"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
風 風 吹くな シャボン玉飛ばそ
Up flew the soap bubbles
And over roofs they flew.
They flew up, high above
And they all burst.
The soap bubbles vanished,
Vanished without flying.
As soon as they were made
They burst and soon vanished.
Wind, wind do not blow,
Let the bubbles fly up and away.
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.
Shabon-dama tonda, yanemade tonda,
Yanemade tonde, kowarete kieta
Shabon-dama kieta, tobazuni kieta
Umarete suguni, kowarete kieta
Kaze kaze fukuna, shabon-dama tobaso
"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.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
(くりかえし) わが主イェス わが主イェス
You can hear background music for this song in the mp3 recording below...
Many thanks to Mackenzie Wang for sharing the background music to this song! Mackenzie wrote, "We sang a few songs that I found on your website in a little outdoor spring show last month, and my husband and I created backing tracks for each. I would love to provide them to you so they can be shared with the community."
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Sadao Mazuka for sharing this song, the translation and the midi. Photo by Monique Palomares.