Monday, August 9, 2010

Gondola no Uta (The Gondola Song)

Life is brief.
fall in love, maidens
before the crimson bloom
fades from your lips
before the tides of passion
cool within you,
for those of you
who know no tomorrow

life is brief
fall in love, maidens
before his hands
take up his boat
before the flush of his cheeks fades
for those of you
who will never return here

life is brief
fall in love, maidens
before the boat drifts away
on the waves
before the hand resting on your shoulder
becomes frail
for those who will never
be seen here again

life is brief
fall in love, maidens
before the raven tresses begin to fade
before the flame in your hearts
flicker and die
for those to whom today
will never return.

---Lyrics were written by Isamu Yoshii, melody by Shinpei Nakayama.
It was used as a theme song in Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film Ikiru.

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