The Light Runner by Yoyo Sham: lyrics, pinyin, translation | 追光者 by 岑寧兒 (Zhui Guang Zhe) 歌詞翻譯9 min read

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The Light Runner (better translated The Light Chaser) sung by Yoyo Sham is a song about unrequited longing. The light, melancholy melody accompanies lyrics that describes the speaker’s wish to be near the beloved one, even if s/he does not receive any recognition or love back.

Yoyo Sham (岑寧兒/Cén Níng Er) is a Hong Kong-Canadian singer and songwriter. He studied at York University in Toronto and worked in the film industry after graduating.

Singer: 岑寧兒 Yoyo Sham

Composer: 馬敬 Mǎ Jìng

Lyricist: 唐恬 Táng Tián

Original Lyrics / Pinyin / Translation

如果說你是海上的煙火
Rúguǒ shuō nǐ shì hǎishàng de yānhuǒ
If you are the fireworks above the ocean
我是浪花的泡沫
wǒ shì lànghuā de pàomò
I am the bubbles on the waves
某一刻你的光照​​亮了我
mǒu yīkè nǐ de guāngzhào​​liàngle wǒ
At some point in time, your light shines on me

如果說你是遙遠的星河
rúguǒ shuō nǐ shì yáoyuǎn de xīnghé
If you are a distant galaxy
耀眼得讓人想哭
yàoyǎn dé ràng rén xiǎng kū
So dazzling that you make people want to cry
我是追逐著你的眼眸
wǒ shì zhuīzhúzhe nǐ de yǎn móu
I am the pair of eyes chasing you
總在孤單時候眺望夜空
zǒng zài gūdān shíhòu tiàowàng yèkōng
Whenever I am lonely, I search the skies

CHORUS 1

我可以跟在你身後
wǒ kěyǐ gēn zài nǐ shēnhòu
I can follow behind you
像影子追著光夢遊
xiàng yǐngzi zhuīzhe guāng mèngyóu
Like a shadow chasing light, sleepwalking
我可以等在這路口
wǒ kěyǐ děng zài zhè lùkǒu
I can wait at this crossing
不管你會不會經過
bùguǎn nǐ huì bù huì jīngguò
Doesn’t matter if you pass by or not

每當我為你抬起頭
měi dāng wǒ wèi nǐ tái qǐtóu
Whenever I lift my head because of you
連眼淚都覺得自由
lián yǎnlèi dōu juédé zìyóu
Even tears feel free
有的愛像陽光傾落
yǒu de ài xiàng yángguāng qīng luò
Some types of love fall like sunlight
邊擁有邊失去著
biān yǒngyǒu biān shīqùzhe
On the one hand, you possess it, on the other hand, you are losing it

如果說你是夏夜的螢火
rúguǒ shuō nǐ shì xià yè de yíng huǒ
If you are like a firefly on a summer’s night
孩子們為你唱歌
háizimen wèi nǐ chànggē
Children are singing for you
那麼我是想要畫你的手
nàme wǒ shì xiǎng yào huà nǐ de shǒu
Then I am the hand that wants to draw/paint you

你看我多麼渺小一個我
nǐ kàn wǒ duōme miǎoxiǎo yīgè wǒ
Look at me, such a small/insignificant me
因為你有夢可做
yīnwèi nǐ yǒu mèng kě zuò
Because of you, I have a dream to dream
也許你不會為我停留
yěxǔ nǐ bù huì wèi wǒ tíngliú
Perhaps you won’t stop for me
那就讓我站在你的背後
nà jiù ràng wǒ zhàn zài nǐ de bèihòu
Then just let me stand behind you

CHORUS 2

我可以跟在你身後
wǒ kěyǐ gēn zài nǐ shēnhòu
I can follow behind you
像影子追著光夢遊
xiàng yǐngzi zhuīzhe guāng mèngyóu
Like a shadow chasing light, sleepwalking
我可以等在這路口
wǒ kěyǐ děng zài zhè lùkǒu
I can wait at this crossing
不管你會不會經過
bùguǎn nǐ huì bù huì jīngguò
Doesn’t matter if you pass by or not

每當我為你抬起頭
měi dāng wǒ wèi nǐ tái qǐtóu
Whenever I lift my head because of you
連眼淚都覺得自由
lián yǎnlèi dōu juédé zìyóu
Even tears feel free
有的愛像大雨滂沱
yǒu de ài xiàng dàyǔ pāngtuó
Some kinds of love are like torrential rains
卻依然相信彩虹
què yīrán xiāngxìn cǎihóng
But (I) still believe in rainbows

(Repeat CHORUS 2)


Lyrics in Colloquial English

If you were (like) the fireworks exploding over the ocean, then I’d be like the bubbles in the waves below–in one moment, you illuminated me.

