THE JUICY FRUITS – LOVE IS A BENCH SEAT [KOI WA BENCH SEAT] (1980)

lyrics by HARUO CHIKADA | music by YUJI OKIYAMA

The first in a three-part saga detailing a woman’s frustration with the fact that the guy she’s seeing doesn’t have a bench seat in his car. If you need a reminder of what that is: you know how most modern cars have two separate seats in the front? A bench seat is like in old cars, when there’s just a large seat with no divider that sits two. More than a lot of other Juicy Fruits songs, “Love is a Bench Seat” has a sort of harder edge to it in terms of the guitar and rhythm section – this edge is counteracted by the spoken-word bits, but it’s still an interesting mix.

Translation and notes are under the cut:

It’s too small
That coupe you brag about
When we’re flying down the road
I’m not dissatisfied, but
When we kiss
The moon behind our backs
It kinda makes me sore
And I’m fed up with it

Ah, hey
I, well
It’s not that
I don’t love you
But just
What we’ve got now is no good
At least just
Buy a car with a bench seat
It’s too small

That coupe you brag about
Won’t it tear my dress
Sometime?
Don’t do anything stupid
But our bodies just
don’t fit in here
You know?

Ah, hey
About before
It’s not that
I really got mad at you
But just
I wanted it to feel better
So just
Buy a car with a bench seat

Ah, hey
I, well
It’s not that I hate your car
But I’m just saying it’s not
Cut out for talking about love in
So hurry up and
Buy a car with a bench seat
It’s too small

That coupe you brag about
Buy a car with a bench seat already
It’s just too small

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