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A lovely song of Shanghai in 1947, sang by Zhou Xuan.
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夜上海 夜上海
Yè Shànghǎi yè Shànghǎi
Night in Shanghai, night in Shanghai
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你是个不夜城
Nǐ shì gè bú yè chéng
you are a city that never sleeps
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华灯起 乐声响 歌舞升平
Huádēng qǐ yuè sheng xiǎng gēwǔ shēngpíng
Bright lights, the music on, peaceful and prosperous song and dance
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只见她 笑脸迎
Zhǐ jiàn tā xiàoliǎn yíng
I saw her smiling face
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谁知她内心苦闷
Shéi zhī tā nèixīn kǔmèn
who knows her inner anguish
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夜生活 都为了 衣食住行
Yèshēnghuó dōu wèi le yī shí zhù xíng
Living the nightlife is needed for the basic necessities of life
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酒不醉人人自醉
Jiǔ bù zuìrén rén zì zuì
Wine doesn't make people drunk, people make themselves drunk
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胡天胡地蹉跎了青春
Hú tiān hú dì cuōtuó le qīngchūn
Troubled sky troubled land and the wasted youth
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晓色朦胧 转眼醒 大家归去
Xiǎo sè ménglóng zhuǎnyǎn xǐng dàjiā guī qù
Everybody goes back with bleary eyes at the instant of the hazy dawn
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心灵儿随着转动的车轮
Xīnlíngr suí zhe zhuàndòng de chēlún
The soul returns with the turning of the car wheels
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换一换 新天地 别有一个新环境
Huàn yí huàn xīn tiāndì bié yǒu yí gè xīn huánjìng
For a change she finds a new world a new environment
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回味着 夜生活 如梦初醒
Huíwèi zhe yè shēnghuó rú mèng chū xǐng
Waking up from the after taste of the nightlife.
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酒不醉人人自醉
Jiǔ bù zuìrén rén zì zuì
Wine doesn't make people drunk, people make themselves drunk
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胡天胡地蹉跎了青春
Hú tiān hú dì cuōtuó le qīngchūn
Troubled sky troubled land and the wasted youth
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晓色朦胧 转眼醒 大家归去
Xiǎo sè ménglóng zhuǎnyǎn xǐng dàjiā guī qù
Everybody goes back with bleary eyes at the instant of the hazy dawn
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心灵儿随着转动的车轮
Xīnlíngr suí zhe zhuàndòng de chēlún
The soul returns with the turning of the car wheels

 

Credit: Yanyan Lin from Learn Chinese Facebook Group