聼媽媽的話 Listen to Mama

Here’s a 2006 hit by Taiwan’s biggest star, Jay Chou (周杰倫), that Kanye and Confucius could enjoy together. Matching the rhythm was a fun workout. If you stick around for the end of the video, you can see little Jay with his own mother.

Li’l buddy, you got a lot of questions right now,
Like why do my friends get to read comic books
While I’m learning to draw pictures and talk through a piano
While they are playing outside, I’m leaning on the wall with my ABCs
I told Mom I want a big big model plane
But all I got was a tiny tape recorder
Why do I have to listen to my mother
When you’re bigger, you will understand this talk

After I grew up, I finally realized
Why I run faster than they do and fly higher than they do
Now the comics they all read are the ones that I draw
And the songs that they sing are the ones that I write

Mama doesn’t let you see how hard it is
Deep in her heart is the recipe for bliss
Whenever you can, you should hold her hand,
Fall asleep with her, and dream together

CHORUS:
Listen to Mama, don’t let her get hurt
Try hard to grow up and take care of her
Beautiful white hair, grown in happiness
Magic of angels in her gentle ways

In the future, music will be your trump card,
It’ll get you girlfriends,
Oh! I shouldn’t tell you things like that,
Just keep listening to Mama
Save the girls for later
I know the path ahead of you,
But Mama knows it even better

You’re gonna imitate your classmates and write slogans on your backpack
But instead you should write, “Mama, I’m going to study hard”
Study hard? I can’t believe what I’m telling you
You need to hit the books ’cause I don’t want you to lose

Hold on to the sweater that Mom gave you for Christmas
‘Cause on Mother’s Day I want to tell her that I still have it,
Oh yeah, I got to meet Chow Yun Fat so that
You can tell your classmates the God of Gambling will be your Papa

I couldn’t find the love letter I wrote
If you have it, don’t send it out
Or two days later you will find it on the playground

Soon you’re gonna fall in love with pop music
‘Cause right now Jacky Cheung’s recording “Goodbye Kiss

CHORUS x2

After I grew up, I finally realized
Why I run faster than they do and fly higher than they do
Now the comics they all read are the ones that I draw
And the songs that they sing are the ones that I write

Mama doesn’t let you see how hard it is
Deep in her heart is the recipe for bliss
Whenever you can, you should hold her hand,
Fall asleep with her, and dream together

CHORUS

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