuff. But I managed so no damage to the whole package. (Another PHEW!)

Now that we got that out of the way, I’m going to move onto the relevant parts like let’s say the songs. I had to listen several more times to drive away from the initial opinions since it had to do with a lot of impatience.

1. Miss You (想你想你). A cute song. However, I swear I didn’t like it even the third time around listening to it. In fact, I felt it was kind of lame with repeating ‘Xiang Ni’ too many times. Like a kid whining about something and kept nagging to drive the point. SORRY, that was way mean. But that was my feeling. Then it felt kind of weak for an opening of the album song. Maybe I was spoiled by the fact that “Happy Loving” was a strong one for an opening of the last album. SO there goes another thing. Okay, so I agree there must be fun songs in our lives to make it less depressing but I sort of couldn’t tolerate it even after three tries SO I gave up altogether.

2. Love Is Empty (愛太空). The album redeemed itself by having this song. Because I was ready to skip it altogether if I ran across another somewhat of a ‘flaky’ flavor song. I guess that was the benefit of shuffling the songs so it would be one upbeat and one more light-noted song. This song was quite bitter–like most of those really sad, depressing ones with lost love and all. But it was quite good. Her voice didn’t disappoint either. It brought out all of that bitterness quite well. And the other thing was she was able to put some vocal work in this one with the different ranges.

3. Stay With Me Till The Future (陪我到以後) – Featuring Show Luo (羅志祥). A somewhat sweet, mushy song. I swear I didn’t pay attention when Show was singing when I was listening to the first and second time around. YET I forced myself to listen hard the third time around and no wonder I missed it. Since he sang so little. Not to mention did his voice change? Just wondering since I haven’t listened to him for ages now. Anyway, back to the song, the lyrics were creative enough I guess. Yet I couldn’t tune into it. Not quite. It was somewhat catchy but didn’t really lure me in yet. Not sure if it would in the future.

4. Stick To You (黏黏黏黏). Another cute song. What did I say about cute songs now? Scroll up. But anyway, I must admit it was catchy enough since the lyrics fitted with the mixing of the music. However, still felt it was too cutesy. I could get the hang of it though. But the whole ‘ai ai ai’ repeating over and over again sort of annoyed me.

5. Rock Girl (搖滾吧姑娘). Why does this sound like a folk song more than a rock song? (At the beginning mostly.) Just wondering. And why wasn’t this song the first track instead of the other one? I swear I like this song better than some of the other upbeat songs in here. Not to mention how she sounded more natural? NOT sure. A tad silly sometimes but I didn’t mind for this case. At least it wasn’t too cutesy.

6. Don’t Cry (不哭). I actually quite liked some parts of the lyrics yet I can’t seem to get into it, mostly because of the music arrangement. And it seriously sounded like a folk song again. LOL! Was it supposed to be?

7. Romance With Myself (自行浪漫). Wow. Surprised. It was surprisingly enjoyable. This could have been the first track as well. Yet it wasn’t? (Or was ‘Xiang Ni Xiang Ni’ sounding more catchy than the title of this song?) It brought upon quite a good feeling. Sort of made me feel like in the ‘jianghu’ realm, LOL! Though it was so upbeat and irrelevant to that of the wuxia world. But a good, encouraging song overall. Sometimes, it only takes oneself to go on some trip to feel good or better, not keep whining about a loss over someone, etc. Though I have to complain again about the ‘ai ai ai’ thing repeating. What’s with people and putting that in this album? Once, okay. All the time? It’s driving me insane here.

8. The Next Page of Me (下一頁的我). OMG! My faith in Cyndi (and the people working on this album as well) resurrected just through this song. It almost made me cry. (YES, that good.) Not too bitter but quite touching. The music sounded like it was some ancient series though. (Yeah, me and my wuxia mood but it did make me think of ancient settings, etc.) Quite inspirational in a way because it contained a sense of courage to move on and strive harder for one’s dream, not getting beat down because of obstacles or just after one fall. And not to mention the whole learning to be independent and all. (I repeated it one more time during my third time around listening to the album.) Nice music arrangement indeed, very suitable for the lyrics. Talking about lyrics, it was much more complicated for this one than some of the other songs in here. Made me like it even more.

9. Forever Happiness (一直幸福). Another wow. ‘Cause seriously, I thought another one of those cutesy songs. NOT that I hate cute songs but I had about enough of those lame songs. Yet this one was different. The lyrics managed to go beyond the typical screaming out ‘ai ai ai’ all the time, LOL! Sorry, but had to put that in. Then the cute tone of it wasn’t too much either. It was just about right. The music was catchy, not too upbeat to block out the cute parts. It brought out the excitement of being in love and all those cute promises yet not too much on either end of being too trying.

10. Love ATM (愛的ATM). Cute, upbeat song. Catchy song but didn’t really think much of it. I guess I could let it slide. Not bad, but not really my favorite either.

Favorite songs? Yeah, after all that rant, I would at least make up my mind, right? First place goes to #8. No surprise ’cause only when I listened to that song did my faith restored. Second place goes to #2 (interestingly the same number, LOL). Third place is #9. Then #7. Next would be #5. And that’s it for me. The rest I pretty much don’t care for.

Overall opinion? I was a tad disappointed at first because I thought the songs would divert toward the more mature route, considering how she had declared in the past about taking that route since she wasn’t feeling like being cute anymore. Yet I became a little more understanding after the second or third time listening to the songs. Not by much, but I’m trying to be hopeful that some things will change in the future. Yes, this was definitely a step back from her previous works–at least to me, except for some songs. What I really appreciated about this album was the artistic side was still there and the pictures weren’t too sexy thus retaining its sense of expression for the music instead of the typical “beautiful photos” packaging just to lure us in.

Oh yeah, by the time it got to the third track (and my third time around listening to it), I realized that her voice has changed. At least from the past albums. OR did it happen in the last one too and I didn’t notice? Like it wasn’t so clear anymore but had this feeling like something sticky. YET was that the point for this album? (I don’t mean her pronunciation of the lyrics either but the way her voice sounded.) Then it seemed weaker too. I’m not even sure anymore. Or because of my recent mood that had affected my judgment in her vocal and music selection. Though I must clarify that the reason why I’m even being harsh on her is I have really high expectations of her based on her past work. (Even if there are tons of haters out there.) So…please surprise me again in the future with your unique vocal, Princess Cyndi.

Last rant: I’m a bit saddened that there was no MVs version though since I actually enjoyed some of the MVs more than in the last album. (NOT that I don’t like the other one so don’t jump at me. Just like the feel of the MVs for this one a tad more.)

*All images were scanned by DTLCT