Yoshiwara Lament lyrics translation

I will gladly buy her, no please let me buy her!

The singer is quite obviously a courtesan as Yoshiwara was the redlight district of pre-war Japan. Low ranked ones were displayed behind grilles, exactly like bird cages. Higher ranked ones, known as Oiran serve in similar purpose as modern social escorts.

Edo is once again covered
by a deep veil of darkness today.
Facing the mirror, putting on lipstick
Complying with, receiving everything

The orange flower which shone
I admired and desired.
Before I knew it, I was a blue flower
Even so, I’m not cheap.

What I really wanted was to bloom for one person
Fate stole my freedom and carried on spinning its gears

A love full of lies
Followed by hugging me
Acting almost if it could feel grief
It’s raining in Yoshiwara today.

Sir would you somehow
buy me please
The bouquets of umbrellas start to bloom
Drenched, I’m raining

The noise of the hustle and bustle
start to crowd together and tangle
My wish is to somehow, someday
Get brought out of this bird cage

Frankly having no place to go
The scenery I see from my cage
will even heal me one day

A love full of lies
And then you buy me right?
The flower petals that
fall in my drenched heart is raining.

Sir please throughout the night
Flirt with me and
The stains of desire,
Slowly stick them into my heart

The flower tinged with sadness
Wishes for an end.

Welcome please come in

On this night we act as lovers
Making me moan “a-ah”
Acting almost if it could feel grief
It’s raining in Yoshiwara today.

A love of lies
Then you hug me right?
Acting almost if it could feel grief
It’s raining in Yoshiwara today.

Sir would you somehow
buy me please
The bouquets of umbrellas start to bloom
Drenched, I’m raining

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