Music

Music Video: Codename Contra

Song Title: 代号魂斗罗 Codename Contra
Music Composer: Konami Kukeiha Club & 郑楠 (Zhèng Nán)
Lyrics Composer: 华晨宇 (Huá Chényǔ) & 丁彦雪 (Dīng Yànxuě)
Performed by: 华晨宇 (Huá Chényǔ)
Published: Nov 25, 2017

Background: Codename Contra is a derivative piece based on the background music of the video game Contra. In the second season episode six of The Next (Singer), Hua Chenyu accepted a person’s challenge and selected this song as the base to build a rearrangement upon within 24 hours. He used two parts of Contra’s bgm as the main theme and also incorporated some of the video game’s story while writing the lyrics. Ding Yanxue helped fill in some of the lyrics and Zhen Nan further modified the music to make this song.

More Info: Contra is a shooter game in which the player takes the role of a soldier of the Contra unit (an elite group of soldiers specializing in guerrilla warfare) and heads to an island near New Zealand to destroy the enemy forces that are being controlled by an alien entity. This song also incorporates other references.

 

Original Music Video:

Lyrics:

yín mù fā liàng xìn hào mǎn gé


银幕发亮信号满格

wǒ dài hào hún dǒu luó chuǎng rù qún dǎo

我代号魂斗罗闯入群岛

shén mì yǔn shí yì cì yuán jué xǐng

神秘陨石异次元觉醒

zhǐ xiàng huáng hūn dì tú yī jiǎo   yǒu hé yù zhào

指向黄昏地图一角 有何预兆

shí guāng jī jiě jué bù liǎo

时光机解决不了

qiā zhǐ suàn suàn liù gè shì jì hòu

掐指算算六个世纪后

dà boss xiàn shēn wèn hǎo

大boss现身问好

 

The screen was bright, the signal is strong,

I infiltrate the island under the codename of Contra.

The mysterious meteorite from another dimension has once again awakened,

And points towards a corner of an old yellow map. What did it mean?

The time machine couldn’t resolve it.

It’s been foretold that in six centuries,

The big boss will show up to say hello.

 

děng wǒ zuò wán jīn wǎn dí dǎo gào

等我做完今晚的祷告

zài mò xiě chū tiān xiē de àn hào

再默写出天蝎的暗号

nà bian hēi àn lì liang qīng cháo

那边黑暗力量倾巢

zhè biān ní hóng zhāo pai huán rào

这边霓虹招牌环绕

 

Let me finish tonight’s prayer,

Then write out Scorpio’s secret code.

The dark side is coming out in full force

While this side’s neon signs are still flashing.

 

kàn wǒ shàn dìng yī shēng tōu xiào

看我禅定一声偷笑

chuān hǎo jǐn shēn yī huá pò

穿好紧身衣划破

yè kōng tí shàng yé yé de zuǒ zhì dāo

夜空提上爷爷的佐治刀

zhào huàn liè chē shǒu hé xiá dào

召唤猎车手和侠盗

 

I took in the situation with a laugh,

Then put on the tight-fitting uniform. As I leap through

The night sky, I lifted grandpa’s samurai sword and

Called for my grand auto and partner thief. (Grand Theft Auto)

 

huà bào fēng miàn yīng xióng zài xiào

画报封面英雄在笑

xiāo shī de rén zài jiā fèng jiān jiào

消失的人在夹缝尖叫

dà bù liǎo yǐ dú gōng dú jiàn zhāo chāi zhāo

大不了以毒攻毒见招拆招

 

The hero on the magazine cover is smiling,

As the missing people scream in the seams.

If it comes to it just fight poison with poison and return a blow with a blow.

 

 

tuō xià pí gé wài tào   wǒ qián dào

脱下皮革外套 我潜到

àn cáng jī guān zhàn háo

暗藏机关战壕

bù guǎi wān de shì jiǎo   jìng qiāo qiāo

不拐弯的视角 静悄悄

shēn rù mì mì chéng bǎo

深入秘密城堡

 

Taking off my leather jacket, I duck

Into a hidden trench.

I look straight forward as I quietly

Infiltrate the secret castle.

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

wǒ qiāng fǎ gài shì bìng bù suí yì yòng

我枪法盖世并不随意用

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

 

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

My marksmanship is unmatched, but I don’t pull the trigger heedlessly.

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

 

 

wǒ yǒng zhě wú jù dìng yù huǒ wéi lóng

我勇者无惧定浴火为龙

shì shén me dào li yīng xióng

是什么道理英雄

lěng dòng bīng fēng yī wàn nián zhè me kuā zhāng

冷冻冰封一万年这么夸张

shì shén me shì jiè wài xīng qiú

是什么世界外星球

yí wù bèi wú zhī zhě suí biàn luàn fàng

遗物被无知者随便乱放

tiān wēi liàng   chuān guò shèng fù de dǒu shòu chǎng

天微亮 穿过胜负的斗兽场

shuí zhēn de kě yǐ bù yòng shòu shāng

谁真的可以不用受伤

 

I’m a fearless warrior that will bathe in fire to become a dragon.

For what reason, Hero?

Sealed for ten thousand years? How exaggerated.

What world? An alien planet.

The remnants were left around carelessly by the ignorant.

The sky was lighting up, revealing the outcome of the battle.

Who could really go through life without being injured?

