There Are Nine Million Bicycles In Beijing

Beijing, Hutong, Bike, Asia, China, OldJim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: A SONG THAT INCLUDES A NUMBER.

One song came instantly to mind. I get lost in the dreamy voice and lyrics in this Katie Melua track. When I read the lyrics, they are quite simple really…a simple poignant love song with a sweet endearing voice to set them off.

When I think of this song, I think it is saying there are some big things we can’t get our heads around. We hear these huge numbers, nine million, twelve billion, six billion and it is so easy to feel lost, to feel small, to feel overwhelmed.

Fatigued, Young, Laptop, BeautifulBut what sometimes keeps us focused, anchored, reassured is the connection we feel with just one other person. When other things seem hard to understand and comprehend, the simple fact of loving sometimes keeps us more rooted, more real, more orientated, than the information overload we are exposed to everyday. All those facts and figures about the world often pale into insignificance, and the love in our life (whether than be romantic or familial or through friendships) is all that seems to matter.

Maybe I have misinterpreted this song or read too much into it, but that is what it says to me. I am always learning about love.

There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That’s a fact,
It’s a thing we can’t deny
Like the fact that I will love you till I die.

We are twelve billion light years from the edge,
That’s a guess,
No-one can ever say it’s true
But I know that I will always be with you.

I’m warmed by the fire of your love everyday
So don’t call me a liar,
Just believe everything that I say

There are six BILLION people in the world
More or less
and it makes me feel quite small
But you’re the one I love the most of all

We’re high on the wire
With the world in our sight
And I’ll never tire,
Of the love that you give me every night

There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That’s a Fact,
it’s a thing we can’t deny
Like the fact that I will love you till I die

And there are nine million bicycles in Beijing
And you know that I will love you till I die!

Written By: Mike Batt

8 thoughts on “There Are Nine Million Bicycles In Beijing”

  1. How much could there be to learn about love? It is like riding a bicycle, once you do it you never forget how it is done. I like this song, especially the singing, the violins and that flute part. Thanks for sharing this Mel.

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