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14Oct/100

Khanh Ly – Toi Dang Mo Giac Mong Dai

Composer: Pham Duy
Poet: Le Lan
English Title: I am Dreaming a Vast Dream
Translated By: Gigi

I am dreaming a vast dream.
To the world around me, please don't wake me.

I am seeing a color of green,
Upon a leafy branch, drifting down onto me.
I am seeing a color of pink,
At every corner of the street, penetrating my soul,
From the refreshing sunrise to the fragrant sunset.
A breezy wind brings the essence of life,
Into me, filling my heart.

I hear the sound of happiness from every region,
Overcoming the endless night toward the stars in the sky.
I hear the sound of people's beating hearts,
A worried beat seeking the sweetness of life.
And as I look into my own heart, this love is blooming,
Blooming into many splendid birds.

Life, please don't stir me from my slumber.
I am still young and innocent, so let me dream once more.

23Sep/100

Quoc Khanh – Bai Khong Ten Cuoi Cung

Composer: Vu Thanh An
English Title: The Last Untitled Song
Translated By: Gigi

I miss you so much but I never told you
Even if I told you, nothing would change
Oh, the pain is already growing so immensely
If I said any more, I would feel depressed more
What's there to promise anymore?

Countless times you have promised
Countless promises that you then forgot about
I don't know who to believe anymore
Days still continue to pass, I'm still here
What's there to wait to me?

Oh, my dear
The road that you decided to walk on,
The road that you eventually followed,
Where will it eventually lead you?
If rain was to pass when you're beside your husband
Would it cause you to cry? Would it cause you to miss
All of time we spent together?

Oh, my dear
The road that you decided to walk on
The road that you eventually followed
Is it the right one for you, my dear?
We're so far apart now
Even Heaven has to let its angels
Spread their wings and fly away
All that remains is the pain of a fool still in love

For the rest of my life, who will be beside me?
Please continue to love, my dearest one
I give to you one word of farewell
One word of yearning, one word of love
For the very last time.

Translator's Notes: Vu Thanh An wrote a series of untitled songs (about 50 total) and although this song is called The Last Untitled Song, it is actually #10 of the series. He wrote another song after this called Bai Khong Ten Cuoi Cung Tro Lai (translated as: The Return of the Last Untitled Song) as a sequel to this song where he added more verses but the music composition remains unchanged.

15Sep/101

Quang Dung – Da Khuc Cho Tinh Nhan

Composer: Le Uyen Phuong
English Title: A Serenade for My Lover
Translated By: Gigi

The day you lighted a star in the sky
Waiting for the moon and wind to rise on the open shore
But instead a storm surfaced, tearing everything to pieces
The day the storm and rain didn't descend
On those youthful shoulders
A warm, passionate kiss is placed beside your pillow
Stars follow the wind falling down on this world
We both drank away those uninhibited days
We both counted the dreams that turned to ashes
I serenade my beloved to sleep, beneath the dark sky

As soon as the flowers blossomed
My lover is already so far away
Fate has always separated us
Just once to be beside you, but all in vain
We loved each other with worried hearts
Lost count of the times we missed each other
Withered flowers fall covering the road back
Causing the stars to grow lonely at night
Dark colors mirrored by illuminating lanterns
Our love still exists within a world of fidelity

Fate has separated us for eternity
Eyes brimmed with warm tears bid farewell
Please let this be the last
Our love is passionate and unwavering
Because after experiencing so many miracles
Bitterness and pain filled our lives

Night reveals the door to the grave
Please let the first dream last forever
A new star has fallen, I feel my soul grow numb
Within the fluttering smoke of the incense
Love, please don't forsake my devotion
I send all of my love to the one who's far away
We've shed countless tears for each other
Sealing those dreams of the past within
If we love each other, let us find each other always
To die beside one another is such a natural thing.

15Sep/100

Khanh Ly – Vung Lay Cua Chung Ta

Composer: Le Uyen Phuong
English Title: Our Own Swamp
Translated By: Gigi

I followed you into the city this afternoon,
My mind still dizzy from the intoxication.
I followed you through every hint of pain,
While the sun is rising presently outside.
We relinquished every last drop of passion,
Even granted each other a taste of bitterness.
We surrendered our innocence, through our passionate lips,
Through our hands, and with our legs, we both walk,
Towards a love filled with sorrow. A somber love.

