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MC HotDog feat. A-Yue – Li Kai

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MC HotDog feat. A-Yue, Pin Min Bai Wan Ge Xing

Well, this is definitely the least simple Chinese song I’ve worked on so far. It was a refreshing challenge, though, doing the research and everything.

While I’m not sure if I agree with the sentiment expressed in the song, I greatly enjoy listening to it. I don’t listen to a whole lot of rap even in English, but there’s just something about MC HotDog’s flow.

Naturally, as a fast-paced rap, it’s hard to retain the rhythm and tone (and probably some meaning/wordplay) in translation, but I did what I could to keep things close. Also new for me, I included tone marks in the romanization, since some of the tones are actually audible in the rap; I might go back and add them to my older Chinese translations.

A lot of cultural notes here:
-PTT is Taiwan’s largest BBS. The lyrics make a number of references to PTT culture and slang. As I’m a generation removed from Taiwan myself, I researched many of these from specialized online encyclopedias. The people who frequent PTT are known as “villagers” (鄉民).
-Verse 2, line 6: “grass mud horse” (草泥馬) is a well-documented play on words in the Chinese-speaking internet.
-Verse 5, line 5: “take things seriously and you lose” (認真就輸了) is (to my understanding) a common phrase on PTT used to describe people or communities (naturally including PTT), either jokingly or condescendingly.
-Verse 5, line 7: “ten thousand replies, no arrivals” (萬人響應 無人到場) is another (to my understanding) common phrase on PTT, an observation of how very few people tend to follow up on even highly-active online discussions (about events, meetups, etc) with real-life action. (This seems to be a variant of a more common phrase, “ten thousand replies, one arrival”.)
-Verse 5, line 11: “Life’s a Struggle” is a rap by Song Yue-Ting (宋岳庭) that MC HotDog has referenced and sampled before.
-Verse 5, line 16: 我的生活 晃蕩 每天上 is a play on one of MC HotDog’s best-known raps, Wo De Sheng Huo (我的生活, “My Life”). The chorus is populated by lines of similar format – for example, 「我的生活 放蕩 每天 [抽]」 (“My life’s fucked up, [smoking] every day”), where [] varies. In that rap, “fucked up” is represented in the lyrics as 放蕩 (fàng dàng, “debauched, unconventional”), but in this one, it’s written as 晃蕩 (huàng dàng, “swaying, shaking”). This difference might be significant, or they might just both be viable euphemisms.

Out of Here
Lyrics, Composition: Yao Zhong-Ren, A-Yue
Arrangement: A-Yue

I’ve forgotten how to communicate, forgotten even how to write.
If I can’t type it out, there’d be no way for me to explain.
I sit at the computer and I start to mix up my days and nights.
I live in the windows, like it never gets old.
Never need to think about clothes – I just get hemorrhoids on my ass sometimes.
The mouse is my wings; in the virtual world, I wear a mask.
Over countless days and nights, I’m a screenwriter.
In the real world, I use my real name for fake talk.
Another world, I use a fake name for real talk.
Kind of doubting – I’ve kind of started struggling too;
In my two worlds, it’s hard to tell real and fake apart.
I tap into my keyboard, “Do you feel the same?”
I try to play the cool guy, “Are you lonely too?”
Let’s talk about this world – is this our fault?
Can’t get away anymore, so come with me and rage.

I won’t ever know what tomorrow has in store,
So what am I supposed to do to face it?
I’m just a mortal, I’m not strong, there’s no power in me.
Sometimes I cry unexplainable tears in the night.
I live in this crowded city, and yet I’m lost in the mob.
Now, where can I find my grand goal?
Now I can’t see my conceit, my confidence anymore.
Who else is there to guide me on the path ahead?

The process of finding your true self is actually a bit painful.
This rhythm’s stretched too tight, no fills, too heavy.
A frown’s growing on my face, I feel my head emptying out,
I’m sitting at the computer until 9:00 AM.
Too many blogs, too many passwords,
Too many mail boxes – I’m raising a grass mud horse.
When did my world get so complicated?
I get all my news from online friends.
But I can’t get away from it, can’t get away from gossip,
Like an idiot, still thinking that my brain can develop.
I just want to find someone to talk to,
To be my way out and come with me to see the size of the world.
Too many travelers, too many strangers,
Too many bloggers, I’m in love with a stranger.
Maybe I’m more sincere with them than my own family.
Can’t get away anymore, now that I’ve opened this door.

