MIHARU KOSHI – RABBIT, RUN [HASHIRE USAGI] (1985)

lyrics by SHIGESATO ITOI | music by HARUOMI HOSONO

What begins on her earlier Tutu and Parallelisme albums continues here, as Koshi moves further and further away from her New Music past and continues her journey on the road of operatic synth-pop. Fun things to consider: the first Japanese translation of John Updike’s classic novel Rabbit, Run was published the year before this song was released, and employed the same title as the song, with no difference in spelling. Turns out that this is actually a cover of a song from 1981, so disregard that. Maybe it was titled after the novel? Still.

Translation and notes under the cut:

Holding the pieces of a love that you gave up on
Trying one more time, on your red Vespa
Hurtling through a city in the dead of night
Run all the way through, like a rabbit
Even after consulting horoscopes we don’t click, but..
We’d be fighting all the time, but isn’t that fine?
Hurtling through a city in the dead of night
Wholeheartedly, like a rabbit

Looking out the window at a narrow street
With only the sound of the radio for company
The music plays softly as the night grows later, alone
Painful feelings hold me close
Woah woah

Always playing pinball with the talent you bragged about
You liked riding your red Vespa alone
You, always by my side; we understood each other more than anyone else
The person who could see the scuffs on my yellow shoes –
Fashionable hair never really suited you
But I liked you anyway
Run all the way through, like a rabbit

I won’t take it just through the phone
If I’m not able to hear your voice while being held tight
As it stands I’ll spend the rest of the night, till morning, alone
Shall I welcome that rainy morning?
Woah woah

Run all the way through
For my sake
Run all the way through
Like a rabbit would

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