三年二班 (Class Ping Pong), 周杰倫 (Jay Chow)

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三年二班 (Class Ping Pong), 周杰倫 (Jay Chow)

Xah Lee, 2010-04-07

三年二班 by 周杰倫 (Jay Chow) is really a great song. I really love it. Been listening to it for several years. Though, his sing is characterized by mumbling, so it is hard to make out all the lyrics clearly. Here it is.

Title: 三年二班 (Class Ping Pong)
Singer: 周杰倫 (Jay Chow)
Lyrics: 方文山
Music: 周杰倫 (Jay Chow)
Arrangement: 洪敬堯
English translation: 李杀 (Xah Lee)
眼睛你要擦亮 記住我的模樣
表情不用太緊張 我是三年二班
我專心打球的側臉還滿好看
黑板是吸收知識的地方 只是教室的陽光
那顏色我不太喜歡 沒有操場的自然
為何比較漂亮的都是在隔壁班
還有考卷的答案 我剛好都不會算
沒關係 再繼續努力 沒關係

為甚麼上課時舉手很難 為甚麼拿線上寶物簡單
為甚麼女生不喜歡太胖 為甚麼別人手機在響

正手發長球的打法只是初級乒乓
反手短打再狠狠殺球是高級乒乓
迴轉技巧乒乓 前場速攻乒乓
對牆壁 在練習 乒乓 乒乓

  這第一名到底要多強 (不用問 一定有人向你挑戰)
 到底還要過多少關 (不用怕 告訴他們誰是男子漢)
 可不可以不要這個獎 (不想問 我只想要留一點汗)
 我當我自己的裁判 (不想說 選擇對手跟要打的仗)

...

 我不想 就這樣一直走
 每天都遇上 充滿敵意那種眼光
 等機會 就是要打倒對方
 這種結果我不要 這虛榮的驕傲

這目的很好笑 我其實都知道 你只是想炫燿
我永遠做不到 你永遠贏不了
我永遠做不到 你永遠贏不了 永遠贏不了

走鄉下 尋找哪有花香 (為甚麼 這麼簡單你做不到)
坐車廂 朝著南下方向 (為甚麼 這種速度你追不到)
鳥飛翔 穿過這條小巷 (為甚麼 這麼簡單你做不到)
仔細想 這種生活安詳 (為甚麼 這種速度你追不到)

不好笑 不好笑 不好笑
wipe your glasses, remember my face
don't worry too much, i'm a junior from class B
i look pretty good in the side shot of my concentrated face
blackboard is the knowledge source, just that sunshine from the window
i don't care much for the color, the field outside seems more natural
why all the pretty girls are always in the other class
and the answers to the finals, i happen to not know
its ok, i'll work on it more, its ok.

why's it difficult to raise hands, why's it easy to win online prizes
why chicks don't like being fat, why's other cells ringing all the time

long shot serving is the beginner ping pong
chop n smash is the advanced ping pong
spin n drive, ping pong; lob n flip, ping pong!
wall boxing and practice more, ping pong ping pong

how good really is that champion? (no need to ask, someone will challenge you)
how many i'll have to face? (fear not, tell them who's the boss)
won't i forfeit this? (don't care, i just want to sweat a bit)
would i be my own judge? (can't say, i'll pick my opponents)

...

i dont want to go down this road much longer
daily you'll face, enemy's stares
opportunity, is to win the fight
this result i don't want, this ignoble pride

this goal is ridiculous; i know; you just want to show off
i can never make it; you'll never win
i can never make it; you'll never win, you'll never win

a rural hike, seek the fragrance of flowers (O why, you can't do such a easy task)
in a train cabin, towards the south (O why, you can't achieve the speed)
bird flying, passing the corridors (O why, you can't do such a easy task)
thinking hard, this life is peaceful (O why, you can't achieve the speed)

not funny, not funny, not funny

The story as told by the music video is not that good.

This song much describes the mentality of a college student, his fascination with table tennis, his school scenes, his thoughts, his crazed dedication to the sport, and finally, his achievements due to his love of the subject. After reading the lyrics full, you see that near the end, the song's meaning changes. It turns into a philosophical statement about discarding the pursuit of success. Rather not well done. But, in the end, the repeated sequence of “not funny”, makes it into a a sort of self mockery.

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