"I am sending you an old kid's song 'Shabondama, Soap Bubbles'. There isn't a Japanese person who doesn't know the kid's song 'Shabondana'." -Sadao Mazuka

Notes

野口雨情 作詩/中山晋平 作曲
The author of "Shabondama" is Ujoo Noguchi and the music composer is Shinpei Nakayama.

Pronunciation:

Shabon-dama tonda, yanemade tonda,
Yanemade tonde, kowarete kieta

Shabon-dama kieta, tobazuni kieta
Umarete suguni, kowarete kieta
Kaze kaze fukuna, shabon-dama tobaso

Comments

"Please listen to the midi tune. You will notice it's a similar tune that you've heard in a church. Yes, it's the hymn, 'Jesus Loves Me'. You can hear that the tune of the Japanese song is an 'approximation' of the hymn." -Sadao

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Chorus:
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Japanese:

主われを愛す 主は強ければ
われ弱くとも 恐れはあらじ
(くりかえし) わが主イェス わが主イェス
わが主イェス われを愛す
わが罪のため さかえをすてて
天(あめ)よりくだり 十字架につけり
みくにの門(かど)を ひらきてわれを
招きまたえり いさみて昇らん
わが君(きみ)イェスよ われをきよめて
よきはたらきを なさしめたまえ

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Sadao Mazuka for sharing this song, the translation and the midi.

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