This is a part of lyrics from the song 小幸运 by 田馥甄:


I would like to know how the third sentence works out, in terms of grammatical structure. The surrounding lines are for context. Here's my progress:

  • 也许(maybe) 当时(at that time) 忙着(busy) 微笑和哭泣(laughing & crying)
  • 忙着(busy) 追逐(chasing) 天空中的流星(falling stars in the sky);

The two sentences above is like an adverb (i.e. is separable; does not affect the following sentence grammatically), I suppose?

  • 人理所(???) 当然的(something that is required) 忘记(forget)
  • 是(is) 谁(someone who,) 风里雨里(in hard times) 一直默默 守护在原地(kept one's place without saying anything)

I think 人理 is used here to convey such as "a decent person should not forget (someone who's so devoted)". How does it work?

  • Try again. 理所当然 is a word.
    – Mou某
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 10:02

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A military song perhaps?

理所当然: as it should be by rights (idiom); proper and to be expected as a matter of course / inevitable and right

We didn't know there was anything else to do in the world except smile and cry,
busy chasing falling stars in the heavens
inevitably we forget
(those) who, ever silent, ever still, stand guard

Forgot the rain and wind:

(those) who, ever silent, by wind or rain, ever still, stand guard

  • All becomes clear here -- youtube.com/watch?v=3wHysX3q_sA Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 2:15
  • Haha, thanks! Context is everything! Do you like jazz? Look up Postmodern Jukebox on u tube! Great music!
    – Pedroski
    Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 10:20
  • Postmodern Jukebox? I am still stuck at "Take Five" Took a look at PMJ. Looks interesting, stylish even, what with them sultry female leads. I used to think, (mistakenly of course), that people turned to singing Jazz because of pitch problems, or have a fetish for the double bass, until I discovered the "Blue Note" Thanks. Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 11:04

人 - people (subject)

理所当然的 - naturally (adverbial phrase)

忘记 - forget (verb)

  • 理 (logic)

  • 理所 (according to logic)

  • 当然 (of course; certainly)

  • 理所当然 = naturally; of course

  • 理所当然的 = naturally; of course

  • Then 人 here (instead of 我, for example) is used a little blamingly to the 'busy' thing before, like "anyone" would have forgotten (it's not my fault!)?
    – Namnamseo
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 20:32

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