出船 Defune by Haseo Sugiyama

出船 Defune by Haseo Sugiyama

出船 Defune by Haseo Sugiyama

Japanese pre-war popular song c1922. Interestingly the original recording of this song was produced in the United States.

English Translation by Tomoko Nago

Is the ship leaving tonight?
It is sad to see you go.
Snow is falling between the dark waves.
Though I do not see the ship yet, birds are singing a song of farewell
Is the horn sounding the departure
Please write to me when you arrive safely.
I will read the letter through my tears, in the sad dim flickering light.

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