THE LOVERS' SUICIDE! by THE BILINDA BUTCHERS published on 2013/02/25 00:11:58 +0000 Purchase Vinyl: http://beko.bigcartel.com/product/the-bilinda-butchers-_-the-lover-s-suicide-7 Purchase CD: http://zoom-lens.org/cd.html THE BILINDA BUTCHERS - THE LOVERS' SUICIDE! INSPIRED BY THE SHORT STORY "A STREET SINGER" BY LAFCADIO HEARN With graying clouds hanging over me Oh, I cannot, I cannot breathe Your pale face behind bars, my heart sinks Sold to this house for the use of men Oh, your young heart, I wish I could mend But instead, I'll pretend, I'll pretend So close your eyes, close your eyes 'Cause in our dreams, in our dreams In our dreams Lovers' suicide With last sen in pocket I turn to you A painted rain dragon, the scent of bamboo Sake drips from your lips when you say, when you say our love is true So where do we go? Where do we go? Like a flower, I can't bloom in the snow We can't hide, we can't grow So close your eyes, close your eyes 'Cause in our dreams, in our dreams In our dreams Lovers' suicide --------- AN EXCERPT FROM LAFCADIO HEARN'S "A STREET SINGER" "In the first ward of Nichi-Hommachi, in far famed Osaka - O the sorrow of this tale of shinju! "Tamayone, aged nineteen, - to see her was to love her, for Takejiro, the young workman. "For the time of two lives they exchange mutual vows - O the sorrow of loving a courtezan! "On their arms they tattoo a Raindragon, and the character 'Bamboo' - thinking never of the troubles of life..... "But he cannot pay the fifty-five yen for her freedom - O the anguish of Takejiro's heart! "Both then vow to pass away together, since never in this world can they become husband and wife. "Trusting to her comrades for incense and for flowers - O the pity of their passing like dew! "Tamoyone takes the wine-cup filled with water only, in which those about to die pledge to each other.... "O the tumult of the lovers' suicide! - o the pity of their lives thrown away!"