Monday, April 1, 2013

Beast - 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai

Jolin, the Superwoman

"Beast" is a song written by Jolin after she read "零極限的美好生活" during her break. I've been looking around and it seems there isn't an English edition of that book. And the prize goes to Jolin with the shortest and most complex lyrics in the whole album! I can't read most of the lyrics in the MV and I have to rely heavily on uploaded lyrics of Beast and Chinese dictionary. :(

But it's fortunate that I have some background knowledge on psychology or I'll still be debating if "潛意識" is subconscious or unconscious in her lyrics, since it has dual meaning in Chinese. From my knowledge, subconscious is a bridge between conscious and unconscious, thus unconscious would be the real beast. However, my interpretation of unconscious differs from Jolin. The unconscious might be used as a container to suppress unwanted feelings in reality and eventually if we ignored it long enough, it would emerge like a beast. But that isn't a sign that it's bad, it's actually a good check to keep ourselves balanced. The fact that the beast is struggling to come out is a hint to you to start resting before you break down.

I feel that the unconscious contains the real me, whereas my conscious is built up from expectations of family, friends and society. That's why I like my unconscious, because it is me.

Song: Beast
Album: Muse

你 感慨
Ni gan kai
You heave a sigh

他 澎湃
Ta peng pai
He’s on an upsurge

等 你懈怠
Deng ni xie dai
When you loosen

任他 主宰
Ren ta zhu zai
He will hold the reins

矇騙演練 多變埋藏 掩飾他的 穢
Meng pian yan lian duo bian mai cang yan shi ta de hui
He puts up a show and hides his arbitrary nature to conceal his evil

接著趁機毀滅
Jie zhe chen ji hui mie
Before using the opportunity to destroy

目睹
Mu du
Witness

情緒噴灑的 潑墨
Qing xu pen sa de po mo
The release of emotions

揭露
Jie lu
Reveal

纏住畫面的 心魔
Chan zhu hua mian de xin mo
The devil entangling in your heart

被 馴服
Bei xun fu
Getting tamed

心總 想說不
Xin zong xiang shuo bu
Yet the heart is resisting

夜的 濃霧
Ye de nong wu
The mist in the night

像千斤重 的服
Xiang qian jin zhong de fu
Is akin to a heavy outfit

潛意識獨鬥 掙脫他 圍護的段數
Qian yi shi du dou zheng tuo ta wei hu de duan shu
The unconscious struggles to emerge out from his level

意識嘲弄謝幕
Yi shi chao nong xie mu
The conscious pokes fun at him by letting him through

揭露
Jie lu
Reveal

早已破舊的 詭屋
Zao yi po jiu de gui wu
The old and shabby haunted house

荒蕪
Huang wu
Barren

是他送來的 禮物
Shi ta song lai de li wu
Is the present he gives you

殘暴的氣息
Can bao de qi xi
There’s a deadly smell in the air

得醒著逃離
De xing zhe tao li
You have to wake up and escape

沿途
Yan tu
Along the way

即有新的路 交替
Ji you xin de lu jiao ti
New paths will emerge

這野獸
Zhe ye shou
This beast

你可笑的假 想敵
Ni ke xiao de jia xiang di
Is ironically your imaginary foe

潛意識獨鬥 掙脫他 圍護的段數
Qian yi shi du dou zheng tuo ta wei hu de duan shu
The unconscious struggles to emerge out from his level

意識嘲弄謝幕
Yi shi chao nong xie mu
The conscious pokes fun at him by letting him through

揭露
Jie lu
Reveal

早已破舊的 詭屋
Zao yi po jiu de gui wu
The old and shabby haunted house

荒蕪
Huang wu
Barren

是他送來的 禮物
Shi ta song lai de li wu
Is the present he gives you

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