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Iroha (Karaoke)

from Iroha by Cats on Mars

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Buds in the muddy season
Wondering as they open
What comes next

A brilliant sea of color
The scent of rain on the wind
And suddenly, they scatter

A breath, a roar, a whisper, a laugh
A window and a wall
A dark but gentle storm

The pilgrim petal snow
The city alight in sunset after dawn
“I like thunderstorms,” you know
and I realize: I’m raining too

🌸 Will you ever see the cherry trees in bloom?
It seems the Jacaranda trees will simply have to do
Though wind and rain may wash away the brightest, pinkest hue
Another spring, another day, somehow...

A barren branch once aglow
Nine types of light
in a sea of purple

Pink aflame in yellow
The birds in flight
Sing inadvertent poetry

Pigs in planes and Cats on Mars;
The Titans at the door;
The dinosaurs!!

Two white tigers
Playing in the starry stream
Holding hands as they open
Open the gate from winter to spring

🌸 Will we never see these cherry trees in bloom?
We only had the autumn leaves;
Oh, how can that be true?
There’ll never be another spring that feels this close to you
And now I see the lights fade to blue…

いろはにほへと ちりぬるを
わかよたれそ つねならむ

Wishes hang above the city
Colors dance again like stars
Ah, hope sprouts so tenderly
In a ruined paradise

うゐのおくやま けふこえて
🌸 Someday we’ll see the cherry trees in bloom
The sunlight comes after the freeze
and wraps us up in blue
The early season’s pinks and greens
The color of our youth
Until our spring can come again,
To the next season, look ahead…

あさきゆめみし ゑひもせず
And now we see the cherry trees in bloom
Like blossoms flowing in the breeze,
There’s still no one like you
Your colors everywhere with me
The melodies come through
And so springs forth another song, somehow...


from Iroha, released April 30, 2018
Music & Lyrics by Tommy Pedrini
Produced by Tommy Pedrini & Chiyoko Yamasato
Mixed/Mastered by Madeline Lim (deltΔBouche)
Art by Lindsay Collins (Linzb0t), on a photo by Tommy Pedrini

Tommy Pedrini - (Vocals), Marimba, Synths, Piano
chiyoco (Chiyoko Yamasato) - Background Vocals & Choir
Anton Bex - Guitar


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Cats on Mars is an electronic/rock band from Los Angeles founded by composer Tommy Pedrini & Laura Serafine, Aron Ortega, & Yuichi Ikeda. We chronicle the journeys of everyday universes, from life in the city to love in the stars.

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