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Aobao Meeting 敖包相会

from Solitary Bird by Coco Zhao, Steve Sweeting and Jeremy Moyer

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This Inner Mongolian song was written for a film in 1952. The melody came first but the words are new. It's about a boy waiting for his girl and she hasn't shown up, but she is just making him wait on purpose. If you want the flowers to bloom, you have to wait for the rain to fall. Ao Bao is a mound between countries, a convenient meeting point. As the only landmark for hundreds of miles, it served as a place for games, sport, singing and dancing, especially during holidays or for lovers.

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十五的月亮升上了天空哟
为什么旁边没有云彩
我等待着那美丽的姑娘呀
你为什么还不到来哟嗬
如果那没有天上的雨水呀
海棠花儿不会自己开
只要哥哥你耐心地等待哟
你心上的人儿就会跑过来哟嗬 

Aobao Meeting
As the full moon rises, why are there no clouds?
I await a beautiful maiden, why do you not come?
If there is no rain in the sky, begonias will not open.
As long as you wait patiently, brother, your beloved will come to you.

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from Solitary Bird, released September 2, 2011
Source 来源: 电影《草原上的人们》插曲,海默词,据内蒙民歌编曲 based on an Inner Mongolia folk song
词歌 lyrics: 海默 Hai Mo
编曲Arranger : Sweeting

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Steve Sweeting New York, New York

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Steve Sweeting is a jazz pianist, composer, and teacher who recently moved back to New York City after living and working in Shanghai for more than seven years.
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