Tag Archive - 林义忠创作,GT Lim’s compositions

就在這個小房間 It was in this little room

故事就是从这小房间开始的。。。
我应该在这小房间住了两三年吧?

The story began in this little room…
I must have lived in this small room for 2-3 years?

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话说在纽西兰基督城第二年就搬出来跟几位朋友一起住了。四个人一起住,四间房我刻意选最小那间因为比较便宜一点,再加上冬天也不会太冷;我没钱买好的暖气机,也没电热毯。。。
没钱的时候是比较能吃苦的,呵呵~

Started flatting with some years the second year in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four of us lived together, I chose the smallest of the four rooms on purpose because it was cheaper and it would not be too cold in winter as well. I had no money to buy a good heater and I had no electric blanket as well…
It seems we are tougher when we have no money, haha~

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在这小房间里生活。。。
在这小房间里读书。。。
在这小房间里担忧钱不够用。。。
在这小房间里向神祷告。。。
在这小房间里经历神的供应。。。
在这小房间里经历神,跟祂说了许多话。。。
在这小房间里开始写自己的歌。。。
在这小房间里有很多故事,所以我说故事是从这里开始的。。。

I was living in this small room…
I studied in this small room…
I worried about having not enough money in this room…
I prayed in this small room…
I experienced the provision of God in this small room…
I experienced God in this small room and told Him a lot of things in here…
I started writing my own songs in this small room…
There are many stories in this small room, that is why I said the story began here…

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又有谁会想到在这小房间里的祷告会开始了我的创作灵感?
又有谁会想到这小房间会栽培了一位未来的福音创作歌手?
又有谁会想到这小房间会给了我很多温暖的回忆?
又有谁会想到这小房间会照顾了一位未来牧师?

Who would have thought the prayer in this little room started my inspiration to write songs?
Who would have thought this little room would cultivate a future Gospel song-writer and singer?
Who would have thought this little room would give me so many pleasant memories?
And who would have thought this little room would take care of a future pastor?

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一间很平凡的小房间,看起来很不起眼,却也能够有很伟大的贡献。
所以,不要轻看自己很平凡渺小,只要你愿意,你小小的付出也可以造就和祝福很多人,带来意想不到的成果。

Just an ordinary little room, nothing attractive about it, yet it could have a big contribution.
Therefore, do not despise yourself thinking you are ordinary and insignificant, as long as you are willing, your little contribution can build up and bless many people and bring unexpected results.

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我好爱这小房间,后来屋主也有装修和翻新。
我也喜欢自己设计装饰一番,要肯定自己的个人风格和显示自己很创意,哈哈!

I really loved this small room, and it was renovated and touched up later too by the landlord.
I liked to put on my own design and decoration, trying to show prove my own identity and show I was creative too, haha!

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可是再爱后来也要离开。。。
后来我搬去别的房子,因为装修过后房租也上涨,所以我必须再找房租上我能承担的地方。。。
虽然最后我需要离开这小房间,到今天这小房间却没离开我的心中。。。

However much I loved this little room, in the end I had to leave too…
I moved to another house later because after renovation, the rent was increased too, so I had to look for another place where I could afford the rent…
Though in the end I had to leave this little room, this little room had not left my heart till this day…

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我吉他彈得不好 I do not play the guitar well

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我吉他弹得不好 - 这句话其实是多余的!因为凡是会弹吉他,听过我弹吉他的人,不用说他们也知道我吉他弹得不好;但是这句话还是要说出来,因为很多不会弹吉他又不太会音乐的人,被我的外表和装出来的样式骗了,看以上的照片就知道我讲什么了,哈哈哈!

但事实上,我也没有想要骗人啦!只是我弹的时候很专注和认真(怕弹错),所以看起来才好像很会的样子。。。再看下面一张,是不是很认真?

I do not play the guitar well – this sentence is actually quite redundant! Because whoever knows how to play the guitar and has heard me play would know without being told that I do not play well. However, I must still say this out for many who do not know how to play the guitar and do not know music well have been “deceived” by my appearance and “act”. You would know what I mean by looking at the above photo. Hahaha!

But honestly I do not intend to “deceive” anyone! It is just that I look very focussed and serious when I play (scared of making mistakes), that is why I look as though I can play well…
See the photo below, do I not look very serious?

