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Cheng Yeng

Swb Rau Kev Hlub

Wb tau cog lus tias yuav sib hlub
rau thaj chaw no
Yuav hlub mus txog hnub tuag
yog leeg twg tsis khaw nws cov lus tseg
lub neej yav tom ntej
tsis txob ntshib txoj kev zoo

**Hnub no kuv rov tuaj txog ntawm no
tuaj thov thaj chaw no
kom txob rau txim rau koj
txawm tias koj tsis ua li tau hais tseg
lub neej yav tom ntej
tus phem tsuav yog kuv xwb

chorus:
kuv tsis muaj txoj hmoov zoo
nqa daim ntawv swb
kev hlub los hlub nrog koj
thiaj swb rau txoj kev hlub
koj thaij li tso
kev hlub nrog luag mus

**hnub no kuv rov tuaj txog ntawm no
tuaj thov thaj chaw no
kom txob txim rau koj
txawm tias koj tsis ua li tau hais tseg
leeg neej yav tom ntej
tus phem tsuav tog kuv xwb

Repeat Chorus, **

Lost to Love

We promised to this place that we will love
We will love until death do us part
If one of us don’t keep our promise
Their life in the future will never have good fortune

**Today, I came back at this place
To beg and tell it to not punish you
Even though you didn’t keep your promise,
For the future, I’m the one who did wrong

chorus:
I don’t have the luck;
Carried the losing paper
and fell in love with you
That’s why I lost our love
And why you took away your love to him

**Today, I’m back at this place
To beg and tell it to not punish you
Even if you didn’t do what you promised,
I will take the blame for you in the future,

Repeat Chorus, **

 
Moral of the song: A couple goes to a place and keeps a promise there that they will be in love forever, and if one is to break that promise, he/she will always meet something bad in life (bad fortune).  In this version (male version), the girl cheats on him and leaves him.  Because he still loves her, he goes back to the place where they made their promise, and begged for her not to get the “punishment” of having bad luck.  Instead, he will take the blame for her.  
The title, “Lost to Love,” means that he didn’t “win” when he fell in love with her, or he didn’t please her in order to win her love.  Therefore, he lost to love, or lost in the fight for her love.

NOTE: Hmong people believe that you carry “paper” with you in life, and that the paper you’re left with is your fate.  The man is saying that he carried losing paper (fate) in order to win her love.