My favorite ♥ song: 尾崎豊。。。”OH MY LITTLE GIRL.”

I've been depressed lately as the flu can do that, so what better way to make oneself feel better than with a ♥ song. It's been nearly 17 years since one of Japan's most iconic figures has left us. While I'm much too young to have experienced his impact and profound influence upon music in real time, in retrospect I've been able to find a deep appreciation and understanding of the movement he both influenced and created with so much of the youth of Japan in times of uncertainty and self searching. His music continues to transcend time to this day and it's largely due to the deep understanding of his lyrics and how he directly related to Japan's youth in an age of identity turbulence. We miss you Ozakisan and with the anniversary of his passing quickly approaching I just wanted to share one of his most beloved early compositions which I hold dear. My all time beloved Ozaki Yutaka songs include "In Your Heart", The Night", Rules on the street", My Song", "Bond", "Birth", "Dance Hall", "I Love You", "Taiyou no hahen", "Scenes of town", "Seventeen's Map", Twilight Wind", To all that I hurt", "Rosanna", "Eternal Heart", Marriage", "Shelly", "Forget-Me-Not", Graduation", "Alternative"……..and "OH MY LITTLE GIRL." Of course just naming a few and if anyone is interested I can upload mp3's for you to listen to as I'm open to any requests. More of my feelings and thoughts on Ozaki Yutaka can be found here.

I was caught off guard by the use of a few "unusual" kanji and expressions which were difficult to understand at first but really when it comes to translations I'm really the worst so bear with me. I tried to take a perhaps less literal translation at times in favor of capturing the possible emotions in his writings here which I think will convey the thoughts of this song hopefully much better. Ozaki's "OH MY LITTLE GIRL" while brief in lyrical content it does create the understanding between his love and himself in a most memorable and powerful way and his choice of words so descriptive is just but a single canvas amongst the countless musical gems he's left for us as musical lovers. In hindsight Ozaki Yutaka in so many ways was so ahead of his time musically speaking, all the while his legacy and imprint upon Japan's generations and generations to come could have not occurred at a more poignant and perfect moment. 

While "OH MY LITTLE GIRL" isn't regarded as one of his more expressive compositions nonetheless it's one of his most beautiful both in terms of lyrics and music composition. Please listen along with the translation…

OH MY LITTLE GIRL
BY OZAKI YUTAKA

Konna ni mo sawagashii machinami ni tatazumu kimi wa
tottemo chisaku tottemo samugari de
nakimushi na onnanoko sa

There you stand still on this noisy street
A very small girl who's susceptible to the cold and a crybaby

Machikado no love song kuchizusande
choppiri boku ni hohoemi nagara
kogoeta karada sotto suriyosete
kimi wa guchizukese gamun da

You smile as you sing me a love song from the street corner
Gently your frozen body touches up against mine
you want to kiss

Oh my little girl atatamete ageyou
Oh my little girl konna ni mo aishiteru
Oh my little girl
futari tasogare ni kata yose aruki nagara
itsumademo itsumademo hanarerarenaide iru yo

Oh my little girl I'll keep you warm
Oh my little girl I love you
Oh my little girl
I'll walk with you in the twilight
and I'll never leave you ever

Kimi no kami wo nade nagara bonyari to kimi wo miteru yo
amaeta koede mujaku ni warau boku no ude ni tsutusmareta kimo wo

I look at you vacantly as I stroke your hair
and while veiled in my arms in a sweet and childlike voice you laugh

Oh my little girl suteki na kimi dake wo
Oh my little girl konna ni mo aishiteru
Oh my little girl
tsumetai kazega futari no karadasuri nuke
itsumademo itsumademo hanarerare naku saseruyo

Oh my little girl only the beautiful you
Oh my little girl I love you
Oh my little girl
the cold wind passes through our bodies
I'll never leave and make you cry

Oh my little girl atatamete ageyou
Oh my little girl konna ni mo aishiteru
Oh my little girl
futari tasogare ni kata yose aruki nagara
itsumademo itsumademo hanarenai to chikaunda

Oh my little girl I'll keep you warm
Oh my little girl I love you
Oh my little girl
I'll walk with you in the twilight
I promise to never ever leave you

Sony Music has given fans over the years many trips to their vaults and this rare early performance of "OH MY LITTLE GIRL" is simply a gem. This is really going way back so please bear with the quality of the recording and its nuances but nonetheless….such a beloved performance.

