Album: Atom Miraiha No. 9
2016.09.28 Lingua Sounda/Victor


Cuba Libre
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi

"Surely this world is a paradise"
You can hear it in the south wind
Glittering bright in sunshine
"Surely this world is too cruel"
You can hear it in the north wind
But right now, instead of that
Cuba Libre

Make sure you don't burn, my baby
Please don't let me go, my baby
Glittering bright on the seaside
Wandering lost deep in a maze
The lovers dance the rumba1
Under the amber sunset

Senorita, stay with me naked and still soaking dripping wet
Cuba Libre, I'm still here, sweet in delirious haze I spin

Full sun is shining down2
Over the market square of life
What is it that you desire?
Love and death both are for sale3
Full sun is shining down
We've only got one life to live
In the shower pouring down
Amore come dance with me4

"Surely this world is a paradise"
You can hear it in the south wind
Glittering bright in sunshine
Make sure you don't burn, my baby
Please don't let me go, my baby
Shake your hips for me baby

Senorita, stay with me naked and still soaking dripping wet
Cuba Libre, I'm still here, sweet in delirious haze I spin

Full sun is shining down
Over the market square of life
What is it that you desire?
Love and death both are for sale
Full sun is shining down
We've only got one life to live
In the shower pouring down
Amore come dance
Love and death both are for sale

Bravo! Dance with me, Amore La Carnaval5
Bravo! Dance with me, Senorita
Bravo! Dance with me, Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! Dance with me, Senorito
Bravo! Dance with me, Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! Dance with me, Senorita
Bravo! Dance with me, Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! Dance with me, Amore Senorita


Note: "Por Cuba Libre," meaning "free Cuba," was the slogan used by the Cuba Liberation Army during the Cuban war of independence in 1898, when Cuba gained independence from Spain. During the Cuban War of Independence, the United States naval ship Maine exploded in Havana harbor, drawing the United States into the war (leading to the Spanish-American war, which also involved the Philippines). Anyhow, with US help, the Cubans won the war, and Cuba got its independence. 

Furthermore, there was now an American military presence in the country, which meant that Cuba was now receiving imports of Coca-Cola. Legend has it that Captain Russell of the United States Army Signal Corps ordered Coca-Cola and Bacardi Rum (then made in Cuba) at a bar in Santiago de Cuba while celebrating Cuban independence, mixed the two items together with wedges of lime, and made a toast with the words "Por Cubra Libre!" Thus was the Cuba Libre cocktail born. Who knows if the legend is true, but every good cocktail needs a creation myth. In any case, the Cuba Libre is still a popular cocktail today, more than a century later. The standard recipe calls for a 2:1 ratio of coke to rum, and two wedges of lime. Bacardi hasn't been produced in Cuba since Fidel Castro took over, but Havana Club rum is still made in Havana, and while it's not available in the US, for those of you in other countries who want a really authentic Cuba Libre, get yours with Havana Club rum and coke in an old-fashioned glass bottle.

1) "Rumba" is a general term that can refer to many different styles of music with different origins. However, the word originally meant "dance party" in Cuba, and at the time of the Cuban War of Independence and the invention of the Cuba Libre cocktail, the word "rumba" referred to the African-influenced polyrhythmic secular dance music popular in urban centers such as Havana and Matanzas. There's a whole ritual and long history to the Cuban rumba, but it would fill a hefty ethnomusicology tome, so we won't attempt to go into it here. The beat of Buck-Tick's "Cuba Libre" is not exactly a rumba beat but the two claps at the end of the 8-beat sequence are a nod to the archetypal Cuban rumba rhythm.

2) The original Japanese lyric, "taiyou ga ippai," literally meaning "the sun is full," is also the Japanese translation of the title of the film Plein Soleil (Purple Noon in English), based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley. Sakurai has mentioned at least once that this is a favorite film of his.

3) Literally, this line just means "love and death are here," but I translated it as "for sale" to fit with the market square image earlier in the stanza, because even if it's not stated outright in Japanese, the implication is that love and death are both for sale at the market.

4) Sakurai's pretty much nailed the Spanish on this album, but he missed the fact that "amore" is Italian, not Spanish. I'm sure he made the mistake because both Spanish "amor" and Italian "amore" are written "amore" in katakana. For those of you who've never had even momentary exposure to any Romance language, "amore" means "love."

