Frances Yip 葉麗儀

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Frances Yip is a Cantopop singer from Hong Kong but also recorded in English, Mandarin, Malay, Thai and Japanese. In 1974, she recorded the popular Mandarin hit Green Island Serenade. Her signature song, “Shanghai Beach” (called Sheung Hoi Tan in Cantonese), was the theme song for the Bund, a popular 60-episode TVB drama series. Frances is acknowledged as Hong Kong’s Cosmopolitan Star because of her diversity and international appeal.

(綠島小夜曲 GREEN ISLAND SERENADE)
这绿岛像一只船
在月夜里摇呀摇
姑娘哟妳也在我的
心海里飘呀飘
让我的歌声随那微风
吹开了妳的窗帘
让我的衷情随那流水
不断地向妳倾诉
椰子树的长影
掩不住我的情意
明媚的月光
更照亮了我的心
这绿岛的夜已经
这样沉静
姑娘哟妳为什么
还是默默无语

(Pinyin)
zhè lǜ dǎo xiàng yì zhī chuán
zài yuè yè lǐ yáo ya yáo
gū niang yo, nǐ yě zài wǒ de
xīn hǎi lǐ piāo ya piāo
ràng wǒ de gē shēng suí nà wēi fēng
chuī kāi le/liao nǐ de chuāng lián
ràng wǒ de zhōng qíng suí nà liú shuǐ
bú duàn de xiàng nǐ qīng sù
yē zi shù de cháng yǐng
yǎn bú zhù wǒ de qíng yì
míng mèi de yuè guāng
gèng zhào liàng le/liao wǒ de xīn
zhè lǜ dǎo de yè yǐ jīng
zhè yàng chén jìng
gū niáng yo, nǐ wèi shén me
hái shì mò mò wú yǔ

(English translation)
This green island, is like a boat
meandering through the moonlight
Darling, you are
floating in the ocean of my heart
Let the melody of my song follow the breeze,
blowing through your curtains
Let my love go with the flowing water,
serenading you
The coconut tree’s long shadow
cannot hide my gentle love
The clear bright moonlight
brightens my heart
This green island night
appears so peaceful
Darling, why are you
still silent?

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