Cantonese Boy by Japan



Japan were a new-wave band formed in 1974 in London, UK. By David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums), and Mick Karn (bass guitar). Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Rob Dean (lead guitar) joined the following year. Japan developed its own sound and androgynous style incorporating electronic music and foreign influences.

Cantonese Boy
Album: Tin Drum
Date: 1981
Genre: Pop

Lyrics by David Sylvian

We’re pushing through these farming towns
We’ve worked hard ploughing over grounds

Red army calls you
The call of the crowd
Red army needs you
It calls you now

Cantonese boy
Bang your tin drum
Cantonese boy
Civilian soldier
Cantonese boy
Bang your tin drum
Cantonese boy
Red army calls you home

We’re singing
Marching through the fields
We’re changing
The lives we’ve led for years

Red army calls you
Red army needs you

Gentlemen you heard this call
Raised your glass and called for more
Only young men broke the wall

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