Xiān qǐ le nǐ dē gài tóu lǎi (Xinjiang Province)
This song comes from the province of Xinjiang. This is the largest province in the northwestern part of China. As this is such a vast province, the music varies from region to region. This particular song is from the Uyghur people. This popular song was translated into Chinese and is now found throughout all of China. It was even highlighted at the 2008 Olympics in China.
Xiān qǐ le nǐ dē gài tóu lǎi,
ràng wǒ kàn ní de méi máo,
ní de méi máo xì yòu cháng a,
hǎo xiàng nà shù shōu de wān yuè liàng,
ní de méi máo xì yòu cháng,
hǎo xiàng nà shù shōu de wān yuè liàng.
Lift up your veil to let me see your eyes.
Your eyelashes are fine and long,
As if to brush off the moon.
Your eyelashes are as long,
As the branches of the tree.