Asian Pop King Jay Chou Sails the Seas with his Best Dance Moves in ‘Sailors Afraid of Water’

“Sailors Afraid of Water” is a song off Jay Chou’s Exclamation Mark album. It’s a humorous song about misplaced sailors. It’s sung in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Looks to me like Jay Chou became the beloved Popeye reincarnate. Anyhow, this cute, playful song gets its retro feel from the ragtime piano riff. But what do the lyrics mean? You’re in luck! See the lyrics translated in English below and follow along as you watch the video:

The ocean is so scary
Call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on baby
The way the mermaids lure me is despicable
Oh call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on honey
I like you more than money

The cabin is my home
The ocean is the place I pee pee
I’m allergic to seafood
I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time already
I wanted to be that singer
The result was I became a sailor
Oh oh, how come I’ve got a bit of a Northeastern accent
No no, I’ve gone to a place too far away
Popeye loves eating spinach the most
Yet I love eating congee with side dishes
And a bit of seaweed strips

Ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not
How come my alarm clock did not wake me up
Ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not
Teacher Lin is drinking milk

Call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on baby
The way the mermaids lure me is despicable
Oh call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on honey
I like you more than money

Those caught seafood can be eaten
I know I can’t eat them
Caught seafood can be eaten
I know I can’t eat them
Don’t eat, don’t eat, have some self-control and don’t eat the toast
Come learn it with me
Come

I go to the seafood store and buy the fish and crabs to release
I go to the aquarium and fish up all the fish
There’s only one kind of fish that can’t be fished up
Its name is called the white shark, the great white shark
The captain says that in order to reduce emissions we should try to use hand rowing as much as possible
When you have free time go to the deck and get some sun
Put on some sun screen and wait for mermaids to take the bite
Go

Ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not
How come my alarm clock did not wake me up
Ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not, ring or not
Teacher Lin is drinking milk

Call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on baby
The way the mermaids lure me is despicable
Oh call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on honey
I like you more than money

Shh Call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on baby
The way the mermaids lure me is despicable
Oh call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on honey
I like you more than money

Call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on baby
The way the mermaids lure me is despicable
Oh call me a sailor
Oh oh come on come on honey
I like you more than money

A humorous song about misplaced sailors. (Youtube)

A humorous song about misplaced sailors. (Youtube)

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