月亮代表我的心 (Yuèliang Dàibiăo Wŏ de Xīn), or “The Moon Represents my Heart”, is one of China’s best loved pop ballads of all times.
The sugar sweet song was written in 1973, but achieved immortality in 1977 when it was recorded by Dèng Lìjūn (known abroad as Teresa Teng) – a Barbra Streisandesque pop icon whose captivating voice has been described as “seven parts sweetness, three parts tears”.
“The Moon Represents My Heart” is an affirmative, “yes, I love you”-message, and is famous across the Chinese-speaking world. Across generations, the song is as recognizable as the best-loved hits by Elvis, the Beatles, or Michael Jackson are in the West. Even Bon Jovi has covered it.
The megahit evokes the moon as a symbol of togetherness: No matter where you are in the world, you can still look up at the same moon as me, right?
Fly me to the moon. Youku