October 19, 2011

The 1950's Songbook

From the early 1950s: a lyric booklet that features excerpts of pop song lyrics. Once again, my grandmother's. 

She still remembers these songs, word for word. When I expressed surprise that a Japanese person who only learned English in school (in the early 1940s, no less!) could sing so smoothly, she scoffed. "It's not that unusual."

She couldn't sing "La Mer" in French, though.

Aside from the table of contents, in which the song titles were written in both English and Japanese, the only thing that lets you know that this was published in Japan is the "yen" currency denoted in the left corner.

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