♫ Ai No Corrida ♫

One of the things I love about doing these music posts is I always learn something about either the song or the artist.  Tonight, I have to admit that I learned something about the title of the song, for I had the title translated all wrong!  I was assuming it was Spanish, which translates into “Ay, no bullfight”.  As a child, I was once taken to a bullfight, and was so sickened that Ay, no bullfight!!! seemed perfectly logical to me.  But … turns out it is Japanese and means “rope of love”.  Who knew?

The song was written by Chaz Jankel and Kenny Young, first recorded in 1980 and featured on Jankel’s self-titled debut album.  It was only in 1981 when Quincy Jones recorded the song and included it on his album The Dude that it became popular.  Jerry Hey and Quincy Jones received the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for their recording of this song.

Ai No Corrida
Quincy Jones

I hold you, I touch you
In a maze can’t find my way
I think you, I drink you
I’m being served you on a tray
You see girl
That’s what I go through every day
Is this the way it should feel?

Pinch me, I’m dreaming
But if it is, don’t let me know
I’m drowning, don’t save me
It’s just the way I’d like to go
You see girl
You thrill me, half kill me
That’s what you do

Ai no corrida, that’s where I am
You send me there
You dream is my command
Ai no corrida, I find myself
No other thought
Just you and nothing else
You and nothing else

Before my heart saw you
Each day was just another day
Night, the lonely interlude
Just came, then blew away
You know girl
Everything was come what may
Until you fell in my life

This spell I’m under has caught me
I’m in a daze
Your lightning and thunder
Sets my poor heart ablaze
You see girl
You thrill me, half kill me
That’s what you do

Ai no corrida, that’s where I am
You send me there
You dream is my command
Ai no corrida, I find myself
No other thought
Just you and nothing else
You and nothing else

I hold you, I touch you
In a maze can’t find my way
I think you, I drink you
I’m being served you on a tray
You see girl
That’s what I go through every day
Is this the way it should feel?

Pinch me, I’m dreaming
But if it is, don’t let me know
I’m drowning, don’t save me
It’s just the way I’d like to go
You see girl
You thrill me, half kill me
That’s what you do

Ai no corrida, that’s where I am
You send me there
You dream is my command
Ai no corrida, I find myself
No other thought
Just you and nothing else
You and nothing else

Ai no corrida, that’s where I am
You send me there
You dream is my command
Ai no corrida, I find myself
No other thought
Just you and nothing else

Songwriters: Chaz Jankel / Kenny Young
Ai No Corrida lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Words & Music A Div Of Big Deal Music LLC

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