"星の流れに (Hoshi no Nagare ni)" - Kikuchi Akiko

So a friend (who has been living in Japan for a while) linked me to this song, and said, “When I got drunk with this eighty-something year old cabinet maker who talked about his childhood during the war, he sang this for me and then told me what it was about”. She did an on-the-fly translation of the lyrics for me:

I read my fortune in the stream of stars
Where will I find to roost tonight?
My heart isn’t yet gone to waste, but
I’ve used up all the tears I had to cry
Who has made me this kind of woman?


I smoke a cigarette, and whistle a tune
Wandering aimlessly in the night
People turn to look, and I taper away
Into the wretched shadows of the city streets
Who has made me this kind of woman?


Now, as I starve, I wonder where my sister is
If only I could just see my mother
I bite my lips, sad with rouge
And a dark night wind cries as it blows by
Who has made me this kind of woman?

She adds:

It’s from 1947.

…And written when the composer heard about a woman who had been an army nurse, then returned home to find her family all dead and/or scattered and her home burned and everything gone, and became a prostitute.

Of course the first version she linked was the karaoke version…

"The Most Unwanted Song" is a song created by artists Komar and Melamid and composer Dave Soldier in 1997. The song was designed to incorporate lyrical and musical elements that were annoying to most people. These elements included bagpipes, cowboy music, an opera singer rapping, and a children’s choir that urged listeners to go shopping at Wal-Mart.

For The People’s Choice: Music CD, “The Most Unwanted Song” was paired with “The Most Wanted Song,” which incorporated musical elements that were “wanted” by listeners, again as determined by a public opinion survey. Instruments such as guitar, bass, piano and drums, and lyrics about love were “most wanted” by the survey respondents, and are included in the song, which has been described as “Celine Dion-esque”.

The vocals for “The Most Wanted Song” are provided by Ada Dyer and Ronnie Gent; Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid is featured on guitar. [Wikipedia]