Friday, November 13, 2015

[Music] Kit Chan -- Left-Right Hands

Kit Chan

1. The original singer of the Cantonese song Left-Right Hands ("左右手") is Leslie Cheung.

This song came out in 1999 and has won many awards.

Since the passing of Leslie Cheung in 2003, the best interpreter of Left-Right Hands (1999) is Kit Chan.

So with apologies to Leslie Cheung's fans, I am listing this song under Kit Chan.

Left-Right Hands (1999) has been covered by many singers and Wikipedia noted four covers in particular ("左右手", Wikipedia):

(a) by Hacken Lee;

(b) by Priscilla Chan;

(c) by Kit Chan; and

(d) by Prudence Liew.

2. ("Kit Chan", Wikipedia):

"Kit Chan (Chinese: 陈洁仪; pinyin: Chén Jiéyí, born 15 September 1972, Singapore) is a Chinese singer and actress of Singaporean nationality. Chan is the third daughter in a family of four sisters."

"On 8 December 2012, Chan married her long-time boyfriend, whom she met in 2000."

Being a Singaporean of Chinese ancestry, Kit Chan is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Kit Chan began her music career in Singapore in 1993, but her breakout came in 1997 when Jacky Cheung invited her to become the second female lead for the musical "Snow.Wolf.Lake".

"Snow.Wolf.Lake" (1997) is probably the most important musical ever produced in Hong Kong.

I was working in Hong Kong in 1997 and it was a regret that I was not able to watch this musical.

3. Kit Chan singing Left-Right Hands (1999):

This is a performance for the Chinese television show I Am a Singer in 2015:

An audience recording of the Shanghai stop of a 2015 concert tour:

Official version for a 2012 Hong Kong concert.

The fourth of four songs starting at the 9:30 minutes mark:

The music is by the Hong Kong City Pops Orchestra.

Audience recordings for the 2012 Hong Kong concert:

A 2011 studio recording:

4. Leslie Cheung singing Left-Right Hands (1999):

Leslie Cheung was a great Hong Kong singer.

It is an open secret that Leslie Cheung (1956 - 2003) changed his sexual orientation from hetero to homo in his 20s.

Some have speculated that the title "Left-Right Hands" and its lyrics alluded to this change in orientation.

Leslie Cheung committed suicide in 2003 while suffering from depression.

Leslie probably had entered his depression phase during this performance:

Leslie in concert in Malaysia in 2000:

An award ceremony in 1999:

Music videos:

5. Hacken Lee singing Left-Right Hands (1999):

6. Priscilla Chan singing Left-Right Hands (1999):

7. Prudence Liew singing Left-Right Hands (1999):

8. The Lyrics in Traditional Chinese:

左右手 -- 張國榮

不知道為何你會遠走   不知道何時才再有對手
我的身心只適應你   沒氣力回頭

* 不知道為何你會放手   只知道習慣抱你抱了太久
怕這雙手一失去你   令動作顫抖

# 尚記得   左手邊一臉溫柔
來自你熱暖   在枕邊消受
同樣記得   當天一臉哀求
搖著我右臂   就這樣而分手

@ 從那天起我不辨別前後
你離開了   卻散落四周

& 從那天起我戀上我左手
天高海深   有什麼可擁有

Repeat *, #, @, &

留住你   別要走
無奈怎能夠   除下在左右我的手扣   有愛難偷

Repeat @, &

天高海深   有什麼可擁有


9. The Lyrics in Simplified Chinese:

左右手 -- 张国荣

不知道为何你会远走   不知道何时才再有对手
我的身心只适应你   没气力回头

* 不知道为何你会放手   只知道习惯抱你抱了太久
怕这双手一失去你   令动作颤抖

# 尚记得   左手边一脸温柔
来自你热暖   在枕边消受
同样记得   当天一脸哀求
摇着我右臂   就这样而分手

@ 从那天起我不辨别前后
你离开了   却散落四周

& 从那天起我恋上我左手
天高海深   有什么可拥有

Repeat *, #, @, &

留住你   别要走
无奈怎能够   除下在左右我的手扣   有爱难偷

Repeat @, &

天高海深   有什么可拥有


10. Names, Words and Phrases:

Hacken Lee (Traditional Chinese: 李克勤; Simplified Chinese: 李克勤).

Hong Kong City Pops Orchestra (Traditional: 香港城市管弦樂團; Simplified: 香港城市管弦乐团).

Jacky Cheung (Traditional: 張學友; Simplified: 张学友).

Kit Chan (Traditional: 陳潔儀; Simplified: 陈洁仪).

Leslie Cheung (Traditional: 張國榮; Simplified: 张国荣).

Priscilla Chan (Traditional: 陳慧嫻; Simplified: 陈慧娴).

Prudence Liew (Traditional: 劉美君; Simplified: 刘美君).

"Snow.Wolf.Lake" (Traditional: 雪狼湖; Simplified: 雪狼湖).


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(accessed 2015-11-13).

"Snow.Wolf.Lake", Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia,
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"陳潔儀", Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia,
(accessed 2015-11-13).

"左右手", Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia,
(accessed 2015-11-13).

(accessed 2015-11-13).

"雪狼湖", Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia,
(accessed 2015-11-13).

"我是歌手", Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia,
(accessed 2015-11-13).