Linda G. Hill

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Song-Lyric Sunday – Rain – Buck-Tick

I’m back again at the Song-Lyric Sunday prompt with my favourite Japanese band, Buck-Tick. “Rain” is a song about sadness and regret, but it’s also about hope. It’s a really lovely song. Please watch (English subtitles are embedded in the video) and listen.

And don’t forget to check out Helen’s prompt and all the other participants here: https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/song-lyric-sunday-theme-for-41617/ You can even join in too!

Rain
Lyrics by Sakurai Atsushi (as copied from the video)
Music by Imai Hisashi

Please try to see, even I’ve become tainted
Wounded with a worn-out blade
Irritated by the warmth and kindness, you turn your back
One, two, three, tears fall

Since when did even this become draining?
Nursing the wounds with whiskey
Confused by happiness and joy, you turn your back
Four, five, six, my tears overflow

Sing in the rain
The rain pierces you
In the end you laugh, and I am a Pierrot unable to smile
I never intended to make you sad
but even so…
Sing in the rain
People are such sad creatures
Smile for me as, soaking wet, you dance
If maybe one day the world will sparkle again
then I can go on singing.

Please don’t say goodbye,
happiness was being able to meet you
Seven, eight, a flood of tears

Sing in the rain
People are such sad creatures
In the end you laugh, and I am a Pierrot unable to smile
I never meant to hurt you
but even so…
Sing in the rain
The rain pierces you
You make me smile, even though I’m a clown who never learns
It was never my intent to cause you any pain
Even so…
Sing in the rain
People are such sad creatures
Smile for me as, soaking wet, you dance
If maybe one day the world will sparkle again
then I can go on singing

Sing in the rain
Sing in the rain
repeat…
(If you want to sing along at the end, the Japanese lyrics are Ame ni utaeba.

If you’d like to sing along to the whole thing, here are the Japanese lyrics in full

Rain
http://www.nautiljon.com/paroles/buck-tick/rain.html
Mitegoran konna ni mo yogorete
Boroboro no yaiba de motte kizutsuketa
Nukumori ni yasashisa ni iradachi se wo mukete wa
Hitotsu futatsu mittsu namida koboreta

Itsu kara ka konna ni mo yogorete
Kizuguchi wo whiskey de motte gomakashita
Shiawase ni yorokobi ni tomadoi se wo mukete wa
Yottsu itsutsu muttsu namida koboreta

Sing in the rain. Ame ga kimi ni tsukisasaru
Waracchimau ore wa waraenai piero
Kimi wo kanashimaseru tsumori ja nai sou ja nai no ni
Sing in the rain. Hito wa kanashii ikimono
Warattekure kimi wa zubunure de dansu
Itsuka sekai wa kagayaku deshou to utai tsuzukeru

Sayonara wa iwanaide kimi to deaeta yorokobi
Nanatsu yattsu namida namida afureta

Sing in the rain. Hito wa okashi na ikimono
Waracchimau ore wa waraenai piero
Kimi wo kanashimaseru tsumori ja nai sou ja nai no ni
Sing in the rain. Ame ga kimi ni tsukisasaru
Waracchimau ore wa waraenai piero
Kimi wo kanashimaseru tsumori ja nai sou ja nai no ni
Sing in the rain. Hito wa kanashii ikimono
Warattekure kimi wa zubunure de dansu
Itsuka sekai wa kagayaku deshou to utai tsuzukeru

Ame ni utaeba ame ni utaeba…


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Song-Lyric Sunday – Grieve, by Chachamaru

When I saw Helen’s prompt for this week was the Blues, my mind went directly to one of my favourite Bluesy songs, “Grieve,” by Chachamaru.

Yukihiro “Chachamaru” Fujimura was the reason I went to Japan for the first time, in October of 2005. He was playing lead guitar at the time with a singer named Gackt; I went to two of their concerts when I was there. After the one in Hiroshima, I gathered up my courage and asked one of the crew if I could meet Chacha. Since I wasn’t asking to meet the star attraction of the show, and I told him I’d traveled all the way from Canada just to see the concert, the nice man told me he’d see what he could do. He got on his radio and asked backstage if I could go back. The answer was no, unfortunately. I did, however, have my copy of Chacha’s only solo CD in my purse, so I asked if I could get it signed. My CD disappeared and as I was waiting, the man’s radio beeped and he asked me how to spell my name.

