No matter who goes back and forth, Remember the death anniversary on the tenth of the third month, Throughout all regions the song is forever sung, Youthful country still youthful country thousand years house.
The meaning is to remind Vietnamese people, wherever we are, to remember our ancestors Hùng Kings (Hùng Vương) and our country has thousands of years to come. It commemorates the death anniversary of the Hùng Kings on the tenth day of the third lunar month. The Hùng Kings are considered as the founders of Vietnamese civilization, establishing the kingdom of Văn Lang – the first nation of the Vietnamese people. The Hùng King Temple is located in Việt Trì City, Phú Thọ Province.
Shirts cannot be worn over one’s head, How you can you also almost depart from me.
The meaning is a tiger parent criticizing and disapproving of his/her child. Wearing shirts over one’s heads refers to disobedience of one’s parents.
True brothers are gentle, Because of one copper money their love is lost.
The meaning is disappointment that money/self-interest can create distance between siblings and complaining about sibling’s greed; money ruins relationships.
Brothers are like hands and feet, Husband and wife are like clothes instantly taken off.
The meaning is a brother/sister complaining that the sibling listens to his/her spouse and treats family poorly. This is equivalent to the phrase “blood is thicker than water.”
This man is so clever at work, He does not know how to plow and borrows others’ headscarf.
The meaning is a wife being sarcastic about her husband’s ability. Reliable men should know how to plow the fields and wrap their own headscarves.
Who whispers in my ear, I am delousing my lover.
The meaning is a woman being loyal to her lover and not distracted by other men. Checking for lice in hair is a grooming activity between people close to each other (e.g., wife-husband).
Who sounds whoosh from the river, I am patching my husband’s shirt.
The meaning is a wife being loyal to her husband and not distracted by other men. The river is where men and women meet clandestinely.