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About MorningBerryz

Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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11 Responses to My favorite ♥ song: 尾崎豊。。。”OH MY LITTLE GIRL.”

  1. Cory Roberts says:

    This is a cool song.

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  2. My favorite ♥ song was I remember you by YUI (Is that a love song?I guess so.. =P)
    I haven't heard about Oh My Little Girl By Ozaki Yutaka..hope I can hear it anyway.. =)

    YUI – I remember you
    Kaze wa mou tsumetai keredo Natsukashii sora no nioi ga shita nda Hoomu kara umi ga mieru Kono basho de kimi wo sagashiteru Kisetsuhazure no saafuboodo ni Ano natsu wa kitto ikiteru Taiyou wa zutto oboete ita hazu sa Nee, kikoeteru
    "Namida wo misenai" tte, kimi wa sou itte Bokutachi wa futari te wo futta Sayonara wa iwanai, dakara te wo futta Yuuyake ni kieta I Remember You
    Sabita gitaa kakaeru tabi ni Ano uta ga mune no oku wo tsukamu kedo Ima mo mada saenai hibi Kono basho de boku wo sugoshiteru Dakedo omou nda "Dare ka no tame ni Kitto bokura wa ikiteru" Taiyou ga kitto oshiete kureta nda Nee, kikoeteru "Namida wo misenai" tte, kimi wa sou itte Bokutachi wa futari te wo futta Sayonara wa iwanai, dakara te wo futta Yuuyake ni kieta I Remember You Are kara no boku wa aikawarazu dakedo Honno sukoshi jishin ga aru nda yeah yeah yeah Namida wo koraeteru yakusoku dakara Dare yori mo tsuyoku naranakucha Sayonara wa iwanai, datte me wo tojite Sugu ni aeru I Remember You La la la la Ooh ooh

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  3. @rash! says:

    One of my favourite song was "Ever after- もしもあなたがいなければ" by Sada Mayumi. Haven't heard it for a while now… Can't remember where I put the CD….

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  4. Ozaki was such an amazing songwriter and performer and I think his songs will continue to live on through new generations….I'm happy that you like this song too! ^ ^

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  5. I haven't heard this song before but it has very touching lyrics…maybe I can find a clip on YouTube? ^ ^

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  6. Oh I found a nice performance here! It's a really sweet song too. ^ ^ Thank you, this is the first time I'm hearing her sing.

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  7. I found YUI – I remember you on YouTube with japanese subs here!
    I agree with you that the lyrics are really touching ^ ^
    The video also take the scene of the movie Taiyou no Uta.. which she also play the role of the main character. very touching movie too!

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  8. Ah now you've made me want to watch "Taiyou no uta!" ^ ^ It really adds a lot to a movie when one of the main actors/actresses performs the theme song as well…thank you for the pv link! =) …….goes to watch!

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  9. Wow Yui has a really warm voice and "I remember you" and as you mentioned is a really touching song. I think I'll go look for the movie now. ^ ^ Thank you!

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  10. I like YUI very much..as she has very nice voice..and she plays guitar really well (^^)
    Taiyou no Uta..you can watch it at crunchyroll I guess ^^

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  11. I adored her pv! She must be wonderful in concert too being able to perform on guitar and sing! ^o^♪♪ Thank you~! I'll check crunchyroll for the movie before deciding on whether to purchase it or not. ^ ^

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