The Hungry Ghosts, 飢える亡霊 (August, 8月)

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Once a year we are allowed to come
The 15th day of the 7th moon
Come are we a pale, unwordly host
We are the hungry hosts

We envy those who are of blood and bone
For we are doomed to remember our own
So o-bon offers us a wondrous chance to dance

The ocean's woe to those who venture in
Those lost at sea will drag you in
And those took 'fore our time will seek your light
And visit you tonight

You come to pacify my spirit gone
With a sake cup, a persimmon
So every year you come, my willing slave
To sweep the dust from my grave


from Setsu | 節, released November 1, 2016
Track art credit: Okuno-in cemetery, Koyasan by Andrea Schaffer CC BY via Flickr




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