This is what I got back

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Basically, my CD cover met the man. I was thrilled. It remains, to this day, one of my most precious possessions.

I’m amazed I found “Grieve” on Youtube after all these years. It’s a fan-made video with pictures of Chacha and the audio of the song. Lyrics, translated to English, to follow.
P.S. Chacha, if you read this, please make another album! I’m still waiting! 😀

Grieve, from the album Air

Music by Fujimura Yukihiro
Lyrics by Nishida Masafumi

Staring at a person passing through
From a wet window
With a drop trickling down it
Holding back those tears in my misty eyes

Some day I’ll wear this far away dream out
Before I knew it, I remembered the lie

The days that the map we drew was ruined
In the rain are repeating

Alone and stricken with downpouring, subsided love
I begin my journey
I hold only to those memories of innocent times

The same wind is blowing on both of us
We go through the same nights

How I love you, oh darling…
Don’t you hear me calling

I’m searching for a person
That I can’t meet a second time
Everyone can hear the song I’m singing
I still don’t want anything
My answer is only the sound of rain

The same wind is blowing on both of us
We go through the same nights

How I love you, oh darling…
Don’t you hear me calling

I’m searching for a person
That I can’t meet a second time
Everyone can hear the song I’m singing
I still don’t want anything
My answer is only the sound of rain

I’m searching for a person
That I can’t meet a second time
Everyone can hear the song I’m singing
I still don’t want anything
My answer is…

(Lyrics courtesy of JPopAsia: http://www.jpopasia.com/chachamaru/lyrics/13911/air/grieve/ )

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Song-Lyric Sunday – Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette

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For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday (brought to you by the lovely and talented Helen Espinosa – click to see the prompt!) we were tasked with coming up with a song from the 90s. I listened to the radio a lot back then, driving back and forth to my job in Ottawa, but there aren’t too many songs that stuck with me. This was one of the few.

I loved “Uninvited” from the first time I heard it, which I think was at the end of the movie, City of Angels. But what makes it even more memorable for me, was seeing Alanis walking up King Edward Street in Ottawa one day as I was driving to work. I was surprised at how tiny she is, considering the set of pipes on her. I don’t know, I suppose we expect people who are often on stage to be taller, I guess. 😛

Anyway, here’s an awesome live performance with an entire orchestra.

And the lyrics:

Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette

Like anyone would be
I am flattered by your fascination with me
Like any hot-blooded woman
I have simply wanted an object to crave
But you, you’re not allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight
Must be strangely exciting
To watch the stoic squirm
Must be somewhat heartening
To watch shepherd need shepherd
But you you’re not allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight
Like any uncharted territory
I must seem greatly intriguing
You speak of my love like
You have experienced love like mine before
But this is not allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight
I don’t think you unworthy
I need a moment to deliberate

Lyrics courtesy of allthelyrics.com


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Song-Lyric Sunday – If I Had Words – Babe

The wonderful Helen Espinosa has, this week, declared Song-Lyric Sunday’s theme to be a song that we love from a movie. (Please join in – it’s fun!) It was a tough decision, but finally I chose a song from the movie, Babe. It’s sung by Farmer Hoggett, played by the lovely James Cromwell, during the film and by the Field Mice in the end credits.

The song has quite a history. “If I Had Words” was first recorded in  1978, sung by Scott Fitzgerald as a duet with Yvonne Keeley. It became a hit in the UK. I imagine Scott Fitzgerald gave it lyrics, but I haven’t been able to confirm it. Considering the lyrics themselves, this is strangely ironic. The music was adapted from Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns, written in 1886.

The lyrics are simple but deeply profound to me, as a writer. They represent everything I would give to my children, every day of their lives, if I could.

“If I Had Words”

If I had words to make a day for you,
I’d sing you a morning golden and new
I would make this day last for all time
Give you a night deep in moonshine

*****

The music moves me as much as the words, so I’ll leave you with two sources. First the version from the movie, and second, the Symphony. The latter is 36+ minutes long, but the section in question, if you want to hear just that, begins shortly after 27:20 in the Youtube video. The whole Symphony is beautiful.

