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Enduring Romantic Blues with Chisato Moritaka’s “ALONE”

It’s Sunday! You know what that means: its #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is “Alone/Confined/Depressed/Isolated/Restless/Solo”. The prompt is supposed to reflect the current events were are enduring right now. But, I choose something different: a tune about enduring loneliness through lost love. This week’s tune is “ALONE” by Chisato Moritaka.

This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!

A Different Kind of Loneliness

“ALONE” is Chisato Moritaka’s fifth single. The lead-off single from her 1988 album Mite (見て Look), the lyrics to this sad tune was written by Moritaka by herself. The singer-songwriter has been writing her own material for thirty-two years now, starting with the 1988 album Miihaa (ミーハー Imposter). Over her 33-year long career, some profile songs that Moritaka wrote are “Watashi ga Obasan ni Natte mo” Even If I Become an Old Lady and the iconic “Watarasebashi” Watarase Bridge.

Chisato Moritaka was a rare gem in the music industry in the late 80s as she wrote the lyrics to most of her songs, but also played many instruments. This singer-songwriter from southern Japan can play the piano, guitar, recorders, drums, and other instruments. She even had her own guitar called MB-68 Chisato Moritaka Signature Model electric guitar, which guitar designer Bill Lawrence released in 1995. She is amazing!

Getting back to the song, “ALONE” is about a longing from a female’s perspective of a love that has faded. Even though she and her lover have parted, the character in the song still loves that person. She remembers every little quirk and every little detail about her lover. It is such a sad and painful song about experience love that has been now lost. We all shared similar experiences that Moritaka wrote in the mid-tempo ballad.

What do you think of “ALONE” by Chisato Moritaka? Could you relate to the lyrics about a lingering love? Let me know in the comments below!

Translated Lyrics for Chisato Moritaka’s “ALONE”

Here are the lyrics translated into English, thanks to Diazepan Medina at

The wind blew, today I parted from you
It’s the city of always but it’s seen with different colors
Tears start to fall, I can’t hide them
I don’t want to return anywhere, my breath stops

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you
That whispering voice was lovely
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you even now
I can do anything, alone

I wonder if I can burn the film left in the camera
Oh god, please tell him to be nice to me

Your last words were “See you”
Though I was sweet, my breath stopped

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you
I liked that cute behavior
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you even now
You left me alone

Last year’s winter we got close when it was snowing
Though we saw the first snow, now I’m cold, I want to meet you

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you
That whispering voice was lovely
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you even now
I can do anything, alone

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you
I liked that cute behavior
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you even now
You left me alone

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Enduring Romantic Blues with Chisato Moritaka's "ALONE"

This Post Has 55 Comments

  1. Jim Adams

    I liked this song and the video was also nice Amy.

  2. Felicia Denise

    It is a sad song, but after reading your commentary, the upbeat tempo threw me! 😊

    She was still in love with the guy, and maybe it’s just me, but I thought I saw a new determination in her face to move on by the end of the song.

    Loved her outfit – it felt very 80s. Nice share! 😊

    1. Sarah m

      Song is amazing and heart touching.

      1. Yana

        Great song and great job explaining it: thanks for sharing.

  3. Mrs. Type A

    Beautiful song! Thanks for sharing and giving your interesting perspective!

  4. Karen Smedley

    Hi Amy, I love your in depth music posts. Another good post.

  5. Stephanie

    I think it’s so great when artists write their own music. I feel like they perform it even better since the lyrics are from their heart. You can tell that’s the case with this song, too!

  6. Neely Moldovan

    What a beautiful song! I really enjoyed it!

  7. Fatima Torres

    What a beautiful set of lyrics. I love the part when she mentions ” I love you, love you even now I can do anything alone.” So important to think about how we can move forward for the hurt.

    1. blair villanueva

      Sometimes it is easy to learn the Japanese language through their music. They have many love songs like this!

  8. tweenselmom

    This song is very beautiful and moving, the artist also has a good voice too! You could definitely feel the emotion 🙂

  9. Ramil Hinolan

    I find solace in listening to music, especially love songs. Alone is a moving love story.

