Beijing-based singer-songwriter Chuanzi (川子), aka Jiang Yachuan (姜亚川) has come up with what is probably the first song to be written in response to the Wenzhou train collision. The protagonist is a young red song-singing journalism student who dreams of working with CCTV, but later perishes in a train crash without a trace.
The lyrics of the song are graphic, describing what actually happened in the aftermath of the collision (“The excavator is coming. People’s hands are chopped off. People’s heads are torn in half.”). Chuanzi also takes sarcastic jabs at a People’s Daily editorial urging people to be grateful to the party, and at statements made by Ministry of Railways spokesman Wang Yongping (王勇平) which have since developed into full-blown memes.
The wonderful folks from China Digital Times have translated the lyrics of the song into English.
Watch music video after jump…
七月的人民 People of July
by 川子 Chuanzi
English lyrics, as translated by China Digital Times
People of July got on the train. This was his first time seeing Tiananmen.
The sunlight of July tanned his skin; he wears a shy smile.
People of July got on the train. He studies journalism at the university.
He dreams of working for CCTV; he wants to be a badass Bai Yansong.*
People of July got on the train. He just paid his taxes.
唱着红歌 心里红 唱着红歌 心里红
Singing red songs, his heart is red. Singing red songs, his heart is red.
People of July got on the train. He brings a full box of instant noodles.
七月的阳光真浩瀚 几百个人民 他失了踪了
The sunlight of July is so bright. Hundreds of people are gone without a trace.**
挖掘机它开来了 人民的手 被挖断
The excavator is coming. People’s hands are chopped off.***
People’s heads are torn in half.****
My people are as soft as mud.*****
The media reaches out its hands; they gently pat us once again.
The People’s Daily pats us the nicest. We people have to thank the Party. ******
The sunlight of July is so bright; my people are so fucking soft.
The sunlight of July is so bright; the people of July are so fucking soft.
People of July, please take care. People of August, see you in heaven.
People of September, please take care. People of October, see you in heaven.
People of November and December, please take care. See you all in fucking heaven.
这真是一个奇迹啊 至于你信不信 反正他说他信了
What a miracle this is! Doesn’t matter if you believe it or not; he said he did anyway.
What a miracle this is! Doesn’t matter if you believe or not;
There are fools who do!