January 12, 2011

No One Can Tear Down Cantonese!

This is the battle hymn of the Cantonese protest which took place last summer. The title "乜都拆,廣州話唔可以拆!" means "Anything can be torn down, but not Cantonese!"



"Torn down" here refers to the recent heavy urban development in the city of Guangzhou, in which a lot of old and memorable buildings were torn down. Notice "廣州話" (the language of Guangzhou) and "廣東話" (the language of the Guangdong province) both mean Cantonese. But some language fundamentalists would argue that "廣東話" should refer to all dialects spoken in the Guangdong province. Cantonese is only one of them.

The song really moves me. Sorry, I don't have the time to provide transcription or translation. But here are the Chinese lyrics. Try the Cantodict Parser if you want to understand their meanings.

一齊嚟唱翻一首屬於廣州人嘅歌
我哋唔講咁多 我哋唔使囉嗦
廣州文化絕對經得起考驗一直傳播
一齊嚟唱翻一首屬於廣州話嘅歌
我哋一齊拍和 唔講bo po mo fo
緊靠住珠江河 睇住萬家燈火
相信廣州話一定會繼續開花結果
等我嚟話你聽乜嘢叫做廣州話
九個聲道千年歷史絕對冇花冇假
我唱呢一首歌唔係想講啲乜叉乜叉
祇係想講粵語始終代表住廣州文化
雖然話而家好似搞到道道傷疤
但係呢個羊城一直都係我哋嘅家
唔理係多笪�� 定抑或充滿風沙
祇要同心協力一定會再見到木棉花
2010亞運就到我哋都需要知道
嚟到廣州呢道學兩句粵語都真係幾好
“抿水” “濕滯” “孤寒” “鐸叔”普通話嚸表達到
廣州話學得好 多得我老竇老母
東山洋樓西關大屋重有機會睇到
而家宵夜重可唔可以去翻恩寧路
家陣行多兩步 都唔知身處邊道
如果連廣州話都冇埋 唉 點算
啦 啦啦
一句一句的哼唱廣州話
一秒一秒的看廣州變化
英語普語穿梭著鬧市下 請不要忘記它啊
一句一句的說唱廣州話 請你不要講佢說它老化
整日改變充滿這大世代 這總算烙印罷
住咗廿年突然 諗返起以前
屬於我哋廣州真係幾大轉變
三歲嗰年住喺惠福西路旁邊
成家同牛三星有相當懷念
后屘搬咗去中山四路住騎樓
添美食致美齋就係我屋企門口
一個係快餐先驅 一個專賣醬汁豉油
但係今時今日依然避唔開被人拆走
係咪搞好市容實要拆遷
辦好亞運真係唔拆唔��
啲新聞重報道啲工程用咗幾錢幾錢
用幾錢又嚸啫你哋又知唔知道
而家拆遷唔應該叫整飾
因為佢拆走嘥我哋嘅回憶
家陣講廣州話 都重要被人挑剔
我真係想知你哋究竟受咗啲乜嘢刺激
原來突然眨吓眼已經過咗廿年
以前嗰年楊箕村 遲啲都拆成一片
每一年嘅宣傳都話一年一小變
變嘅 好似係多咗啲公廁小便
係我哋要求太高
定係有啲人冇事揾事嚟做
有人重加離譜 不停堅持推普
又冇話唔畀你推何必迫粵語走向一條絕路
而家細蚊仔 學校要講普通話屋企唔講廣州話
難怪要佢借乜佢會話「哈?」
兒歌《落雨大》 家陣道道都水浸街
難怪外省朋友識唱嗰首「嚸解嚸解」
而家道道都拆 連廣州話都要拆
街又要拆 最後變乜嘢風格

廣州呢個地方 經歷過太多滄桑
睇住呢條珠江 唱返兩句廣州兒歌
「月光光 照地堂 廣州話咁精彩 嚸會滅亡」
用呢首廣州話嘅歌送畀我哋嘅廣州
廣州精神 勁啊