Lyric added by: silverlining
In his sunglasses, it is not apparent
How clouded his eyes are.
I can only remember that when he practised the erhu in his youth, [erhu is a traditional chinese instrument]
The strings of his erhu became blood red.
Becoming blind after he turned thirty-four,
How could glory be seeked with his pair of eyes?
When he played "The Waves and Sand" [a song name] when young,
Everyone said him is a prodigy.
But in the next scene in life he is negotiating the streets,
Hawking his childhood dream.
In an alley adjunct to the noisy and crowded restaurants,
He plays and waits for someone to be moved by his music.
Nobody understands or appreciates his music.
Hoping someone understands that he is destitute.
In the candle light illuminating the darkness as the North Wind howls,
He thinks that he can at least create a beautiful song for his listeners.
Even if his music is understandable only by him, there are still audiences who light up his path for him.
His life's lantern, his two eyes.
He doesn't care whether his song is hot or not.
The round sunglasses belied a self-found happiness
When a beauty steps out, the event will naturally be chronicled in songs. [I'm assuming zhao jun refers to wang zhao jun, one of the four great beauties. There is also a movie called 昭君出塞, I don't know if this refers to it.]
He is poor but his life is rich, he is poor but his will is strong.
Music is a prove of his worthiness in life.
He is supported by his wife on his way home.
This scene is the most touching of his songs.
I wonder if any passerbys who witness this free song
and are touched and pained by it.
telly @ chinesemusicblog.com