“Three Little Maids” (with video)

April 15, 2010

Hello!

Let’s look at something funny.

今日はちょっと面白いものを紹介します。

This song is famous in America.  But maybe you’ve never heard it before…

この歌はアメリカでとても有名です。でもみんな知らないかな・・・・?

It’s called Three Little Maids From School and it’s from a musical called The Mikado from 1885.  Go here to learn about it in 日本語

この歌の題名は「3人の女学生」(?!)という1885年の「ミカド」というオペレッタの中の歌です。詳しく知りたい方はクリックしてウィキペディアをご覧ください!

original poster from The Mikado

watch the song here:

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Actually, the video below is one reason I know this song. It was in many cartoons and TV shows when I was a child. It was actually my first look at Japanese culture!  But it is very different from real Japanese culture.

僕がこの歌に初めて出会ったのはこのビデオから。子供のころ、アニメなどたくさんの番組で聞きました。僕が最初に日本文化に触れた瞬間でもあります!でも現実とは全然違うけど。

My favorite words are:

“Everything is a source of fun
Nobody’s safe, for we care for none
Life is a joke that’s just begun
Three little maids from school!”

「この世は何だって楽しい

誰だって笑い者にしちゃうわよ

人生はジョーク

まだ始まったばかり

私たち3人の女学生!」

 

Now, every time I see 3 young Japanese girls laughing together I think of this song. Seriously.

だから3人のかしまし娘を見ると、僕はいつもこの歌を思い出します。マジで。

Thanks for reading!

  – Andy and Kaho

Here’s Kaho and her sisters. Definitely three little maids… (Kaho is on the right.)

And this one also fits. It’s two little maids…

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p.s. Here are the complete lyrics (this is very advanced English): 歌詞の全文です。でもかなり難しいよ!

ARTIST: Gilbert and Sullivan
TITLE: Three Little Maids from School
Lyrics

[Mikado]

Three little maids from school are we
Pert as a school-girl well can be
Filled to the brim with girlish glee
Three little maids from school

Everything is a source of fun
Nobody's safe, for we care for none
Life is a joke that's just begun
Three little maids from school 

*Three little maids who, all unwary
Come from a ladies' seminary
Freed from its genius tutelary
Three little maids from school
Three little maids from school

One little maid is a bride, Yum-Yum
Two little maids in attendance come
Three little maids is the total sum
Three little maids from school
Three little maids from school

From three little maids take one away
Two little maids remain, and they
Won't have to wait very long, they say
Three little maids from school
Three little maids from school

*REPEAT
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2 Responses to ““Three Little Maids” (with video)”

  1. Mayumi said

    “Three Little Maids From School“
    I’ve never heard it before.
    But It’s so happy!
    Tackey & my Life are a joke that’s just begun, too.

    P.S.
    How about a new computer?

  2. Mayumi,
    My new computer is great! thanks for asking. 🙂

    I know your life is a joke that has just begun, that’s why you are always laughing.
    I’m glad you liked the song. Maybe you and Takky-san can learn it for karaoke… I can be number 3!
    Andrew

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