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Monday, September 12, 2011 

Music Lyric Monday

Sadly enough, I have made it nearly three full years here without ever hearing this song until tonight when a new friend sent it my way. The writer of the song (the lead singer Kieth Kane) clearly has lived in Japan - he put to expression things that I can't quite verbalize about being here. However, I want to be clear that I do indeed love living in Japan. I sometimes hate it, but mostly love it. But it will make you lonely & bare in a way you'll never know.

Since I already have my "American beauty" here with me, for fun I'd like to pretend that it's a solid church where we'll love & serve for a long time in the states...makes it fit more personally! Without further ado:

JAPAN: by Vertical Horizon

I saw a young man by a telephone
He was sitting alone in the rain
I said, "Hey, young man what you doing here?"
He said, "Sir, I'm going insane"

See I love an American beauty
But nobody here understands
So he looked to the sky with resentment in his eyes
And said, "Lord, why am I in Japan?"
Lord why am I in Japan?

He told me a story about yesterday
How he walked in the search of a friend
But nobody came to his rescue
So he came to his bitter end

He pulled me close and said
"They all stopped and stared
As I walked down the street alone
And nobody knew my name
Nobody knew my name"

I said, "Young man I know where you're going
And young man I know where you've been
But I've been in this land for a lifetime, it seems,
And I'm never to come back again
No, I'm never to come back again

So I turned and I gave him my blessing
And I left him alone in the rain
But I had to just stop and laugh at myself
Still nobody knows my name
Nobody knows my name

お名前はケインです(my name is Kane)
日本語できます。(I can speak Japanese - lit. I can do Japanese)
慶應義塾大学ケインです, 伴します(I am attending Keio University, nice to meet you - lit. Keio University's Kane, pleased to meet you)
どーもどーもどーも。(thank you, thank you, thank you)
ままなく一午前電車見えます。(I'm now looking out a from a train at 1am - [he goes really fast here, I may be way off...in fact, you can't trust my entire translation!])
日本買いませんでした。(I never bought into Japan - lit. I did not buy Japan)
アメリカ, アメリカが大好きです(America, I love America - lit. America, America I like a lot - Japanese rarely say love "愛する" [pronounced aisuru - to love or "愛" - ai - love], not even to each other & so they find it extremely odd how we say "I love pizza" or "I love America," so the gist of "大好き" [pronounced daisuki] is like how we use "love" even though it actually means "like a lot."


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