Hello Vietnam
Phạm Quỳnh Anh

Click here for  "Bonjour Vietnam".

Tell me all about this name, that is difficult to say.
It was given me the day I was born.

Want to know about the stories of the empire of old.
My eyes say more of me than what you dare to say.

All I know of you is all the sights of war.
A film by Coppola, the helicopter's roar.

One day I'll touch your soil.
One day I'll finally know your soul.
One day I'll come to you.
To say hello... Vietnam.

Tell me all about my colour, my hair and my little feet
that have carried me every mile of the way.

Want to see your house, your streets. Show me all I do not know.
Wooden sampans, floadting markets, light of gold.

All I know of you is all the sights of war.
A film by Coppola, the helicopter's roar.

One day I'll touch your soil.
One day I'll finally know your soul.
One day I'll come to you.
To say hello... Vietnam.

And Buddha's made of stone watch over me.
My dreams that lead me through the fields of rice.
In prayer, in the light... I see my kin.
I touch my tree, my roots, my begins...

One day I'll touch your soil.
One day I'll finally know your soul.
One day I'll come to you.
To say hello... Vietnam.

One day I'll touch your soil.
One day I'll finally know your soul.
One day I'll come to you.
To say hello... Vietnam.
To say hello... Vietnam.
To say "xin chŗo"... Vietnam.


(2006)

English Adaptation by Guy Balbaert of "Bonjour Vietnam" .  Original French song was by
Marc Lavoine and Yvan Coriat

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Aria's Pick! 
Up Close and Personal:

Phạm Quỳnh Anh   (X Month 1987)
aka Quỳnh Anh, Quynh Anh,

Belgian-Vietnamese songbird, a beautiful voice, a beautiful soul, a rising star!

"I was born in 1987. Already 21 years growing up in Belgium, studying, having fun and, most important to me, learning music! My parents both come from Vietnam but they didnít know each other until they arrived in Belgium. I sometimes think about what my life would have been like if they had met in Vietnam. But it isnít so and I wouldnít wish my life to be different. All the same I do know a bit about Vietnam. Cooking at home is still Vietnamese most of the time. I can understand a few words in Vietnamese and my family used to perform traditional songs and folk dances at Chinese New Year. At the same time, I live and think more like a Belgian. For example, I like to eat chocolate (a bit more than I should...) or to have a beer with my friends. Anyway these two cultures are integral parts of my personality. The more time goes by, the more certain I am it was destiny. And Iím also sure that singing is my way. True, so far Iíve always been lucky in my career."

"It all began when I won a song contest on TV. I met my manager there. He guided me to my producer, who then made my duet with Marc Lavoine possible. Then with "Jíespere", I followed Marc Lavoine on tour around France, Belgium and even Switzerland. It is really incredible for a young artist to have such an experience. But he didnít stop there and wrote me my first songs, including "Bonjour Vietnam". Actually this song already has its own story. By mistake, the unfinished version of the song got put on the internet. A few days later, Vietnamese people around the world heard "Bonjour Vietnam" and were quite touched by its message, I suppose. Well, I hope all this will go on and lead me to other places, other people. Perhaps it will guide me to meet you... I hope so."

 

See a great article about the making of the song,  song, "Bonjour Vietnam" here

Fun Fact:  Bonjour Vietnam rose to fame when a friend of Quynh Anh's accidentally shared the song online.  It became a quick favourite amongst the Vietnamese people and stirred the hearts of all others.  The official English version was released two years later.

The adaptation of the lyrics from French to English was made by Guy Balbaert for Quynh Anh's first single "Hello Vietnam" which was released in 2006.

Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, French, Vietnamese

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