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by Joel Sattler

Wednesday, January 06, 2010
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(およげ!たいやきくん, lit. "Swim! Taiyaki")
was a Japanese song sung by Masato Shimon
released in December 1975.
It was the biggest selling single in history in Japan,
selling over 4.5 million copies .

My version is based on a recording by MUCC:






song lyrics/Words by Joel Sattler 3rd draft


To the tune of OYOGE! TAIYAKI-KUN written by Hiroo Takada

-based on the version performed by MUCC 





There’s a legend in the West, a story often told
of a golden mountain hidden north of Mexico
And the way to El Dorado none will ever know
The treasure trove of Montezuma and the City of Gold

The Aztec kings once offered prayers to the pagan gods
But then Cortez and all his crew set foot upon the coast.
And when they came ashore the Spanish Conquest had begun.
But now the waves are haunted and the water’s full of ghosts

The gods demanded sacrifice allow the Sun to rise
Each day the priests would pick a warrior to give his life
Up on the Holy Pyramid they’d split a man apart
And cut into his chest and offer up the Sun a heart

Cortez arrived right on the birthday of their morning star
He swore he brought the light of Jesus but his soul was dark

Perhaps Cortez was blameless, maybe so and maybe not
But once the slaughter rose it was impossible to stop
Wars of Whites and Wars Unite and Wars for the Sake of War
But none have been more bloody than those of Conquistadors

In the name of Brotherhood , Cortez stole all he could
First, atop the Pyramid he built a church of wood
Then the Spaniards massacred the Dancers as they danced
So began the butchery, they never ever had a chance

They thought he was Quetzalcoatl turning from the shore
But he only wanted gold and more and more and more

There’s places in the desert where the Indians never go
The sand rolls like an ocean, not a living thing can grow
and anyone who knew the path has perished long ago
But still there’ll always be someone to search for the City of Gold

Three riders from Mojave claimed that they had found the map
One said "I had a family but something in me snapped"
One said "We can't give up the search now that we're on the track"
And said one "I’ve got a feeling that we won't be coming back"






Original lyrics in Romaji:


mainichi mainichi bokura wa teppan no
ue de yakarete iya ni nacchau yo
aru asa boku wa mise no ojisan to
kenka shite umi ni nigekonda no sa

hajimete oyoida umi no soko
tottemo kimochi ga ii monda
onaka no ANKO ga omoi kedo
umi wa hiroi ze kokoro ga hazumu
momoiro SANGO ga te wo futte
boku no oyogi wo nagameteita yo

mainichi mainichi tanoshii koto bakari
nanpasen ga boku no sumikasa
tokidoki SAME ni ijimerareru kedo
sonna tokya sou sa nigeru no sa

ichinichi oyogeba HARAPEKO sa
medama mo KURUKURU mawacchau
tama ni wa EBI de mo kuwanakerya
shiomizu bakari ja fuyakete shimau
iwaba no kage kara kuitsukeba
sore wa chiisa na tsuribari datta

donna ni donna ni mogaitemo
HARI ga odo kara torenai yo
hamabe de mishiranu ojisan ga
boku wo tsurioge bikkuri shiteta

yappari boku wa TAIYAKI sa
sukoshi kogearu TAIYAKI sa
ojisan tsuba wo nomikonde
boku wo umaso ni tabeta no sa









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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/7/2010
Fine lyrics that are also particularly meaningful. I'm no expert, Joel but I think this is great. Love and peace,

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