現在是春天時節,在香港的部分街頭,到處可以看到高高的木棉樹上盛放了紅棉。廣東省會廣州的市花就是木棉花。看到花開的景象,想起1980年代一首經典廣東歌《紅棉》,由羅文主唱。木棉樹,又叫「英雄樹」,因為跟其他樹木比較,木棉樹樹頂總是超過其它樹,如同一個大英雄一樣。

It is spring time, and in some streets of Hong Kong, you can see cotton trees blooming  everywhere. The city flower of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, is Cotton tree (Kapok). Seeing the blooming scene, I think of a classic Cantonese song “Cotton Tree” in the 1980s, sung by Roman Law. The kapok tree is also called the “hero tree”, because compared with other trees, the top of the kapok tree always surpasses other trees, just like a great hero.

《紅棉》 唱:羅文   詞:鄭國江
Hung4min4 sing6fong3 tin1hei3 nyun5joeng4joeng4
  紅       棉      盛        放  天氣         暖        洋      洋  
The Red Kapok blossoms in warm weather
jing1zi2  but6faat3 ham1 ging2joeng2
英 姿         勃    發       堪         景 仰
Heroic and gracefully
Jing1hung4syu6 lik6zang1hoeng3soeng6 zi3hei3 seoi4 nang4dong2
英       雄       樹      力   爭      向    上        志  氣      誰      能     擋
The hero tree growing up to the sky, Who can block the ambition?
Hung4min4nou6fong3 keoi1heoi3 jim4hon4 faa1do2 ging3hoeng3 gou1zi1fong3
  紅       棉          怒 放     驅    去        嚴 寒       花朵         競    向            高 枝 放
The Red Kapok blossoms drive away the cold Winter. Flowers compete for high branches
Jing1hung4joeng6 maan6zung3 ou5zoeng6 hung4min4 duk6jau5 ou6gwat1gon3
   英     雄       樣       萬    眾          偶  像           紅    棉          獨  有        傲 骨     幹
He is the hero of all flowers, his branches are unique and proud
Ngo5zing3zik6mou4pin1 jing1ting5 hou2bong2joeng6
    我   正     直   無   偏 英    挺        好    榜      樣 
I am straightforward, tell no lies; set a good example
Jau6 soeng6zeon3 hung4sam1 gin1kyut3 zang1gwong1
 有      上      進        雄     心       堅 決       爭     光
Growing strong, and striving for light
 
Git3min4zi2 ze3fung1piu1 sei3fong1 syu6miu4 gin1zong3
   結   棉    子 借  風    飄   四   方      樹   苗      堅   壯
His seed will fly in the sky, the sapling will be strong.
Hung4min4 sing3fong3 tin1hei3 nyun5joeng4joeng4 
    紅      棉       盛    放      天氣        暖     洋      洋 
The Red Kapok blossoms in warm weather
Jing1zi1 but6faat3 ham1ging2joeng5
  英   姿     勃  發      堪    景    仰
Heroic and gracefully
Jing1hung4syu6 lik6zang1hoeng3soeng6 
    英   雄      樹 力  爭       向       上 
The hero tree growing up to the sky,
Hung4min4 duk6jau5 ou3gwat1 gon3
  紅      棉       獨  有      傲   骨  幹
his branches are unique and proud