周璇 《真善美》 (Truth, Virtue, Beauty)
真善美，真善美， 它们的代价是脑髓， 是心血是眼泪， 哪件不带酸辛味？ 真善美，真善美， 它们的代价是疯狂， 是沉醉是憔悴， 哪件不带酸辛味？ 多少因循多少苦闷， 多少徘徊， 换几个真善美？ 多少牺牲多少埋没， 多少残毁， 剩几个真善美？ 真善美，真善美， 它们的欣赏究有谁？ 爱好的有谁？ 需要的有谁？ 几个人知这酸辛味？
Truth, Virtue, Beauty; Truth, Virtue, Beauty. They are the nervous breakdowns, Sweat, and tears. How do they taste? Truth, Virtue, Beauty; Truth, Virtue, Beauty. Their cost is insanity, Intoxication, and despondency. Which's not bitter? How many failings, dejections, and futilities, Buys how much truth, virtue, and beauty? What sacrifices, oblivion, What wreckage, For how much truth, virtue, and beauty? Truth, Virtue, Beauty; Truth, Virtue, Beauty. Just who appreciates them? Who loves them? Who needs them? Do you know their costs?
Title: 真善美 (Truth, Virtue, Beauty). Singer: 周璇 Zhou1 Xuan2. Lyrics: 李雋青. Music: 侯湘 (李厚襄(1916─1973)). Source: 《鸞鳳和鳴》(1964) 電影插曲. Translation: 李杀 (Xah Lee).
Singer Zhou Xuan 周璇
Zhou Xuan 周璇 (1918 to 1957) is an orphan, and was the biggest Asian superstar in the 1940s and 1950s. She had a tough life, and she died of a nervous breakdown at age 39.
Zhou Xuan (Chinese: 周璇; pinyin: Zhōu Xuán; born Su Pu simplified Chinese: 苏璞; traditional Chinese: 蘇璞; pinyin: Sū pú; August 1, 1918 – September 22, 1957), also romanized as Chow Hsuan, was an iconic Chinese singer and film actress. By the 1940s, she had become one of China's Seven Great Singing Stars. She was the best known of the seven, nicknamed the “Golden Voice”, and had a concurrent movie career until 1954. She recorded more than 200 songs and appeared in over 40 films in her career.
Zhou was born Su Pu (蘇璞), but was separated from her natural parents at a young age and raised by adoptive parents. She spent her entire life searching for her biological parents but her parentage was never established until after her death.
According to later family research, a relative who was an opium addict took her at the age of 3 to another city and sold her to a family named Wang, who named her Wang Xiaohong. She was later adopted by a family named Zhou, changing her name to Zhou Xiaohong.
At the age of 13, she took Zhou Xuan as her stage name, 'Xuan' (璇) meaning beautiful jade in Chinese.
In 1957 she died in Shanghai in a mental asylum at the age of 39 during the Anti-Rightist Movement. A possible cause of death may be encephalitis following a nervous breakdown. Zhou's diary concluded that she suffered from cerebritis.
[2018-12-10 Wikipedia Zhou Xuan]