Oh – Pak Ho, The Process of Growing Up

Starting to get a little tired of Pak Ho’s “Under The Same Sky” since coming across it and having it on my DAP for over a year so I decided to check out his other songs. This song “Oh” which was on the same album sounds very good too. It has a very smooth melody to it. Once again, I can agree with most of the lyrics although some are aimed towards those brought up with Hong Kong culture like myself.

Here are the lyrics complete with romanised Jyutping and my translation. The song is about the process of growing up.

周柏豪 – 哦

作曲:陳光榮
填詞:周柏豪
編曲:陳光榮

曾聽過嗎 成長裡若然遇到斥罵
當天那一刻會怕煩
曾聽過嗎 成長裡別說謊話
否則“甩去大牙”

現在常有禁忌 明白當天真理
才發覺那套教材是細膩
回想到一句“別走得多麼遠離”
若現在甚麼都忘記
難做回自己

誰聽過嗎 如“大人面前別說謊話”
當天那一刻會怕煩
成長了嗎 才知道下雨怎辦
不需刻意調查

現在常有禁忌 明白當天真理
才發覺那套教材是細膩
回想到一句“別走得多麼遠離”
若現在甚麼都忘記
難做回自己

“踫上甚麼的長輩亦要尊敬”
也要“望清楚先叫名”

Oh Man 這禁忌 全是今天真理
來說句那套教材是細膩
回想到一句“別走得多麼遠離”
若現在甚麼都忘記
難做回自己

聽真理才是我福氣

Translation

Have you ever been told that when you come across problems,
You’ll be caught up in worries?
Have you ever been told that while you’re growing up,
You mustn’t lie or “you’ll lose your teeth”?

These days many taboos makes me understand the truth from those days
And realise it’s advice like that that lets you sail smoothly
Then when I think back to the words, “Don’t run too far now”
I realise it’s going to be hard to be myself again
If I were to forget everything now

Have you been told, “Never lie before an adult”?
You probably got annoyed back then
But maybe you’ve grown up now and know what to do when it rains
No need to go ask now

These days many taboos makes me understand the truth from those days
And realise it’s advice like that that lets you sail smoothly
Then when I think back to those words, “Don’t run too far now”
I realise it’s going to be hard to be myself again
If I were to forget everything now

“When you come across your seniors be sure to respect them”
And “Look at who they are before addressing them”

Oh man! So many taboos but they remain true even today
Telling me that those words of advice means smooth sailing
Then when I think back to those words, “Don’t run too far now”
I realise it’s going to be hard to be myself again
If I were to forget it all now

I’m lucky to be given the truth

Jyutping

zang teng gwo maa, sing zoeng lei joek jin jyu dou cik maa
dong tin naa jat hak wui paa faan
zang teng gwo maa, sing zoeng lei bit syut fong waa
fau zak “lat1 heoi daai ngaa”

jin zoi soeng jau gam gei, ming baak dong tin zan lei
coi faat gok naa tou gaau coi si sai nei
wui soeng dou jat geoi “bit zau dak do mo jyun lei”
joek jin zoi sam mo dou mong gei
naan zou wui zi gei

seoi teng gwo maa, jyu “daai jan min cin bit jyut fong waa”
dong tin naa jat haak wui paa faan
sing zoeng liu maa, coi zi dou haa jyu zam baan
bat seoi hak ji tiu zaa

jin zoi soeng jau gam gei, ming baak dong tin zan lei
coi faat gok naa tou gaau coi si sai nei
joek jin zoi sam mo dou mong gei
naan zou wui zi gei

“pung soeng sam mo dik zoeng bui jik jiu zyun ging”
jaa jiu “mong cing co sin giu meng”

Oh man! ze gam gei cyun si gam tin zan lei
loi syut geoi naa tou gaau coi si sai nei
wui soeng dou jat geoi “bit zau dak do mo jyun lei”
joek jin zoi sam mo dou mong gei
naan zou wui zi gei

teng zan lei coi si ngo fuk hei

Thoughts

“Don’t lie or you’ll lose your teeth”… I remember hearing that and was naive enough to believe it but that was when I was just picking up my ABCs. I’m sure lots of people brought up with Hong Kong culture will have heard it. Not sure about other parts of Asia though. I suppose it can be partly true if you lie with malicious intent and then someone hits you hard enough in the face out of anger. The advice is probably don’t live with lies or you’ll be troubled.

Then there’s also the part about addressing your seniors properly too… “Oh man!” indeed. There’s so many ways to address them in Chinese whereas it’s much easier in English.

With the “Don’t run too far now” I think the song’s referring to how you people partly put on a separate persona when networking with people as you’re older; smiling and trying to be nice whether you like them or not, knowing you may end up needing their help in the future, unlike when you were a child and acted in whatever way your emotions tell you.

It’s tough but I guess being an adult means you get to do a lot more things you couldn’t do as a child. The best time however, is probably during university days when you have the best of both worlds.

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