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怎么说吉他弹得不好呢?原因是手指按得不够力,所以出来的声音不够清脆好听;有一些和弦是需要一根手指按住六条线的,手指不够力就要借助 capo (音像福建话“鸡婆”),就是上图靠近我左手的小道具。如果没有 capo,有些歌我就会没办法弹或会弹得很难听了!

But why do I say I do not play the guitar well? Reason being my fingers do not press hard enough, so the sound that comes out does not sound that clear and nice. Some chords need you to press all six strings with one finger, and if your finger is not strong enough, you would need the help of the capo (sounds like the Hokkien word for busybodies – “kepo”). It is that little instrument near my left hand in the above photo. Without the capo, I will not be able to play some songs, or it will not sound nice when I play!

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早期“出道”或刚出来诗歌服事时很常都会自弹自唱,因为唱累了就可以缩短或尽快停,唱不上可以把调调低等等。。。可是后来要背的歌越来越多,和弦越来越复杂,技巧有限,再加上出门带把吉他也挺不方便的,渐渐的就用伴奏带比较多了。

When I first started going out to sing or serve in songs, I very often played the guitar myself because if I felt tired, I could shorten the song and stop faster, or when the song was too high, I could lower the key etc…. but towards the end, there were more and more songs to memorize, the chords were getting more and more complicated, my skill was limited, coupled with the inconvenience to bring a guitar while travelling, I began to use the minus-ones or soundtracks more.

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你可能说,那为什么不要努力把吉他练好?
你以为我不想啊?有些人没天分就没天分啊,好不好?我吉他都弹了三十年了还是这个水准,你还要我怎样?
再加上,现在的我那么忙碌,可怜我一下吧。。。

You may say, why do I not work hard to practise my skill well then?
You think I do not wish too? Some people just do not have the talent, ok? I have played the guitar for thirty years and still stuck at this level, what more do you require of me?
Plus right now I am really super busy, so do have mercy on me…

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那你可能又要问另一个问题:既然我吉他弹得不好,那我是怎么写歌的?
啊哈!奇妙就是奇妙在这里!
明明技巧就不好,明明只会基本的和弦,却也能创作出好几百首诗歌!这不是神的恩典是什么?这不是神迹是什么?
所以我说,我们这一生,决定你成功与否的不是你的背景或你拥有多少,而是你信靠和仰赖那全能的上帝多少~

Then you may want to ask another question:
Since I do not play the guitar well, how then do I write songs?
Ah ha! This is the amazing part!
Yes, obviously my skill is not good, and yes, obviously I only know the basic chords, and yet I could write hundreds of songs! If this is not God’s grace, tell me what is it? If this is not a miracle, tell me what is it?

So I say, in our lives, the deciding factor of our success does not lie with our background or how much we have, it depends on how much we trust and rely on the Almighty God~

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何等可爱的雀鸟。。。 How lovely a bird…

早期对圣经诗篇毫无兴趣和没有感觉,灵命还没成长到能体会诗篇的含意的阶段吧?
一直到1994年,神学院第二年,才开始被诗篇吸引和感动,那时就开始创作好多诗篇,甚至一天都有高达三、四首创作的记录!
也非常感谢神让我能够一字不加与一字不漏的照圣经经文写成歌,也因而帮我熟记了好一些经文。。。

很多人喜欢问我,创作了那么多歌和发行了16张专辑,哪些诗歌或唱片是我的最爱?我常不加以思索的就说:诗篇!
最大原因是诗篇都是神的话,没有丝毫我个人的意思或话语参杂其中,所以我觉得最特别。。。
而且很多首,我自己也很”厚脸皮“的觉得旋律也挺优美的,哈哈!

在这里跟你们介绍两首不同年代写的诗篇,一是1994年的“雀鸟”,和今年2011才写的“何等可爱”。
其实“何等可爱”1994也已经写完一个版本,可是始终都不满意,一直到今年从新写过才认为“感觉对了”!在教会教唱的时候,看到大家被摸着的反应,我知道时间到了!

In the earlier days, I was never interested or I never had any feeling for the Psalms in the Bible. Guess it is because my spiritual life had not grown to that level then?
Until the year 1994 when I was doing my second year Bible School, was I attracted and touched by Psalms. At that time I began to compose many songs from Psalms, sometimes even 3 to 4 songs a day!
I am also very grateful to God that I could write those verses into songs without adding or subtracting one word from the verses, and hence that helped me memorize many verses as well…

Many people like to ask, of all the many songs I have written or the 16 albums I have released, which song(s)or album(s) are my favourites? Without hesitation, I would always reply: Psalms!
The biggest reason is Psalms are all the words of God, not a single bit of my own thought or word inside, that is why I feel they are very special…
And also many of them, being rather “thick-skinned”, I feel that the melodies are quite nice too, haha!

