Mayday’s History of Tomorrow Review: 五月天 自传 兄弟 (Brotherhood)

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兄弟 (Brotherhood) is a song about friendship and it explains one of the reasons why Mayday’s success has managed to last for such a long time – the strong brotherhood ties shared among them. As discussed in 任意门 (Dokodemo door), they have known each other forever and chased their dreams together. This song celebrates how their friendship has survived all the up and down moments in their life and career.

Not only is the friendship shared among the Mayday member but also the friendship between fans and Mayday celebrated. To a certain extent, Mayday and their music have become “invisible” friends who have accompanied fans during different life stages.

I feel that 兄弟 is like a party mix and a gathering of old friends (songs) as it contains many echoes of  Mayday’s older songs.

1噢买尬 (Oh My God)

能不能永远
一句一句 一句一句 都没营养
一直一直 一直一直 聊到天亮

The humorous part about talking nonsense with close friends is also mentioned in 噢买尬:

剩下我们 说的神话 梦话废话 就这样 陪着我到长大 (噢买尬)

 

2)垃圾车 (Garage Truck)

只有你知道我都 假装正常 只有我欣赏你的 恶行恶状

The witty description of how close friends know but still embrace each other’s imperfections is delivered more sarcastically in 垃圾车:

虽然你脾气坏 对待朋友又差 凸槌又更爱牵拖
佳在你遇到我 不爱计较的我 算你坏人有好命 (垃圾车)

In both songs, the important roles that friends play in each other’s life is also illustrated by how it is impossible to imagine life without friends:

兄弟别来无恙 我很难想像 没有你 会怎样

and how friends cast away loneliness with their companionship:

因为 咱缘分不可散 有你 我才未孤单 (垃圾车)

 

3) 笑忘歌 (Song of Laughter and Forgetting) 

Youth is a constant theme in most of the songs about friends as most close friendships are cultivated during the younger school days.

青春就这样
一天一天 一天一天 慢慢用光
一点一点 一点一点 现实埋葬
我的兄弟啊 我们都变成岁月 的形状

兄弟 explores how youth is slowly buried by reality and everyone has been changed by the passing of time.

青春是手牵手坐上了 永不回头的火车
总有一天我们都老了 不会遗憾就OK了 (笑忘歌)

青春是人生的实验课 错也错得很值得
就算某天唱起这首歌 眼眶会有一点湿热 (笑忘歌)

Similarly in 笑忘歌, youth is described as holding the hands of friends and sitting on a moving train that is never turning back. Youth is also an experimental stage of life where mistakes are made; lessons are learnt. Eventually everyone will grow old and hopefully there will be no regrets. 

 

4) 干杯 (Cheers)

再干一杯敬那年 狂妄理想 曾以为世界 想怎样就怎样
而至少如今我们 平安健康 人生嘛 唔噢噢噢 不要多想

有一天 就是今天 今天就是有一天
说出一直没说 对你的感谢 和你再干一杯
再干一杯永远 喝了就能万岁 岁岁和年年 (干杯)

干杯 is like a companion of 兄弟. Both songs resolve around the “esprit de corps” spirit shared by close friends who work together to achieve their common dreams. The “let’s toast to our friendship” celebration in both songs obviously involves merry-making and lots of beer!

While the melody of 兄弟 sounds cheerful and upbeat, the lyrics and tone are rather sentimental especially in the bridge segment.

如今人生各有战场 你的难题 我的烦恼 已不一样
是否就像当年的幻想 我们的模样?

现在就是 那个未来 那个世界
为什么 你的身边 我的身边 不是同一边 (干杯)

The realisation that good friends will grow old and eventually lead diverging lives surfaced in 干杯 and is explored further in 兄弟. As youth and dreams fade away, everyone begins to encounter different challenges in their adulthood. Some of the Mayday members are married with children while some are newly married. Even though they are still making music together, they are leading different lives outside their career.

 

不如就这样
一年一年 一年一年 地老天荒
一定一定 一定一定 永远不忘
我的兄弟啊 人生最狂时光 刚好你都在场
我的兄弟啊 人生最好时光 是和你 兄弟一场

The song concludes with sentimentality but also contentment. Even though everyone’s destinations are different at the end of the day, what matters most is that the best parts of the journey are taken together.

 


兄弟

作词:阿信
作曲:阿信

酒精或节奏 我们摇摇晃晃 那又会怎样 跌倒你在身旁
在身旁打每一场 泥泞烂仗 你和我 唔噢噢噢 就是这样

留级和失恋 谁也都曾重伤 伤愈后变成 你我今日徽章
你总强迫我坚强 像控制狂 想起来 唔噢噢噢 有点夸张

兄弟别来无恙 能走到这里 也算得奖
兄弟别来无恙 我很难想像 没有你 会怎样

当其他人都
一次一次 一次一次 对我失望
一个一个 一个一个 慢慢走光
我的兄弟啊 抬头是你 在身旁

再干一杯敬那年 狂妄理想 曾以为世界 想怎样就怎样
而至少如今我们 平安健康 人生嘛 唔噢噢噢 不要多想

只有你知道我都 假装正常 只有我欣赏你的 恶行恶状
彼此都是彼此的 孽缘业障 完美的 唔噢噢噢 狐群狗党

兄弟就是这样 你每件糗事 被我珍藏
兄弟就是这样 我们的荒唐 排行榜 多难忘

当其他人都
一次一次 一次一次 对我失望
一个一个 一个一个 慢慢走光
我的兄弟啊 抬头却看到你在 我身旁

能不能永远
一句一句 一句一句 都没营养
一直一直 一直一直 聊到天亮
我的兄弟啊 今天换我结帐 不要 跟我抢

如今人生各有战场 你的难题 我的烦恼 已不一样
是否就像当年的幻想 我们的模样?

青春就这样
一天一天 一天一天 慢慢用光
一点一点 一点一点 现实埋葬
我的兄弟啊 我们都变成岁月 的形状

不如就这样
一年一年 一年一年 地老天荒
一定一定 一定一定 永远不忘
我的兄弟啊 人生最狂时光 刚好你都在场
我的兄弟啊 人生最好时光 是和你 兄弟一场

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