P-MODEL – YOU’RE THE ONE I MET IN THE GALLERY [BIJUTSUKAN DE ATTA HITO DARO] (1979)

lyrics and music by SUSUMU HIRASAWA

It’s about a stalker. P-Model’s early work is really interesting because it doesn’t sound even slightly like what Hirasawa would come to be known for, but rather instead sort of like Devo, but less politically charged.

Translation and notes under the cut:

You’re the one I met in the gallery
Yeah, no doubt about it
You’re the one I met in the gallery
Yeah, no doubt about it

You pointed at one of the pretty pictures
And said it was a child crying
You’re the one I met in the gallery
Yeah, no doubt about it
Yet whenever we meet downtown
You always act like we’ve never met
Since I wanna get to know you better I’ll
Take the gallery and
Take the gallery and
Take the gallery and
Burn it down

You’re the one I met in my dreams
Yeah, no doubt about it
You’re the one I met in my dreams
Yeah, no doubt about it

You said you loved me
When you looked at my blood-smeared hands
You’re the one I met in my dreams
Yeah, no doubt about it
Soon enough I was playing all alone
With my door locked tight
Because I want to do something nice with you I’ll
Take your windowpane and
Take your windowpane and
Take your windowpane and
Smash it open

You’re the one I met in the gallery
Yeah, no doubt about it
You’re the one I met in the gallery
Yeah, no doubt about it

You pointed at one of the pretty pictures
And said it was a child crying
You’re the one I met in the gallery
Yeah, no doubt about it
Yet whenever we meet downtown
You always act like we’ve never met
Since I wanna get to know you better I’ll
Take the gallery and
Take the gallery and
Take the gallery and
Burn it down

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