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Join in the chant: A rough guide to the songs of Shanghai Shenhua

WEF delves deep into Chinese football culture to bring you the full repertoire of one of its best-known and most respected fan groups, Shanghai Shenhua’s Blue Devils (Lanmo) and its assorted sub-groups. Well-known for their use of Shanghainese dialect in some of their songs, we’ve included audio clips to keep you right – those who frequent Hongkou’s infamous north terrace now have no excuse for not joining in.

Please note we’ve had to be creative with some of the pinyin here to represent the sounds of Shanghaihua which does not follow the standard pronunciation of the Chinese characters used to write these songs down, since there’s no right or wrong or exact method to make these understandable to non-native Shanghainese speakers.

Don’t miss our previously published equivalent sing-a-long guide to Beijing Guoan’s Gongti Anthems.

 

“Shanghai Shenhua Lao lv“

“Lao lv” can be thought of as a Shanghainese equivalent to the mandarin phrase “Niu B”.  But the exact meaning is a little different as the translation reveals…

上海申花老率。。。(Shanghai Shenhua Lao lv…)

上海申花老率。。。(Shanghai Shenhua Lao lv…)

上海申花老率。。。(Shanghai Shenhua Lao lv…)

老率 (Lao Lv…)

Translation:

Shanghai Shenhua, great cock…

Shanghai Shenhua, great cock…

Shanghai Shenhua, great cock…

Great cock…

 

“Lanse Shenhua”

This is a call and response chant – an individual sings each line, which is then repeated by the crowd before proceeding to the next line in similar fashion.

蓝色申花 (Lanse Shenhua)

申花是冠军 (Shenhua shi guanjun)

为我们而胜利 (Wei women er shengli)

蓝色申花,申花ole. (Lanse Shenhua, Shenhua Ole!)

[repeat above verse one more time]

Ole, ole, ole, ole, 蓝色申花, ole, (Ole, ole, ole, ole, lanse Shenhua, ole)

Ole, ole, ole, ole, 蓝色申花, ole, (Ole, ole, ole, ole, lanse Shenhua, ole)

蓝色申花! ole, ole, ole,  (Lanse Shenhua! ole, ole, ole)

ole, ole, ole,

Ole, ole, ole

[Repeat previous 5 lines as desired[

Translation:

Blue Shenhua
Shenhua are champions
Bring victory for us
Blue Shenhua, Shenhua Ole!

Ole ole, ole ole… Blue Shenhua, Ole….

 

”Shenhua jin qiu le“

Sung every time after Shenhua score a goal.

喔喔 (Oh, oh)

申花进球啦 (Shenhua jinqiu le)

申花进球啦 (Shenhua jinqiu le)

申花进球啦 (Shenhua jinqiu le)

老率, (Lao lv)

老率, (Lao lv)

老率, (Lao lv)

Translation:

Oh, oh,

Shenhua’s scored a goal,

Shenhua’s scored a goal,

Shenhua’s scored a goal,

Great cock,

Great cock,

Great cock.

 

”Lanse Shenhua shi xinyang“

蓝色申花是信仰 (Lanse Shenhua shi xinyang)

我们信仰 (Women xinyang)

我们站在北看台 (Women zhanzai bei kantai)

为你歌唱 (Wei ni gechang)

[Following lines repeated once]

啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦 (la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la)

啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦 (la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la)

我们站在北看台 Women zhan zai bei kantai

聚成蓝色的海洋 Jucheng lansede haiyang

为了申花胜利一同战斗 Weile Shenhua shengli yitong zhandou

Translation:

Shanghai Shenhai is a belief

Our belief…

We stand on the north terrace

Sing for you…

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

We stand on the north terrace

Form a blue ocean

To fight together for Shenhua victory

 

”Shanghai Shenhua zhigao wushang“

[Sung to the tune of the French national anthem]

上海申花至高无上 (Shanghai Shenhua zhigao wushang)

我们流着蓝色的血 (Women liuzhao lansede xue)

胜利终将会属于我们!(Shengli zhong jiang hui shuyu women)

胜利终将会属于我们!(Shengli zhong jiang hui shuyu women)

啊来 啊来 (Alez, alez)

哦来申花 队 (Alez, Shenhua dui)

啊来 啊来 (Alez, alez)

Translation:

Shanghai Shenhua, paramount supreme

The blue blood flows through our veins

Victory will finally belong to us

Victory will finally belong to us

Alez, Alez,

Alez, Shenhua team

Alez… alez…

 

”Shenhua Shenhua da Shanghai Shenhua“

Simple and effective.

申花申花大上海申花。。。 (Shenhua, Shenhua, Da Shanghai Shenhua…)

[repeat as desired]

Translation:

Shenhua, Shenhua, great Shanghai Shenhua

 

”Ala huxi Shanghai Shenhua dui“

A pure Shanghainese number…

阿拉歡喜上海申花队 (Ala huxi Sanghei Senhu dui)

啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦

la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦啦

la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

上海申花队 (Sanghei Senhu dui)

上海申花队 (Sanghei Senhu dui)

[repeat as desired]

Translation:

We all love Shanghai Shenhua team

la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Shanghai Shenhua team

Shanghai Shenhua team

 

”Allez Shenhua“

This is another Shanghainese chant and tricky to master.

Alez, alez

申花是阿拉信仰 (Senhu si ala xinyang)

阿拉来勒看台高头 (Ala lai le kyui dai gao dou)

特弄一道战斗 (Te nong yi dao zui dou)

Translation:

Alez, Alez

Shenhua is our belief,

We stand on the north terrace

Fight together with you

[repeat as desired]

UK trained journalist and long-time Chinese football observer Cameron Wilson has been writing about Chinese football for over a decade...

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