Shakuhachi Man, こむそう (April, 4月)

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{first verse}
Sit beneath this lonely tree
High up on a hill, looking out over the sea
The town below me wakes from sleep
A ribbon of houses wedged beneath the mountains and the sea

I come to this temple this time every year
A travelling shakuhachi man, I love this cherry tree right here
As I sit a morning Spring wind sounds
And from just above my head the first pink blossom flutters down

The sun gets higher
warmth gets my fingers going,
play a little tune for myself
before I go down to the koen

{second verse}
Here they come, it's time to play
Beneath the clouds of pink, a sea of blue tarpaulins laid
Once a year, friends and family meeting
Like the blossom on the trees, it's more beautiful because it's fleeting

The day grows longer
Office parties swell the numbers
Make hay while the sun shines because it will have sunk too soon

{middle bit}
In any other player's hands
Is melancholy
But I can't help but play my happy melody

{third verse}
In feudal times shakuhachi man
Would have been suspected of spying on your lands
Now I just play to make living
And though I watch you all, this spy is more forgiving


from Setsu | 節, released November 1, 2016
Track art: 'The fourth month' by Suzuki Harunobu, painted c. 1765-1770, public domain




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