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Nagauta*
 

 

 

 

Brian Strand

 

A Duet of Nagauta* (lyric form)

 

Erstwhile

 

Sitting here, I dream
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.

 

 

 

Lost in Wonder

 

Desolate, once more
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.

 

 

*"Nagauta", 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.

http://jtrad.columbia.jp/eng/u_nagauta.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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