A foreign resident in Tokyo enjoying a 3-hour karaoke session last night with a few of his mates categorically made the English lyrics in that Japanese song his bitch.
“I totally pronounced the hell out of those English lyrics,” said Vaughan Baxter.
Baxter’s Japanese song of choice, ‘Kimi no ai’ (‘Your Love’), by Utada Hikaru, features classic English phrases such as “Our naked hearts are called words”, “How will you solve for the gaping hole”, and perhaps the most moving of all, “The feelings I send today have insufficient postage”.
“Yeah, I have no idea what Utada is trying to say through her gift of song, but I tell you one thing, I’d be happy to give her a taste of my gift of English,” says Baxter.
Baxter keeps an emergency list of over 100 songs in his smart phone – which includes two Japanese songs he’s practiced extensively in front of the computer using YouTube – that he pulls out whenever its time for karaoke times.
“You just never know when it’s going to be karaoke times,” says Baxter.
Baxter fully comprehends that no truer words have ever been spoken.