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Rock-a-Rock Baby (Version 1)

 

 

1.  Romanised Teochew (without tone indicators)

On a on, on kim kon

Kim kon pai lau tia

A bun a bu lai ta` hia

Ta` hia ta` phu phu

Chi ter tua kue gu

Ng gu se` be kia`

Be kia` se` zin zu

Zin zu se` po kue

A nou ziad kau no pe hue.

 

On a on, on kim kon

Kim kon pai lau tia

A bun a bu lai ta` hia

Ta` hia ta` phu phu

Chi ter tua kue gu

Ng gu se` be kia`

Be kia` se` zin zu

Zin zu lon lon i`

A sia thag zer hu khue khi

Hia` zeg khue, ti zeg khue

A hia` zo g`uan ti tham hue.

 

2.  Romanised Teochew (with tone indicators)

On2 a3 on2, on20 kim3 kon2

Kim3 kon2 pai54 lau20 tia3

A3 bun1 a3 bu4 lai10 ta`3 hia3

Ta`3 hia3 ta`3 phu10 phu1

Chi0 ter3 tua0 kue54 gu1

Ng10 gu1 se`3 be42 kia`4

Be42 kia`4 se`3 zin3 zu3

Zin3 zu3 se`3 po42 kue5

A3 nou1 ziad10 kau54 no20 pe54 hue5.

 

On2 a3 on2, on20 kim3 kon2

Kim3 kon2 pai54 lau20 tia3

A3 bun1 a3 bu4 lai10 ta`3 hia3

Ta`3 hia3 ta`3 phu10 phu1

Chi0 ter3 tua0 kue54 gu1

Ng10 gu1 se`3 be42 kia`4

Be42 kia`4 se`3 zin3 zu3

Zin3 zu3 lon54 lon54 i`1

A3 sia5 thag10 zer3 hu54 khue3 khi1

Hia`3 zeg10 khue3, ti2 zeg10 khue3

A3 hia`3 zo20 g`uan1 ti2 tham54 hue3.

 

3.  Direct Translation

Rock ah rock, rock Kim Kon

Kim Kon pray old father

Scholarly person brawny person come carry boots

Carry boots carry rise rise

Rear pigs bigger than cattle

Yellow bovine gives birth horse baby

Horse baby gives birth real pearls

Real pearls gives birth treasure

Child eat to 200 years old.

 

Rock ah rock, rock Kim Kon

Kim Kon pray old father

Scholarly person brawny person come carry boots

Carry boots carry rise rise

Rear pigs bigger than cattle

Yellow bovine gives birth horse baby

Horse baby gives birth real pearls

Real pearls knock knock round

Son-of-rich-man studies in time examination

Elder brother one study, younger brother one study

Elder brother top imperial scholar, younger brother third imperial scholar.

 

 

4.  Proper Translation

Rock-a-rock, rock (baby) Kim Kon

Kim Kon prays to an official

Scholar and Brawn come to carry (baby’s) boots

Carry boots to rise

Rear pigs bigger than cattle

Yellow cow gives birth to a foal

Foal gives birth to pearls

Pearls give birth to treasure

(My) child lives to 200 years old.

 

Rock-a-rock, rock (baby) Kim Kon

Kim Kon prays to an official

Scholar and Brawn come to carry (baby’s) boots

Carry boots to rise

Rear pigs bigger than cattle

Yellow cow gives birth to a foal

Foal gives birth to pearls

Pearls knock till round

Junior studies in time for examination

Elder brother one branch of study, younger brother one branch of study

Elder brother tops in imperial examination, younger brother third position.

 

 

Note:zo20 g`uan1” was the official position awarded by the emperor to the top scholar in annual imperial examinations while “tham54 hue3” was awarded to the scholar achieving third position.  “Pa42 g`an4” was awarded to the scholar achieving second position.

 

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