Theme song to the Ang Lee film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Sung by Coco Lee, music by Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma. Two versions are on the soundtrack, one in Mandarin and the other in English. Destined to be a wedding favourite.

This is the hauntingly beautiful title track to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performed by Coco Lee. The lyrics are by James Schamus and the music is by Jorge Calandrelli and Tan Dun. For those who want to sing along with Coco in Chinese, I present to you the Mandarin PinYin version below the English lyrics. I’ve attempted to pipe-link the translations of the Mandarin to the best of my abilities. The translation of the Chinese version is different from the English version of the song, with a beautiful story of “Moonlight Lovers.” Enjoy!


A Love Before Time

If the sky opened up for me,
And the mountain disappeared,
If the seas ran dry, turned to dust
And the sun refused to rise
I would still find my way,
By the light I see in your eyes
The world I know fades away
But you stay

As the earth reclaims its due
And the cycle starts anew
We'll stay, always
In the love that we have
Shared before time

If the years take away
Every memory that I have
I would still know the way
That would lead me back to your side
The North Star may die
But the light that I see in your eyes
Will burn there always

Lit by the love we have
Shared before time

When the forest turns to jade
And the stories that we've made
Dissolve away
One shining light will still remain

When we shed our earthly skin
And when our real life begins
There'll be no shame
Just the love that we have made before time.


(translated title) Moonlight Lovers

Wo Xing Lai
Shui Zai Yue Guang Li
Xia Xian Yue
Rang Wo Xiang Ni
Bu Xiang Xing Guo Lai
Shui Ming Bai
Pa Yan Zheng Kai Ni Bu Zai

Ai Ren Xin
Chen Ru Hai
Dai Wo Qu
Ba Ta Zhao Hui Lai
Qing Ai Wo
Yi Wan Nian
Yong Xin Ai

(Ai Shi Yue Guang De Li Wu)
(Wo Deng Dai Tian Shi De Qing Shu)
(Shuo Ni Ai Wo)
Wo Yuan Wei Le Ai Chen Shui
Bie Xing Lai

Yong Heng Na
Zai Bu Zai?
Guai Wo De Xin Fang Bu Kai
Bei Ji Xing
Dai Wo Zou
Bie Duo Cang
Ba Ai Zhao Chu Lai

Wo Ai Ni
Mei Yi Yie
Wo Deng Dai
Wo De Xin
Wei Le Ai
Shui Zai Yue Zhi Hai
Gu Dan De Wo
Xiang Nian Shui
Shui Ming Bai

(Wo Zai Yue Guang Xia Liu Lei)
(Wo Zai Yue Guang Xia Chen Shui)
(Mei You Hou Hui)
Deng Dai Zhen Xin Ren Ba Wo Wen Xing

(Wo Zai Shui Meng Zhong De Yi Tian)
(Yie Shi Hui Yi Zhong De Yi Nian)
(Shuo Ni Ai Wo)
Wo Yuan Wei Le Ai Chen Shui
Dao Yong Yuan.


Special thanks to:
http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~denisg/music/7-14h.htm
http://owl.usc.edu/~hding/Movie/Ch/love1.html

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