Solution (Cui Jian)

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General Information

Artist: Cui Jian
Title: Solution
Release Date: 1990, February
Label: unknown
Type: CDDA
Language: Chinese


Track Listing

  1. Solution
  2. This Space
  3. Piece of red cloth
  4. Lonely like fire
  5. The opportunist
  6. Wild on the snow
  7. Like a knife
  8. Nan Ni Wan
  9. Start again
  10. Last Shot


Lyrics

Solution

Many problems in front of me,

All without solution.

But I never get a chance to try and solve them,

And that's the bigger problem.

I suddenly run into you,

You stare at me.

What suddenly flashes through my mind is,

First I should find a solution for you.


Many problems tomorrow,

But only one now.

I pretend to talk seriously with you,

But you see through me.

You laugh with a calculated ease,

Extending a hand,

To take my disingenuousness and problems,

And accept them together.


Outwardly I look so serious,

But inwardly I am unconcerned.

My mind is a complex mess,

But what I need is simplicity.

I assumed nobody could see through,

My concealed temper.

And while your every move embarrassed me,

I secretly enjoyed it.


Although there are many problems in my mind,

They don't equal the limitless joy I feel but no one can see.

There's no feeling between you and I,

But every time I kiss you I have to show you that I'm crazy about you.

Yesterday I looked at the world with cold eyes,

However today I took a hard look at you and still couldn't determine your identity.

Oh! My God! My God! A new problem…

The world and I will be subject to your solution.


music and lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards

This Space

I can't open the sky

I can't get into the earth

Freedom isn't just a prison

You can't leave me

I can't leave you either

Neither of us really knows if it's love or lie


Money is only money

Profit is only profit

You and I aren't just slaves

You do everything for me

I do everything for you too

We aren't just a couple of dried shrimp


This space

Offers nothing new

Just like my love for you offers no mystery

I've looked at you

And never really seen you

But after repeated encounters I finally recognize the infinite emptiness

Just like this space


What I've thought I've never spoken

What I've spoken I've never done either

What makes me happy is just playing guitar and singing for you

Don't cry for a bit

And then laugh for a bit

You knew what I was from the very beginning


The sky is a wok

Surrounded by the desert

You are a dry well

But the deeper the more beautiful

This fire in my breast

This sweat on my body

Is the real sun

Is the real spring water


This space

Offers nothing new

Just like my love for you offers no mystery

I've looked at you

And never seen the real you

But after repeated encounters I finally recognize the infinite emptiness

Just like this space


music and lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards

Piece of red cloth

That day you took a piece of red cloth

Covered-up my eyes and covered-up the sky

You asked me what I saw

I said, "I see the happiness"


This feeling made me so tranquil

It made me forget I have no place to live

You asked me where I'm headed

I said, "I'm going your way"


Couldn't see you, couldn't see the road

My hand was clasped by yours

You asked what I was thinking

I said, "You decide"


I sense you are not cold like steel

Yet like steel you are strong and hard

I sense there is blood in your body

Because your hand is hot


This feeling made me so tranquil

It made me forget I have no place to live

You asked me where I'm headed

I said, "I'm going your way"


I feel this is not a wasteland

Yet can't see this land is already dry and cracked

I feel I want to drink a little water

But your mouth covered my mouth


I can't go and I can't cry

Because my body is already withered

I will be by your side forever

Because I know your pain so well

Doooo…Doooo…


music and lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, acoustic guitar, trumpet

Liu Junli: bass

Wang Yong: keyboards, accordion

Lonely like fire

You look at me, I look at you

Silently at one another

My heart is calling

The evening sun is setting

Into the evening sun you walk far away

Trailing a long shadow

Hey! Slow down.

I've got something to say


There's too much to say

It's better to keep silent

My heart has stopped calling

It sinks as the sun sets

Into the evening sun I also walk far away

Trailing a twisting shadow

Hey! Don't stop me

I've got nothing to say


Maybe this is life

Losing everything is happiness

When we are together nothing else exists

When we are apart nothing is worth doing

I dare not think about the future and the past

I just want to drink alone

Forget the day and the night

There's no right or wrong

Ohhhh…


If you sit in front of me

I will tell you everything

Even though saying it will make no difference

Even though you aren’t listening

Loneliness is like a raging fire

Expansive like the heaven and earth

Blazing pain and joy

Like the shackles on my body

Ohhhh….

There’s too much to say

It’s better to keep silent

My heart has stopped calling

It sinks as the sun sets

Into the evening sun I also walk far away

Trailing a twisting shadow

Hey! Don’t stop me

I’ve got nothing to say


music: Cui Jian

lyrics: Cui Jian & Huang Xiaomao

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar, baritone horn

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards

The opportunist

Suddenly there's an opportunity

Empty and pointless

Like the girl who first gave birth to us

We didn't say we were willing

What is opportunity anyway?

For now I'm still not sure

But action is already like sharp lightning and raging wind


We don't have any experience at all

We don't like the past either

But we really believe if we keep at it

We will definitely get new results

We don't know if in life we need to be tricky

Or if in life we should work hard

Anyway things have already been restarted so we shouldn't be afraid of chaos


Ohhh…

If we have an opportunity we should demonstrate our desire

Ohhh….

