Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:09 AM
During this period of overloaded symbolism, Danwei presents 'Beijing Evening News' by rude rappers Yin San'r (阴三儿); see extended entry / large version for English translation of the lyrics.
Beijing Evening News
Rough translation of lyrics:
Night is falling over Beijing
I walk out and call a friend to hang around
Beijing Evening News
But things change at late night
Get in some chick's car and grab another girl to take a drive
People work hard late at night
Big officials and leaders park outside night clubs
Beijing is building
Many people read the Beijing Evening News daily
I get out of down town but still feel crabby
Who dies, I don't give a shit
But at 4 or 5 o'clock, when you you hear the shouting
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