The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

After watching a Doraemon movie , I found myself gripped by (a somewhat regular) nostalgia for most things Japanese from my childhood. I came across this song that we used to love (an old '80s Japanese hit by Yoshi Ikuzou), and after listening to it several times, I began to wonder how many Sri Lankans living outside Colombo were saying the same words to themselves...

The original song was obviously done in good humour then, and certainly, it is an exaggerated setting even for Sri Lanka...but then again...hmmmm...


Here, have a look at an English translation of the lyrics below:


(We have) No TV, no radio,
there aren't even that many cars that drive by

No pianos, no bars,
just the one police car that goes round and round

I wake up and take the cow,
for a little two-hour stroll

(We have) No phone, no gas,
the bus only comes once a day

I hate this village,
I hate this village,
I'm gonna go to Tokyo
Once I get to Tokyo I'll save money,
and raise cows there

(We have) No guitars, no stereo,
I've never even seen them from the day I was born

(There are) No coffee shops, no hangouts,
the only young person here is me

Grandma and Grandpa,
they just pray to the sky

(We have) No pharmacies, no movies,
only a story-teller who visits sometimes

I hate this village,
I hate this village,
I'm gonna go to Tokyo
Once I get to Tokyo I'll save money,
and drive a horse-cart there

(There are) No discos, no voyeurs,
What on earth is a laser disc?

We do have karaoke (empty orchestra),
but I've never seen a gadget that does it

(There are) No papers, no magazines,
only notices (gazettes) that come by sometime

(There are) No traffic lights,
not like there could be,
my village doesn't even have electricity!

I hate this village,
I hate this village,
I'm gonna go to Tokyo
Once I get to Tokyo I'll save money,
and buy a mountain in Ginza!


Aaah, I can just imagine the local version...

The original song is posted below:

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