If you were like a distant galaxy, so dazzling that you make people who see you want to cry, then I’d be like the pair of eyes looking for you, in my loneliness searching the skies (to see you).

CHORUS 1

I can follow behind you, like a shadow that is chasing the light in his/her dreams. I can wait here at this intersection, whether or not you pass by here.
Whenever I lift my head for you, even my tears feel like they are free/liberated. Some kinds of love are like sunlight, even as you possess them, they are disappearing on you.

If you were like a firefly on a summer’s night, with children singing for you, then I would be like the hand that wants to sketch your likeness.

Look at me, I am so insignificant–yet you’ve given me something to dream about. Perhaps you will never stop for me. But let me just stay behind you.

CHORUS 2

I can follow behind you, like a shadow that is chasing the light in his/her dreams. I can wait here at this intersection, whether or not you pass by here.
Whenever I lift my head for you, even my tears feel like they are free/liberated. Some kinds of love are like torrential downpours, but I still believe in rainbows.

 

Lyrics Explained

如果說你是海上的煙火
Rúguǒ shuō nǐ shì hǎishàng de yānhuǒ
If you are the fireworks above the ocean

  • 如果/ 說= If / (someone) were to say…
    你是/ 海上的/ 煙火 = you are / the ocean top’s/ firework

我是浪花的泡沫
wǒ shì lànghuā de pàomò
I am the bubbles on the waves

  • 我是 / 浪花的/ 泡沫 = I am / ocean spray’s / bubbles

某一刻你的光照​​亮了我
mǒu yīkè nǐ de guāngzhào​​liàngle wǒ
At some point in time, your light shines on me

  • 某 / 一刻 / 你的光 / 照​​亮了 / 我 = Some / moment / your light / lights up / me

如果說你是遙遠的星河
rúguǒ shuō nǐ shì yáoyuǎn de xīnghé
If you are a distant galaxy

  • 如果說 / 你是 / 遙遠的 / 星河 = If (someone) were to say / you are / (in the) distance ‘s / galaxy

耀眼得讓人想哭
yàoyǎn dé ràng rén xiǎng kū
So dazzling that you make people want to cry

  • 耀眼 / 得  = Dazzling / (a word which combined with the previous word means “so dazzling that”)
    讓人 / 想哭 = let or make people / want (to) cry
    *Note: 耀眼 (yàoyǎn) from the line above and 遙遠 (yáoyuǎn) from the line before that are very near rhymes, especially when sung without tones. Clever lyric writing here.

我是追逐著你的眼眸
wǒ shì zhuīzhúzhe nǐ de yǎn móu
I am the pair of eyes chasing you

  • 我是 / 追逐著你的 / 眼眸 = I am / chasing you ‘s / eyes, pupils (of the eyes)

總在孤單時候眺望夜空
zǒng zài gūdān shíhòu tiàowàng yèkōng
Whenever I am lonely, I search the skies

  • 總 / 在 / 孤單 / 時候 / 眺望 / 夜空 = always / at / lonely / time / scanning or looking at / (the) night sky

CHORUS 1

我可以跟在你身後
wǒ kěyǐ gēn zài nǐ shēnhòu
I can follow behind you

  • 我 / 可以 / 跟 / 在 / 你 / 身後 = I / can / follow / at / you(r) / body + back = behind your body

像影子追著光夢遊
xiàng yǐngzi zhuīzhe guāng mèngyóu
Like a shadow chasing light, sleepwalking

  • 像 / 影子 / 追著 / 光 / 夢遊 = like / shadow / chasing / light / sleepwalking

我可以等在這路口
wǒ kěyǐ děng zài zhè lùkǒu
I can wait at this crossing

  • 我 / 可以 / 等 / 在 / 這 / 路口 = I / can / wait / at / this / intersection or road crossing

不管你會不會經過
bùguǎn nǐ huì bù huì jīngguò
Doesn’t matter if you pass by or not

  • 不管 / 你 / 會不會 / 經過 = Don’t care / you / will or will not / pass by

每當我為你抬起頭
měi dāng wǒ wèi nǐ tái qǐtóu
Whenever I lift my head because of you

  • 每當 / 我 / 為你 / 抬起 / 頭 = Every time / I / for your sake / lift up / head

連眼淚都覺得自由
lián yǎnlèi dōu juédé zìyóu
Even tears feel free

  • 連 / 眼淚 / 都 / 覺得 / 自由 = Even / tears / all / feel / free or liberated

有的愛像陽光傾落
yǒu de ài xiàng yángguāng qīng luò
Some types of love fall like sunlight