 

hái tóng liǎn shàng de dān chún wú chǔ duǒ cáng

孩童脸上的单纯无处躲藏

jǐn wò zuì hòu yī kē táng

紧握最后一颗糖

fēng chuī xī fā tàng de qiāng táng

风吹熄发烫的枪膛

tǎo fá zuì è de zhēng tú yóu wǒ tà shàng

讨伐罪恶的征途由我踏上

pǐn cháng zhàn dòu qián xiān hē xià yī wǎn jiān qiáng

品尝战斗前先喝下一碗坚强

 

There was no way to hide the innocence on the child’s face

As he tightly gripped the last remaining piece of candy.

The wind soothed the burning hot gun barrel.

Allow me to step on the long road of suppressing evil,

But before heading to taste battle, first down a strong drink.

 

 

jué dì kuáng lóng   jiǎo bù xuàn fēng

绝地狂龙 脚步旋风

wǒ cōng cōng zài fǔ chōng

我匆匆在俯冲

duō nián de liàn gōng xù jìn dāng zhōng

多年的练功蓄劲当中

qǐng gēn wǒ lái   kàn wǒ zhèng qì zài xiōng

请跟我来 看我正气在胸

 

The wild dragon generated whirlwinds with his steps.

I rush forward,

With all the energy from my many years of training.

Please let me do it. See the justice I hold in my heart.

 

huà bào fēng miàn yīng xióng zài xiào

画报封面英雄在笑

xiāo shī de rén zài jiā fèng jiān jiào

消失的人在夹缝尖叫

dà bù liǎo yǐ dú gōng dú jiàn zhāo chāi zhāo

大不了以毒攻毒见招拆招

 

The hero on the magazine cover is smiling,

As the missing people scream in the seams.

If it comes to it just fight poison with poison and return a blow with a blow.

 

tuō xià pí gé wài tào   wǒ qián dào

脱下皮革外套 我潜到

àn cáng jī guān zhàn háo

暗藏机关战壕

bù guǎi wān de shì jiǎo   jìng qiāo qiāo

不拐弯的视角 静悄悄

shēn rù mì mì chéng bǎo

深入秘密城堡

 

Taking off my leather jacket, I duck

Into a hidden trench.

I look straight forward as I quietly

Infiltrate the secret castle.

 

 

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

wǒ qiāng fǎ gài shì bìng bù suí yì yòng

我枪法盖世并不随意用

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

 

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

My marksmanship is unmatched, but I don’t pull the trigger heedlessly.

Oh let me do the fight

Oh let me do the fight

 

wǒ yǒng zhě wú jù dìng yù huǒ wéi lóng

我勇者无惧定浴火为龙

dìng yù huǒ wéi lóng

定浴火为龙

 

I’m a fearless warrior that will bathe in fire to become a dragon,

Bathe in fire to become a dragon.

 

wǒ zhǐ yōng yǒu yī gè dài hào

我只拥有一个代号

tā huò xǔ kě xiào   bù dǒng yóu xì de jì qiǎo

它或许可笑 不懂游戏的技巧

xué bù huì jiǎ xiào   zháng bù chū tǎo hǎo yàng mào

学不会假笑 长不出讨好样貌

dàn tā néng zhì shǎo   zhī chēng wǒ jiān chí zhàn dòu

但它能至少 支撑我坚持战斗

bù wèi jù diē dǎo

不畏惧跌倒

 

I only possess a code name,

Perhaps it’s laughable. I don’t know the tricks of the game,

I can’t learn to fake smiles, refuse to lower my head to curry favor,

But at the very least, that name gives me the determination to fight,

Without fearing the falls.

 

yòng sān shí tiáo mìng zhěng jiù shì jiè

用三十条命拯救世界

kào zhe yù gāng zé qiáng de quán gōng

靠着遇刚则强的拳功

mù kōng bā dà yì xíng bó shì

目空八大异形博士

shǒu jǔ zhe dàn wú xū fā de pào tǒng

手举着弹无虚发的炮筒

 

I’ll use thirty lives to save the world,

Relying on my fists that have grown strong from obstacles.

I look at the eight different aliens unperturbed (from movie series Aliens)

As I take aim without fail.

 

jǐ dī xuè   zhāo shì wú qióng zhàn fǎ rú fēng

几滴血 招式无穷战法如风

bù chén fú bù xiāng gān de wù zhǒng

不臣服不相干的物种

jiào yī shēng dài hào hún dòu luó 
叫一声代号魂斗罗

zhì hǎo nǐ duō nián de piān tóu tòng

治好你多年的偏头痛

 

A few drops of blood. The countless styles of military tactics were used like wind.

We won’t surrender to those alien creatures.

Call out the codename Contra,

To end your long years of migraines.

 

shèng fù chéng bài   huī shǒu xiào xiào

胜负成败 挥手笑笑

dí wǒ zhēng fēng   bù hěn zhòng yào

敌我争锋 不很重要

duì shǒu tài shǎo   jīng bu qǐ tuī qiāo

对手太少 经不起推敲

nǐ wǒ dōu shì   shēng huó de fān hào

你我都是 生活的番号

 

Regardless of the outcome, victory or failure, just wave your hand and smile.

Both the enemy and I strive, but it’s not very important.

There are too few opponents. I can’t help but think,

That really, both of us are just soldiers of life.

 

jiè bù tóng dài mǎ dǎ tóng yī guān qiǎ

借不同代码打同一关卡

yòu hé bì jì jiào

又何必计较

bù rú zhāi xià quán tào

不如摘下拳套

lái dào shàng yī bēi Tequila huáng jiā lǐ pào

来倒上一杯Tequila皇家礼炮

 

We borrow different codes, but type them in the same lock,

So what’s the point in fighting?

Why not take off our gloves,

And have a cup of Tequila together as we give a royal gun salute.

 

#comment: I’m a huge fan of Huahua~~ He’s soo cute! And such a wonderful singer too! XD

 

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