Monday, March 28, 2011

Tales from Japan: Tears and Songs from Japan


It has been over two weeks and life is starting to move forward in some ways in Japan.  The following is of the song that has been playing frequently in stores and on television as a reminder of the tragedy of March 11.

The title of the song is 上を向いて歩こう "Let`s walk with our Heads Held High" * my translation.  The words of the song are heartfully tragic and sad, but the melody is upbeat and urges the audience to be strong and almost cheerful.




The following is my translation

上を向いて 歩こう                                 
Walk with your held head high
涙が こぼれないように                         
So that the tears don`t stream down
思い出す春の日 一人ぽっちの夜      
The days of spring I remember, on the lonely nights

上を向いて歩こう                                   
Walk with your head held high
にじんだ 星をかぞえて
Count the tear filled stars
思い出す夏の日 一人ぽっちの夜
The days of summer I remember, on the lonely nights

幸せは 雲の上に                                 
There is happiness beyond the clouds

幸せは 空の上に                                 
There is happiness beyond the sky

上を向いて 歩こう                                 
Walk with your head held high
涙が こぼれないように                          
So that the tears don`t stream down
泣きながら歩く 一人ぽっちの夜           
A lonely man, I cry while I walk on those nights

INTERLUDE

思い出す秋の日 一人ぽっちの夜        
The days of autumn I remember, on the lonely nights.

悲しみは 星のかげに
There is sadness in the shadow of the stars

悲しみは 月のかげに                                
There is sadness in the shadow of the moon

上を向いて 歩こう                                      
Walk with your head held high
涙が こぼれないように                              
So that the tears don`t stream down
泣きながら歩く 一人ぽっちの夜               
A lonely man, I cry while I walk on those nights.

一人ぽっちの夜                                          
The nights that I`m all alone.
一人ぽっちの夜                                          
The nights that I`m all alone.


I think of the many people who are still suffering from not only physical pain and tremendous stress but of lonliness.  So many have lost loved ones and must continue on.  I believe this song is meant for them. A reminder for them to look to their memories for strength.  The memories of the good times with those whom they must terribly miss.

I hope this song moves you (as it did me) and if you think of Japan I ask you to sincerely pray for those many lives who are hurting at this moment.

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