    1. Jackline A

      Such a beautiful song. She is very talented.

  10. CA

    Just because we say goodbye or we part ways with someone that we love, doesn’t mean that we love them less. Sometimes, it’s just necessary to do so.

  11. catherine santiago jose

    To be honest, I have never heard of her nor her song before but I like the upbeat tune of her music, it’s beautiful!

  12. Lyosha

    Love the song! I haven’t heard it before but now I want to add it to my list. thanks!

  13. World in Eyes

    What a beautiful and heart touching song, love to list …..
    Your last words were “See you”
    Though I was sweet, my breath stopped

  14. Arris Gawe

    I loved the song. I should definitely watch it on YouTube. Thanks a lot❤️

  15. Joline

    It’s definitely a sad, heartbreaking song. The kind you play when you’re heartbroken too!

  16. Sabika

    What a heartbreaking song! Lyrics beautiful share her pain.

  17. Iris C. Permuy

    What a beautiful song! I really liked the lyrics. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Holly

    This is a lovely song. You can tell it’s heartfelt. I love when artists write from their heart.

  19. Neil Alvin

    I’m a Japanophile. So this one is music to my ears. Ihope you feature oneOk rock

    1. aisasami

      I will! What is your favorite song from them?

  20. Melanie williams

    Such a beautiful song to listen too. I deffo find listening to music makes my day much better for sure x

  21. Catherine

    These are beautiful and moving lyrics. I enjoy trying to find the deeper meaning behind songs to truly discover what the artist was going through at the time of writing.

  22. blair villanueva

    I like to melody of this song. Also, I like the model’s outfit! Nowadays we don’t tuck-in an oversized blazer.

  23. We can fully express ourselves through music and this song really brought me to that time when I was experiencing a hurtful moment. Pretty sad but we have to move on 🙂

  24. Jack

    I love Romantic Blues when you feel like just being alone and chill. It doesnt matter where you are.

  25. mariah green

    This song definitely got me in my feels. Then reading the lyrics got me in them even more

  26. You are amazing by sharing all these novelties from your life in Japan. I love learning something new from their music.

  27. Adi

    Thanks for sharing the review. I didn’t know that Chisato Moritaka’s has been writing her own material for thirty-two years now.

  28. Polly

    This is heartbreaking! I feel sad whenever I listen to this kind of music. I like it because it’s beautifully written and the tune is nice! PS: I agree with Neil, please feature ONE OK ROCK! Or Maximum The Hormone (album: Bu-ikikaesu)! 😄

  29. Thanks for this recommendation, i enjoyed the Youtube clip & your lyrics translation here really helpful for me to understand this song greater 😀 Love it! cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  30. Kevin Akidi

    I actually enjoyed this even though it is not in English. I love learning music from different times, cultures, and backgrounds.

  31. Nina

    it is definitely a sad and heartbreaking song, you have a unique way in describing its depths.

  32. Tena

    Such lovely tones and sounds… so talented! Music is love.

  33. Mark

    Such a great song. Thanks for sharing

  34. Christa

    Music really does overcome language barriers! Another great new discovery for me.

  35. 4blessingsandus

    I love the song and the video. Really nice!

  36. Maysz

    The lyrics of this song is so deep and awful btw I like her voice <3

  37. Elizabeth O

    This song sounds really awesome. I love to try listening Japanese songs. I think its easy to learn their language by listening on their songs.

  38. nikhila

    Hearing this for the first time and loving it instantly. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Nati

    What a lovely romantic song. I really like the lyrics, thank you for sharing this with us.

  40. Elizabeth O

    I really enjoyed this heartbreaking song even if I dont understand it. But the tune are really sad and I get carried away.

  41. RDV VISA

    Frankly, I am a fan of Korean drama
    Especially short series

    1. aisasami

      This is Japanese music, there is a huge difference between Korean and Japanese. Be careful.

  42. Bee

    I had to save this to my Pinterest board. It’s a beautiful share.

  43. Alexis

    Interesting choice of music, thank you for the recommendation.

  44. Lily

    Wow what a heartfelt song. I think a lot of us been there.


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