Oh, and what the hell: I’ll add the Mice version too, since it’s so cute.


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Song-Lyric Sunday – “The Way” – Fastball

Today’s theme for Song-Lyric Sunday is Moms. I wanted to share something a little different. I’ve always loved the song, “The Way,” by Fastball. It reminds me of carefree days before kids, when the world was my oyster and the road was paved with gold, at least in my mind. It also reminds me that there are people in the world who never grow up, who never submit to the responsibility of the children they bear. What the couple does in the song is a fleeting fantasy. One I admit to occasionally having. In me, it only lasts a split second. For some…

“The Way” – Fastball

They made up their minds
And they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever
Knowing the way?

They drank up the wine
And they got to talking
They now had more important things to say
And when the car broke down they started walking
Where were they going without ever
Knowing the way?

[Chorus:]
Anyone can see the road that they walk on
Is paved in gold
And it’s always summer
They’ll never get cold
They’ll never get hungry
They’ll never get old and grey
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won’t make it home
But they really don’t care
They wanted the highway
They’re happier there today, today

Their children woke up
And they couldn’t find them
They left before the sun came up that day
They just drove off and left it all behind ’em
But where were they going without ever
Knowing the way?

[Chorus]

Song-Lyric Sunday is brought to you by the lovely and talented Helen Espinosa. Click the link and learn how you, too, can join in! https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/song-lyric-sunday-oh-mother-by-christina-aguilera/

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Song-Lyric Sunday – On The Turning Away by Pink Floyd

I was lucky enough to see Pink Floyd live in Toronto, in the summer of 1994. It was an outdoor concert on a beautiful evening; a soft breeze blew and the music was absolutely heart-wrenchingly wonderful. I was about six months pregnant at the time, and the baby, my eldest son, did somersaults to the beat of the bass guitar. This was one of the songs they played.

I dream there will be a day when it’s no longer relevant. In the meantime, there is no better reminder.

Copied and pasted from AZLyrics.com:

“On The Turning Away”

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
“Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away”
It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it’s shroud
Over all we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud
On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord
Using words you will find are strange
Mesmerised as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night
No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away?
Lyrics: David Gilmour and Anthony Moore

This post is part of Song-Lyric Sunday! Click the link for all the details: https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/song-lyric-sunday-lost-in-darkness-by-escape-the-fate/ and join in Helen’s fantastic prompt!


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Song Lyric Sunday – Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam

The first time I heard Yellow Ledbetter, I absolutely loved the music. The lyrics, on the other hand, I would sing for years before I finally looked them up on the internet. In the meantime I, like probably millions of people around the world, sang in the car at the top of my lungs (when I was alone) what I thought they were.

Here they are:

“Yellow Ledbetter” Pearl Jam

Unsealed on a porch a letter sat.
Then you said, “I wanna leave it again.”
Once I saw her on a beach of weathered sand.
And on the sand I wanna leave it again. Yeah.
On a weekend I wanna wish it all away, yeah.
And they called and I said that “I want what I said” and then I call out again.
And the reason oughta’ leave her calm, I know.
I said “I know what I was the boxer or the bag.”

Ah yeah, can you see them out on the porch? Yeah, but they don’t wave.
I see them round the front way. Yeah.
And I know, and I know I don’t want to stay.
Make me cry…

I see… Oh I don’t know why there’s something else.
I wanna drum it all away…
Oh, I said, “I don’t, I don’t know whether I was the boxer or the bag.”

Ah yeah, can you see them out on the porch? Yeah, but they don’t wave.
But I see them round the front way. Yeah.
And I know, and I know. I don’t wanna stay at all.
I don’t wanna stay. Yeah.
I don’t wanna stay. [x2]
I don’t… Don’t wanna, oh… Yeah. Ooh… Ohh…

Now that you’ve read them, here is the song… with one of the most priceless sets of misheard lyrics I’ve ever come across. After you’ve watched/listened to the video, let me know which set you prefer.

Song Lyric Sunday is brought to you by Helen Espinosa at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. Please stop by her blog here: https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/song-lyric-sunday-homegrown-by-zac-brown-band/ and consider joining in the fun! You can even use her cool new badge!!!

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