Maybe I should understand every single thing that happens in the world.
Feeling like it’s unclear it is a sign of my own egoism.
When the sunlight slowly creeps into my disordered room,
I’m so aware that I’m just some ignorant fool.
Walk to the end and I wish I could take flight,
Could fly straight past my destination.
When I look up, I know that God won’t cast me down.
Give me the courage to understand pain and beauty.

No one wants to chat, everyone’s on their phones.
Put a pen in your hand and it’s mistakes everywhere.
Don’t need to talk, you just need your A-P-Ps,
Boring villagers packed in tight enough to blow up PTT.
In the virtual world, you take things seriously, you lose.
I say fuck PTT, all you villagers can cry some more.
Ten thousand replies, no arrivals, what’s the point?
All you can do is drop words on the internet, I hear your bullshit.
Go cry, go cry – no computer, how’re you gonna live?
Put your hands up – hahah, you all got computer hands.
In the real world, you say life’s a struggle.
In the virtual world, the whole thing’s a stage.
It’s enough to drive God crazy, everyone’s the same.
My dictionary’s never had an entry for “giving up.” Internet,
How could I forget, can’t get away from this box.
My life’s fucked up, online every day…

Out of here, my honesty; out of here, my world;
Out of here, my mask; out of here, my cowardice;
Out of here, myself; out of here, my fear;
Get out of here, I don’t care about the tears that fall.

Repeat every day, start up, shut down, standby, power down, doesn’t matter.
Press one more time, start up, shut down, standby, power down, doesn’t matter.
Forever, start up, shut down, standby, power down, doesn’t matter.
Can’t get away, start up, shut down, standby… power down.

Li Kai
Lyrics, Composition: Yao Zhong-Ren (MC HotDog), A-Yue (Zhang Zhen-Yue / Ayal Komod)
Arrangement: A-Yue

Wǒ wàng le zěn me gōu tōng   shèn zhì wàng le zěn me xiě zì
Wǒ méi fǎ dǎ zì de huà   jiù méi yǒu bàn fǎ jiě shì
Wǒ duì zhe diàn nǎo   ér zhòu yè kāi shǐ diān dǎo
Wǒ huó zài shì chuāng lǐ   fǎng fú yǒng yuǎn bù huì biàn lǎo
Wǒ bù xū yào zhì zhuāng   zhǐ shì pì gu ǒu ěr huì zhǎng zhì chuāng
Huá shǔ shì wǒ de chì bǎng   zài xū nǐ de shì jiè lǐ wǒ dài shàng miàn jù
Zài shǔ bù jìn de rì yè lǐ   wǒ xiàng shì biān jù
Zài Real world   wǒ yòng zhēn míng shuō jiǎ de huà
Another world   wǒ yòng jiǎ míng shuō zhēn de huà
Yǒu diǎn yí huò   wǒ yě kāi shǐ biàn dé yǒu diǎn zhēng zhá
Zài wǒ de liǎng gè shì jiè lǐ   fēn bù qīng zhēn jiǎ
Wǒ duì zhe jiàn pán qiāo dǎ   `nǐ yě shì zhè yàng ma?’
Wǒ gù zuò xiāo sǎ   `nǐ yě jì mò ma?’
Yī qǐ shǔ luo zhè ge shì jiè   shì wǒ men huó gāi ma
Jì rán yǐ jīng lí bù kāi le   nà jiù yī qǐ mà

Wǒ yǒng yuǎn bù zhī dào míng tiān huì fā shēng shén me shì
Jié guǒ dào dǐ huì rú hé yào zěn me miàn duì
Wǒ shì gè fán rén wǒ bù jiān qiáng wǒ méi yǒu lì qì
Ǒu ěr yè wǎn huì liú xià mò míng de lèi shuǐ
Zhù zài yǒng jǐ de chéng shì lǐ què mí shī zài rén qún
Ér wǒ wěi dà de mù biāo yòu shì zài nǎ lǐ
Ér wǒ de jiāo ào wǒ de xìn xīn dōu yǐ kàn bù qīng
Hái yǒu shéi huì zhǐ yǐn wǒ qián miàn de dào lù

