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Sudako And The Paper Cranes

  • (Tommy Sands)

    Sudako, let me make a paper crane for you
    Sudako, let me help to make your dreams come true

    Sudako was a baby when the cruel bombs were burning
    And the homes of Hiroshima turned to hell
    But somehow she kept living and she seemed to laugh and play
    Just like any little girl of ten
    But lately she's complaining of dizzy spells and headaches
    And she's praying for an end to all these pains
    And she hears the old folks whisper
    Your wishes will be granted if you make a thousand paper cranes

    She doesn't wish for chocolate cakes or dolls with coloured dresses
    As lovingly she folds each paper crane
    The only prayer she whispers, May this sickness go away
    And poison bombs don't ever come again
    Her hands are growing slower but her hopeful heart is racing
    She has made six hundred cranes and forty-four
    But the headaches keep returning, her fingers they are burning
    She whispers, I just can't make any more

    The children leave the classroom, they are crowding round her bedside
    They are making paper cranes with loving speed
    Soon there'll be a thousand and your wishes will come true
    Sudako, are you smiling in your sleep
    The pains of life are leaving and the only dream she's dreaming
    Is a dream that bombs will never fall again
    And that's the dream they carry as they gather at her graveside
    And gently place a thousand paper cranes

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

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  • [1995:] Sudako Suzaki was just a baby when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She survived but later developed leukemia as a result of the radiation. There's an old belief in Japan that if you make a thousand paper cranes (the crane being the symbol of health and long life), you can have any wish that you want. This is the true story of what happened. Today there is a statue of Sudako in the Peace Park of Hiroshima and children still go there with paper cranes. (I thank Patti Mohr from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for bringing this story to my attention, and Fred Small for a beautiful song on the same subject.) (Notes Tommy Sands, 'The Heart's A Wonder')

  • Further notes see 'Hiroshima Child'

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