A Duet of
Nagauta* (lyric form)
Those Summer days of my youth,
Life was slower then—
Holidays, so full of sun
Time, just drifted by,
Daylight lasting, oh so long—
Days stretched into weeks
Carefree as we ventured forth
Growing up, was simpler then.
Thinking of what could have been;
Where did I go wrong?
Was there more I should have done;
Three words left unsaid—
The arrogance of male pride,
Shackled emotions, inside.
literally, "long song", is a kind of traditional Japanese
music which accompanies the kabuki theater. The form appeared
around 1740. Because it developed the most within the Kabuki
theater in Edo, it is often called "Edo Nagauta." In its
purest form, Nagauta is a lyrical form with texts that are
poetic and allusive. Nagauta describe a character's feelings
indirectly, through poetic images and mood. Melody and rhythm
are also very important.
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