Zhǎo dào zhēn shí de zì jǐ zhè guò chéng huò xǔ yǒu diǎn tòng
Zhè jié zòu tài jǐn bēng   méi guò mén   yǒu diǎn zhòng
Wǒ de liǎn   yǒu diǎn chòu   wǒ de tóu   kāi shǐ kōng
Wǒ yī zhí zuò zài diàn nǎo qián dào zǎo shang jiǔ diǎn zhōng
Tài duō de bù luò gé   tài duō de mì mǎ
Tài duō de xìn xiāng   yǎng le zhī cǎo ní mǎ
Shén me shí hòu wǒ de shì jiè biàn dé rú cǐ fù zá
Bào xīn wén de lái yuán dōu shì   wǎng yǒu shuō de huà
Dàn wǒ lí bù kāi tā   lí bù kāi bā guà
Xiàng gè xiǎo dāi guā   hái yǐ wéi zì jǐ tóu nǎo fā dá
Wǒ zhǐ shì xiǎng zhǎo gè rén   péi wǒ shuō shuō huà
Tā shì wǒ chū kǒu de mén   péi wǒ kàn shì jiè yǒu duō dà
Tài duō de guò kè   tài duō de mò shēng rén
Tài duō de bù luò kè   wǒ ài shàng mò shēng rén
Yòu huò zhě wǒ duì tā men bǐ jiā rén hái zhēn chéng
Yǐ jīng lí bù kāi le   dāng wǒ dǎ kāi le zhè ge mén

Yě xǔ wǒ yīng gāi kàn tòu shì jiè shàng měi yī jiàn shì
Gǎn jué bù qīng chǔ shì wǒ tài zài hū zì jǐ
Dāng tài yáng de guāng màn man pá jìn líng luàn fáng jiān lǐ
Fā xiàn wǒ xiàng gè bù dǒng shì de xiǎo liú máng
Yóu zǒu zài jìn tóu wǒ hǎo xiǎng yào kuài diǎn fēi qǐ lái
Kě yǐ fēi yuè wǒ xiǎng yào dào dá de dì fāng
Dāng wǒ tái tóu wǒ zhī dào shàng dì bù huì diū xià wǒ
Ràng wǒ yǒu yǒng qì liǎo jiě tòng kǔ hé měi lì

Méi yǒu rén yào liáo tiān   dà jiā dōu zài wán shǒu jī
Nǐ cuò zì lián piān   dāng nǐ shǒu shàng wò zhe bǐ
Bù xū yào yán yǔ   zhǐ xū yào APP
Wú liáo de xiāng mín   jǐ bào le PTT
Zài xū nǐ de shì jiè huò xǔ rèn zhēn jiù shū le
Wǒ shuō Fuck PTT xiāng mín men quán dōu kū le
Wàn rén xiǎng yìng   wú rén dào chǎng   yòu rú hé
Zhǐ huì zài wǎng lù shàng fàng huà   wǒ tīng nǐ hú chě
Nǐ kū a   nǐ kū a   méi yǒu diàn nǎo yào zěn me huó
Put your hands up   hā hā   quán bù dōu yǒu diàn nǎo shǒu
Zài zhēn shí de shì jiè   nǐ shuō Life is a struggle
Zài xū nǐ de shì jiè   yī qiè dōu xiàng shì yī chǎng xiù
Jiù lián shàng dì yě wèi tā fēng kuáng   shéi dōu yī yàng
Wǒ de zì diǎn lǐ cóng lái méi yǒu fàng qì le shàng wǎng
Wǒ zěn me wàng jì le   lí bù kāi zhè kuāng kuāng
Wǒ de shēng huó   huàng dang   měi tiān shàng

