Wang Feng – Cun Zai [ 汪峰《存在》]

This is an awesome Chinese rock song. The song title is “Existence” (“存在”) by Wang Feng who is a famous Chinese singer/composer. He was one of the judges in China’s version of “The Voice”. It was on that show that I first heard this song. I fell in love with it immediately.

I’ll give a loose translation of some parts. My translation probably does little credit to the lyrics. But I’m trying because I truly want to share this song. To be honest, I’ve always found Mandarin to be such a poetic and beautiful language. A few simple words can mean so much which I cannot wholly express in a paragraph in English.

多少人走着却困在原地

Many people keep walking but remain on the spot

多少人活着却如同死去

Many people are alive but living as though they are dead

多少人爱着却好似分离

Many people express their loves, but are loving as though apart

多少人笑着却满含泪滴

Many people are smiling but have suppressed their tears

谁知道我们该去向何处

Who knows where we should be going

谁明白生命已变为何物

Who would understand what life has become

是否找个借口继续苟活

Should we just find an excuse to continue making a living

或是展翅高飞保持愤怒

Or should we spread our wings and fly, and maintain our anger/passion

我该如何存在

How should I live

多少次荣耀却感觉屈辱

Even with so many honours bestowed upon me, I feel humiliated

多少次狂喜却倍受痛楚

Even with so much happiness, I suffer many times the pain

多少次幸福却心如刀绞

Even enjoying such good fortune, I feel as though my heart was sliced by knives

多少次灿烂却失魂落魄

Even in the glory/ brilliance, I feel asl though I lost my soul /[was defeated]

谁知道我们该去向何处

Who knows where we should be going

谁明白生命已变为何物

Who would understand what life has become

是否找个理由随波逐流

Should we find a reason to go with the flow

或是勇敢前行挣脱牢笼

Or should we bravely step forward to fight free of the chains/ cages

我该如何存在

How should I live

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P.S.: I’ve found a full translation from this website.

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