Recently, I started listening to Eason Chan’s songs (influenced by Pop Pop Music’s blog). Some of them are pretty good stuff, especially the Mandarin albums.
Then I came upon the song 富士山下 (fu si shan ha; At the Foot of Mt Fuji).
As I was searching for the lyrics, I stumbled upon this site:
我絕不罕有 往街裡繞過一周 我便化烏有＊
你還嫌不夠 我把這陳年風褸 送贈你解咒
The curious blogger decided to dig into the meaning of the lyrics.
I’ve always been a little intrigued by the meaning of this song, and I find this song to be quite poetic and deep (well, sort of…). However, I was never curious enough to try to interpret the meaning of the song.
The blogger did a pretty good job deciphering the meaning. I find it amusing that it sparked a long discussion in the comments section with some people putting in their opinions and a few slamming the song for being a complicated burst of fart. LOL!
And one dude even commented that a certain spot at the foot of Mt Fuji is a place where many broken hearts end their misery by taking their own lives. This little info makes the song even more interesting because it gives the song some context to understand it better.
There are songs that are very literal. And there are song that are metaphorical. And there are some that are poetic. Some even weave between between being literal and metaphorical and poetic from line to line… or even more canggih: a combination of all. This make explaining a song very difficult.
Such as Desolation Row by Bob Dylan than a Mainland Chinese friend asked me to help interpret. It was talking about racism and 3 men were lynched in the process. I would have to understand what the context of the song is based on. Why certain well known characters (e.g. Einstein, Robin Hood, Cinderella) are used in the song to represent certain group of people. How the event unfolds in the song. My gawd, you literally have to have a wide range of knowledge to even begin to appreciate how well (or ridiculous) it’s written.
I couldn’t even explain to my friend half of what the song is trying to convey.
BTW, credit to the lyrics writer 林夕. The dude is a mad genius. =D