對面的女孩看過來 ~ Hey, Pretty Girl, Please Look at Me

This video is so fun. I love the 1950’s American Barbecue aesthetic. Taiwanese notice the singer’s country accent. Did this era exist in Taiwan? Do people do this and dress like this now? His clueless expressions and her coquettish ones make me warm and fuzzy.

This was the first time I’ve translated something with rhythm and rhyme, which was fun. In Chinese most of the lines rhyme with “I,” but because of English subject/object grammar I went with “me.”

Hey, pretty girl, please look at me
Look at me, look at me
My performance is something to see
Please don’t pretend to ignore me!

Hey, pretty girl, please look at me
Look at me, look at me
There’s nothing to fear, don’t flee,
I am lovable…really!

(“Ew, scary!” the girls say in Mandarin.)

Lonely boys are unhappy
Misunderstood are we
Comfort me, this I plea,
It would give me so much glee!

(Spoken) I’m ugly…but I’m a sweet pea.

I look left, look right, look up, look down,
Girls are never simple, what’s going on?
I’m trying and trying to guess what they’re thinking
But women’s hearts are mysteries

Lonely boys sit there and swat fleas,
Swat this flea, swat that flea
How long will I be sad and free?
Until I’m a retiree?

Hey, pretty girl, please look at me
Look at me, look at me
I’m a he and you’re a she
Oh, how happy we could be!

I look left, look right, look up, look down,
Girls are never simple, what’s going on?
I’m trying and trying to guess what they’re thinking
But women’s hearts are mysteries

LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI—OH A OH
LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI—LAI

(“Lai” means “come/come on/come over.”)

Finally, the girl says in Cantonese, “Ewww, so gross!” because he’s so sappy and forward. (Thank you, Antonia!)

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