Spirit Cat Tales

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This is another Chinese mobile game that I’m casually playing and the theme song was so catchy and sweet that I felt compelled to translate it.

Singer: Wang Sulong
Producer: Ren Hanbing
Lyricist: Shanghe Lin / Zhu Ya / Cui Ting
Composer: Wang Sulong | Arranger: Zhang Buhong
Flutist/Xiao: Ding Xiaokui
Pipa: Sun Ying
Harmony/Harmony Arranger: Wang Yuxuan / Zheng Peixin (Yibai)
Sound Recording: Ren Hanbing @ Xing Ren Studio
Mixer/Mastered: Zhang Moujie @ Xing Ren Studio

Lyrics below.

清风追着明月 又吹落星如雨
The cool wind pursues the bright moon, breezing through fireworks
她舟上唱着曲 猫儿睡在怀里

She sings a song on a boat, a kitten sleeping in her arms
何处笛声隐隐 在她心底 开一朵涟漪

Somewhere, the indistinct sound of a flute creates a ripple in her heart
众里寻他 刹那的一遇

She searches for him in the crowd; an instantaneous meeting
便从灯火涌起 聊至天光通明

From lights lit up to daylight, they talk
或是热闹市井 也有江湖传奇

Or perhaps the bustling marketplace also has Jianghu stories
沉在故事稀奇 谈吐风趣 这一刻须臾

Immersed in curious stories, the conversation is witty, this moment passes in a flash
许多温柔 一一在眼底

There’s so much warmth in the depths of the eyes
撩拨琴弦弹指生花 温酒煮茶话桑麻

Fingers tease strings, a snap produces a flower, brewing tea and conversing with a cup in hand
白云苍狗仗剑天涯 离凡尘执手芳华

The world changes on a sword in a distant place; leave this world with wondrous years in hand
与君赏山中雪 侧耳嗅紫藤花

Enjoy the mountain snow with the gentleman, lean over to smell wisteria
湖心亭吻青丝 凡星阁望苍霞

Kiss a strand of hair on a lake pavilion, Fan Xing Pavilion1 rises straight up
恨不能将四方游尽

If only you could see the sights in all directions
心里的小天地 不必算来算去
You don’t need to weigh the pros and cons of the small world in your heart
一人而已
You’re just one person, nothing more
闻君声笑笑

Hear the gentleman laugh
共舞歌袅袅
Spiral in a dance together
至白了青丝红颜老 与他同去才逍遥

Until black hairs grey and youth ages, only going together with him are you unfettered
人间多渺渺

The human world is tiny and insignificant
岁月多杳杳
The passing years faint and indistinct
又红了樱桃绿芭蕉 与她偕老才逍遥

The cherries redden again and the bananas green2, only growing old together with her are you unfettered
一双人才好

Two persons are better
说来风花雪月 该是何种风情

Come, romance is in the air, all sorts of flirtatious feelings
他觅雪北香南 寻诗唱给她听

He searches through the snowy north and fragrant south, seeking a poem to sing for her
纵然故渊池鱼 羁鸟旧林

Even if the pond fish returns to the ocean and the bird to their old forest3,
也无法比拟 胜过无数 风露这一遇
it is utterly incomparable and cannot surpass the wind and dew4 of this meeting
撩拨琴弦弹指生花 温酒煮茶话桑麻
Fingers tease strings, a snap produces a flower, brewing tea and conversing with a cup in hand
白云苍狗仗剑天涯 离凡尘执手芳华
The world changes on a sword in a distant place; leave this world with wondrous years in hand
与君赏山中雪 侧耳嗅紫藤花
Enjoy the mountain snow with the gentleman, lean over to smell wisteria
湖心亭吻青丝 凡星阁望苍霞
Kiss a strand of hair on a lake pavilion, Fan Xing Pavilion rises straight up
恨不能将四方游尽
If only you could see the sights in all directions
心里的小天地 不必算来算去

You don’t need to weigh the pros and cons of the small world in your heart
一人而已

You’re just one person, nothing more
闻君声笑笑

Hear the gentleman laugh
共舞歌袅袅
Spiral in a dance together
至白了青丝红颜老 与他同去才逍遥

Until black hairs grey and youth ages, only going together with him are you unfettered
人间多渺渺

The human world is tiny and insignificant
岁月多杳杳
The passing years faint and indistinct
又红了樱桃绿芭蕉 与她偕老才逍遥

The cherries redden again and the bananas green, only growing old together with her are you unfettered
一双人才好

Two persons are better


1 Fan Xing Pavilion is the heroine’s sect.

2 The cherries reddening and the bananas turning green is just a poetic way to mark the seasons changing and time passing.

3 I believe the pond fish and bird line is referring to “羁鸟恋旧林,池鱼思故渊” in Tao Yuanming’s “归园田居” which talks about someone leaving officialdom for the beauty of nature. The imagery in this song is that returning to the peace and familiarity of your old home is not comparable to meeting with your lover.

4 The description about their meeting being “wind and dew” is either a metaphor for how extremely natural (almost fated) their meeting is or a hidden reference to the passionate embrace between lovers.

2 thoughts on “Spirit Cat Tales

    shngml said:
    December 21, 2020 at 17:22

    what’s this game about? the art is so pretty. the song is really cute.

      Ilinox responded:
      December 21, 2020 at 18:49

      The heroine is part of this intelligence gathering clan, but her father goes missing. In searching for her father, she ends up discovering greater conspiracies (I’m only on Chapter 3, so I’m trying to fit together all the puzzle pieces too LOL). She has the innate ability to talk to cats and they’re used throughout the story and gameplay as her agents.

      The male love interests are all people she meets on her journey to find her father, as well as the greater conspiracy that wraps around everything. In order of proper appearance from 1:00 onwards…

      Red-clothed man = Lu Zhiye, her senior brother when she studied abroad at his clan for a few years. They’re basically childhood friends and of course he loves her.

      Man with mask + primarily wears white = An Ge, he’s extremely mysterious but an official in the courts and a walking beauty trap. He was the last person the heroine’s father visited (they had a friendly relationship). He acts very frail but he’s a black belly through and through.

      Black-clothed man = Ning Bei, and his aristocratic family and the heroine’s clan go way back together. They’re basically allies and he gives the heroine protection at the very beginning when she gets attacked by assassins and uses a teleportation device that throws her right into his bath LOL.

      Purple-clothed man with silver hair = Shen Jiming, he’s even more mysterious than An Ge and terrifying because he’s literally immortal with enormous spiritual power. I know like… literally nothing about him except it sounds like it takes effort for him not to hurt the heroine when she gets close to him? He basically freezes everything around him 24/7 LOL wherever he goes it instantly becomes winter.

      Blue-clothed man = Qi Qinghe, he’s the leader of a merchant guild that is extremely rich and he’s a doctor. He seems to have met the heroine a long time ago, saw her talking to a cat, but never thought he’d see her again until the game starts (the moment is obviously imprinted on his heart). Extremely polite and warm, but can be cuttingly decisive when acting out. He offers the MC help a lot of the times and he’s just super gentle.

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