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What Day is it Anyway? #SoCS Edition Saturday, June 6th, 2020

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I’m not a fan of the humidity, but I don’t mind a hot dry day with a cool breeze, and that’s what we got this morning. Alex and I went out for a walk around the block and found a cute little bun.

I didn’t get too close, because I didn’t want to miss the shot. Do you see him, sitting between the sidewalk and the pine tree?

We had a nasty storm this afternoon, but as I sit here in my room, writing this post, the moon is huge outside my window. Very low in the sky. I think it was supposed to be full last night, but it looks pretty full to me now.

I’m a fan of the moon.

I love the moon.

Have I mentioned I’m a fan of a Japanese band named Buck-Tick?

I must have.

I’ve gone all the way to Japan just to see them in concert.

It’s been a while since I shared a song of theirs, so here’s one.

It’s a sad song about a little boy who goes to the movies with his brother and while they’re there, the Nazis drop bombs on the city. It’s based on the true story of the bombing of Guernica in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War.

The artwork projected on the back of the stage is amazing. The audience of thousands was, I’m sure, stunned into silence at the end of the song. I’ve seen Buck-Tick do this live–stun the audience into not being able to clap. They’re that good.

 

 

You might want to read the lyrics in English if you don’t understand Japanese or Spanish. Here they are, courtesy of the amazing translation skills of Cayce at NotGreatestSite. Check the site for extra notes on the translation and an interview explaining the experience that drove Sakurai to write the lyrics.

Night of Guernica
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi
I gather up the stardust in my hands
Off into town, to the corner cinema
Just my beloved elder brother and I
Gazing up rapt at the night screen
 
I wanted sweets, but knew there would be none
Just one stick of gum for us to share
If Mama had come along with us too
I would have liked to sit on her knee
 
Suddenly the heavens rage flames and thunder1
Suddenly we disappear and are gone
 
Oh please don’t let me go
I’ll be torn apart
I won’t cry, I won’t tell lies anymore
Oh God have mercy on us
I’m begging please
Why, oh why? Why, oh why?
Please hear my prayer
 
Ah, no longer can I dance anymore
Marionette with my strings all cut down
Ah, no longer can I smile anymore
Marionette with my head cut away
 
I scrape the stardust up off the ground
Into a shape I could name Love2
You drip, you fall, you overflow on me3
Forgive me, onto you now I rain down
 
As you stared into the night’s black reaches
You were lost, you were not you anymore
 
Oh please don’t let me go
I’ll be torn apart
I won’t cry, I won’t tell lies anymore
Oh God have mercy on us
I’m begging please
Why, oh why? Why, oh why?
Please hear my prayer
 
Your body blows away
Scattered to the winds
All of the ones I loved
Carrying away4
Oh oh my city lies
In flames my friend5
How I love you how I love you
This is goodbye
 
And who am I to say?
And what should I do?
I who sing songs of love and romance to you
And how about you all?
How do you feel?
Someone is killing someone else even now
 
Your body blows away
Scattered to the winds
All of the ones I loved
Carrying away
Oh oh my city lies
In flames my friend
How I love you how I love you
This is goodbye
 
That was the dream I had, and then I woke up
I want to go home now, as fast as I can
I want to see Mama now, as soon as I can
(A note should be made that Sakurai, the singer and lyricist, lost his mother in his twenties. A tragedy he’s never truly recovered from.)

 

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This sad adaptation of #WDIIA and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you by both. To join us in the SoCS tradition, click the following link where you’ll find all the instructions and the other participants’ posts in the comments. It’s fun! https://lindaghill.com/2020/06/05/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-6-2020/ Or you can link to this post if you just want to write a What Day is it Anyway? post.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

15 thoughts on “What Day is it Anyway? #SoCS Edition Saturday, June 6th, 2020

  1. what a haunting song! So beautiful! I’d never heard of this band!

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    • Isn’t it great? Buck-Tick never tour outside of Japan, so it’s not surprising you haven’t heard of them. I came across them myself in about 2006 when a friend posted a Youtube video on Live Journal. I’ve been a fan ever since.

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  3. I, too, heard the voice and the paintings and felt the pain of the song. Thank you for sharing, plus the English translation. Cute bun!

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  4. I watched the video before reading the English lyrics. Never before have I been so moved by a music video or singer when I didn’t know the language. I was captivated by his voice and the sand painting projection. Some things do transcend language…. like the moon.

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  6. You can feel the pain in his voice.

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  7. It’s amazing how some people can translate feelings into music.

    I’m glad you had a good walk (any walk with a bunny). We had hot and humid yesterday. Working on cooler and much less humid today. I hope you have a wonderful week, Linda.

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