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A PIECE OF RED CLOTH by Cui Jian, new version by Joel Sattler
by Joel Sattler
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Note:

this is not an exact translation,
but is meant to be sung to the original melody.


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A PIECE OF RED CLOTH by Cui Jian, new version by Joel Sattler


 


based on the original lyrics


 


 


You put a piece of red cloth o'er my eyes


to block the sun and cover up the sky


you asked me what I saw, you couldn't guess


I said that I saw happiness


 


I was uneasy how could I forget


I have no place my children can call home


I'd like to follow you if you will let


and go with you where you may roam


 


I could not see the way the road had gone


you took my hand and you pulled me along


you asked me what I thought, said right or wrong


I just want you to lead me on


 


I knew that you thought you’re not made of steel


but stronger even if you think you're not


you have the passion and the heart I feel


your hands are ready, blood is hot


 


this wasn't what I thought: a wilderness


and I could taste the desert in your lips


dying of thirst I need a drink of it


you sucked me dry with just a kiss


 


I can not go, I can not cry alone


I can not weep, I am dry as a bone


but still I follow without sleep or rest


because your pain I know the best


 


You put a piece of red cloth o'er my eyes


to block the sun and cover up the sky


you asked me what I saw, you couldn't guess


I said that I saw happiness


 


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Original version in Chinese:


 


 


块红布  


--崔健


 


 


那天是你用一块红布,蒙住我双眼也蒙住了天。


问我看见了什么,我说我看见了幸福。


这个感觉真让我舒服,它让我忘掉我没地儿住。


问我还要去何方,我说要上你的路。


看不见你也看不见路,我的手也被你攥住。


问我在想什么,我说我要你做主。


我感觉你不是铁,却象铁一样强和烈。


我感觉你身上有血,因为你的手是热呼呼。


我感觉这不是荒野,却看不见这地已经干裂。


我感觉我要喝点水,可你的嘴将我的嘴堵住。


我不能走我也不能哭,因为我身体已经干枯。


我要永远这样陪伴着你,因为我最知道你的痛苦


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My version is based on a recording by Cui Jian:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OspWXXBEo4A 


 


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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
Brilliant, Joel. Rhythm, rhyme, flow, pattern, they all meet, here. The words punctuate the music of its heart.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
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