Umbrella Revolution de facto theme song 撐起雨傘 Lyrics English Translation

Today I came across YouTube user Ms. Alice Tong’s wonderful English translation of the Umbrella Revolution de facto theme song 撐起雨傘. I know I need to translate the song into English some how so it was “lucky” for me to come across Alice’s version. And I’ve put some time to build upon it and made a few words adjustments to fit my needs. As Alice wrote in the YouTube description, she translated the whole song within a day and don’t see the translation as “perfect”. So I hope Alice and other readers will see my changes as trying to share my insights and give my own take to the translation. Ultimately, I don’t believe there is a “perfect” translation just different translations.

Alice’s version with her English translation

Official 撐起雨傘 version at Umbrella Revolution with full song creative credits.

Song translation credit: YouTube user Ms. Alice Tong
with changes made by Kempton Lam for my documentary
more info here: https://www.facebook.com/HKtvUmbrellaRevolution

Lyrics of 撐起雨傘 and English translations (Alice version, some lines followed with my takes):

靜坐人海 你我非不怕
Sitting among the crowd
we are not unafraid

my take/version:
Sitting quietly in the crowd
we are not unafraid

會畏懼這樣下去怎辦
For fear of what might happen next

my take:
We fear what may happen next

但是人生 到了這一晚
But our lives have reached a tipping point
note: wonderful translation/use re “tipping point”

更怕未表白內心呼喊
Keeping silent is more terrifying

my take:
Staying silent is more terrifying

站在前方 勇氣驅不散
Standing in the frontline
Our courage cannot be dispersed
note: I quite like the use of “dispersed”

卻信越怕命運更黯淡
Fear will only lead us to a bleaker future

但是誰想 要看穿荒誕
And who’d have thought
to see through this absurdity

卻會在催淚下睜開眼
You’d have to open your eyes in tears

my take:
cloud of tear gas would open our eyes

一起舉傘 一起的撐
Uphold our umbrellas
Lets support each other

my take:
Holding our umbrellas
Lets support each other

一起儘管不安卻不孤單 對嗎
Although unsettling we’re not alone

一起舉傘 舉起手撐
Uphold our umbrellas
Put our hands up

my take:
Holding our umbrellas
Support with our “Hands Up”

一起為應得的放膽爭取 怕嗎
Let’s fight for what we deserve with courage

任暴雨下 志向未倒下
Let the rain pour
it won’t water down our goal

my take:
Let the rain pour
it won’t drown our dreams

雨傘是一朵朵的花
Let our umbrellas blossom like flowers

不枯也不散
They will not wither, nor will they be dispersed

my take:
They will not wither nor disperse

為著明天 要記得今晚
For the sake of tomorrow
We must remember tonight

你我用鎮定面對憂患
We faced atrocity with calmness

my take:
We will overcome atrocity with determination

若是人生 錯過這一晚
If we missed this night

怕再沒機會任意呼喊
We may not have the chance to shout freely

my take:
We may not have chance to protest freely again

一起舉傘 一起的撐
Uphold our umbrellas
Lets support each other

my take:
Holding our umbrellas
Lets support each other

一起儘管不安卻不孤單 對嗎
Although unsettling
we’re not alone

一起舉傘 舉起手撐
Uphold our umbrellas
Put our hands up

my take:
Holding our umbrellas
Support with our “Hands Up”

一起為應得的放膽爭取 怕嗎
Let’s fight for what we deserve with courage

任暴雨下 志向未倒下
Let the rain pour
it won’t water down our goal

my take:
Let the rain pour
it won’t drown our dreams

雨傘是一朵朵的花
Let our umbrellas blossom like flowers

一起舉傘 一起的撐
Uphold our umbrellas
Lets support each other

my take:
Holding our umbrellas
Lets support each other

一起儘管不安卻不孤單 對嗎
Although unsettling
we’re not alone

一起舉傘 舉起手撐
Uphold our umbrellas
Put our hands up

my take:
Holding our umbrellas
Support with our “Hands Up”

一起為應得的放膽爭取 怕嗎
Let’s fight for what we deserve with courage

任暴雨下 志向未倒下
Let the rain pour
it won’t water down our goal

my take:
Let the rain pour
it won’t drown our dreams

雨傘是一朵朵的花
Let our umbrellas blossom like flowers

不枯也不散
They will not wither, nor will they be dispersed

my take:
They will not wither nor disperse

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s