JUDY AND MARY – CHRISTMAS (1994)

lyrics by YUKI | music by YOSHIHITO ONDA

Merry Christmas Eve! This is the first of a few Japanese Christmas songs I’ll be translating to help celebrate the day, mostly ‘cause I’ve never heard much attention paid to them by Americans (Westerners in general?). Christmas in Japan is obviously a different thing than it is in the US, but I’m still a fan of it. It manages to feel nice wherever you are, even if I got strong-armed into spending last Christmas in Akihabara.

Translation and notes under the cut:

This Christmas,
There’s something I want more than anything, baby
It’s not a diamond
Wrapped up in a bright red ribbon

You’re feeling down because
You can’t be Santa Claus, but
You gave me something more important
Than anything else

In front of a fir tree and the fireplace
A big dog and a small cake
Light the candle with a flame
And we’ll spend the day alone, just the two of us
Merry Christmas

Before I met you
I swore to myself I wouldn’t fall in love again
And at some point
My faith was covered up by a dark cloud

Santa Claus is in my dreams
And I’m praying to God
“Instead of something sparkly
Won’t you bring me someone special?”

With you, I was always able to overcome
That strong sadness
Light the candle with a flame
And we’ll pray alone, just the two of us
Merry Christmas

In front of a fir tree and the fireplace
A big dog and a small cake
Light the candle with a flame
And stay by my side until I wake up

With you, I was able to find
What makes me the most happy
So light the candle with a flame
And we’ll pray alone, just the two of us
Merry Christmas
Spending the day alone, just the two of us
Merry Christmas
A white Christmas for just the two of us
Merry Christmas

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