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    01. Sukiyaki

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H. Nakamura & R. Ei (arr.: O. Bollom). “Sukiyaki” is a Japanese pop song from 1961 performed by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto. The song was a great commercial success and topped the lists all over the world – also in Norway and is one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time. The text author Rokusuke Ei wrote the text on the way home from a student demonstration in Japan. The students had demonstrated against continued US military presence in Japan, but faced little understanding of their views. In frustration of not having reached the protests, he wrote the text of “Ue o Muite Arukō”. It is about a man who looks up while walking, so his tears will not fall. However, the text has no direct references to the demonstration and can therefore also be interpreted as a song of lost love. When the song was launched in Europe and North America in 1963, the title was changed to “Sukiyaki” that is a traditional japanese dish.

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