Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mayday’s New Song: 五月天 步步

Mayday’s new song ‘步步’ has been officially released. I guess the English title is ‘Step Step’ or ‘Step by Step’. I am not that blown away about by the song. I think it is too ’emo’. It is such a ‘跳樓’ song. If you are heartbroken, please refrain from listening to this song. This song will make you so depressed that you may just want to jump off a cliff. This song is the theme song of the China movie, ‘步步驚情’, which is a sequel to the wildly popular drama series ‘ 步步驚心’. Many of my friends are hooked to the show. I think I would rather jump off a cliff than torment myself with this kind of draggy/emo show. I am not criticizing the show but it is just not my genre.

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五月天: 步步
作詞:阿信
作曲:阿信+Cola Kai
編曲:五月天
監製:五月天

空無一人的大街 闖入無人婚紗店 為你披上雪白誓言
世界已灰飛煙滅 而愛矗立高樓間 你是真的或是我的 幻覺

時光遺忘的背面 獨坐殘破的臺階 哪個亂世沒有離別
天空和我的中間 只剩傾盆的思念
如果相識 不能相戀 是不是還不如擦肩

在失去你的風景裡面 你卻佔據了每一條街
一步步曾經 一步步想念 在腳下蔓延
在充滿你的回憶裡面 我獨自流浪海角天邊
一步步走過 當時心願

格林威治大鐘前 歸零超載的傷悲 背著我和我的諾言
一起計畫的路線 對照孤單的旅店 一聲晚安 卻又喚醒 淚腺

時代廣場的跨年 頤和花季的藍天 數著願望在你指尖
當時有多少心願 就有多少的殘缺
如果後悔 不能後退 是不是就只能往前

在失去你的風景裡面 你卻佔據了每一條街
一步步曾經 一步步想念 在腳下蔓延
在充滿你的回憶裡面 我獨自流浪海角天邊
一步步走過 當時心願

生如浮萍般卑微 愛卻蒼穹般壯烈
我要為你爬上最險山嶽
走過最崎嶇眷戀
一步一步穿越

在失去你的風景裡面 你卻佔據了整個世界
每一張相片 每一個房間 每一滴眼淚
在充滿你的回憶裡面 我獨自一人和眼淚周旋
一步步走向 孤單的明天

也許在來生的某個明天 我們能再寫新的情節
一步步完成 當時心願
一步步完成 最美殘缺

I am quite impressed by Ashin’s Chinese prowess in this song. The lyrics are poetically written. While the romantic theme of the song is trite, its poetic lyrics set it apart from the other hackneyed love ballads in the Chinese popular music scene. In spite of the banal theme, I was stuck by the use of imagery and verses in the song.

The imagery of deserted street and empty bridal shop
空無一人的大街 闖入無人婚紗店 為你披上雪白誓言

The imagery of the vast sky illustrating the emptiness felt by the speaker who misses the lover immensely
天空和我的中間 只剩傾盆的思念

Imagery of the lover’s physical ‘absence’ but painful ‘presence’ in the heart/mind of the speaker
在失去你的風景裡面 你卻佔據了每一條街

The imagery of time passing
時光遺忘的背面 獨坐殘破的臺階

The imagery of the desolated landscape where the speaker is alone and haunted by the memories of the lover
在充滿你的回憶裡面 我獨自流浪海角天邊
一起計畫的路線 對照孤單的旅店

The usual reference to regrets
如果後悔 不能後退 是不是就只能往前

The bridge of the song is rather evocative:
生如浮萍般卑微 愛卻蒼穹般壯烈
我要為你爬上最險山嶽
走過最崎嶇眷戀
一步一步穿越

The play with the words ‘步步’ is quite wittily executed:
一步步曾經
一步步想念
一步一步穿越
一步步完成 當時心願
一步步完成 最美殘缺

The song is nicely composed and written. However, it will not shortlisted for my ‘Top 10 Mayday Love Ballads’ chart. Interestingly, a fan combined ‘步步’ and ‘仓颉’ in this video. The two songs actually blend quite well together.

Oh well, an intriguing combination… but sorry ‘步步’, ‘仓颉’ is still my NUMBER 1!


Mayday’s Dancin’ Dancin’ (feat. Teru from Glay): 五月天 – 傷心的人別聽慢歌(日文版)

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I was pleasantly surprised by this Japanese edition of 傷心的人別聽慢歌! Finally, Mayday reunited with their old friend, Teru from Glay! It is a very good move to collaborate with Glay to boost their ‘presence’ in Japan’s music industry.

傷心的人別聽慢歌(日文版)
Lyricist:TERU(GLAAY)
Composer:Ashin

時が来た風が告げる 見上げた空 鉛の色に曇る oh oh
白けた声 諦め顏 もう要らない 心のままゆくよ oh oh

触れたら指に 髮にahh すべて離したくない
けれど 胸の奥 何がけ叫ぶよ

夢にメラメラメラメラ 燃えてHigh
真っ当にDancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ Hey!Watch Your Step
たまにイライラしててもいんじゃない?
邪道なDancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ 踴れよ
今の僕は嵐の中の Firballみたいさ

子供達は無邪気な目で 大人達を疑いだし始めた oh oh
許るし合える?愛し合える?
抱き合えたら2人ひとつになれる?No No
誰も騙しさ騙されて 街の闇に変わるのさ
君は…君だけは 愛のまにまに

明日はバラ薔薇バラかも知れずに
僕はだまだま永久(とわ)を信じてる
地球(ほし)はギリギリ 音をたてながら
最後の最後 何を語るのか?
それでも人は砂漠の中に
宝石 探してる

夢にメラメラメラメラ 燃えてHigh
真っ当にDancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ Hey!Watch Your Step
たまにイライラしててもいんじゃない?
邪道なDancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’ 踴れよ
今の僕は嵐の中の Firballみたいさー
そして僕は世界の果ての Firballになるのさー

Mayday has been friends with Glay for a long time. Who can forget the iconic tour ‘你要去哪裡 ?’ when Mayday and Glay sang ‘I’m in Love’? During their early years, 2001-2002, the boys looked so young! This was the tour just before they took a hiatus. I was not a crazy fan then. I can’t believe more than a decade has passed since Mayday and Glay first collaborated. Check out their youthfulness and energy in the video.

I was quite amused when I found this ‘antique’ 2001 interview. The boys looked so boyish and almost ‘childish’. It is interesting to examine how both bands have matured and developed musically over the years. Mayday had only released 3 albums by 2012 and they were filled with a mixture of excitement of their newfound fame and uncertainty towards their future due to the impending, temporary ‘disbandment’. Mayday has indeed come a long way…

I dug out some old pictures. Just look at Ashin’s impish face!

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This photograph was taken in 2012 when Mayday had their Tokyo’s ‘Just Rock It’ concert.

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I hope Mayday and Glay will collaborate on a larger scale in the future! Oh Glay, please be the guest star for Mayday’s Japan concert in January 2014 and 動次動次動次 with the boys!