Here I am going to share with you two songs written over different period of time, one was written in 1994 “Like a Bird”, and one written this year 2011 “How Lovely”.
In fact I wrote a version of “how Lovely” too in 1994 but was never satisfied with it, until this year when I re-wrote it, only then I felt it had the “correct feel”!
And when I taught it in church, looking at the congregation’s response and how they were touched, I knew the timing had come!

林義忠創作室 / GT Lim’s Creative Room

雀鳥 / Like a bird
詞 / Lyrics:詩篇 Psalms 124:7-8; 63:7-8
曲 / Music:林義忠 / GT Lim
(寫於 / Written on : 07-03-1994)

我们好像雀鸟,从捕鸟人的网罗里逃脱
网罗破裂,我们逃脱了
我们得帮助是在乎依靠
造天地之耶和华的名 耶和华的名

因为祢曾帮助我,
我就在祢翅膀的荫下欢呼
我心紧紧地跟随祢
祢的右手扶持我

We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare
The snare has been broken, and we have escaped
Our help is in the name of the LORD
The Maker of heaven and earth, of heaven and earth

Because you are my help
I sing in the shadow of your wings
My soul clings to you
Your right hand upholds me

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林義忠創作室 GT Lim’s Creative Room

"何等可愛"(How lovely)
(詞/Lyrics:詩篇Psalm 84:1-4; 曲/Music:林義忠 GT Lim – 23/06/2011)

我羡慕渴想耶和华的院宇
我的心肠,我的肉体
向永生神呼吁

万军之耶和华
我的王,我的神啊
在你祭坛那里
麻雀为自己找着房屋
燕子为自己找着抱雏之窝
如此住在你殿中的便为有福
他们仍要赞美你

万军之耶和华啊你的居所何等可爱
万军之耶和华啊你的居所何等可爱

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God

O Lord Almighty
My King and my God
A place near Your altar
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You

How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty

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忠式情歌。。。 GT’s Love Songs…

其实早期开始写歌时,我有一个梦想,就是把圣经正确的观念与真理写进“情歌”里,以流行歌曲的方式“感化”爱听歌的人。。。
所以,以前会尝试写“情歌”,但我的“情”不只限于男女感情,也包涵亲情、友情、家乡情等等。。。
但后来上帝仿佛没在这方面给我开路,反而引导我成为福音歌手,所以我就没花太多心思再写情歌。

最近兴起的“例外人”事工才又让我重新“启动”我情歌方面的创意资源,再加上最近学会用iPhone“自拍自录”YouTube videos,就突发其想,决定除了上载诗歌创作之外,也可以上载一些过去所写的,或可能也会创作新的“健康情歌”来鼓励大家。因此,也设立了“忠式情歌”这个部门,希望你们都会喜欢,更希望真的会帮助到一些人。。。

今天在这里介绍给你的“不要说”,有别于一般流行的情歌,总讲分手啦、伤害啦、对方对不起自己啦等等。。。这里鼓吹的是饶恕、宽容、接纳和努力建立真爱。。。

Actually in my earlier days of song-writing, I had a dream to integrate the right values of the Bible and truths into “love songs”, and to “rehabilitate” songs lovers through the pop culture…
So I would attempt to write “love songs” before but my “love” is not restricted to just love between a man and a woman but also includes family, friendship, homeland etc…
But it seemed God did not open the way for me in this field, but led me to become a Gospel singer, so I did not spend too much time and effort to try to write more love songs.

