Search by Subject
Search by Institution
Between the Fantasies-Art Song by Li Tai-Hsiang (夢幻之間-李泰祥)

I.    Lyrics (translated from Chinese)

Life is like a drama. Drama is the same as the life.
The true mingles with the dream world and is unable to recognize.
In the play, outside the play. Cannot tell.
The on-stage sheen, just like the life, keeps vanishing into thin air.
Suddenly it shines with all different colors. Look at flickering stage lighting.
Suddenly it is dark and lonely. Just like the unexpected changing world.
Di Du Di Du Di Du Di Du
Stage lighting dazzles, real and unreal images are overlapping.
Life is just a flickering light. In old days, lighting was used for illumination.
And now, lighting is used to create the world of light and shadow.
Let my light and my shadow.
Project to the stage of life. To cry for me, smile for me.
And to show my dream and love.
Di Du Di Du Di Du Di Du.
Is it a play? Or life?
Like the real thing and like a dream. But it is colorful.
And fascinating, and fascinating.

Lyrics written by Chang Chia-Jung and Li Tai-Hsiang (張嘉容、李泰祥)

人生如戲 戲如人生
真真幻幻 真幻莫辨
戲裡戲外 裡外不分
看台上的光彩 如人生不停幻滅
忽然它五光十色 看燈光明明滅滅
忽然它陰暗孤單 好比事事無常
Di Du Di Du Di Du Di Du
燈光炫目迷人 真假形影交錯重疊
人生不過是明滅的燈 從前燈光是為了照明
投射到人生舞台上 為我而落淚歡笑
Di Du Di Du Di Du Di Du
這是戲呢 還是人生
似真似幻 但是彩色繽紛
卻又迷人 卻又迷人


II.    About this Song

Exposition of the music:
Chang Chia-Jung majored in Drama. Originally, a script “Light and Shadow” was written. He liked it very much and changed the opera’s name to be this one, “Between the Fantasies.”
In an instant, young girl’s inexperienced sadness was turned to be a smile of an experienced person.
—From the album “Clouds Flying Over The Head”

III.    Manuscript

Handwritten notes (page 1) of “Between the Fantasies” for chorus (2004)    Copied revised notes (1, page 1) of “Between the Fantasies in F major” for chorus (2004)    Copied revised notes (2, page 1) of “Between the Fantasies in F major” for chorus (2004)


To view the story of Li Tai-Hsiang, please go to Li Tai-Hsiang, the Native Musician of Taiwan.
Text and images are provided by The Native Musician of Taiwan-Tai-Hsiang Li Digital Archive, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan