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First, [community profile] dark_agenda has a master post collecting all sorts of pimping posts for chromatic fandoms!

青花瓷 is one of my favorite 周杰倫/Jay Chou songs, largely because of some of the traditional Chinese instruments in the background and the gorgeous lyrics. I actually can't read a lot of the lyrics because some of the characters are fairly obscure, and the lyrics are written in a style that resembles classical Chinese poetry. (ETA: Er, and on rereading the lyrics, I realize I actually know a fair amount of them, but it's really hard to figure out what they are when you are singing karaoke and trying to keep up!)

And then, there is the gorgeous music video! It has reincarnation! Wind machines! Tragic romance! Pretty wuxia clothes! And all in four minutes or so!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMHuRzqfmgg

MandarinEnglish translation
素胚勾勒出青花筆鋒濃轉淡
瓶身描繪的牡丹一如妳初妝
冉冉檀香透過窗心事我了然
宣紙上走筆至此擱一半


釉色渲染仕女圖韻味被私藏
而妳嫣然的一笑如含苞待放
妳的美一縷飄散 去到我去不了的地方


天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳
炊煙裊裊昇起 隔江千萬里
在瓶底書漢隸仿前朝的飄逸
就當我為遇見妳伏筆

*
天青色等煙雨 而我在等妳
月色被打撈起 暈開了結局
如傳世的青花瓷自顧自美麗 妳眼帶笑意

色白花青的錦鯉躍然於碗底
臨摹宋體落款時卻惦記著妳
妳隱藏在窯燒裡千年的秘密
極細膩猶如繡花針落地

簾外芭蕉惹驟雨門環惹銅綠
而我路過那江南小鎮惹了妳
在潑墨山水畫 裡 妳從墨色深處被隱去
The brush outlines a beautiful pattern, brush strokes becoming lighter
The peony on the bottle, simplest beauty, just like you
Whiffs of incense smoke bring your troubles to my heart
I pause halfway while painting

The glazing of the lady's portrait hides her charm
Your smile, to me, like a budding flower
But your beauty dissipates like smoke, to a place I can never reach

#The perfect shade of blue awaits the right weather, like how I wait for you
From a thousand miles away, I gaze at the curling chimney smoke
The calligraphy beneath the bottle, elegance of the Han Dynasty
Our meeting I foreshadowed

*The perfect shade of blue awaits the right weather, like how I wait for you
The moonlight smudged away the remnants of our ending
Like legendary porcelain obsessed with itself, your eyes full of laughter

Those blue carp seem to come alive on the white bowl
While I am imitating the Song inscription I'm thinking of you
The eon of secrets you buried in the kiln
It's exquisiteness like an embroidery needle

The banana tree outside brought the sudden downpour, and in turn the copper rust on the door handle
My passing by Jiangnan brings me to you
Yet you fade away into the deep abyss of the Chinese painting
Lyrics taken from here
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