If we have an opportunity we should show our strength

The truth is always in some distant place

The girls are always next to you

But when you’re facing them

You’re always in competition with them

Tomorrow I will keep being busy

Although it’s still pointless

It’s just that I want to pack in every opportunity

Just like clinging on to heaven

Friend – please come over and help out

But we’d prefer you don’t know too much

Because for this kind of work you only need perception and guts

Friend – I’ll give you a chance

Your first time to try handling business

Just like when you were eighteen

You were given a girl

Ohhh….

If we have an opportunity we should demonstrate our desire

Ohhh….

If we have an opportunity we should show our strength


music and lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar, baritone horn

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards

Wild on the snow

Stripped to the waist

I greet the blustering snow

Running down the road from the hospital I escaped.

Don't stop me

I don't want any clothes either

Because my sickness is that I have no feeling.


Give me a bit of flesh

Give me a bit of blood

Take away my grit and resolve.

Please let me cry

Please let me laugh

Please let me go wild on this snowy ground.


Yi Yeh Yi Yeh

Because my sickness is that I have no feeling.

Yi Yeh Yi Yeh

Please let me go wild on this snowy ground.


I wear no clothes or shoes

Yet cannot feel the force and intensity of the northwest wind.

I don't know if I'm walking or running

Because my sickness is that I have no feeling.


Give me a little stimulation - oh doctor my lord!

Give me a little love - oh nurse my goddess!

Please let me cry or please let me laugh.

Please let me go wild on this snowy ground.


Yi Yeh Yi Yeh

Because my sickness is that I have no feeling

Yi Yeh Yi Yeh

Please let me go wild on this snowy ground


music: Cui Jian & Wang Yong

lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: guzheng (Chinese zither)

Like a knife

The crimson heart shines,

Reflecting red on my hands so they're almost black.

The guitar in my hand is just like a knife,

Wanting to cut the skin from my face leaving only my mouth.


No matter who you are my baby,

I'll use my blood in place of your tears.

No matter if you're an old man or a young girl,

Peel away your facade and see the truth.


Jin Jin Jin…


The bare naked knife glistens,

Reflecting on that old man revealing regret.

He furrows his brow and pouts his lips,

Can’t tell if he’s outraged or suffering.


Don’t worry my baby,

We weren’t born to quarrel.

But the authority on my body is like a knife,

Wanting to firmly thrust itself into this land.


Jin Jin Jin….


Your naked body glows,

Reflecting on your ancestors revealing their shame.

You open your heart and extend you hands,

You say what you want is my incisiveness.


You are crying my baby,

Don’t know if it’s weakness or the beauty of strength.

Now my heart is like a knife,

Wanting to pierce your mouth to kiss your lungs.


Jin Jin Jin….


music and lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards

Nan Ni Wan

Flowers in a basket are fragrant

Listen to me sing a little

Sing for a little

Come to 1Nanniwan

Nanniwan is a nice place

Nice place


Nanniwan in years gone by

Was a barren mountain with no human beings

Nanniwan today

Is different from the past


Nanniwan today

Is different from the past

And no longer looks like it did

It's the best 2Jiangnan in north 3Shaanxi


Nice place and beautiful scenery

Nice place and beautiful scenery

Crops everywhere

Cattle and sheep all around


1 Nanniwan is literally translated South Muddy Bay.

2 Jiangnan is a classical reference to the most bountiful region south of the Yangtze river.

3 Shaanxi is a province in northwest China known for its arid and inhospitable environs.


music and lyrics: Traditional (circa 1930's)

arrangement: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion, dizi (Chinese flute)

Wang Yong: keyboards, guzheng (Chinese zither)

Start again

My feet planted on the Earth

My head tipped to the Sun

I pretend I am alone on this world

I shut both eyes tight

I press up against the wall

I pretend I’ve lost my head

La la la la….


I don’t want to leave

I don’t want to exist

I don’t want to live so much in reality

I want to leave

I want to exist

I want to die and then do it all over again


The rainbow in that cigarette pack

The ocean in that wineglass

Pack all of them into my empty heart

I talk more and more nonsense

I fall deeper and deeper into silence

I pretend more and more that I understand nothing

La la la la….


I don’t want to leave

I don’t want to exist

I don’t want to live so much in reality

I want to leave

I want to exist

I want to die and then do it all over again


Look in all directions

Look at all the people

Look at me at the end of a brilliant road

Don’t feel my heart racing

Don’t feel ashamed

Don’t feel sure that I even want to know

La la la la….


music and lyrics: Cui Jian

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards

Last Shot

A stray bullet hit my chest.

Instantly my life flashed before my eyes.


Oh! The last shot…


music: Cui Jian

lyrics: Cui Jian & Wang Gui

translation: kemaxiu


Cui Jian: vocals, guitar

Amari Kyosuke: lead guitar

Liu Junli: bass

Ma He: drums

Liu Xiaosong: percussion

Wang Yong: keyboards


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