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VOX POPULI: Makoto Kitajo’s lyrics epitomized the final decades of the Showa Era

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"Kandagawa" (Kandagawa river), a memorable 1973 hit song, was completed in less than an hour.

The opening line goes, "Anata wa mo wasuretakashira" (I wonder if you've already forgotten).

It took lyricist Makoto Kitajo only 30 minutes or so to write down the lyrics on the back of a flier at hand.

He then read them out on the phone to Kosetsu Minami, bandleader of Kaguyahime, who finished setting the words to music on his guitar in five minutes.

The song was about Kitajo's past romantic relationship with a female university classmate, with whom he shared a tiny one-room pad in the student quarters of Tokyo's Waseda........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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