Lí kāi wǒ de chéng shí   lí kāi wǒ de shì jiè
Lí kāi wǒ de miàn jù   lí kāi wǒ de nuò ruò
Lí kāi wǒ de zì jǐ   lí kāi wǒ de hài pà
Lí kāi liú xià yǎn lèi wǒ yě bù zài yì

Měi tiān zhòng fù zhe   kāi jī   guān jī   dài jī   dāng jī le méi yǒu guān xì
Zài àn yī xià   kāi jī   guān jī   dài jī   dāng jī le méi yǒu guān xì
Wǒ shǐ zhōng zài   kāi jī   guān jī   dài jī   dāng jī le méi yǒu guān xì
Wǒ lí bù kāi   kāi jī   guān jī   dài jī   dāng jī

離開
詞、曲:姚中仁、A-Yue
編曲:A-Yue

我忘了怎麼溝通 甚至忘了怎麼寫字
我沒法打字的話 就沒有辦法解釋
我對著電腦 而晝夜開始顛倒
我活在視窗裡 彷彿永遠不會變老
我不需要治裝 只是屁股偶爾會長痔瘡
滑鼠是我的翅膀 在虛擬的世界裡 我戴上面具
在數不盡的日夜裡 我像是編劇
在Real world 我用真名說假的話
Another world 我用假名說真的話
有點疑惑 我也開始變得有點掙扎
在我的兩個世界裡 分不清真假
我對著鍵盤敲打 「你也是這樣嗎?」
我故作瀟灑 「你也寂寞嗎?」
一起數落這個世界 是我們活該嗎
既然已經離不開了 那就一起罵

我永遠不知道明天會發生什麼事
結果到底會如何要怎麼面對 我是個凡人我不堅強我沒有力氣
偶爾夜晚會流下莫名的淚水 住在擁擠的城市裡卻迷失在人群
而我偉大的目標又是在哪裡 而我的驕傲我的信心都已看不清
還有誰會指引我前面的道路

找到真實的自己這過程或許有點痛
這節奏太緊繃 沒過門 有點重
我的臉 有點臭 我的頭 開始空
我一直坐在電腦前到早上九點鐘
太多的部落格 太多的密碼
太多的信箱 養了隻草泥馬
什麼時候我的世界變得如此複雜
報新聞的來源都是 網友說的話
但我離不開它 離不開八卦
像個小呆瓜 還以為自己頭腦發達
我只是想找個人 陪我說說話
它是我出口的門 陪我看世界有多大
太多的過客 太多的陌生人
太多的部落客 我愛上陌生人
又或者我對他們比家人還真誠
已經離不開了 當我打開了這個門

也許我應該看透世界上每一件事
感覺不清楚是我太在乎自己 當太陽的光慢慢爬進凌亂房間裡
發現我像個不懂事的小流氓 遊走在盡頭我好想要快點飛起來
可以飛越我想要到達的地方 當我抬頭我知道上帝不會丟下我
讓我有勇氣瞭解痛苦和美麗

沒有人要聊天 大家都在玩手機
你錯字連篇 當你手上握著筆
不需要言語 只需要APP
無聊的鄉民 擠爆了PTT
在虛擬的世界或許認真就輸了
我說Fuck PTT鄉民們全都哭了
萬人響應 無人到場 又如何
只會在網路上放話 我聽你胡扯
你哭啊 你哭啊 沒有電腦要怎麼活
Put your hands up 哈哈 全部都有電腦手
在真實的世界 你說Life is a struggle
在虛擬的世界 一切都像是一場秀
就連上帝也為它瘋狂 誰都一樣
我的字典裡從來沒有放棄了上網
我怎麼忘記了 離不開這框框
我的生活 晃蕩 每天上

離開我的誠實 離開我的世界
離開我的面具 離開我的懦弱
離開我的自己 離開我的害怕
離開流下眼淚我也不在意

每天重覆著 開機 關機 待機 當機了沒有關係
再按一下 開機 關機 待機 當機了沒有關係
我始終在 開機 關機 待機 當機了沒有關係
我離不開 開機 關機 待機 當機

Chinese source: Official Youtube description from record label upload, with a few line breaks for readability

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