Ue wo muite arukou / sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto (1961)
Original Title : 上を向いて歩こう | Genre : Kayokyoku
Performer : Kyu Sakamoto | Compositor : Hachidai Nakamura
Lyrics (Rokusuke Ei)
Ue wo muite arukou. Namidaga koborenai youni Omoidasu, haru no hi Hitoribocchino yoru. Ue wo muite arukou. Nijinda hoshi wo kazoete Omoidasu, natsu no hi, hitoribocchino yoru. Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni, Shiawase wa sora no ue ni. Ue wo muite arukou. Namidaga koborenai youni naki nagara, aruku, hitoribocchino yoru. Omoidasu, aki no hi, hitoribocchino yoru. Kanashimi wa hoshi no kageni, Kanashima wa tsuki no kageni. Ue wo muite arukou. Namidaka kobore naiyouni, Naki nagara, aruku, hitoribocchino yoru Hitoribocchino yoru
I look up while I walk So the tears won't fall Remembering those spring days But tonight I'm all alone I look up while I walk Counting the stars with teary eyes Remembering those summer days But tonight I'm all alone Happiness lies beyond the clouds Happiness lies above the sky I look up while I walk So the tears won't fall I cry while I walk For I am alone tonight Remembering those autumn days But tonight I'm all alone Sadness hides in the shadow of the stars Sadness hides in the shadow of the moon I look up while I walk So the tears won't fall My heart is filled with sorrow For tonight I am alone For tonight I am alone
Best known under the alternative title "Sukiyaki" in English-speaking parts of the world. Sukiyaki is a japanese food which has nothing to do with the song but marketers thought it would sell more. Actually the song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States in 1963, and was the only Japanese-language song to do so. In total it sold over 13 million copies internationally. There is also an English language version with altogether different lyrics by Jewel Akens under the title "My First Lonely Night" recorded much earlier in 1966.
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