Friday, September 10, 2010

Emily's Mum's the best

I am a very proud aunty. This is Emily Chan, my brother Charles and sis-in-law Karen's baby daughter. Yes, no matter whether you are 23 , or you are 2, you are always your parents' baby, especially if you are the youngest child in the family.

Emily plays the guitar, piano and sings. She writes all her own songs and had recorded her music. Her music style is alternative/indie rock. Here she sings this aged old Chinese song for her Dad this father's day.

Download Emily Chan - Mum's The Best .

This is Emily's song: Mum's the best. Click on the link to listen to her lovely voice.

I have been bracing myself of how to write this post, and Emily's recording of a fifty year old song suited to a T.

My New Zealand raised son doesn't not understand the sentiments of this Chinese song.

Almost twenty one years ago, on a Saturday morning, I was singing in this song,
I was "without a mom you are like a stalk of weed", I really needed my mum.
I needed my mum because my new born baby was dying, and I wanted my mum, but my mum had died eighteen months earlier.

Today, as I think of other mums preparing to celebrate their sons' twenty first, for me, it will be a day, I celebrate in my heart. I want to sing this song that Emily is singing.

I dug up a photo which is so precious. None of my sisters and girl cousins have a photo like this. Here's my great grandma, my grandma, my mum and me in 1975, taken just before I left for Canada. Mum took me back to her village to say goodbye. Little did I know, that's the last time I saw them together.

Mum's the best by Emily Chan
Shi shang zhi you ma ma hao
you ma de hai zi xiang ge bao.
tou jin ma ma de huai bao
xin fu xiang bu liao


Mommy's the only dearest in the world
Those with mums are like treasures
Run to mum's bosom
you will be so happy

shi shang zhi you ma ma hao
Mei ma de hai zi xiang ge cao
li kai ma ma de huai bao
xin fu na li zhao.

Mommy's the only dearest in the world
without a mom you are like a stalk of weed
away from mom's bosom,
where will you find happiness?

Shi shang zhi you ma ma hao
you ma de hai zi bu zhi dou.
Yaw shi ta men zhi dou
mon li yie hui siao.


Mommy's the only dearest in the world
Those with mums don't know
If only they know,
They will smile even in their dreams

Mei yu mama zui ku now
Motherless kids have most worries.


Dave said...

A photo of four generations together! That's great Ann. I enjoyed Emily singing the mother's song. Couldn't understand the words but she had a sweet voice. - Dave

Indrani said...

Thanks so much for the translation. :)
She is a talented girl, all the best to her.

Unknown said...

I LOVE THIS SONG! I remember hearing it when I was small. and you are correct, no matter what is the age..they the children will always be our baby :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! We always miss our mothers even when we grow older. I wish you a great weekend!