It wasn't even Kareoki time yet @ my cuzzin’s Fukien Wedding last week when I caught this DJ belting out obliviously ‘你爱不爱我？你到底爱不爱我？’(Do you love me or not? Do you phucken love me or not?!) with his IPOD headsets on as if no one else was listening…Well...no one else was watching. I just happen to be passing by to get an extension cable from my car & the dude was on a smoke break.
I Youtubed the song in my futile attempt to decipher its lyrics & here it is:
I speak Cantonese, all I’ve been able to get in my limited Mandarin is the chorus thus far. But the key words 到底 really drives the message home. 到 literally means ‘to arrive at or to get to’ & 底 means ‘the bottom’. I think the chorus is saying ‘let’s get to the bottom, cut the crap & tell me if you love me or not’. So depending on the tone of voice, ‘你到底爱不爱我？’ can be asking sincerely, ‘I need to know, so just tell me, do you love me or not?’ or with a little more intensity, he's sayin ‘do you fucken love me or not?!’