THE JUICY FRUITS – JENNY IN A BAD MOOD [JENNY WA GOKIGEN NANAME] (1980)

lyrics by YUJI OKIYAMA
music by HARUO CHIKADA

Famously covered by Perfume on multiple occasions during live shows and as a B-side to the “Sweet Donuts” single, this track is a pretty fine example of early-80s new wave-y J-Pop. The band had a number of other hits during the period, but this is generally considered to be one of their biggest. They’re a bit kitschy and not really respected by music historians as far as I can tell, but I’ve always been a fan.

Translations and explanations are under the cut:

I managed to get seen making out with you
It’s chatted about, rumors are spread, and I’m in a pinch
It’s always like this
Someone just seems to be bullying me, huh?

My heart thumps in my chest; it makes me wanna cry, this loneliness
Come, come to my side at times like these, when I’m lonely 

Hold me tight and we’ll go to sleep and
Hold me tight and we’ll go to sleep and
If that’s what happens, somehow
For a little while my feelings will calm

No way, that’s a lie! He’s just pretending to be busy!
I’m really a lost cause because I’m only ever speaking for myself
It’s always like this
You just seem to be bored of me, huh?

The clock just clicks away
If it bothers you, we can stop

Be, be by my side at times like these, when I’m lonely 
Through the phone’s just no good

Hold me tight and we’ll go to sleep and
Hold me tight and we’ll go to sleep and
If that’s what happens, somehow
For a little while my feelings will calm

I saw you all smiles while chatting with another girl
I lose my cool, I get desperate, and I know it’s selfish, but
It’s always like this
I get it, but you’re mine

What you’ve got to be doing is pampering me more, all afternoon and all night
What we’ve got now is just no good, I’m still unsatisfied!
Transform for me now!

Hold me tight and we’ll go to sleep and
Hold me tight and we’ll go to sleep and
If that’s what happens, somehow
For a little while my feelings will calm

If that’s what happens, somehow
For a little while my feelings will calm

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