JUN TOGAWA AND YAPOOS – LI’L MISS ROMANCE [ROMANCE MUSUME] (1984)

lyrics and music by TOSHIRO SENSUI

Originally released as part of the Ura-tamahime live album and later surfacing as a studio take on one of Togawa’s best-of compilations, this has never appeared on any of her official studio albums. It’s a little bit mushier than Togawa’s usual fare, but that’s par for the course with Sensui’s writing.

The title could alternatively be rendered as “Romance Daughter,” but I don’t think that communicates the undertones and nuances of the Japanese well, so I’ve tried to modulate it to better fit the context.

Translation and notes under the cut:

I don’t mind
I’ll act cool about it
But we were friends up until now
Now you’re all so cruel
My face says that I don’t care
“There’s so many other boys out there!”
But when you talked to me
I finally noticed
I’m into you
And I think I can do it right this time
I guess I am just li’l miss romance
Li’l miss romance

And now when you talk to me
I’m totally
Totally done in
You don’t seem to care, but
If my feelings always
End up like this
Then why is it that
This feels just like
The first time
I’m so scared
I can’t put it into words, but
I’ll definitely make you mine!
I guess I am just li’l miss romance
Li’l miss romance
Li’l miss romance

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