Mayday’s History of Tomorrow Review – 五月天 自传 任意门 (Dokodemo Door)

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任意门 (Dokodemo door) also known as Doraemon’s “anywhere door” has the power to transport the user to anywhere they desire to go. In this radio friendly song, Mayday likens dreams to the dokodemo door and describes the important places they had been as they chased their dreams around the world.

Dokodemo door

 

In just 4.5 minutes, 任意门 provides a moving and succinct summary of “The Mayday Story”. From the very beginning of their musical journey as high school students to the formation of the band to everything they have achieved so far, this song encapsulates the essence and spirit of Mayday. Hardcore fans (like me) will probably feel emotional as they recognize the allusions in the song while newcomers may be confused but will learn quite a lot about Mayday from this song.

 

行天宫后 二楼前座 那个小房间 日夜排练 我们听着唱片
唱片来自 那唱片行 叫“摇滚万岁” 和驻唱小店 都在士林边缘

This song begins by making references to Monster’s house, the place where the boys first had their band practices, the old music store which they used to frequent and the small pub near Shilin market where they performed in the early days.

 

我们都想 离开这边 追寻另一边 苗栗孩子 搬到台北求学
水手之子 重考挤进 信义路校园 和高雄学弟 当时看不顺眼

Next, the boys are introduced. Guanyou, the kid who moved from Miaoli to Taipei, Stone who got into Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (师大附中) after retaking his examination and Masa from Kaohsiung who did not really like Stone at the time. 

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In 2009, I sneaked into Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (师大附中)!

 

那年我们都 冲出南阳街 任意门通向了音乐
任意门外我们都任意的飞 是自由的滋味

Nanyang street (南阳街) is famous for having many tuition schools in Taipei. Obviously the boys were distracted from their studies by the dokodemo door leading and tempting them to pursue their music dreams.

 

七号公园 初次登场 是那个三月 自强隧道 漫长的像永远

Daan Forest Park (also known as七号公园) near their high school was the place they first performed officially as Mayday on 29 March 1997. Ashin used to ride through the Ziqiang tunnel (自强隧道) after band practices and back to his university dormitory. This quote by Ashin will provide more insight to the Ziqiang tunnel reference:

“以前晚上做完音乐,回宿舍的时候,都要骑车回去实践大学,就会经过那个自强隧道,一边骑车一边就会想,就是会迷惑啊,我们这样一直做下去,到底会不会有未来,突然我觉得,明明时间这麼短。明明青春这麼短,明明可以让你实现梦想的时间这麼短。那时候我就告诉我自己,我只能有一个自强隧道那麼长的迷惑而已。” 

 

椰林大道 谁放弃了 律师的家业 头也不回地 越来越唱越远

Monster, who was the best student amongst the boys, got into Taiwan University (台湾大学) but failed to graduate and defied his parents’ wishes for him to be a lawyer.

 

外滩风光 跃出课本 是那么新鲜 从回民街 再飞到尖沙咀
男儿立志 成名在望 不论多遥远 一离开台北 却又想念台北

Mayday’s music travelled to many places like China (Xi’an’s Muslim street 回民街) and Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀). However, they always miss Taipei when they are away.

 

无名高地到 鸟巢的十年 一路铺满汗水泪水
任意门外我们用尽全力飞 管他有多遥远

Madison Sq Garden
From B’in Music Website

Mayday had their first performance in China at a small venue (无名高地) with just about 100 spectators. After many years, they finally broke into the China market and performed for 2 nights to about 200,000 fans at Beijing’s Bird Nest. The Nowhere tour took Mayday around the world from Asia to Europe and to U.S.A and most notably Madison Square Garden.

 

我们曾走过 无数地方 和无尽岁月
搭著肩环游 无法遗忘 的光辉世界
那个唱片行 何时已不见? 是谁说过“摇滚万岁”?
任意门里我们偶尔也疲倦

From this first studio album in 1999 to this album, Mayday has been making music for 17 years. Including the early days of struggles before the full band was formed, the journey is much longer than 17 years. Even with their accomplishments, success and the “magical” dokodemo door, it is not surprising that they are tired.

 

平凡的我们 也将回到 平凡的世界
生活中充满 孩子哭声 柴米和油盐

曾和你走过 麦迪逊花园 任意门外绕一大圈
你问我全世界是哪里最美?
答案是“你身边” 只要是你身边

I feel that this introspective song is almost like a farewell tribute as Mayday reminds the fans that they are ordinary people who yearn to rest and return to the real world. As Mayday reflects on their legacy, it seems that most beautiful part of their journey is not the places they have been but the people they have affected/touched with their music.  

 

每个梦都 像任意门 往不同世界 而你的故事
“现在正是起点”

Every dream is like a dokodemo door which leads to endless possibilities. So maybe it is time to search for your dokodemo door and start your story?

 


任意门

作词:阿信
作曲:怪兽

行天宫后 二楼前座 那个小房间 日夜排练 我们听着唱片
唱片来自 那唱片行 叫“摇滚万岁” 和驻唱小店 都在士林边缘

我们都想 离开这边 追寻另一边 苗栗孩子 搬到台北求学
水手之子 重考挤进 信义路校园 和高雄学弟 当时看不顺眼

我们曾走过 无数地方 和无尽岁月
搭著肩环游 无法遗忘 的光辉世界
那年我们都 冲出南阳街 任意门通向了音乐
任意门外我们都任意的飞 是自由的滋味

七号公园 初次登场 是那个三月 自强隧道 漫长的像永远
椰林大道 谁放弃了 律师的家业 头也不回地 越来越唱越远

外滩风光 跃出课本 是那么新鲜 从回民街 再飞到尖沙咀
男儿立志 成名在望 不论多遥远 一离开台北 却又想念台北

我们曾走过 无数地方 和无尽岁月
搭著肩环游 无法遗忘 的光辉世界
无名高地到 鸟巢的十年 一路铺满汗水泪水
任意门外我们用尽全力飞 管他有多遥远

我们曾走过 无数地方 和无尽岁月
搭著肩环游 无法遗忘 的光辉世界
那个唱片行 何时已不见? 是谁说过“摇滚万岁”?
任意门里我们偶尔也疲倦

平凡的我们 也将回到 平凡的世界
生活中充满 孩子哭声 柴米和油盐
曾和你走过 麦迪逊花园 任意门外绕一大圈
你问我全世界是哪里最美?
答案是“你身边” 只要是你身边

行天宫后 二楼前座 那个小房间 兽妈准备 宵夜是大鸡腿
每个梦都 像任意门 往不同世界 而你的故事
“现在正是起点”

  • [信義路] 師大附中的座落地點,鄰近大安森林公園。
  • [南陽街] 是台北著名的補習街,所有考生深刻的愛恨交織燃燒青春的一條街。
  • [七號公園] 現在名為大安森林公園,1997年五月天在數十個觀眾面前首次演出。
  • [椰林大道] 第一學府台大的著名標誌地點。
  • [無名高地] 北京著名的Live House,五月天初來乍到的第一站。

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2 Comment

  1. Cindy says: Reply

    this is so brilliant. i am moved to tears, jz reading it.
    -Twin

    1. Wendy says: Reply

      Ha! Thanks for reading! Remember our terror twin days when we begged the security guard to let us into Mayday’s High School?

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