5) "Caranval" is the Spanish spelling of Carnival, the wild festival taking place before the season of Lent in the Christian tradition. Christian Lent is comparable to Muslim Ramadan - a month of fasting, abstinence, penance, and prayer. However, the Carnival celebration derived from much older Pagan traditions, involving feast days in February or March that preceded the lean times at the end of winter, when stores of food were depleted but new crops could not yet be grown. Carnival celebrations also often involve loosening of sexual mores and reversals of traditional roles, such as took place during the Ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. In keeping with these Pagan origins, Christianized Carnival celebrations usually include public parades and street festivals in which revelers get dressed up in costumes and masks to set themselves free of traditional social boundaries. Sakurai already dealt with similar themes last album in "masQue," but here he's changed setting to Latin America - it's important to note that Carnival is celebrated lavishly throughout Central and South America.

Sakurai also previously used Carnival imagery on the eponymous "Shanikusai -Carnival-". The Latin root "carne" means "meat" or "flesh". The Carnival festival is so named because it celebrates earthly pleasures. In the context of the whole album, this could be seen as a positive spin on the Seven Deadly Sins theme Sakurai dealt with earlier.




Cuba Libre
作詞:櫻井敦司
作曲:今井寿

この世は楽園なんだ 南風が言うよ
ギラギラとSunshine
この世は残酷なんだ そう北風は言うさ
それより今は Cuba Libre

焦がさないでねBaby 離さないでよBaby
ギラギラとSeaside
迷路に迷い込んだ 恋人達はルンバ
琥珀色Sunset

Senorita君は濡れて裸のまま
Cuba Libre 俺は甘い目眩のまま

太陽がいっぱい 人生の市場にて
何が欲しいんだい 愛も死もあるさ
太陽がいっぱい 人生は一度きり
降り注ぐShower Amore踊ろう

この世は楽園なんだ 南風が言うよ
ギラギラとSunshine
焦がさないでねBaby 離さないでよBaby
腰を振れBaby

Senorita君は濡れて裸のまま
Cuba Libre 俺は甘い目眩のまま

太陽がいっぱい 人生の市場にて
何が欲しいんだい 愛も死もあるさ
太陽がいっぱい 人生は一度きり
降り注ぐShower Amore踊ろう
愛も死もあるさ

Bravo! 踊れ Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! 踊れ Senorita
Bravo! 踊れ Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! 踊れ Senorito
Bravo! 踊れ Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! 踊れ Senorita
Bravo! 踊れ Amore La Carnaval
Bravo! 踊れ Amore Senorita



Cuba Libre
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi

Kono yo wa rakuen nanda     minami kaze ga iu yo
Giragira to Sunshine
Kono you wa zankoku nanda     sou kitakaze wa iu sa
Sore yori ima wa     Cuba Libre

Kogasanaide ne Baby     hanasanaide yo Baby
Giragira to Seaside
Meiro ni mayoikonda     koibito-tachi wa rumba
Kohakuiro Sunset

Senorita kimi wa nurete hadaka no mama
Cuba Libre ore wa amai memai no mama

Taiyou ga ippai     jinsei no ichiba nite
Nani ga hoshiindai     ai mo shi mo aru sa
Taiyou ga ippai     jinsei wa ichido kiri
Furisosogu Shower     Amore odorou

Kono yo wa rakuen nanda     minami kaze ga iu yo
Giragira to Sunshine
Kogasanaide ne Baby     hanasanaide yo Baby
Koshi wo fure Baby

Senorita kimi wa nurete hadaka no mama
Cuba Libre ore wa amai memai no mama

Taiyou ga ippai     jinsei no ichiba nite
Nani ga hoshiindai     ai mo shi mo aru sa
Taiyou ga ippai     jinsei wa ichido kiri
Furisosogu Shower     Amore odorou
Ai mo shi mo aru sa

Bravo!     odore     Amore La Carnaval
Bravo!     odore     Senorita
Bravo!     odore     Amore La Carnaval
Bravo!     odore     Senorito
Bravo!     odore     Amore La Carnaval
Bravo!     odore     Senorita
Bravo!     odore     Amore La Carnaval
Bravo!     odore     Amore Senorita