The following is the latest song from the Shenzhen migrant worker band, Zhong D Yin 重D音, performed at Beijing Migrant Workers’ Home’s 打工春晚 or Migrant Worker Spring Festival Gala, along with translated lyrics. Zhong D Yin’s name literally means Heavy D Sound, but the english character D sounds like the Chinese character for low, so the name connotes the “sound of the lowly.”
With the machine, we are dancing,
Beating an ever unchanging beat,
Day in day out, we are a-dancing
With that rhythm, can’t stop our feet
My force is slight, can’t change these icy rules
Always in a crowd, yet I always feel alone
A single machine suddenly changes its rhythm
In just one blink a person’s hands are gone.
Your roar is drowned by the sound of the machines
Your hot blood can’t set fire to those machines
You have already been by them slowly abandoned
Just like a broken machine
Who has your fresh blood been wiped away by?
They left not a trace