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Quang Dung- Ao Lua Ha Dong

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Composer: Ngo Thuy Mien
English Title: Ha Dong Silk Dress
Translated by: Gigi

It's sunny in Saigon, but I felt a cool breeze when I walked
It's because you wore that Ha Dong silk dress
I still love the color of that dress so much
I still love the color of that dress so much

I still remember how you sat here with your short hair
But the Autumn season lengthened so much all around us
My soul hastily painted your portrait,
And I hastily sealed it within my wide-opened soul

You suddenly came, and suddenly left, but I still understand
Since weather changes suddenly with rain and sunshine, and that's nothing
But why did you disappear without leaving me a word?
Causing me to let out a cry that echoed repeatedly

Where are you now, Autumn with the short hair?
I held the color of that silk dress within my heart
I still love the color of that dress so much
I still love the color of that dress so much

I still love the color of that dress, my dear.

Translator's Note:
Ha Dong silk is Vietnam's best silk, produced in the province Ha Tay which lies southwest of Hanoi. Silk from this area is often called "Ha Dong silk" referencing to the provincial capital Ha Dong. The art of silk weaving in Ha Tay was said to begin over 2,000 years ago. During feudal times, silk was considered to be an extreme luxury mainly worn by royalties and aristocrats. So for a dress to made from such fine silk, indicates that the dress itself is very beautiful. The dress mentioned in this song is the Vietnamese long dress known as the "ao dai."


Khanh Ly – Ru Ta Ngam Ngui

Composer: Trinh Cong Son
English Title: Silently Singing Myself to Sleep
Translated by: Gigi

Whose lips are still fragrant? Let me bask my love there.
Whose hair is still bright? Let me feel a bit of its naturalness.
Whose heart still possesses peace? I divulge in my life.
Please call out my name.

When love has flown away, the heart wallows in deserted streets.
On top of every drop of blood, a bird stands in silence.
When returning amidst winter, hands reach out belatedly.
I'll just wait for dawn to come.

Please wait for dawn to come. Why is life so quiet and empty?
Like harvested rice fields, like deserted forests and mountains.
Someone returns to look at his shadow rested on a silent, white wall.

Which streets are cheerful? Let me pass by there one day.
Which strands of hair float within tiny pieces of memories?
There's nothing. There's no one left. I drift within life.
I'm not waiting. I'm not waiting for anybody.

Return to where you came from. I'll wander for the rest of my life.
If there are still incense left, I'll burn them completely this evening.
Please let me rest within a cradle. I silently sing myself to sleep.
Please let me sleep under arches of trees.


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