China Under The Hood: Nothing to My Name………

The father of Chinese rock

The father of Chinese rock

Nothing to my name: A clever atypical portrayal of impatience in a love relationship to the words of the L’Internationale that became rallying anthem for the Tiananmen Square student protesters of 1989 [Read more at: http://wp.me/p15Yzr-r]. For the have nothing have nots, the disillusioned young and old feeling left behind by the staggering pace of communal change in today’s Middle Country, those without access to economic opportunity, or even a critical minimum of fairness and justice, “I have nothing” is as appropriate now as it was when originally scribed in 1985. Perhaps more so.

Nothing to my name, by Cui Jian 최건 (1985)

I have asked you endlessly,

When will you go with me?

But you always laugh at me with,

Nothing to my name

I want to give you my dreams,

And give you my freedom.

But you always laugh at me with,

Nothing to my name.

Ohhh….

When will you go with me?

 

The earth beneath my feet is moving.

The river beside me is flowing.

But you always laugh at me with,

Nothing to my name.

Why do you always laugh at me so?

Why don’t I give up?

Why do you see me as,

Forever having nothing to my name?

Ohhh….

Just go with me now!

 

Listen – I’ve waited so long,

So I’ll make my final request.

I want to grab you by the hands,

And take you with me.

Now your hands are trembling,

Now your tears are falling.

Perhaps you are saying,

You love me with nothing to my name

Ohhh….

Just go with me now.”

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