Hi, folks! Japanese song corner!!!
This song I introduce today is called "Takeda no Komoriuta"( Lullaby of Takeda ).
Beautiful song isn't it?
But you will be surprised for the stories behind it.
It's kind of serious topics in Japan, when we talk about this song.
I can say, It's almost same feeling as when American people try to figure out the origin of " Blow in the wind" by Bob Dylan.
"Blow in the wind" was one of traditional folk songs which sang by African American. It's Expressing about discrimination.
Back in late 1960s to early 1970s. Some people started put electrical instrument down, and started compose their music with one single acoustic guitar. Also started to excavate the traditional songs in small town.
History of Music haven't been always about "dance" "have fun", and "a man & women", Also have been about feelings that you feel about your life in each day. I think people started think like this more.......This happened because of starting of naturalism movement after world went through all the war fairs.
Over all, this simple concepted music allowed any body to create their own music cheap way, and express their own feelings. That's why even "poor" could started sing loud! Yes, just like these Lullabies.
Because of that, folk song movement was happened to be voice of people who unappreciated by society.
This song is traditional lullaby which is about the hard ship of "Have nots" . It's not only poor, Because of their blood lines or the class they came from, they can't have better life.
There are little bit of relationship with Caste system in olden days.
This song was released in 1971, and sold over 3 million copies.
But disappeared from media all the sudden.
"Zaisho", Because of this word, all of TV stations and radio stations stop playing this song.
Usually this mean is only "country side" but , It also ment "Buraku " (discriminated town) in Kyoto.
This song is about girls cannot get a full time job because of address where they came from was ""burak". They only could get simple jobs like baby sitters.
That is why they sang their unsatisfied feelings and left a lot of songs like "Takeda no Komoriuta".
Society had been slowly forgetting about "Burak" but it was still there.
People who didn't wont to listen to these songs were actually people who came from "burak".
They wanted to get lit of those sad history of them, and live a normal life like others.
[There are songs like "Tegami(letter)" back in 70s. I think this problem was stil remaining.]
20 or more years later, I was watching TV. Junko Yamamoto who sang this song in Akaitori was singing this song again. Even people from "Burak" who has been refused to sing this song, also satarted sing together on TV.
"Takeda no Komoriuta" came back to media as a Witness of Burak discrimination.
Takeda no Komoriuta / Akaitori by coolcuts
Baby sitter hate to sit / a baby, after the bon(盆）season
Snow start fall in town / The baby cry to
I don't have any better outfit / don't have any belt too
This baby cry like it's the end of the world / giving sitter hard time
I'm gonna loose my weight / for only this single day
I cannot wait to go back / back to the my home town
What I can see beyond is / Pa & Mom s home
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