Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Singing an Old Oolong

Inspired by a 1949 old Oolong tea shared by Teaparker last Sunday, I rewrote Johnny Cash's amazing cover of 'Hurt'. I even recorded it for those brave readers who don't have sensitive ears.

"I brewed Old Tea today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the Taste
The only thing that's real

The leaves I pick are whole
The Old Yixing pot
They open very slow
And I remember everything

How Fine have you become
My sweetest leaves
Everyone I know drinks old tea
In the End
And we could have it all
An empire of gold
It won't let you down
It won't make you hurt

The white teapot wears a crown
Behind the Dragon head
Full of subtle sweetness
I can not comprehend
Beneath my taste buds
The feelings reappear
They are something else
I am still right here

If I could brew again
A million times or more
I would share this cup
I would find The Way

Here is the instrumental version if you want to sing along!

9 comments:

Brett said...

I could hear Johnny's sweet low voice in my head as I read. It gave me chills.

Nicolas said...

Merci Stéphane ...

Michel said...

teadrunk and teahigh....

Stephane said...

No comments about my singing... Thanks!
I'm glad you like the tea version of this song. Tea may also be a light addiction, but it brings pleasure and happiness without the hurt and destruction of drugs.

Kim Christian said...

Priceless :)...next time we sing
it together :)

En Kopp Zen said...

... was that really you singing in the recorded one, Stéphane? It actually sounds good,and really nice of you to share it with us your readers. Merci.
/Celina

Stephane said...

I'm waiting for you Kim!

Yes, Celina, I'm the one singing. But I lowered down my voice.

Olivier H said...

Vraiment pas mal du tout cette version théinée de Hurt!! En tant que grand fan de Mr Cash et de NIN tes paroles me plaisent!! A ce propos, ces gredins de NIN devaient jouer a Taipei en aout 2009 et ont annulé au dernier moment... en effet, j'habite Taiwan à présent (Taichung), et j'aurais aimé savoir si tu connais et recommande une bonne adresse de maison de thé à Taipei. J'ai l'intention d'y venir prochainement pour un WE. Et par ailleurs, expédies-tu tes thés à Taiwan??
Et merci pour toutes les précieuses infos que tu nous livres sur ton blog!!
Olivier

Stephane said...

Merci pour ton compliment, Olivier. Tu peux m'envoyer un e-mail pour recevoir ma liste. J'envoie aussi à Taiwan.
Quel genre de maison de thé cherches-tu? La plus classique est Wisteria (1, Lane 16, Shin Sheng South Road, Section 3, au sud de He Ping E Rd)