Old School (Songs)

当你孤单你会想起谁

你的心情总在飞
什么事都想去追
想抓住一点安慰
你总是喜欢在人群中徘徊
你最害怕孤单的滋味

你的心那么脆
一碰就会碎
经不起一点风吹
你的身边总是要许多人陪
你最害怕每天的天黑

但是天总会黑
人总要离别
谁也不能永远陪谁
而孤单的滋味
谁都要面对
不只是你我会感觉到疲惫

当你孤单你会想起谁
你想不想找个人来陪
你的快乐伤悲
只有我能体会
让我再陪你走一回

I think this is one of the most memorable chinese songs yet. Very 90s. =) The melody and lyrics just comes naturally to you and before you know it, you find yourself humming along. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I had always been in a choir, I pretty much stored a treasury of songs in my head over the years. They’re not pop songs though, rather, folk songs in various languages and remnants of their lyrics that’ve somehow stuck with me.

For example, here’s a phrase from an upbeat spiritual gospel song, “siya hum ba ku ka nie ni kuekos, siya hum ba ku ka nie ni kuekos”, translated to mean “We are marching in the light of god” Sung this way back in secondary school, its amazing how I still know how each lyric syllable sounds! And then there are the preennial Singapore NDP favourites like “Di Tanjung Katong”, “Chan Mali Chan” and of course our national anthem which I believe the lower primary school kids (and not only them) massacre every morning, half-asleep, during their assemblies. Ah. Those were the days.

Funnily, try as I might, I cant seem to recall the nj school song (which is also in Bahasa Melayu) -the choir had to sing it every friday at the back of the parade square whilst the school band played beside us, pretty much drowning us out. -_- The rg one eludes me too , but the “National Dream”, the other nj school song, yes, because of its un-intended reference to answering the government’s call for more babies. =p

Just for fun, I shall type what I can remember of these songs we used to sing with (sleepy) pride every morning, after every major school events, celebrations and performance.

    RG

School Song
From high olympus flows to us the glory,
on us the sacred fire decends.
Rise sisters rise, the world is all before ye.
Fear not to grasp what fortune sends.

Sisters in Learning, and Sisters at heart
Life lies before you here’s luck to the start.
Hear it Here. Sure brings back some feelings of nostalgia, and there’s this other song we used to sing too.

Filiae Melioris Aevi
Now as we remember,
strains of our school song
Come to mind our motto,
Filiae Melioris Aevi.

Oh and lastly the first line of national dream so you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Building a family, to answer a nation’s calling
Students of old will always be, a beacon in our dreams

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