Our Beloved North Korea by Imawano Kiyoshiro

The two accompanying videos feature a song by Japanese musician Imawano Kiyoshiro (あこがれの北朝鮮 – “North Korea’s aspirations”) and are a welcome antidote to the recent “Americano-Eurocentric” and anti-Communist diatribes launched against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il.

“あこがれの北朝鮮” was released in 1995. In 2003, the song was censored by Tokyo FM, which interrupted its live broadcast of the Earth Day concert at Budokan that year to excise the offending performance. The accompanying text is a translation of the lyrics of two versions of the song as performed in the videos below. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.

This material from the online version of the progressive US magazine Monthly Review @ http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2009/kiyoshiro160409.html Check out Monthly Review for more articles and books on Korea, among many other subjects, and subscribe if you can.

Let’s go play in North Korea
Merry North Korea
North Korea is a good country
North Korea is for everyone
Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim Hyun-hui, Kim Hye-gyong
If you shout, “Hey, Kim”
Everyone will turn around

Let’s go play in North Korea
Our beloved North Korea
North Korea is a good country
They get you there for free
Take a walk on the beach with your sweetheart
And they’ll kidnap you to get you there

Someday surely we’ll all get along
Someday surely we’ll live in such a world
There’ll be no discrimination, no prejudice, no borders
There’ll be no food shortage, no nuclear inspections, no spy ships, no Taepodongs
Our beloved Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Let’s go play in North Korea
Merry North Korea
North Korea is a good country
North Korea is for everyone
Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim, Kim, Kim Hyun-hui
If you shout, “Hey, Kim”
Everyone will turn around

Let’s go play in North Korea
Our beloved North Korea
North Korea is a good country
Peaceful North Korea
Our beloved North Korea

Someday surely we’ll all get along
Someday surely we’ll live in such a world
There’ll be no discrimination, no prejudice, no borders
Our beloved Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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