Only with the recent establishment of the ministry of “The Remnant”, was my creative resource for love songs “reactivated”, and also with my recently acquired knowledge of self-recording using iPhone for YouTube videos, I had the thought of uploading apart from my Gospel compositions, my old or perhaps future love songs too to encourage all. Hence, I set up the section for “GT’s Love Songs” as well, hope you will like it and even more so, hope these songs will really help others too…

And here today, this song I am introducing to you is different from the conventional love songs that normally talk about separation, hurts, how the other party did wrong etc… here, it is promoting forgiveness, understanding, acceptance and making effort to build up true love…

 

林義忠創作室 / GT Lim’s Creative Room

忠式情歌 / GT’s love songs

“不要說” / “Don’t Say That”
詞曲/Lyrics and music: 林義忠 GT Lim

靜靜的 一句話也別說  Quietly, don’t say a word
就這樣緊握我的手  Just hold on tightly to my hand
讓我們甚麼也不要說  Let us not say anything at this moment
有時候沈默也是很好的  Sometimes silence is a good remedy too

不要說 一切都是妳的錯  Do not say it is entirely your fault
也不要說甚麼對不起我 And do not say however sorry you are to me
親愛的妳 請了解我  My dearest, do understand me
因為愛妳 我甚麼也能接受  Because I love you, I can handle all this

我不會只為了一點點的錯  I will not just over a little wrong
就讓妳這樣說要離開我  Let you say you will choose to go
我曾經對妳說過  I have told you long before
妳是否記得  Do you still remember
自從認識妳以後  Ever since I knew you
從來沒有後悔過  I have never regretted a thing

所以不要難過  So do not be upset
請相信我  Trust me please
對妳的愛 依然存留  My love for you remains
我只要妳靜靜的靠著我  All I want is for you to lean on me silently
我們還可以 從新來過  We can always start things all over again

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我的心是一片泥土。。。 My heart is a growing ground…

我的心是一片泥土
栽种什么,结什么果子
栽种爱心,结出和睦
栽种平安,结出幸福

My heart is a growing ground
What I sow, I will reap
If I sow love, I will reap harmony
If I sow peace, I will reap happiness

 

 

我的心是一片泥土
栽种什么,结什么果子
栽种纷争,结出冲突
栽种妒忌,结出苦毒

My heart is a growing ground
What I sow, I will reap
If I sow strife, I will sow conflicts
If I sow jealousy, I will reap bitterness

 

 

我的心是一片泥土
栽种什么,结什么果子
栽种什么,是我的自由
无人能约束,无人能指使

My heart is a growing ground
What I sow, I will reap
Whatever I want to sow is my liberty
No one can restrict and no one can command

 

 

我的心是一片泥土
栽种什么,结什么果子
我要留心我栽种什么
我要栽种真理,结出自由
求圣灵来浇灌
求主来居住

My heart is a growing ground
What I sow, I will reap
I want to take heart what I sow
I want to sow truth, so I will reap freedom
May the Holy Spirit come and water
May the Lord come and dwell

 

 

诗歌创作:“蒙召为此”。。。 Song composition: “Called For This”…

寫經文詩歌應該是從1993年開始吧,因為那時在神學院每個禮拜都規定要背一些經文,把經文寫成歌,背起來容易多了。。。
也感謝主的恩典,讓我能夠一字不漏及一字不加的照着原來經文寫出來,而且也給我會喜歡的旋律。
跟你們分享這首我很喜歡的“蒙召為此”。。。

It must be the year 1993 when I first started writing Scriptural songs, it was because I was at Bible College then and it was required of us to memorize some verses each week. I found it much easier to memorize when I wrote the verses into songs…
Thank God for His grace too that He helped me to write directly from the actual verses without adding on or subtracting any words, and He also gave me the melodies that I like.
Share with you this one that I like very much “Called For This”…

“蒙召为此” (Called For This)
詞/Words:彼得前書/1Peter  2:21-25
曲/Music:林義忠 / GT Lim
(写于/Written on: 20/08/1993)

你们蒙召原是为此
(To this you were called)

因基督也为你们受过苦
(because Christ suffered for you)

给你们留下榜样
(leaving you an example)

叫你们跟随他的脚踪行
(that you should follow in his steps)

他并没有犯罪 口里也没有诡诈
(He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth)

他被骂不还口 受害不说威吓的话
(When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats)

只将自己交托那按公义 审判人的主
(Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly)

他被挂在木头上 亲身担当了我们的罪
(He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree)

使我们既然在罪上死 就得以在义上活
(so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness)

因他受的鞭伤 你们便得了医治
(by his wounds you have been healed)

你们从前好像迷路的羊
(For you were like sheep going astray)

如今却归到你们灵魂的牧人 监督了
(but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls)

 

 

 

 

袮还在路口等着我。。。 Still Waiting For Me At The Junction…

 

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( Road to the Grand Canyon, USA )

 

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GT Lim’s composition (November 14th, 1988, Christchurch, NZ.)