  • 有的 / 愛 / 像 / 陽光 / 傾落 = Some / love / like / sunlight / falling

邊擁有邊失去著
biān yǒngyǒu biān shīqùzhe
On the one hand, you possess it, on the other hand, you are losing it

  • 邊 / 擁有 / 邊 / 失去著 = (on one) side / possessing / (on one) side / losing

如果說你是夏夜的螢火
rúguǒ shuō nǐ shì xià yè de yíng huǒ
If you are like a firefly on a summer’s night

  • 如果說 / 你是 / 夏夜的 / 螢火 = If (someone were to) say / you are / summer night’s / firefly

孩子們為你唱歌
háizimen wèi nǐ chànggē
Children are singing for you

  • 孩子們 / 為你 / 唱歌 = Children / for you / sing songs

那麼我是想要畫你的手
nàme wǒ shì xiǎng yào huà nǐ de shǒu
Then I am the hand that wants to draw/paint you

  • 那麼 / 我是 / 想要 / 畫你的 / 手 = Then / I am / want to / draw you’s / hand

你看我多麼渺小一個我
nǐ kàn wǒ duōme miǎoxiǎo yīgè wǒ
Look at me, such a small/insignificant me

  • 你 / 看我 / 多麼 / 渺小 / 一個 / 我 = You / look at me / so (or) such a / insignificantly small / one / me

因為你有夢可做
yīnwèi nǐ yǒu mèng kě zuò
Because of you, I have a dream to dream

  • 因為 / 你 / 有 / 夢 / 可 / 做 = Because (of) / you / (I) have / (a) dream / to (or) that (I) can / do (or) make (ie: dream)

也許你不會為我停留
yěxǔ nǐ bù huì wèi wǒ tíngliú
Perhaps you won’t stop for me

  • 也許  / 你 / 不會 / 為我 / 停留 = Perhaps / you / will not / for my sake / stop + stay

那就讓我站在你的背後
nà jiù ràng wǒ zhàn zài nǐ de bèihòu
Then just let me stand behind you

  • 那就 / 讓我 / 站在 / 你的 / 背後 = then / let me / stand at / your / behind (your) back

CHORUS 2
(most of the lyrics are same as before)

我可以跟在你身後
wǒ kěyǐ gēn zài nǐ shēnhòu
I can follow behind you
像影子追著光夢遊
xiàng yǐngzi zhuīzhe guāng mèngyóu
Like a shadow chasing light, sleepwalking
我可以等在這路口
wǒ kěyǐ děng zài zhè lùkǒu
I can wait at this crossing
不管你會不會經過
bùguǎn nǐ huì bù huì jīngguò
Doesn’t matter if you pass by or not

每當我為你抬起頭
měi dāng wǒ wèi nǐ tái qǐtóu
Whenever I lift my head because of you
連眼淚都覺得自由
lián yǎnlèi dōu juédé zìyóu
Even tears feel free
有的愛像大雨滂沱
yǒu de ài xiàng dàyǔ pāngtuó
Some kinds of love are like torrential rains

  • 有的 / 愛 / 像 / 大雨 / 滂沱 = Some / love / (is) like / big rain / torrents

卻依然相信彩虹
què yīrán xiāngxìn cǎihóng
But (I) still believe in rainbows

  • 卻 / 依然 / 相信 / 彩虹 = But / still / (I) believe (in) / rainbows

 


Singable English Lyrics

If you’re a firework above the deep
I’m a bubble in the sea
At some point, your light illuminates me

If you are like a distant galaxy
Prompting tears with your glory
I’m the pair of eyes longing to see
In my loneliness searching anxiously

CHORUS 1

Please let me follow where you go
Just like a shadow chasing light
And if you don’t walk past this road,
I’ll wait here just because you might

And even tears feel like they’re free
Whene’er I lift my head for you
Though bright as sunlight love may be
By and by, it fades from view

If you are like a summer firefly
Children sing as you go by
I desire to draw you in my mind’s eye

Look at me, such an unimportant thing
Yet you’ve given me a dream
Maybe you will not e’er stop for me
Just allow me to stay and walk where you lead

CHORUS 2

Please let me follow where you go
Just like a shadow chasing light
And if you don’t walk past this road,
I’ll wait here just because you might

And even tears feel like they’re free
Whene’er I lift my head for you
Though heavy as rain love may be
I believe in rainbows, too.


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