A song praising Xi Jinping’s ‘robust figure’ and everyman behavior has been composed in ode to the Chinese president’s unexpected appearance at a Beijing eatery late last year, with many netizens commenting that it is set to become a ‘classic’.
“I saw a news report on TV that said President Xi had queued up to buy pork buns. I was very moved,” renowned Guangzhou-born songwriter Wu Songjin told the West China City Daily.
The song will be performed by Chinese fusion singer Gong Linna and plans are already underway to officially release it after the Spring Festival. Preview events for the song have been held outside the Qingfeng Steamed Buns Store in Beijing, hopefully not concurrently with the protest events!
Here are the lyrics to the song, translated into English if you should so like to sing along:
(Vocal accompaniment) Steamed buns store…Steamed buns store
Word is that on of the days before New Year’s Day
I walked into that steamed buns store for lunch
As I was lining up someone else joined the queue
Look at him, with his robust figure and his imposing bearing and his ruddy appearance
Aye, why does he look so familiar?
The service staff headed forward, eyes full of surprise
And said, “Chief, please sit down, I will deliver anything you want to eat to you”
He smiled genially and then waved his hands,
He even queued behind me, right at the end of the entire line
He ordered a set meal, it was only 21 yuan
There were stuffed pork dumplings, vegetables and entrails
He lined up with us, he paid for the meal himself
With both hands carrying his tray, he walked towards me
(Vocal accompaniment)Where did he sit? Where did he sit?
(Solo) My goodness! Everybody, everybody!
How coincidental could this be? He’s sitting right beside me!
He’s digging into his meal with gusto, and is even laughing and chatting with us
I whipped out my mobile phone to capture that moment forever
Praises were everywhere on the Internet, the netizens were jostling for viewing space
Dearest President Xi who is close to the people’s hearts,
“The President’s Set Meal” has now become a legendary delicacy
An incident borne out of pure coincidence in a steamed bun shop,
Has warmed the heart of a commoner in the thick of the harsh winter!
By Yuen Sin
[Image Credit: Shanghaiist]