On Your Bike, 自転車で (May, 5月)

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{first verse, junior high kid}
I get up on a Monday: gotta get off to school
Got my books in my bag, got a black and white uniform
Don't need my jacket now the May days aren't so cool
Shit! 母さん 7.23 ともゆき君's gonna be waiting there for me
Where we meet every day at the convenience store car park
Gotta get to pre-school baseball at the school park
Out the door, saddle up, helmet on, but don't do the strap up

I'm free
Bend my knees
Soothing breeze blows through the trees
On my bike
Ride it where I like

{second verse, Office Lady}
I get up every weekday: gotta get off to work
Hair up, face on, blue office lady uniform
3 years now as a desk clerk
ね—母さん 8.24. No time for breakfast. Out the door
At my desk I dream: me as a bride
But for now I'll saddle up and ride

Free
Skirt to knees
And high heels (but still I'm free)
On my bike
Ride it where I like

{middle spacey bit}
You take your car, safe inside
But two wheels is by far the better way for me to ride

{third verse, o-jiisan}
The sun's up, so so am I at 5
The field needs me to bend my back
That's how my crops and I continue to thrive
So saddle up for a wobbly ride again
Not bad for an octogenarian

I am free
(Oooooooo)
On my bike, ride it where I
On my bike, ride it where I
On my bike, ride it where I like
(Oooooooo)

credits

from Setsu | 節, released November 1, 2016
Track art credit: 'Yodogawa, Osaka' by m-louis, CC BY SA www.flickr.com/photos/m-louis/534159972/

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Music should be free. If you like it: enjoy it. If you really like it: pay what you feel. Each album has bonus material for download.

Mermaid Guitar music is not earnest navel-gazing. It's indie rock with humour and hidden depths. Influenced by XTC, BNL, Weezer & Elvis Costello.
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