祢还在路口等着我
( Still Waiting For Me At The Junction )

一步一步在这路上行走,有好多次感到疲惫软弱
但我不要停步 不想逗留,因为在路上有祢牵着我的手

不管路途多艰苦我也不要停步
因为有我的主伴我左右
有什么能代替这种幸福
永远有我的主伴我左右

可是为何啊我的主,每次走到交叉路口的时候
祢说走向左我偏去右,愚昧,、糊涂的选择走自己的路

放开祢的手走向自己的方向
路途怎么却越来越昏暗
这路原来领向无底的绝望
但却听到祢说回头是岸

我便往回走,身体充满伤口
眼前却看到祢伸出祢的手
祢还在路口等着我

我还没走到的时候,祢已跑向我
紧紧的抱住我说,祢爱我
我眼泪直流,惭愧的没有话好说
祢竟然还如此爱着我

Step by step I walk on this journey
There are many times I feel weary and weak
But I will not stop nor linger
For along the journey, You will be there to hold my hand

No matter how tough the journey is I will not give up
Because my Lord is always there beside me
Nothing can replace this happiness that I have
To have the Lord beside me forever

But why is it, O Lord
Each time when I reach a crossroads
When You tell me to go left, I will choose to go right
Foolishly and ignorantly I would choose to go my own way

Letting go of Your hand to walk my own direction
Why then is the journey getting darker and darker
Realizing this road leads to unending hopelessness
But to hear Your voice calling me to turn back to the right path

So I turn back with a wounded body
There ahead of me I see You stretching out Your hand
You are still there waiting for me at the junction

Before I could reach, You are already running towards me
Holding me tightly to say You love me
My tears roll down and I am too ashamed to say anything
How could You still love me so much

 

 

 

一片留不住的云。。。 A cloud that will not stay…

 

我像一片留不住的云
我的家在天上
我自由自在随风翱翔
看似飘浮不定却有一定的方向。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
The sky is my home
Carried by the wind freely
Seemingly wandering aimlessly but I do have a definite direction…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
不能久留在人间
因我被造是为天
在人间的逗留只是短暂。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
I cannot stay forever on earth
For I was created for the sky
The stop on earth is only temporal…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
未必停留拜访同一个地方
当你有需要却找不到我时
请记得在别处有别人需要我的帮忙
有别人的生命也很枯干。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
I may not stop or visit the same place twice
When you need me and find me not there
Remember somewhere out there someone else is needing my help too
There are others whose lives are also dry and weary…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
有时候我也会伤心哭泣
却发现我掉下的泪滴却也能带给别人生命和欢喜
我就因此不抱怨我的遭遇。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
Sometimes I will feel sad and weep
And discover my tears that fall can also bring life and joy to others
I therefore do not grumble over my journey…

 

我像一片留不住的云
有一天我将会离你而去
因为我听到天父召唤我回家的声音
你不要为我难过
不要为我伤心。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
One day I will certainly leave you
For I hear the voice of Father calling me home
Do not feel sad for me
Do not be sorrowful…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
最后的旅程飘进天父的怀抱里
我会永远停留在那里
那时我不再是留不住的云。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
My final journey ends in my Father’s embrace
I will stay there forever
By then I will no longer be a cloud that will not stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

只要能呼吸就要珍惜-轻烟。。。 Treasure it while we still have breath – A Mist…

轻烟 A Mist

(词曲:林义忠)

即使我是一缕轻烟    Even if I were just a mist

瞬眼间消失在人间   Vanishing from the earth in the twinkling of an eye

我依然充满感恩        I would still be very grateful

有那么一点时间       To have that little time

萦绕在祢身边           To be around you


即使我是一滴露珠   Even if I were just the morning dew

出现片刻就消失        Appearing for just a little while

我依然情愿付出            I would still be willing to offer up myself

滋润一片小小的叶子   To nourish just a little leaf


只要能呼吸就要珍惜                 Treasure it while we still have breath

见到祢就欢喜                               It is always a joy to get to see you

短暂的生命遇见祢是奇迹        Encountering you in this short life is a miracle

只要能微笑就是美丽                 A smile is always beautiful

能宽容是勇气                             It takes courage to forgive

短暂的生命要珍惜在一起        Treasure the time we have together in this short life

要爱祢                                               I  just want to love you