I understand enough Mandarin, for it to serve me in my travels. So perhaps it is understanding what the lyrics mean that drew me to this song. Perhaps it is the poignant melody. Or both.
The unofficial translation of the poetic Mandarin lyrics does not do it justice, yet it is the closest I could find. I hope you feel its import.
Each one of us has walked our own path, filled with pain and sorrow, healing and joy.
Each one with our stories to tell.
Each one hoping for that simple life. Though many of us have mistaken simple with easy. Life cannot be easy though it can be simple. I have moved mountains (my mountains are not the same as yours) to get a taste of this simplicity and the ordinary path leads on.
This 7-year old song remains a pop-folk favourite across cultures. Enjoy!
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