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How ignorant am I? [Mar. 10th, 2003|03:14 pm]
susan smitten
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Looking for Johnny Cash songs, I came across his version of Henry Wood's "Grandfather's Clock." This is the first time I've heard it in English. Why did I think Hirai Ken had written this song? "Chick, tock, chick, tock..."

[User Picture]From: amandasan
2003-03-09 10:44 pm (UTC)

stopped. short. (that's everyone's favorite part at my skool...)

ken hirai's english version of my grandfathers clock is the cleaning time anthem at shosei chugakkers right now so i have the privilege of listening to it on repeat every day for 15 minutes. good times.
apparently that song is quite the old classic in other english speaking countries - ALTs from south africa, australia, and england have told me that they learned that song as a kid. i had never heard of it until hirai ken (or ken hirai - whatever floats your boat).
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-03-09 11:07 pm (UTC)

Re: stopped. short. (that's everyone's favorite part at my skool...)

Agh! I wouldn't be able to control my temper if I had to hear that song every day. I sang it last time I went out to karaoke - turns out it's the easiest Japanese song to sing w/o practicing first. Oh, I had a dream once that I was at church (a high-ceiling Episcopalian ordeal) and the choir was singing that song, all sweet and hymn-like. "Sono tooo-keee-iiii.."
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-03-09 11:13 pm (UTC)

-Gen- I know this song

Is it this one?

My grandfather's clock was too tall for the shelf so it stood ninety years on the floor...

it was taller than half than the old man himself though it weighed not a penny-weight more.

it was bought on the morn that my grandfather was born it was always his treasure and pride

but it stopped, short, never to run again when the old man died (also sung as when the old man kicked the bucket and he died)

ninety years without slumbering tick tock tick tock

his life seconds numbering tick tock tick tock

it stopped short never to run again when the old man died (when the old man kicked the bucket and he died)

I remember singing it in girl scouts....
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-03-09 11:22 pm (UTC)

Re: -Gen- I know this song

That's the one! Hirai Ken's version was wildly popular about 6 months ago.
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[User Picture]From: kingkyouken
2003-03-10 01:12 am (UTC)

Holy Shit, I thought I was the only one... @_@

I heard that song in English for the first time like a month ago at work, and I thought "Damn, is Hirai Ken THAT popular? They're covering his songs in English now?"

That's when someone punched me in the face with a brick and told me ザ・事実。

By the way, I downloaded/burned Tortoise's ("Tortoise'"?) new solo album, you want a copy?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-03-10 06:52 am (UTC)


お願いします!!! I heard it was all covers. Are you on AIM now?
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[User Picture]From: kingkyouken
2003-03-10 07:42 pm (UTC)

Re: トータスの

Yeah, it's all covers of older American blues-type songs. It's pretty fucking cool, I hella reccommend it~ It's Tortoise singing in all English, and his pronunciation is actually pretty good, too. (There's one bonus track called "Yahho!" that i think is in Japanese, but I can't remember.)

Sorry, I was already offline when you replied last night, but I'm on AIM Now, thanks to the genius who wrote my schedule today, giving me a FIVE HOUR BREAK... @_@
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[User Picture]From: kingkyouken
2003-03-10 01:20 am (UTC)


One more thing (sorry to be hella late in responding): I never could figure out what it was you said you "lied to me about"...? The only statements I could think of that you had ever made to me that could possibly be a lie would be about being an Ulfuls fan (which is pretty not-a-lieっぽい) and about me rocking (個人的な意見やからなぁ。。。) Sorry to be so dense~ ^^
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-03-10 06:53 am (UTC)
I have never smoked a purple crayon, was never in the circus, don't own a KMFDM poster... ;-)
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[User Picture]From: kingkyouken
2003-03-10 07:44 pm (UTC)

Aaaaa, なるほどなぁ~ちょっと混乱しとったわ。。。^^

Yeah, I was about 94% sure that you were fucking with me on that one~ ^^v
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