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Feb 14, 2018

First favorite Chinese New Year Song



This is my favorite Chinese New Year song in Mandarin in the 1950s.

I listened to this song the first time although I did not understand the meanings of the lyrics.  I heard it over Rediffusion every Chinese New Year when everyone turned on the Rediffusion the song full blast for everyone to hear.  Even though I did not understand what it means, I love it.  Later, the Chinese teacher taught us the song at Kai Kok Public School at Bukit Ho Swee.

I am pleased to share the original Chinese song and singers, '恭喜恭喜' with thanks to the contributor at YouTube here

 恭喜大家新年快乐,万事如意,吉祥平安。

Good Wishes, Good Wishes for Chinese New Year Song(English)

On every street and lane,
On everyone's lips,
The first thing we say is,
"Good wishes, good wishes."

Good wishes, good wishes to you,
Good wishes, good wishes to you!

Winter has come to an end,
That is really good news,
A warm spring breeze is
Blowing to wake up the earth.

Good wishes, good wishes to you,
Good wishes, good wishes to you!

The icy snow has melted,
See the plum tree blossom!
The long night is past,
I heard the cock crow.

Good wishes, good wishes to you,
Good wishes, good wishes to you!

After so many difficulties,
Such so many experience grinding,
So many children in their hearts,
Look forward to the news of Spring!

Good wishes, good wishes to you,
Good wishes, good wishes to you!
Congratulations Gong Xi Gong Xi

恭喜恭喜 (Gong Xi Gong Xi)Chinese New Year Song(Chinese)

每条大街小巷,
每个人的嘴里
见面第一句话,
就是恭喜恭喜。

恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 
恭喜恭喜恭喜你

冬天已到尽头,
真是好的消息;
温暖的春风,
吹醒了大地。

恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 
恭喜恭喜恭喜你

皓皓冰雪溶解,
眼看梅花吐蕊
漫漫长夜过去,
听到一声鸡啼

恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 
恭喜恭喜恭喜你

經過多少困難 
經歷多少磨練
多少心兒盼望 
春天的消息

Pinyin (Pronunciation):

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ

Měi tiáo dà jiē xiǎo xiàng,
měi ge rén de zuǐ lǐ,
jiàn miàn dì yī jù huà,
jiù shì gōng xǐ gōng xǐ

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya,
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

Dōng tiān yǐ dào jìn tóu
zhēn shì hǎo de xiāo xī
wēn nuǎn de chūn fēng
jiù yào chuī xǐng dà dì

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

Hào hào bīng xuĕ róng jiĕ
yăn kàn méi huā tŭ ruĭ
Mànmàn cháng yè guò qù,
tīng dào yì shēng jī tí

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

Jīng guò duō shăo kùn nan
jīng lì duō shăo mó liàn
duō shăo xīn ér pàn wàng   
chūn tiān de xiāo xi

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

The modernised version of the song did not bring me back to my childhood in Bukit Ho Swee kampong.

Great fond nostalgic memories to share with my pioneer generation Singaporean friends.

Related blog from Mothership.SG


Chinese New Year song Gong Xi Gong Xi was written in minor key to celebrate defeat of Japan in 1945

It was never intended to be a Chinese New Year song.

Please check out Mothership related blog here .

Related blog from Andy Young

Composed during the Sino/Japanese war.

It was written by a man who was imprisoned by the Japs for being patriotic.

Thanks to my heritage blogger friend Andy Young here .

1 Comments:

Blogger KK said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you, sir. Wish you good health and prosperity

Stumbled upon your blog by accident - thank you for sharing.

For millennials like me, it is very interesting to learn how SG was in the past.

Hope you will continue blogging for times to come!

February 14, 2018 at 8:09 AM  

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