March 30, 2012

LYRICS for Vitas in China

list of the Vitas LYRICS below:
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (2 translations)
Opera #1
Wo Ai Ni (I Love You)
Forgive Us, Lord

You can also find most Vitas lyrics at this link


QINGHAI-TIBET PLATEAU
2008


A rehearsal, this is the clearest version. (No subtitles)
This modern folk song is in a traditional style.

The Plateau is the highest place in the world and said to be the most gorgeous. It includes most of Tibet. Both Tibetans and the entire Chinese republic are proud of it.

Vitas is brave to take on this song whose singers are famous for it, both Tibetan and otherwise from China.

I found different translations. While they all express how the beautiful landscape fills them with a connection, even a longing, for the past, some phrasing is more openly spiritual. Interesting to see how a text can be so open to interpretation.

WHEN YOU SEE TWO LINES CLOSE TOGETHER, THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT TRANSLATIONS.
Note that the second translation is more spiritual. It is in italics.



Vitas's official video opens with (not part of the song):
The last place on earth
The most amazing plateau in the world

LYRICS:


verse 1 
Who brought the call from immemorial age 
Who left the wish for thousands of years 


How high we can go to approach the Divine 
Still, there are songs without words 


With the ancient love which never ends 


Refrain: 
So many mountains in my view

One by one they stretch to the sky

Yah La So, it is my Q Plateau.
The Q Plateau is my holy highland.


verse 2
who gazes at the blue sky day and night

And dream about immortal life

Still, there are the ancient songs 
and proud spirits that will never change 

Refrain


Opera #1
2000
Link to Video (no subtitles)

This is the video in which Vitas is dressed as Buddhist monk and people come to worship him at the temple. 
The song is a variation of Opera 2.

LYRICS
We always want more than we have
We always want more than we have
And anguish grasps our hearts
We stagger in an autumn wind
We are filled up with someone else's joy
Inflamed by someone else's feasts
Like sunshine on a glade
We draw our heads nearer over the tables

I'll embrace you, tipsy like separation
And take you in my arms
I won't share you, wild like abuse
Either with an enemy or a friend
It rarely happens to me like this
I will give you a bit of happiness
You will swing like light in the windows
And moths will rush towards your light



EXTRATERRESTRIAL FRIEND
Link to Video

Here Vitas imagines love from beyond, from other planets

LYRICS
Apart from those friends that surround me
There is a secret circle
Of my invisible unknown friends
I am someone's unknown friend, too

Apart from those enemies that you have around
There are a hundred gangs
Of my invisible unknown enemies
I am someone's unknown enemy, too

Apart from those planets without life
Some distant light may be flying to them
Millions of years from those invisible and unknown
Though loving and thinking planets

Maybe, there is no blood in their veins
And they are awarded prizes for loving
For a circle of invisible unknown friends
And fraternity of the existing worlds

Apart from those friends that surround me
Perhaps, there is an extraterrestrial friend
Of my invisible and unknown friends
I am their extraterrestrial friend, too...
Of my invisible and unknown friends...
I am someone's unknown friend, too...



WO AI NI (I Love You)
Link to video (with subtitles)

2010 BTV Spring Festival Global Gala Theme Song

Song & Lyrics: Xiao Ke
This is not a Vitas song; he and other participants in the Spring Gala came out all together for the Finale to sing this "theme song." He does, however, deliver the best solo.
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LYRICS
Wherever we come from
Today we get together
Don’t ask me who I am
I just really want to be with you
Everything turns out to be easy
When we stand hand in hand
Open the map, all around the world

Everybody is saying
I love you, I love you
Wherever, whenever, everybody is saying
I love you, I love you
We are happy to love and to be loved

Wherever we come from
Today we get together
Don’t ask me who I am
I just really want to be with you
Everything turns out to be easy
When we stand hand in hand
Open up the map, all around the world

Everybody is saying
I love you, I love you
We are brothers and sisters
I love you, I love you
We meet each other and we love being here together
I love you, I love you

Wherever, whenever, everybody is saying
I love you, I love you
We are happy to love and be loved
I love you, I love you
We are brothers and sisters
I love you, I love you
We meet each other and we love being here together
I love you, I love you


FORGIVE US, LORD
2006 Link to Video (with subtitles)


Here Vitas appears to be apologizing for Communism, esp what it did to religion.
It seems from this, he is perhaps Russian Orthodox. The word "temple" here is ambiguous.

LYRICS
I shall wash myself with the holy water
And stand praying at the icon.
I ask God to absolve Russia from sins.

I’m looking at a silver cross
But see crucified old Russia,
And I’m praying with penitence and a bow to God
In the hope of forgiveness.

God, please forgive us for everything:
For the crosses that were pulled off the churches,
For the killed Tzar,
And for the burnt icons...
God, please forgive us for everything!

I’m feeding pigeons near the temple
And looking in hope at the sky.
Great God, please grant us absolution
And take Russia off the crucifix.
Let us restore the defiled temples,
And their domes will shine at down.
Just give us the hope of forgiveness,
And our country will become powerful again.

God, please forgive us for everything:
For the crosses that were pulled off the churches,
For the killed Tzar,
And for the burnt icons...
God, please forgive us for everything!

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