January Morning

by Mari Iijima

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I wrote this song after Kobe's untimely death. He was literally my favorite person in LA. My world was shattered. I still can't believe he is no longer physically with us.

After I released this track a few months ago on Bandcamp, I re-worked on this and mixed with Brian Reeves.

I re-release it on Kobe's birthday today on August 23, 2020.
Happy Birthday, Kobe. We miss you.

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lyrics

January Morning
(Words and Music by Mari Iijima)

You’re my sunshine
You’re my superstar
You’re irreplaceable

1月の日曜日 鳴り響いたベル
あなたが事故に遭った事を 知らせる電話だった
何も信じたくなかった 目と耳を塞ぎたかった
決して目覚める事の出来ない 悪い夢の始まりだった

一足早いエイプリル・フールと あの無邪気な笑顔で
戻って来ても誰も怒らない だから帰って来てほしい
空の上で何が起こったか ベールに包んだまま
私たちに愛を伝えて あなたは伝説になった

あれから三日が経ち 涙は枯れ果てない
まるで時間が止まったまま 日常が動き出した

I miss you so . . .
You’ll never know how much you meant for us
Please tell me it was just a bad dream and you’ll be back

一足早いエイプリル・フールと あの無邪気な笑顔で
戻って来ても誰も怒らない だから帰って来てほしい
あなたの愛したこの街は 今太陽を失くして
悲しみの中 肩を寄せ合い 一つになっている
涙を流しながら . . .

We love you, Kobe

Dedicated to Kobe Bean Bryant



English Translation

January Morning
(Words and Music by Mari Iijima) English Translation

You’re my sunshine
You’re my superstar
You’re irreplaceable

One January Sunday morning My phone rang rapidly
It was a call to let me know that something has happened to you
I didn’t want to believe anything
I wanted to cover my eyes and ears
It was the beginning of a nightmare I could never wake up from

“Hey, it was just an early April-fool!”
Even if you come back with your playful smile
No one will be mad at you, so please come back to us
You wrapped what really happened in the sky in a veil
And you brought us the most important message of love
You became the absolute legend

It’s been three days yet my tears never dried up
It’s like time has stopped yet our daily lives started moving slowly

I miss you so . . .
You’ll never know how much you meant for us
Please tell me it was just a bad dream and you’ll be back

“Hey, it was just an early April-fool!”
Even if you come back with your playful smile
No one will be mad at you, so please come back to us
The town you loved lost its Sun
In the deepest sorrow
We gather our shoulders and we're becoming one
While shedding our eternal tears all together . . .

We love you, Kobe

credits

released August 23, 2020
Words & Music, Produced, Arranged, Recorded and Performed
by Mari Iijima
Mixed by Mari Iijima & Brian Reeves

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