A Japanese Love Song: Oh My Little Girl By Ozaki Yutaka

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Besides I Love You, Ozaki Yutaka also wrote and sang “Oh My Little Girl”, a Japanese love song I fell in love with when I first heard it in Japan in 1994.

It was my first long overseas trip and on my own with a classmate. Just the two of us. We stayed with friends and they brought us to places that a travel agency couldn’t cover.

We went ice-skating, queued for an hour to visit the museum in Ueno Park to see the Barnes Collection. And we had piping hot takoyaki at Ueno Park.

Japanese students used us for English practice when we visited our friends’ university near Yokohama. A friend’s parents drove us to Mt Fuji by private car. It was so cold that I had to borrow a coat.

We also ate DIY okonomiyaki, sushi at a sushi bar, home-cooked sukiyaki and more. And I fought the temptation to buy a Sony Walkman.

At night, my young host had us watch a Japanese drama (この世の果て) with her. I saw a total of 2 episodes but didn’t understand a word since I don’t know Japanese. “Oh My Little Girl” was the theme song and it stuck with me for a long time even after the trip.

When we left Japan, our host made us a cassette tape of her favourite songs and this song was in it. Back in Singapore, I tried to find out more about the song but couldn’t get much since the Internet was still in its infancy and there’s no Google or Youtube. And I don’t know Japanese. 

More than a decade later, I came across a VCD set of the Japanese drama. It’s called 爱没有明天 in Chinese. The English name could be End of the World but I can’t be sure. Finally, with Chinese subtitles, I know what the story is about and how it ended. It’s a rather sad story.

Episode 1 of この世の果て (愛沒有明天) 

Now, I know who was behind the song that tied all these precious memories together for me. To think, he died 2 years before I visited Japan yet his song can still affect and impact me so. The power of music. My little regret was that I am only able to listen to and enjoy his other songs 20 years later.

I hope you like this song too.

Lyrics of Oh My Little Girl in Japanese

こんなにも騒がしい街並にたたずむ君は
とても小さく とっても寒がりで 泣きむしな女の子さ
街角の love song 口ずさんで
ちょっぴりぼくに微笑みながら
凍えた躰 そっとすりよせて 君は口づけせがむんだOh, my little girl 暖めてあげよう
Oh, my little girl こんなにも愛してる
Oh, my little girl 二人黄昏に 肩寄せ歩きながら
いつまでもいつまでも 離れられないでいるよ君の髪を 撫でながら ぼんやりと君を見てるよ
甘えた声で 無邪気に笑う ぼくの腕に包まれた君をOh, my little girl 素敵な君だけを
Oh, my little girl こんなにも愛してる
Oh, my little girl 冷たい風が 二人の躰すり抜け
いつまでもいつまでも 離れられなくさせるよOh, my little girl 暖めてあげよう
Oh, my little girl こんなにも愛してる
Oh, my little girl 二人黄昏に 肩寄せ歩きながら
いつまでも いつまでも 離れないと誓うんだ

Lyrics of Oh My Little Girl in English

You stand still on this busy street 
A girl who's very small and very sensitive to the cold 
and a cry baby 

As you sing a love song on the street corner 
And smile at me just a little bit 

Your frozen body gently nestles up to me 
and you beg me to kiss you 

Oh my little girl, I'll keep you warm 
Oh my little girl, I love you so much 

Oh my little girl, I'll walk with you side by side in the twilight 
I'll never, ever leave you 

I stroke your hair 
and look dazedly at you 

Wrapped in my arms 
you laugh innocently with a coquettish voice 

Oh my little girl I love you so much 
Oh my little girl only you, my wonderful you 

Oh my little girl,  the cold wind blows through us
I'll make sure you never, ever leave me 

Oh my little girl, I'll keep you warm 
Oh my little girl, I love you so much 

Oh my little girl, I'll walk with you side by side in the twilight 
I swear I'll never, ever leave you