Late December – 深冬季节

Shendong jijie
深冬季节

Gripping with pain in the dark, frozen cold
Sits the little match girl by a wall of stone

Qi ku han leng de dong ye jian
凄苦寒冷的冬夜间
Mai huo chai de xiao nv hai zuo zai qiang jiao bian
卖火柴的小女孩坐在墙角边
Looking into warm houses behind locked gates
And never once does she curse her fate

Yan wang zhe yi shan shan chuang li wen nuan de deng guang
眼望着一扇扇窗里温暖的灯光
Xiao nv hai nei xin chong man dui wen nuan de ke wang
小女孩内心充满对温暖的渴望

The unsold matches weigh heavy in her hand
As she rests her bones by an old street lamp

Mai bu chu qu de huo chai zai shou zhong chen dian dian
卖不出的火柴在手中沉甸甸
Lao jie deng zhao yao zhe ta na pi bei de lian
老街灯照耀着她那疲惫的脸
How the people laughed when she tried to sell them
And she can’t go home to her parents and tell them
Sheng sheng jiao mai lu ren xiao
声声叫卖路人笑
Ta que bu neng hui jia xi qing su
她却不能回家细倾诉

Strike a match
Bury the cold
You won’t live in this world
Long enough to grow old

Cai liang yi gen huo chai
擦亮一根火柴
Qu san yi qie han leng
驱散一切寒冷
Shui shuo ni jiu yao li kai
谁说你就要离开
Ni hai bu ceng zhang da zhi dao lao
你还不曾长大直到老

The people don’t know as they sit down to dinner
Of the dying girl in the throes of winter

Dang ren men wei zuo zai wen nuan de can zhuo bian
当人们围坐在温暖的餐桌边
Zen zhi xiao nv hai yi zou wan ta sheng ming li de zui hou yi ge dong tian
怎知小女孩已走完她生命里的最后一个冬天
Lighting a match she soon can find
A warm plate of food, but it’s all in her mind
Huo chai liang qi lai le
火柴亮起来了
Re teng teng de shi wu xiang ta zou lai le
热腾腾的食物向她走来了
Lighting her last match, the girl now sees
A falling star and she knows what it means

Dang shou zhong zui hou yi ba huo chai ran qi
当手中最后一把火柴燃起
Ta kan jian na liu xing hua luo le tian ji
她看见那流星滑落了天际
Strike a match
Bury the cold
You won’t live in this world
Long enough to grow old

Cai liang yi gen huo chai
擦亮一根火柴
Qu san yi qie han leng
驱散一切寒冷
Shui shuo ni jiu yao li kai
谁说你就要离开
Ni hai bu ceng zhang da zhi dao lao
你还不曾长大直到老
But with each strike
Comes warmth
And you’re free
To create the world
As you want it to be

Shu  bu zhi yi ca
殊不知一擦
Yi shi bie
一世界
Yi ca yi wen nuan
一擦一温暖
Suo xiang  wang de yi qie
所想往的一切
Jin zai zhe yan qian

尽在这眼前

Translated by Li Hongye
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