Songs and related Episodes

(79) Mistranslation into Japanese (volume 2)@Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
in Japanese

Oscar Hammerstein II

If I translate back a Japanese title of this song into English, it may be like grefreshingly, like a morning sunrisehcwho and how can put so? So many of Japanese people regard it a grefreshingly / gentle / happyhsong and like to sing it even though they donft know the the plot of this song.

When I just started this site, I advertised for a volunteer translator and an English teacher living in Hokkaido emailed me. She enjoyed translating my articles and emailed me every night for a whilec and now we sometimes exchange emails. She says that my articles here help her a lot when she wants to know something to sing standard jazz. On the sixth anniversary of this site she emailed me to tell gHappy Birthday!h

At that time she also wrote about the next task of her repertory. Her pianist suggested her to play gSoftly, as in the morning sunriseh and they were going to do it. This song comes from the opera gNew Moon (1927)horganized by Hammerstein and Romberg and many know this tune, but she wrote that it was hard to find the versions with vocals.

It canft be helped because few sing it. June Christy and Helen Merrill released CDs but most of them are vocal less, instrumental versions. I like modern adlibs by Oscar Peterson, on the last stage in Japan (the ad said so) and my friend John Hicks.

I wonder how she managed this songcitfs a difficult one to sing, and at the same time, the story of its lyric is terrible... I hope that she understand what this song means because she is an English teacherc

Softly as in the morning sunrise the light of love comes stealing into a new born day
Flaming with all the glow of sunrise a burning kiss is sealing the vow that all betray
For the passions that thrill love will lift you high to heaven Are the passions that kill love and let you fall to hell
So ends each story
Softly as in the evening sunset the love that gave you glory will take it all away

Oscar wrote sochey, Mr. Hammerstein, what mood were you in when you wrote this?! cwell, itfs not my business.

Trans. by Kisshi

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