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This was the first fully recorded and released Yochien Ronin song. It was written in December of 2007 and performed for the 2007 Jrock Choice Awards which was broadcast on the Tainted Reality Radio Network on January, 18th 2008.

Production Notes

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When Roger approached me about performing for the Jrock Choice Awards, my first instinct was to do a cover of a Jrock song. I brought Ying several songs including the Back Horn’s “Hane ~Yozora wo Koete” but he rejected everything. One day I was humming a few bars of what would become the prechorus and I came up with this silly phrase “Konya no Menu ha Tonakainiku (Tonight’s Menu is reindeer meat)” When I first brought it to Ying I had only that prechorus and some of the verses. My initial idea for the song was much swingier with a swagger like Sophia’s Matsuoka but Ying pushed it in a darker direction which better suited the lyrics I wrote which examine the impossible standards of behavior set by the holidays. It’s an anti-Christmas song to liven up your anti-Christmas parties. There’s a whole lotta doofiness hidden in the zombie chorus of Na Na Nas.


Ying Chee photo

Ying

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Lyrics (Romaji)

konya no Menu ha tonakainiku

ugokidashita byouyomi
Christmas made no nagai hibi Yeah
choko ga haitteru Calendar
ichi hayaku tabete shimatta

onaka ga itaku natta

konya no Menu ha tonakainiku

*let’s ride don’t stand there with your hands in your pocket.
tonight, we’re gonna tear the eyes right out their sockets
outside the skyline burning hot with the fever
konya no Menu ha ‘atsuku La La La La’

somebody’s been awful naughty this year

warui ko dake jya tsumaranai
enjite mo ii ko ni mo narenai Yeah
tsumi to batsu wo tanoshimeru
yousei kara Present to iu

gizenteki na saijitsu

konya no Menu ha tonakainiku

let’s ride don’t fight it let the spell work its magic
tonight, we’re gonna teach the world about the tragic
outside the snow is gently falling on the cedars
konya no Menu ha kanzume no Santa-san

someone’s gonna get what’s coming to them

konya no Menu ha tonakainiku

*chorus

zutto wasurerarenai Christmas

English Translation by Brian Stewart

tonight’s menu is reindeer meat.

the countdown is on
the long days ’til Christmas Yeah
couldn’t wait to finish the advent calendar

and now I got a tummy ache.

* tonight’s menu is reindeer meat

let’s ride, don’t stand there with your hands in your pockets
tonight, we’re gonna tear the eyes right out their sockets
outside the skyline burning hot with the fever.
tonight’s menu: “a steamy La La La La”

somebody’s been awful naughty this year

How dull to always be the naughty one,
but playing at being the good one never sticks
so what, we get presents from some fairy
that thrills in “crime and punishment”

what a hyprocritical holiday.

tonight’s menu is reindeer meat
let’s ride, don’t fight it let the spell work its magic
tonight, we’re gonna teach the world about the tragic
outside the snow is gently falling on the cedars
tonight’s menu is Santa in the Can.

somebody’s gonna get what’s coming to them.

tonight’s menu is reindeer meat.

* chorus

it’ll be a Christmas to remember.

Lyrics (Japanese)

今夜のメニューはトナカイ肉

動き出した秒読み
クリスマスまでの長い日々
チョコが入ってるカレンダー
一早く食べてしまった

お腹が痛くなった

今夜のメニューはトナカイ肉
let’s ride, don’t stand there with your hands in your pockets
tonight, we’re gonna tear their eyes right out their sockets
outside the skyline burning hot with the fever.
今夜のメニューは「熱く、らららら」

somebody’s been awful naughty this year

悪い子だけじゃつまらない
演じてもいい子にはなれない
「罪と罰」を楽しめる
妖精からプレゼントと言う?

偽善的な祭日

今夜のメニューはトナカイ肉
let’s ride, don’t fight it let the season work its magic
tonight, we’re gonna teach the world about the tragic
outside the snow is gently falling on the cedars
今夜のメニューは缶詰のサンタさん。

somebody’s gonna get what’s coming to them

今夜のメニューはトナカイ肉
let’s ride, don’t stand there with your hands in your pockets
tonight, we’re gonna tear their eyes right out their sockets
outside the skyline burning hot with the fever.
今夜のメニューは「熱く、らららら」

ずっと忘れられないクリスマス。