Bright Moon Cantonese Nursery Rhyme 月光光粵語兒歌

Bright Moon Cantonese Nursery Rhyme 月光光粵語兒歌

Bright Moon 月光光 is traditional Cantonese children’s folk song, first appearing in the Song and Ming dynasty, and passed down til the present. There are a few variations of this song lyrics, and the song also exists in other Chinese languages.

Videos

This video is a more classical version with realistic photography

Kid’s Version of Bright Moon 月光光 with animation

And  Bright Moon 月光光 was sung in a Beyond Concert in 1991 . Including it here because it is one of my favorite bands.

Lyrics

I’ve included the lyrics translation here, as these lyrics are contain words that are not so frequently used. Lyrics offer a glimpse into life in China hundreds of years ago, and the dependency on land and sea.

Cantonese Lyrics English Translation
月光光 Bright Moon
月光光 照地堂
蝦仔你乖乖瞓落床
聽朝阿媽要趕插秧咯
阿爺睇牛去上山崗 啊
蝦仔你快高長大咯
幫手阿爺去睇牛羊 啊…
Bright Moon, shining on the ground
Little Shrimp (term of endearment), be good and go to bed to sleep
Tomorrow morning, Mother needs to quickly plant the seedlings
(Paternal) Grandfather watches the cows go up to the hill,
Little Shrimp, grow tall and big soon
Help your (Paternal) Grandfather to watch the cows and sheep
月光光 照地堂
蝦仔你乖乖瞓落床
聽朝阿媽要捕魚蝦咯
阿嫲織網要織到天光 啊…
蝦仔你快高長大咯
划艇撒網就更在行
Bright Moon, shining on the ground
Little Shrimp (term of endearment), be good and go to bed to sleep
Tomorrow morning, Mother has to catch fish and shrimps
(Paternal) Grandmother has to weave a net till dawn
Little Shrimp, grow tall and big soon
You will become adept at rowing the boat out to cast the net
月光光 照地堂
年卅晚 摘檳榔
五穀豐收堆滿倉咯
老老嫩嫩喜洋洋 啊…
蝦仔你快啲瞇埋眼咯
一覺瞓到大天光 啊…
Bright Moon, shining on the ground
On Lunar New Year’s Eve, pick the betel nuts
The food crops fills the granary
Everyone, young and old, are beaming with joy.
Little Shrimp, soon you’ll close your eyes
Sleep until the dawn, ah…

Lyrics Printable

The printer friendly version of lyrics of Bright Moon Cantonese Nursery Rhyme 月光光粵語兒歌 is available for download. First page includes Jyutping, second page without. and English translation is at the end.

You might also enjoy our other nursery rhyme and song lyrics. Each come with a free lyrics printable. We will be slowly adding to the collection. Is there any particular song you would like to see? Please let us know in the comments.

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