Anyway, I remember listening to this song on my laptop in 2004 as I was flying over the Pacific in a 747 on my way to Japan and a new home, indeed, a new homeland, and a new life.
Since the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March, the song has taken on a new meaning for me. But regardless of when or where we are on this crazy world, sailing through space, I think there is meaning and hope to be found in this song.
Unlike the version I listened to on my flight, with full orchestra, drums, guitars, etc. behind her, this version was recorded with only her voice and a piano. It highlights her vocal skills.
Here is Imai Miki singing Goodbye Yesterday (and hello tomorrow) Enjoy -
By the way, in the video, Miki-san's hair is cut short. Japanese will sometimes cut their hair short to signify a new beginning or a fresh start. This often happens after getting over some kind of hardship.
Here I am now
Who was born again
Look, more than ever
Smiles suit me, don’t they?
I laughed and cried as much as I could
I found my true self
Finally I have reached
The path that leads me to eternal kindness
Every time you shed tears
The closer you should get to your happiness
Tomorrow starts from goodbye
And hello tomorrow
Even if you love someone
And will be hurt from it
That is a sweet scar
A milestone for tomorrow
When you accept everything
The light will approach you
When you are embraced by the sky
Eternity will be engraved on your heart
The seasons come and go like winds
I cut my hair short
The world welcomes the morning today too
Being embraced by joy and sorrow
I gently smile
Goodbye is the gratitude to yesterday
And hello tomorrow…
Until next, sweet sailing.
*Updated with new translation 4:20 AM 11/19/11