You And Me 我和你

The theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Overview

Chinese Name: 我和你

English Name: You And Me, Wo He Ni

Composer: Chen Qigang 陈其钢

Lyricist: Chang Shilei 常石磊 Ma Wen 马文 Chen Qigang 陈其钢

Original Singer: Liu Huan 刘欢 Sarah Brightman

You And Me
You And Me

You And Me is the theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It was composed by Chang Shilei 常石磊, Ma Wen 马文, and Chen Qigang 陈其钢, with music by Chen Qigang, and performed by Chinese singer Liu Huan 刘欢 and British singer Sarah Brightman.

Story Of You And Me

From August 8 to 24, 2008, the 29th Summer Olympic Games with the theme of “One World, One Dream” was held in Beijing. A total of 11,438 athletes from 204 countries and regions participated in this sports event. In this Olympic Games, China topped the gold medal list with 51 gold medals and became the first Asian country to top the gold medal list in Olympic history.

2008 Beijing Olympics
2008 Beijing Olympics

On the evening of August 8, 2008, the opening ceremony of the 29th Summer Olympic Games was held in Beijing’s National Stadium. The theme song You And Me pushed the opening ceremony to a climax. This song was finally presented to everyone after thousands of choices. The seemingly simple lyrics and music are atmospheric and warm, revealing our country’s peace-loving, harmonious and introverted cultural temperament. Five thousand years of Chinese culture has a long history, and the song is like a gentle and powerful river. Under the interpretation of Liu Huan, in a soothing and warm way, hundreds of millions of audiences are like a breeze.

The opening ceremony of the 29th Summer Olympic Games
The opening ceremony of the 29th Summer Olympic Games

This song is very friendly and unforgettable. The title You And Me is kind and natural, bringing people closer together, which is completely in line with the Olympic spirit. The lyrics “You and me, from one world, we are family. Travel dream, a thousand miles, meeting in Beijing” echo the slogan “One World, One Dream”.

Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman
Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman

In terms of tone, the song You And Me does not deliberately show Chinese elements, but it is unpretentious and approachable, which is in line with the international and contemporary characteristics of sports songs. And the cooperation of singers Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman is also perfect, and the theme song is performed vividly.

At the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, behind Liu Changchun 刘长春‘s back who fought alone is China, which has no right to speak in the world. For a long time, China could only endure humiliation in silence but was powerless to resist. Without reform and opening up, without a strong comprehensive national strength, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games would not have been successfully held. The song You And Me at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics sang that the Chinese nation, which has experienced vicissitudes of life, still embraces the world with a peaceful attitude, and also announced to the world that China will stand at the center of the world stage.

The closing ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
The closing ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

On the evening of February 20, 2022, at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, when the children’s chorus “Me and You” sounded, everyone’s memory was instantly pulled back to the scene when Beijing hosted the first Olympic Games in 2008. The 2008 and 2022 echoes of time and space are a tribute to the “City of Two Olympics”.

Lyrics of You And Me

Chinese Lyrics

我和你 心连心

同住地球村

为梦想 千里行

相会在北京

来吧 朋友

伸出你的手

我和你 心连心

永远一家人

English Translation

You and me

From one world

We are family

Travel dream

A thousand miles

Meeting in Beijing

Come together

Put your hand in mine

You and me

From one world

We are family

We are family

Come together

Meeting in Beijing

You and me

From one world

We are family

Together in Beijing

You and me

From one world

We are family

You And Me Openning Ceremony of Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games 2008 北京奥运会开幕式

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