Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thursday Theme Song: Rose, Rose,I love you

Rose, Rose, I love you.


Rose, I love you with an aching heart.

Standing on the jetty as the steamer moves away,

In her rickshaw on the street ( This is not Rose, and this is a trishaw, the rickshaw pulled by man was banned.)

Way back to my home on a distant shore.

hootin--anni has a new meme.
IT'S ALL ABOUT MY NEW MEME THAT I HOPE SOME WILL FEEL LIKE JOINING IN ON THE CHALLENGE AND THE FUN [at least I hope the weekly challenge will be fun!]. It's loosely based on song lyrics [recorded songs since the beginning of time to today] and associating them with photos of yours...as I've done in the past...If you click on the link above, it'll take you to the Meme's Homepage for rules and buttons. There will be a Mr. Linky Widget for each individual week also. Do consider joining me sometime. Hope to see it flourish in time.

This song was and is hugely popular in China, everybody knows it. Composed by Chen Gexin, it is the only Chinese pop song that to have made a hit in the West. Frankie Laine popularized this song singing in English. He didn't however, stick to the exact translation.

Even though it is is English, little children can recognise that it is a Chinese song. I once sang it to my New Zealand students when one of them told me that her grandma's name was Rose. Whenever I sing it they laugh. For a while, they kept requesting me to sing it.

Rose, Rose I love you with an aching heart.
What is your future, now we have to part?
Standing on the jetty as the steamer moves away,
Flower of Malaya, I cannot stay.

Mei Kwei, oh, Mei Kwei for my Eastern Rose.
Men crowd in dozens everywhere she goes.
In her rickshaw on the street or in a cabaret,
"Please Mei Kwei for Rose," you can hear them say.

All my life I shall remember,
Oriental music and you in my arms.
Perfumed flowers in your tresses,
Lotus-scented breezes and swaying palms.

Rose, Rose I love you with your almond eyes.
Fragrant and slender 'neath tropical sky.
I must cross the seas again and never see you more.
Way back to my home on a distant shore.

(All my life I shall remember,)
(Oriental music and you in my arms.)
(Perfumed flowers in your tresses,)
(Lotus-scented breezes and swaying palms.)

Rose, Rose I leave you, my ship is in the bay.
Kiss me farewell now, there's nothin' to say.
East is East and West is West, our worlds are far apart.
I must leave you now but I leave my heart.

Rose, Rose I love you with an aching heart.
What is your future, now we have to part?
Standing on the jetty as the steamer moves away,
Flower of Malaya, I cannot stay.

(Rose, Rose I love you, I cannot stay.)


Carver said...

These are beautiful shots. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my black and white post. I've been away so am slow visiting.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Neat Ann..... I've seen other blogs who are doing this theme... VERY nice... I have not heard that song---but I can relate ---but only when talking about the flower.... I love ROSES --and my hubby grows lots of beauties here JUST for me!!!!!!! I'm so blessed.

George said...

I'm not familiar with this song, but I certainly like your roses.

Windsmoke. said...

G' Day From Australia, This type of music in not my cup of tea i prefer something more heavier that blows out the cobwebs between your ears.

Lew said...

Great post for that song! My wife thanks you for this post. Marianne remembers this song and loves Frankie Laine. And yes, as a kid I built model airplanes. The P-51 was my favorite.

Junneth said...

Wow! Dear Ann the rose is gorgeous! Great post!

Roan said...

I haven't heard this song before, but love it! The pictures are perfect!

My Mind's Eye said...

What a great post and song...I love the shot of the jukebox and the record starting!!! Well Done.
Madi and Mom

Hootin Anni said...

You always pick such a perfect setting for the lyrics. Now this song was new to me, and I really appreciated the lyrics....excellent job.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, Ann, thank you for posting this. I love Frankie Laine's songs and I haven't heard this one for many, many years. The jukebox with the 78rpm records is perfect. I remember putting nickels in one just like it when I was 4 or 5 years old.
And your photos are perfectly chosen. Beautiful.
-- K

Icy BC said...

How nice! The song sounds wonderful..and to answer your question on my avatar: I don't know what it is and can't find the name!

Anonymous said...

I have never heard this song but enjoyed it and the photos are just beautiful my friend. Very well done. Have a great rest of the week :)