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18Jan/090

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."

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