We loved each other amidst a crowd of strangers,
Following the stream of water that twist and turn.
We walked past an empty city, holding our dried hearts.
Wandering aimlessly in the city, holding our ragged hearts.

I followed you into the city the next afternoon,
My shoulders still aching from the weariness.
I followed you through every hint of pain,
While the sun is rising presently outside.
We relinquished every last drop of passion,
Even granted each other a taste of bitterness.
We surrendered our innocence, through our passionate lips,
Through our hands, and with our legs, we both walk,
Towards a love filled with sorrow. A somber love.

Let it pass, let it pass, ending the passion.
Throwing this sorrowful love onto a staggering pile.
Let it pass, let it pass, ending the intoxication.
This love, this love will soon change.

I live within a muddy swamp.
One day I'm buried in pain, I'm still buried deep, buried deep.
Amidst my own depression, I couldn't end the shamefulness.
I live within a muddy swamp.
One day I'm buried in pain, I'm still buried deep, buried deep.
Amidst my own depression, I couldn't end the pain.

6Sep/100

Nhu Quynh – Duyen Phan

Composer: Thai Thinh
English Title: Destiny
Translated By: Gigi

Because I'm a girl, I haven't loved anyone once.
Looking towards the future, the rivers and roads seemed wider and longer.
Living in a small house, my younger siblings have yet to mature.
Because my parents loved me, they looked for a potential spouse,
With hopes that this lonely ship can finally find its rightful shore.
I have yet to be attached to those kind of relationships.
Fearing that once I've loved, I would be hurt.

I haven't loved once, how can I anticipate the future?
I don't know what to expect when it comes to love.
How deep is the river? No one can truly measure its depth.
So how can I measure the depth of someone's love for me?
Many years have passed that I have lived in peace,
Until I fell in love, which brought me many miseries.
Shallowness depends on the river, how can anyone tell from the surface?
If the ship hasn't dwell in the shore, how can it know if the water is clear?

And now he comes with his family and relatives to greet mine.
During one joyous day, with just one step forward, I've become a loving wife,
Leaving behind my younger siblings who look on with sorrowful eyes.
My parents are happier although tears wet their cheeks.
They reminded me to always uphold my husband's family ethics.
Walking past the river, I silently ask the crashing waves,
"Is it possible for a girl not to love anyone in her life?"

Translator's Note: The title "Destiny" refers to her role as a girl, as in what's expected of her because of her gender: to fall in love, get married, and have a family. She is "destined" to be in this role because she is a girl. To please her parents and others, she must accept this role because she realizes that even she cannot go against destiny (refer to the last line).

16Jul/100

Khanh Ly – Nguoi Ve Bong Nho

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Composer: Trinh Cong Son
English Title: Reminiscing as I Return
Translated By: Gigi

'Twas Spring when I loved you, the mountains appeared spacious
Crystal-clear lakes sparkled like a thousand golden wings
The day I loved you, the leaves colored green with youth
Waiting for Autumn to arrive before withering
A flock of birds by the river shed their wings every evening
A person sitting by the shore recalls the past

The world seemed gloomy, the months and days seemed desolate
Thought I saw you pass by beneath the flag's shadow
Then I hear the cheering of the mountains around me
I wait for the sun the rise before leaving
My footsteps tread far, I reminisce as I return
Every night I hear the wind whistle so calmly.

16Jul/100

Khanh Ly – Ngay Dai Tren Que Huong

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Composer: Trinh Cong Son
English Title: A Long Day in Motherland
Translated By: Gigi

An old person within a park,
An insane person within a city,
A person lying down without breathing,
A person sitting hearing bombs explode.

A person sitting for twenty years,
Watching a flare illuminating at night.
A group of children desensitized to sights of war.
Our people lie down with wounds within them.

Our motherland rests for twenty years,
With its fragile flesh and bones,
Waiting for the land to be blessed.
A golden pigment on our soft skins.
We must cherish the color of our country.

A long day in motherland,
A day in Viet Nam is so devastating.
A rice field brazen by the reddened land.
A herd of buffaloes won't plow the grass.

A long day in motherland.
Our people forgot that they're alive.
A prison that nourishes the people.
Our people miss their home.

