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Sleepy 想睡 xiǎng shuì by Groovi Pauli & Friends (2009) from, Mandarin Chinese Songs for Kids

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Published on Jan 28, 2013

"Sleepy" (想睡 xiǎng shuì ) 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 get feel too sleepy watching it!

It is written for kids aged 4-8 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". 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:

Chorus:
我想睡 (wǒ xiǎng shuì "I'm sleepy")
我很累 (wǒ hěn lei4 "I'm tired")
Tired at the end of the day.
我躺下 (wǒ tǎng xià "I laid down")
眼睛闭 (yǎn jīng bì "eyes closed")
安静 (ān jìng "quiet")
Let me be.

Verse 1:
我想睡。(wǒ xiǎng shuì)
So sleepy today.
跟朋友play date. (gēn péng you "with friends")
现在玩累。(xiàn zài wán lei4 "right now very tired")
Chorus:
我想睡 (wǒ xiǎng shuì "I'm sleepy")
我很累 (wǒ hěn lei4 "I'm tired")
Tired at the end of the day.
我躺下 (wǒ tǎng xià "I laid down")
眼睛闭 (yǎn jīng bì "eyes closed")
安静 (ān jìng "quiet")

Verse2:
周末很忙 (zhōu mò hěn máng "weekend very busy")
跟爸爸妈妈出去玩,(gēn bà ba mā ma chū qù wán "with mom and dad went out to play")
看电影. (kàn diàn yǐng "Saw a movie") 去 (qù "went to") Disneyland,
我累了(wǒ lei4 le "I'm tired") understand?




Chorus:
我想睡 (wǒ xiǎng shuì "I'm sleepy")
我很累 (wǒ hěn lei4 "I'm tired")
Tired at the end of the day.
我躺下 (wǒ tǎng xià "I laid down")
眼睛闭 (yǎn jīng bì "eyes closed")
安静 (ān jìng "quiet")
晚安 (wǎn ān "good night")

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

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