Joseph Tong examines the meaning behind Fiona Sit`s latest ballad
Joseph Tong examines the meaning behind
Fiona Sit’s latest ballad
To Myself, Ten Years From Now
ROM Reply From Keanu Reeves (奇洛李
維斯回信) to There Is A Little Bird (有隻雀
仔), Fiona Sit Hoi-kei (薜凱琪) has established herself as a funny girl, winning
over teenaged fans.
In her latest album, Electric Angel, she tries
to re-invent herself with a few dance-beat songs.
Yet, you can still find a soft ballad in her work,
such as To Myself, Ten Years From Now (給十年
後的我). The music is composed by Chan Siu-ha
(陳少霞) with lyrics by Wyman Wong (黃偉文).
The Chinese characters, 稜角, in the song
serve as a pun. Generally speaking, they refer to
the tip or edge of an object. As the tip is the
most noticeable part, it also stands for one’s
What you did in the past ten years
Makes you regretful or proud?
What you believed at that time
Has been shaken since?
The one you love has turned up
It’s a fair achievement
During the journey
You have gained more experience
Has the sharpness vanished?
You have matured
But have you lost your own style?
Your insistence and principles, still there?
Has the edge of a knife turned blunt?
Would you rather become
Smart than impetuous?
But thinking twice before you leap in every single step
Would it be tiring?
Do you still remember you’ve made a pact with me?
Just a few games of fate
Could not have made you numb
Have you forgotten your dream, busy with life?
Don’t be so late
To think about your happiness ten years from now
intelligence or talents that has been recognised.
Since the song is about reflecting on one’s life,
the term refers to the latter meaning.
Has the edge of a knife have turned blunt? (刀
鋒不會磨鈍了吧) is another pun. It apparently talks
about a knife. But taking into account one’s own
style and insistence, the lyrist is also referring to
one’s passion, persistence and ambition.
Other than puns, a proverb – "Think twice
before you leap" – also appears in the lyrics. It
means you have to think carefully before making up your mind. E.g., You have to think twice
before you make such a big investment.
Monday, September 18, 2006