Who Sang Tokyo Rosie? Strawbs

Strawbs Nomadness cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1975
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Prog Rock/Folk Rock
length: 2:48
The willows stand on guard in the dark
Where lovers are rowing alone in the park.
In awe of each other they make a mistake,
And find they must spend one more night on the lake.

And I don't care if anyone knows,
There's no-one so fair as my Tokyo rose.
I don't care if anyone knows,
There's no-one so fair as my Tokyo Rosie.

The blossom has fallen before the west wind;
The butterfly lies with its silken wings pinned;
Alone in the temple the lovers rejoice
And sing to each other with one single voice.

I wear my silk kimono black,
Get you monkey off my back.
No matter where the west wind blows,
You'll never find a fallen rose.

The flowers of heaven are roses in bloom;
The east wind turns west in the walls of my room.
I build my defence in the palace of sin,
The lovers make home and the loser must win.



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 To Be Free
  • 2 Little Sleepy
  • 3 The Golden Salamander
  • 4 Absent Friend (How I Need You)
  • 5 Back on the Farm
  • 6 So Shall Our Love Die
  • 7 Tokyo Rosie
  • 8 A Mind of My Own
  • 9 Hanging in the Gallery
  • 10 The Promised Land