The days are long and worrisome,
And every night, war torments us.
Our people appear so strange.
Our people look at each other with hatred.

A prison within motherland.
Our people have forgotten their race.
Every day we build upon our resentments.
Every day we crush the marks of war.

Our motherland rests for twenty years,
With its fragile flesh and bones,
Waiting for the land to be blessed.
A golden pigment on our soft skins.
We must cherish the color of our country.

A long day in motherland.
That group of children have matured.
An old person look on with grief,
Waiting for the cold breeze to calm.

A person sitting for twenty years.
A bittersweet moment with a glass of wine.
How can a Vietnamese person not have golden skin.
How can a mother not miss her deceased children.

Translator's Notes: The "we" in this song is the Vietnamese people. Trinh Cong Son uses the words "người Việt" (meaning: Vietnamese people) in almost every line and I translated it as "our people" since this song is for the Vietnamese people. By doing so, I hope the the readers can immerse themselves in this song and truly understand the emotions that Trinh Cong Son was conveying. The last two lines in this song are rhetorical questions and so I did not end them with a question mark.

16Jul/100

Khanh Ly – Dai Bac Ru Dem

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Composer: Trinh Cong Son
English Title: Artillery's Lullaby at Night
Translated By: Gigi

Night after night, the artillery shells descend into town.
A street sweeper halts his broom to silently listen.
As the shells drop, a mother wakes from her slumber.
As the shells drop, a child lets out an innocent cry.
Bright flames pierce the dark night over the mountains.

Night after night, the artillery shells descend into town.
A street sweeper halts his broom to silently listen.
After each round, a child awakens with fright.
A shelter collapses. Oh, the piles of flesh!
Each night its flames blinds the face of our land.

Thousands of bombs explode by the village gates.
Like rain, the bombs poured onto the rice fields.
A house burns crimson at the end of the street.
Endless grenades, claymores that the trucks carry.
Endless stores they carry throughout our town.
Bones scattered everywhere, our mothers', our loved ones'.

Night after night, the artillery shells descend into town.
A street sweeper halts his broom to silently listen.
Night after night, I can hear the future trembling.
Shells, like prayers, but they don't bring salvation.
A child barely alive listens to the sounds every night.

Night after night, the artillery shells descend into town.
A street sweeper halts his broom to silently listen.
Each night, the artillery shells sing our people to sleep.
Their familiar sounds, like a refrain from a sad folk song.
Our children have yet to mature to catch a glimpse of home.

14Jul/102

Khanh Ly – Phoi Pha

Composer: Trinh Cong Son
English Title: Withered Away
Translated By: Gigi

I embrace the heart of the night
Gazing at the new moon, now returning
Remembering those footsteps of the past
Oh, how ephemeral
Every youthful spring has now aged
I pass by the shore one day
Life is like the passing wind

I have no one left
The road back seems infinitely long
Those nights away from you
Bitter wine filled the glasses
I constantly drink this life away
To relinquish every bit of happiness
For the world that's waiting

I return only to wait each day
Watching the sun shines its luminous rays
Watching the raindrops fall endlessly
Is there anyone who's been away only to return?
To return to the end of the skies
To become the drifting clouds

Just return to where you came
The road on this life is but nothing
How many seasons have passed?
There are many times
From the midnight garden, footsteps arrive
Footsteps so silent, but from whom?
Within my soul, I envision the past.

14Jul/100

Khanh Ly – Hay Song Gium Toi

Composer: Trinh Cong Son
English Title: Live for Me
Translated By: Gigi

Live for me; speak for me; breathe for me.
This flesh is saved for the act of vengeance,
For madness, for ambition, of a pack of lunatics.

Live for me; speak for me; breathe for me.
This heart is saved for the crimson fire,
For peace, for the people who are still struggling.

Can anybody hear the voices of the Vietnamese people?
Who yearn only for peace within the dismal night,
Who yearn for the day where warmth will embrace their souls.

Live for me; speak for me; breathe for me.
It's been so long, why are you still waiting?
Why are you still sitting, silently sleeping, my brothers?

Live for me; speak for me; breathe for me.
What else is there to see besides the ravaging flames of war?
My people, how can you rejoice being nothing but beggars?