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Chinese Translation
M. Ward Lyrics


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I sailed a wild, wild sea
Climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met a old, old man
Beneath a weeping willow tree
He said now if you got some questions
Go and lay them at my feet
But my time here is brief
So you'll have to pick just three

[Chorus]
And I said
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
And how can a man like me remain in the light
And if life is really as short as they say
Then why is the night so long
And then the sun went down
And he sang for me this song

See I once was a young fool like you
Afraid to do the things
That I knew I had to do
So I played an escapade just like you
I played an escapade just like you
I sailed a wild, wild sea
Climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met an old, old man
He sat beneath a sapling tree
He said now if you got some questions
Go and lay them at my feet
But my time here is brief
So you'll have to pick just three

[Chorus]

Overall Meaning

The song "Chinese Translation" by M. Ward is a reflection on life and the experiences that come with it. In the first verse, the speaker describes his journey through a "wild, wild sea" and a "tall, tall mountain" which can be interpreted as a metaphor for the struggles and obstacles one faces in life. The old man sitting beneath the weeping willow tree represents the wisdom and guidance of the older generation for those seeking answers. However, the old man states that his time is short and the speaker must choose only three questions to ask. The chorus poses three important questions about life, the first being about how to deal with a broken heart, the second about remaining positive, and the third about the seeming length of the night compared to the brevity of life. The song concludes with the old man singing a song that represents the speaker's own journey and the realization that he once played an "escapade" just like the speaker.


Overall, "Chinese Translation" is a melancholic yet hopeful song, the lyrics of which are open to interpretation. One can view the questions posed in the chorus as a search for answers, but they could also be viewed as rhetorical questions, highlighting the unknown and uncertain nature of life. The old man's brief time on earth, as mentioned in the song, adds to the sense of transience and impermanence that is inherent to life.


Line by Line Meaning

I sailed a wild, wild sea
I went through some difficult times


Climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I overcame great challenges


I met a old, old man
I encountered a wise elder


Beneath a weeping willow tree
In a place of peace and serenity


He said now if you got some questions
He offered to help me with my queries


Go and lay them at my feet
Share your doubts with me


But my time here is brief
I won't be around for long


So you'll have to pick just three
Only ask me a limited number of questions


What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
How do you deal with heartbreak


And how can a man like me remain in the light
How can I stay positive and hopeful


And if life is really as short as they say
Why does time seem to move so slowly


Then why is the night so long
Why does time seem to drag on when things are difficult


See I once was a young fool like you
I was once inexperienced and foolish


Afraid to do the things That I knew I had to do
Scared to confront the challenges I faced


So I played an escapade just like you
I tried to avoid my problems too


He sat beneath a sapling tree
Sitting in a place of growth and new beginnings


And then the sun went down
The day came to an end


And he sang for me this song
He shared his wisdom through music and lyrics




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Written by: MATTHEW STEPHEN WARD

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Shilvana Shaikh

I sailed a wild, wild sea
Climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met a old, old man
Beneath a weeping willow tree
He said now if you got some questions
Go and lay them at my feet
But my time here is brief
So you'll have to pick just three
[Chorus]
And I said
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
And how can a man like me remain in the light
And if life is really as short as they say
Then why is the night so long
And then the sun went down
And he sang for me this song

See I once was a young fool like you
Afraid to do the things
That I knew I had to do
So I played an escapade just like you
I played an escapade just like you
I sailed a wild, wild sea
Climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met an old, old man
He sat beneath a sapling tree
He said now if you got some questions
Go and lay them at my feet
But my time here is brief
So you'll have to pick just three

[Chorus]



All comments from YouTube:

Ace Hall

This song simply breaks my heart. My ex-wife and I lost all three of our babies at once, and the devastation that we felt left us unable to communicate, even with each other. In fact, it will be three years exactly in just four days from now, and I have not remained in, nor seen any light since that horrific day...nor do I expect to see any light for a long time yet, maybe forever. I first heard this song at the end of Patton Oswalt's latest comedy stand-up video, and I started crying like a baby. Truly, my heart was breaking, both for Mr. Oswalt and for our three, precious babies...and, well, I guess if I'm being honest, for myself, as well. Life is, indeed, chaos. And I try to be kind. But every day is night, all day long. Honestly, it is hard just to breath most days. I cannot even look at their pictures, nor view any video that has them in it. It just reminds me of how much I miss them, and I die again all over, just like on October 25th, 2014. A-n-n-n-n-d, cue the tears. My babies!

Sean Michel

My goodness. I couldn't imagine. I am sorry man.

Cheyenne Beaulieu

Hope your feeling better brother hopefully your still around

Fishelstix

much love stranger ❤️

Matthew Collins

So sorry tear of your loss. My ex partner and I lost our little one and it broke us immeasurably. I hope you've found some light after the years. I'll pray for you.

Michael

Love you so much

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Mr. Panda

The part where he goes "and if life is really as short as they then why is the night so long?" Always chokes me up. Throughout my life I came across so much heart ache and pain and id often lay awake at night, thinking and sometimes crying. To make it all worse I first found this song about 1 or 2 years Go and it helped me get over someone who had been in my life for 8 years. I don't wanna say this song is the reason im happier now but this definitely helped a ton. I remember asking myself and god (I didn't really pray I would just complain and talk to him at night) I'd always ask him questions that were similar to the ones in the song and I'd stay up for so long wondering and wishing my suffering would end. I put an end to that about half a year ago. I'm a much happier person and this song always makes me so happy now

Michael

@just me thank you for your energy ❤

just me

@Michael this song in itself is a reminder that there is nothing new under the Sun. Anything you can feel has been felt by another.

Michael

Youve inspired me to stop doing that

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