On the expectation of hope

Back in the early 2000s when I was au fait with everything Mandopop, one album that stood out was《她的歌》(Her Song) by 黃小琥 (yes, her name is Tiger). Not because the album art appealed in its pinkish glory, but because her songs had soul, filling the space betweeen the senses with a veritable ache, and speaking to so many situations in and around me. It’s not just because of her voice, though what a voice it is — full-bodied, knowing, worldly, controlled, sympathetic and sensitive. You know what it is — musicians, lyrics and melodies have to weave together with the thread of the singer’s talent for an album to shine.

OK, enough with the telling. I just wanted an excuse to share my favourite song off the album — a song that’s speaking into a season (don’t let your imagination run wild!):

下一个期待
作词:严云农
作曲:许华强

我面对一片海 看往事去又来
夏天 持续太短 而记忆里的人走的太快

曾经有一份爱 我为它而徘徊
我不怕分手的伤害 我只怕思念还不肯释怀

我爱过他的人 他却没有让我 陪伴他的一生
给他的爱越深 我越应该 把他的人 忘的更认真

我面对一片海 看往事去又来
夏天 总 会再来 而我会拥有下一个期待

我爱过他的人 我却没有任何责任 为他继续等待
给他的爱越深 我越应该 让他的人 走的更实在
(不遗憾)

我面对一片海 看往事去又来
只要那 夏天 还存在 我就会拥有下一个期待
我会拥有下一个期待

And here’s my (very) free translation:

I’m facing the sea, watching the past ebb and flow
Summer is too short, and so was the time with the one in my memories

I once had a love that I lingered over
I’m not afraid of heartbreak, only the shame of not letting go

I loved him; he didn’t want me for ‘the rest of his life’
As deeply as I have loved, that’s how truly I must forget

I’m facing the sea, watching the past ebb and flow
Summer will return, and so will my hope in a next time

I loved him; I don’t have any business waiting for him
As deeply as I have loved, that’s how honestly I must send him on his way
(With no regrets)

I’m facing the sea, watching the past ebb and flow
As long as summer is, hope endures
And so does my hope in a next time

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