Daylight Savings

from by Goh Nakamura

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Recorded in one night, the night before I went on vacation to Japan in 2003. (I probably should have been packing)

I wrote this tune for my uncle in Japan who passed away way too soon at the age of 50. I never got to say goodbye, so this was my feeble attempt.

The melody is something I use to hum to myself in times of need or when driving past the valleys on 280 south in Northern California.


Watch the sunset bleed the day
and soak the sky in red,
and the evening wraps its bandage
around it’s wounded head

Let’s send a
day like this to infirmary

Whisper when you want me
Breathe a sigh into the wind
and you can shout it if you want to
get it out and catch my whim

let’s book the
first flight to where you want to go

and a day like
this goes down in infamy
there’s no goodbyes
and I just can’t believe
that we won’t see him anymore
gone forever to the void
Butterfly sheds her cocoon
and I don’t know why
but it seemed too soon.

and I sympathize with sorrow
for the one I didn’t know
and it’s sad she never found him
and it’s sad he had to go
before the daylight had faded naturally

And I’m waiting at the harbor
as your ship is coming in
and your're waving in the distance
and you’re sailing in the wind
I clench my eyes tight
these tears don’t want to go

Saving me an hour to
regain my patience just to wait for you
But I don’t see you anymore
Guess we’re always out the door
But we still have this afternoon
and the setting sun and the fickle moon

Watch the sunset bleed the day
and soak the night in red
and the stars appear like brilliant scars
to heal the things I said
let’s send a day like
this to emergency


from Daylight Savings, released July 8, 2014



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Goh Nakamura San Francisco, California

Goh Nakamura is a singer, songwriter, musician, composer and actor. His music has been featured in films directed by Ridley Scott such as A Good Year, American Gangster and Body of Lies. Nakamura made his acting debut in Dave Boyle's award-winning film, Surrogate Valentine, where he played a fictionalized version of himself. ... more

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