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Christmas In Yiwu

Christmas In Yiwu (2017)
A song by Worldwide Welshman & Cloud Yun Wan, with animated music video by Liam Rickard (LSR) & Gareth Williams
Video by LSR with additional sequences by Gareth Williams
"Happy Christmas From Yiwu" Christmas card design & cover art by LSR, 2018
This was my first Christmas single, released on YouTube in December 2017, and on all platforms the following year. I wrote this song after reading an article in the Guardian called "Santa's Real Workshop". It contained some amazing photos by Ronghui Chen which inspired the animation.
"Jingle Bells, Christmas Sells" Album art & Christmas card design by LSR 2018
"Nativity" by LSR, 2017
Christmas in Yiwu
by Liam S Rickard, with Chinese lyrics by Cloud Yun Wan, 2015
My eyes are filled with a thousand glittering stars,
a million little red coated white bearded men,
tiny fluffy blond white children with wings,
Five thousand spiky polystyrene things
And of course, the baubles and LEDs,
such beauty to to adorn your plastic tree,
the most pretty plastic items that there's ever been
for competitive prices like you've never seen.

Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu
Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu
You've got a colourful Christmas tree,
I've got some money for my family

一遍又一遍 – Yībiàn yòu yībiàn – again and again
一天又一天 – Yītiān yòu yītiān – day after day
我没有时间 – Wǒ méiyǒu shíjiān – I do not have time
也没有思念 – Yě méiyǒu sīniàn – no thoughts
一遍又一遍 dip it in the glue
一天又一天 put it in glitter machine
我没有时间 hang it up and then
也没有思念 we'll do it all again!

Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu...

Its all about give and take in this big bad world
you give me money, I give you most of my time
making pretty plastic items that you really need
for competitive prices like you've never seen.

Yībiàn yòu yībiàn, ten face masks a day
Yītiān yòu yītiān, engulfed in christmas dust
Wǒ méiyǒu shíjiān, in my hair and on my hands
Yě méiyǒu sīniàn, how is this crap in demand?

Jingle bells, Christmas elves, making fat white bearded men
Jingle bells, Christmas sells, Some with a saxophone,
No one knows, no one knows, tidings of comfort and joy,
Plastic toys, plastic toys, Who is this baby in a cowshe-e-e-d?
一遍又一遍 we could do it in our sleep
一天又一天 if they'd let us have some sleep
我没有时间 I'll stay for just another year
也没有思念 then I'm getting out of here!

Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu...

Jingle bells, Christmas elves
Jingle bells, Christmas sells...
Credits:
Liam S Rickard - composer, English lyrics, vocals, guitar, lead animator
Cloud Yun Wan - Chinese lyrics
Gareth Williams - assistant animator
Eddy Spirit - audio mixing and mastering
Francesco Carry - Sound engineering at DSI Studios
Joseph Woods - backing vocals
Ciara Rickard - backing vocals
Giusy Cancellara - violin
Benjamin Zoll - trombone
Adam Brown - drums
Nick Wood - bass
Christmas In Yiwu
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Christmas In Yiwu

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