Canary by Saijo Yaso (かなりや / 西條八十)

The canary that forgot his song
Shall I abandon him in the mountains?
Oh no, oh no, you mustn’t do that

The canary that forgot his song
Shall I bury him in the small bush out back?
Oh no, oh no, you mustn’t do that

The canary that forgot his song
Shall I whip him with a branch from the willow tree?
Oh no, oh no, that’s just too cruel

The canary that forgot his song, if we float him out to sea on a moonlit night
In an ivory boat with golden oars, then he will remember the song he forgot

* * *

唄を忘れた金糸雀(かなりや)は
後ろの山に棄てましょか
いえ いえ それはなりませぬ

唄を忘れた金糸雀は
背戸の小藪に埋けましょか
いえ いえ それはなりませぬ

唄を忘れた金糸雀は
柳の鞭でぶちましょか
いえ いえ それはかわいそう

唄を忘れた金糸雀は 象牙の船に 金の櫂(かい)
月夜の海に浮かべれば 忘れた唄をおもいだす

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