Bonjour Vietnam

Quynh Anh Pham is a Vietnamese-Belgium with a beautiful singing voice. Of the songs that I can find, she only sings in French. The video I posted is a song titled, “Bonjour Vietnam”. The song talks about her not knowing the land and culture that which her roots are tied to and that she would someday come to connect with her heritage.

YouTube has rules with how large a video file can be so video and audio quality are sacrificed. So I have found a much better version here. The audio can be a bit “scratchy”, but that’s how it is in its original recording.
Lyrics can be found after the jump.


Since the majority of my known audience doesn’t understand French, it wouldn’t make much sense to list out the lyrics in French. So, I’ve found the translated English lyrics.

Hello Vietnam
Tell me this name, strange and difficult to pronounce
That I have carried since my birth
Tell me the old empire and the feature of my slanted eyes
Describing me better than what you dare not say
I only know you from the war images
A Coppola movie, (and) the angry helicopters

Someday, I will go there, someday to say hello to your soul
Someday, I will go there, to say hello to you, Vietnam

Tell me my color, my hair and my small feet
That I have carried since my birth
Tell me your house, your street, tell me this unknown entity
The floating markets and the wooden sampans
I could only recognize my country from the war photos
A Coppola movie, (and) the helicopters in anger

Someday, I will go there, someday to say hello to your soul
Someday, I will go there, to say hello to you, Vietnam

The temples and the stone-carved Buddha statues for my fathers
The stooping women in the rice fields for my mothers
Praying in the light to see my brothers again
To touch my soul, my roots, my land..

Someday, I will go there, someday to say hello to your soul
Someday, I will go there, to say hello to you, Vietnam

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