JUN TOGAWA WITH VAMPILLIA – I WOULD BE A CUCKOO THAT SINGS [WATASHI GA NAKOU HOTOTOGISU] (2017)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA / SHUUICHI MABE | music by VAMPILLIA

Jun Togawa’s first new song in years, off of the 2017 album of the same name. According to an interview I translated before, most of the lyrics were written by Mabe rather than Togawa, with her advising more on the general theme and specific lines. That interview also gives insight into the title – there are a number of haiku written to capture the personalities of various Sengoku period figures through what they would do with a cuckoo that would not sing. IE – kill it, make it sing, wait for it to sing or let it go. In this case, Togawa would be the cuckoo, and she would sing.

The lyrics are packed with references to the Heian period in particular, and it’s very possible I may have even missed literary references in here. I had a few people cross-reference with me but I’m pretty happy with how it stands now.

Translation and notes (of which there are many) are under the cut!

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