Alligator Gozaimasu - Takano Tanka

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Takano Tanka is based on a poem written by Kazutaka Saka and on Etsuko Takano's writings. We've discovered Kazutaka Saka's tiny poem in the "Retro Space" in Sapporo (Japan). That was in May 2015. Kazutaka Saka's "Retro Space" is part of a bakery. It is a museum stuffed with the most interesting collectables from the past century. He wrote the poem in his early twenties when he was a student and was part of the Japanese resistance movement in the late 1960ies.

Etsuko Takano is a Japanese activist and writer. Our song also refers to her lyrics. Unfortunately she committed suicide in her early twenties.

lyrics

„I go on a trip.
With a sack on my back.
With a pack of cigarettes,
And a Flute in my pocket.

When I come to a big old cedar
I rest in the dark shadow under the tree.
Then I smoke a cigarette
Made by a monopolistic capitalist.
To the smoke, smelling of modern society,
How do you react, Old Tree?“

(Etsuko Takano)

„Tomorrow is another day.
Because I believe it,
I set up the barricades.
How much I'm passionate,
To whom should I tell?“

(Kazutaka Saka)

credits

from ALLIGATOR GOZAIMASU, released September 15, 2016
Thsi track is a collaboration between Laura Melis Theis (beißpony), Aoi Swimming and Ruslan Boiaryn.

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