CHIKA TAKAMI – THE SURGING WAVES OF ROMANCE [DOTOU NO REN’AI] (1985)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by AKIKO YANO

Is this a cover of Togawa’s “Dotou no Ren’ai?” Surprisingly, no! It’s a completely different song, which just happens to have the same title. Jun Togawa wrote the lyrics and Akiko Yano did the music, which would honestly punt this record into ‘supergroup’ category already. It’s very catchy and the lyrics are often remarked as being ‘Togawa-esque.’ Read on and you’ll see why.

Translation and notes under the cut.

The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance

Us, we together coveted tragedy
Us, we two pursued disappointment
Mutually abusing
Mutually healing
Proud of the other
Ashamed of the other
Us caught in the middle of the
Concentrated sulfuric acid of love and hate

Friends have called us unhappy lovers, but
Us, we cannot love without sadness
Dorodoro dokkun (1)
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance

Us, we savor tragedy so innocently
Us, we played with disappointment like a toy
Mutually blaming
Mutually absolving
Mutually admiring
Mutually teasing
Us embracing and sinking into the
Bottomless swamp of love and hate

Friends have called us unhappy lovers, but
Us, we cannot love without that
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance

Friends have called us unhappy lovers, but
Us, we cannot love without sadness
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
Dorodoro dokkun
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance
The surging waves of romance


1: A combination of onomatopoeia. Dorodoro means ‘muddy,’ ‘thick,’ or ‘slushy’ literally but is often used to refer to ugly, messy relationships. Dokkun refers to the sound a heartbeat makes.

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