Dance Upon The Moon Tonight, updated (a tribute to 月亮代表我的心)

Some months ago (years ago?) I started to record English versions of my favorite Chinese pop and love songs. They weren’t very good. So I stopped.

Since then I’ve been learning how to play an instrument and sing at the same time. And have tried to improve my singing voice. So I’m starting to share again.

The English lyrics are written by yours truly, they’re heavily inspired by the original. Nothing in the performance is edited or produced. More songs to come!

Dance Upon The Moon Tonight
Original: 月亮代表我的心 by 邓丽君

You ask how much I long for you
If what we have is true
All I want is you
All you need is to
Watch the moon shine bright tonight

You ask how much I long for you
If what we have is true
My heart longs for you
Your heart knows it’s true
Watch the moon shine bright tonight

The way you looked at night
Stole my heart with just a glance
The way your hand touched mine
As the moon lit our first dance

You ask how much I long for you
If what we have is true
Wait for starry skies
Sway beneath the light
Dance upon the moon tonight

See the starry skies
Sway beneath the light
Dance upon the moon tonight

Hi! I write about habits and spirituality and random whatevers. Click here to see the daily habits that I track. Find me on Twitter @kgao.

Dance Upon The Moon, an English version of 月亮代表我的心 by 邓丽君

Song two, week two: Dance Upon The Moon, an English interpretation of Theresa Teng’s The Moon Represents My Heart. In Chinese it’s called 月亮代表我的心 by 邓丽君.

In my mind’s ear I can still hear it being played by my parents on long car rides back when cassette tapes were still popular. An oldie and all-time classic. Heck, even Bon Jovi covered it!

I’m trying for 52 songs in 52 weeks, inspired by ZHU. This is song 2. Song one was Fairy Tale.

Dance Upon The Moon

Here are both the English and the Chinglish (part Chinese, part English) versions

I think it sounds better than week 1’s Fairy Tale, but still pitchy (not using any pitch correction software, despite being almost too tempted). Lots to work on. And I’m not even performing on piano yet! (although this will come in week 4 or 5)

The Chinglish version:

I think this one sounds better, and it’s also a semi-tone higher

The English only version

English lyrics

You ask how much I long for you
If what we have is true
All I want is you
All you need is to
Watch the moon shine bright tonight

You ask how much I long for you
If what we have is true
My heart longs for you
Your heart knows the truth
Watch the moon shine bright tonight~

The way you looked at night
Stole my heart with just a glance
The way your hand touched mine
As the moon lit our first dance

You ask how much I long for you
If what we have is true
Wait for starry skies
Sway beneath the light
Dance upon the moon tonight

For details on how I create the tracks, read my Fairy Tale post.

Thanks for listening! Feedback is always appreciated and I appreciate those who have reached out with thoughts or questions or offers to help. I’m doing this one-song-a-week thing because of what I’ve learned starting startups: you’ll never be 100% happy with your product, and it’s good to be a little embarrassed of what you share, because it pushes you to improve. Plus, music is just such a social medium, it’s meant to be shared and experienced together.

Hi! I write about habits and spirituality and random whatevers. Click here to see the daily habits that I track. Find me on Twitter @kgao.