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Hakka mountain songs (4)
Hakka mountain songs (4)
(A) 村姑想情郎 longing for her lover
The sun sets through the ridge and down the creek,
I sing a mountain song to send off the sun,
The sun is still inside the white cloud,
My good words are still inside my heart,
The main road is dilapidated and no one repairs it,
My lover has gone away and no one tries to detain him,
Who can convience my lover to come back,
The mandarin trees blossom with fruit like pomegranates,
The moon comes out like a hook with two ends,
One end is the rush the other is the oil,
The rush is too short and the oil is too little,
I am full of hot tears that I can only shed behind people.
(B) 排 排 坐 Sing a Hakka song
排排坐﹐唱山歌﹐ 你打鼓﹐ 我打鑼﹐ 薪臼灶背炒田螺﹐
田螺 殼﹐刺到家官腳﹐ 家官呀呀叫﹐ 薪臼哈哈笑。
Sit in a row and sing mountain songs. You beat the drum and I hit the
gong. Daughter-in-law frys sea-shell behind the kitchen. The sea-shell
shells prickle father-in-law's feet. Father-in-law cries out loudly and
daughter-in-law laughs loudly.
排排坐﹐唱山歌﹐爺打鼓﹐ 子打鑼﹐ 薪臼炒田螺﹐
阿公燒火背駝駝﹐ 阿婆檢樹皮﹐ 阿妹唱山歌。
Sit in a row and sing mountain songs. Father beats the drum and son hits
the gong. Daughter-in-law frys the sea-shells. Bending his back gandpa
makes the fire. Gramdma examines the tree parks and sister sings
(C) 喝 醉 酒 Got Drunk
(Male) ﹕ 喝酒喝得醉連連﹐
(Male): Having drunk so much wine that I fell on the roadside.
Luckily I was seen by a girl who, with her both hands,
pulled me up.
(Female): Drinking too much wine will get addicted. Fortunately I saw
you lying on the roadside. Next time there will be no one
to pull you up.
This is a Hakka mountain song composed by Dr Zheng De Hua
(鄭德華) and published by Nanyang Shang Pao (南洋商報) a Malaysian
Chinese newspaper) on 23rd March 1993.
鬧 新 房
一 腳 踏 入 新 娘 間
又 有 檳 榔 又 有 煙
再 過 兩 年 生 個 子
生 個 細 子 中 狀 元
Honestly I don't know how to translate it into English.
(E) The passionate lovers
This is a passionate story which happened in a town called Song Kou
(松口) in Mei Xian (梅縣) in Guandong province (廣東省). A young Hakka
couple were deeply in love. However, they were not allowed to get marry
because both of them had the same surname of Liang (梁). According to
Chinese tradition people with the same surname were forbidden to get
marry. In order to extricate from this ardent love affairs the young man
decided to go to Nanyang (南洋 present day Malaysia and Singapore).
Secretly, without telling his lover, he packed and went to the jetty in
the river and board a little boat heading for Guangzhou (廣州), the
capital of Guangdong province (廣東省). Somehow the girl discovered his
plan and rushed to the jetty trying to persuade him not to go.
This was how they expressed themselves in Shan Ge (mountain song) :
Girl: 妹系姓梁郎姓梁﹐ Boy: 圳頭行下青草湖﹐
Girl: 松口行下銅琵橋﹐ Boy: 聽妹唱歌涯心慌﹐
Girl: 趕哥趕到蓬辣頭﹐ Boy: 日頭一出須華華﹐
Eventually the boy was moved by the passionate love of the girl. Picking
up his luggages he disembarked the boat and eloped with the girl to a far
(F) Hakka Roots: this is not a song but poem
This article, 客家尋根之旅 the tour of Searching for Hakka Roots
organised by the Malaysian Hakka Association, was written by Qiu Hui Zhong
(丘惠中) and appears in the magazine to commemorate the 10th Congress of
the Persekutuan Persatuan Persatuan Hakka of Malaysia.
There is a paragraph in the article entitled:
福建的客家搖藍 or the cradle of the Hakka People in Fujian province.
In the paragraph there is a mountain song about the migration of the Kakka
People from the north to Fujian provinve. They settled down in Shi Pi
village in Ning Hua county (寧化石壁村). The village of Shi Bi is
recognised by the World Hakka Association as the cradle of the Hakka
People in Fujian province. On the bank of Ting Jiang Mother River
(汀江母親河) there is a statue called The Mother which is sacred to the
Hakka. The composer of this mountain song is unknown.
山歌唱來一蘿蘿﹐ 遊子回到母親河﹐ 河南福建轉一轉﹐
翻山越嶺受折磨﹐ 萬苦千辛都挨過﹐ 平地已有前人住﹐
開天辟地淚沱沱﹐ 今日終有好結果﹐ 開枝散葉天下走﹐
記得祖公和祖婆﹐ 回到祖地感觸多﹐ 汀州寧化石壁村﹐
河水長流暖心窩﹐ 遊子歸來唱贊歌﹐ 優良文化應傳頌﹐
The English is roughly like this:
There are lots to sing about in mountain songs. The wandering sons
have returned to Mother River. Touring through the provinces of Henan
and Fujian we realise the amount of hardship our ancestors had
suffered, crossing the mountains and ridges.
After crossing the mountains and ridges our ancestors thought the hardship
was over. However, the flat fertile land was already being inhabited by
the progenitors. Without alternatives they settled in the hilly slopes.
With tears, they removed the forest and cleared the land before they
planted the crops.
Having removed the forest, cleared the land and planted the crops,
wonderful results were achieved as it is today where their descendants
have spread far and wide through out the world. Though they are seperated
by land and sea yet their relationship is inseperable. Forget not our
Remembering our ancestors, we retun, with stirring emotion, to the
ancestral land of Shi Bi village in Ning Hua county of Ting Zhou
prefecture. Our love is like Mother River whose water flows through our
As the water of Mother River flowing through our hearts, the wandering
sons sing the praise of our excellent culture blossoming with flowers for
the upcoming thousand generations.
CHUNG Yoon-Ngan (鄭永元)
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