Ringo no hitorigoto

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Ringo no hitorigoto

Watashi wa makka na ringo desu
Okuni wa samui kita no kuni
Ringo batake no hareta hi ni
Hako ni tsumerare kisha poppo
Machi no ichiba ni tsukimashita

Ringo ringo ringo
Ringo kawaii hitorigoto

Kudamono mise no ojisan ni
Okao wo kirei ni migakarete
Minna naranda omisesaki
Aoi osora wo mirutabini
Ringo batake wo omoidasu

Ringo ringo ringo
Ringo kawaii hitorigoto

Imagoro doushite iru kashira
Ringo batake no ojiisan
Hako ni ringo wo tsumenagara
Uta wo utatte iru kashira
Tabacco fukashite iru kashira

Ringo ringo ringo
Ringo kawaii hitorigoto

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An apple’s soliloquy

I am a red apple
Born and raised in the cold northern country
On a sunny day in an apple orchard
I’m Packed in a box and put on a train
I arrived at the town market

Apple, apple, apple
Apple’s cute soliloquy

The old man at the fruit stand
Clean her face she’s polished
Everyone lined up in front of her shop
Every time I see the blue sky
Reminds me of an apple orchard

Apple, apple, apple
Apple’s cute soliloquy

what is he doing now
An old farmer in the apple orchard
As he packed the apples into the box
Is he still singing today?
Or is he still smoking today?

Apple, apple, apple
Apple’s cute soliloquy

 

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This song is a fine example of a lyric with the tempo of a round, lovely apple talking to you, and a melody with the melancholy of a little girl.

 

The lyricist, Toshiko TAKEUCHI, is said to have written the lyrics in bed while looking at the apples she received as a hospital visit. At the time, Japan was suffering from the Showa Depression, and farmers, especially those in the Tohoku region where apples were grown, were in dire straits, with many families selling their daughters. It is said that this song may have depicted such a state of affairs. It is said that this song may have depicted such a situation.

 

Given such a historical background, one cannot help but be touched by the sadness of the girls as they look up at the sky and think of their hometowns, without complaining.

WORD : TAKEUCHI,Toshiko

MUSIC : KAWAMURA,Kouyou

 

 


▼The monument is not located in “a cold region famous for its apples,” but in Hiroshima, the hometown of Toshiko Takeuchi, the lyricist.

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