一整個宇宙,換一顆紅豆 An entire universe for a single red bean

Ahh, I have been swamped by the songs music lyrics, lovely old cards, silent unsent letters, youthful and idealistic, naive but earnest words, and the tender feelings and memories, of the things and events and people of my school-time days…
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梁靜茹 – 情歌 Fish Leong – Love Song:

情歌

詞:陳沒
曲:伍冠諺
編曲:陳建騏

時光是琥珀 淚一滴滴 被反鎖
情書再不朽 也磨成沙漏
青春的上游 白雲飛走 蒼狗與海鷗
閃過的念頭 潺潺的溜走

命運好幽默 讓愛的人都沉默
一整個宇宙 換一顆紅豆
回憶如困獸 寂寞太久 而漸漸溫柔
放開了拳頭 反而更自由

慢動作 繾綣膠卷 重播默片 定格一瞬間
我們在 告別的演唱會 說好不再見

你寫給我 我的第一首歌
你和我 十指緊扣 默寫前奏
可是那然後呢

還好我有 我這一首情歌
輕輕的 輕輕哼著 哭著笑著
我的 天長地久

命運好幽默 讓愛的人都沉默
一整個宇宙 換一顆紅豆
回憶如困獸 寂寞太久 而漸漸溫柔
放開了拳頭 反而更自由

長鏡頭 越拉越遠 越來越遠 事隔好幾年
我們在 懷念的演唱會 禮貌地吻別

你寫給我 我的第一首歌
你和我 十指緊扣 默寫前奏
可是那然後呢

還好我有 我這一首情歌
輕輕的 輕輕哼著 哭著笑著
我的 天長地久

陪我唱歌 清唱你的情歌
捨不得 短短副歌 心還熱著
也該告一段落

還好我有 我下一首情歌
生命宛如 靜靜的 相擁的河
永遠 天長地久

Love Song

Time is like amber, sealing (fossilizing) forever, each and every teardrop
But even the most everlasting of love letters, will grind away into the sands of the hourglass
Amid the idealism of Youth struggling and swimming against the tide, the white clouds sail away, with the black dog and seagull*(things always change, with unexpected outcomes)
Flashes of inspiration, shall dribble and slip away

Fate is so humourous, letting Lovers remain silent
An entire universe, in exchange for a single red bean
Memories are like a caged wild beast, lonely for too long, and has gradually turned gentle
Releasing your clenched fist, shall instead set you free

Slow motion (of the past), latches firmly onto the filmtape (memories), replaying again this silent movie, the shot freezes in that moment
We promised each other, at that farewell concert, never to say ‘See you again’

What you wrote for me, this my very first song
You and I, ten fingers interlaced tightly together, a hopeful silent prelude
But then what happened after…

At least I have, this my very own love song
Humming lightly, so lightly, while crying and laughing
At my, forever ever after

Fate is so humourous, letting Lovers remain silent
An entire universe, in exchange for a single red bean
Memories are like a caged wild beast, lonely for too long, and has gradually turned gentle
Releasing your clenched fist, shall instead set you free

This retreating long range shot, pulls farther and farther away, passes further and further away, many years have gone by since that moment
At that memorable concert, we timorously kissed each other goodbye

What you wrote for me, this my very first song
You and I, ten fingers interlaced tightly together, a hopeful silent prelude
But then what happened after…

At least I have, this my very own love song
Humming lightly, so lightly, while crying and laughing
At my, forever ever after

Sing with me, sing out this your love song
Reluctant for it to end so quickly, after only such a short refrain, the heart/feelings still so warm
Yet it must come to an end

At least I will have, this my next love song
Life wends and meanders, quietly along, like intertwining rivers
Always, forever ever after

(Goodbye, forever ever after)

[*from the lines of the Du Fu poem 《可叹》, the later paraphrased aphorism 白雲蒼狗 white cloud black dog]

Memories of the 吉他社/guitar club, and Project Toccata-the synthesizer keyboard and electronic music club in RJC…

I swore to myself, I would paint, write and play up a storm for her…
https://dustysojourner.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/meeting-my-lin-yan-mei-蔺燕梅-part-i-high-school-orientation-songs/
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The beautiful invitation card to her 17th birthday party and farewell party:
“You are invited to Angullia Park on July…”
but the actual party, I chickened out of attending.

The letter I wrote for her which I wanted to give to her at the airport, but in the end, kept tightly shoved down my pocket. I was heartbroken she had to leave, cutting short her JC studies in Spore to leave for California, to go to prep school and start her college studies directly.

She would always be my Lin Yan-mei 蔺燕梅.
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It’s that time of the year again…
How have you been?
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[And she is lovelier than even the very pretty 翁兹蔓, model and actress in the music video above]

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