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Bored 无聊 (wú liáo) by Groovi Pauli & Friends (2009)

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Published on Jan 22, 2013

"Bored" (无聊 wú liáo ) is a Groovi Pauli & Friends song from their 2009 album Mandarin Chinese Songs for Kids. It is part of a series of songs about feelings. We hope you don't feel bored watching it!

It is written in a bilingual style with direct translation, an approach we altered on subsequent albums in favor of simple all-Chinese lyrics.

This music video was shot by Groovi Pauli & Friends on the spectacular, quiet beaches of Cebu, The Philippines in 2009. Technically, this video is different from our more "polished" recent music videos, such as "Halloween". The syncing of the video with the music was a challenge. Not to worry, as the meaning of the lyrics comes through, enhanced by the video and photos (from Creative Commons).

The lyrics are as follows, including pinyin (in parentheses) as reference for Chinese characters.

Introduction:
A: 爸爸, 我无聊。 (bà ba wǒ wú liáo "Dad, I'm bored")
B: 啊!?无聊。(ā!? wú liáo) You're bored!?
A: 我真的无聊。 (wǒ zhēn de wú liáo "I'm really bored.")
B: 怎么会这样?怎么会无聊? (zěn me huì zhè yàng? zěn me huì wú liáo "How can this be? How can you be bored?")
A: 我就是无聊。不知道要做什么。 (wǒ jiù shì wú liáo. bù zhī dào yào zuò shén me. "I just am bored. I don't know what to do.")
B: 找事情做。 (zhǎo shì qing zuò "Find something to do.")
A: 爸爸,我可以做什么? (bà ba, wǒ kě yǐ zuò shén me? "Dad, what can I do?" )
B: 你说你无聊 (nǐ shuō nǐ wú liáo) "you're bored." Hey, it's up to you, 你可以改变, ( nǐ kě yǐ gǎi biàn) you can change it.... Ya...it's a big world out there, baby.

Chorus: Oh, 不要无聊 (bú yào wú liáo "don't be bored") oh, oh. X4

Verse:
你可以看书 (nǐ kě yǐ kàn shū) read a book,
玩游戏 (wán yóu xì) play a game
画画 (huà huà) draw or paint,
玩拼图 (wán pīn tú) do a puzzle
出去走一走 (chū qù zǒu yī zǒu) take a walk,
找另据 (zhǎo lín jū) find a neighbor,

Chorus: Oh, 不要无聊 (bú yào wú liáo "don't be bored") oh, oh. X2

Verse:
你可以上网 (nǐ kě yǐ shàng wǎng) go on-line,
吹口青 (chuī kǒu qín) play harmonica,
运动 (yùn dòng) exercise,
写信 (xiě xìn) write a letter.
听音乐 (tīng yīn yuè) listen to music.
在地上爬来爬去,像昆虫一样 (zài dì shàng pá lái pá qù xiàng kūn chóng yī yàng)Roll on the floor like a bug!

Chorus: Oh, 不要无聊 (bú yào wú liáo "don't be bored") oh, oh. X2

Music, lyrics and video are worldwide copyright-protected by Paul J. Haakenson (2009).

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