Woman From Tokyo

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This Deep Purple song was recorded on their 1973 seventh studio album Who Do We Think We Are and the single reached #60 on the charts.  It was written by guitarist and founding member Ritchie Blackmore, lead singer Ian Gillan, bass player Roger D Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice.  The song ‘Woman From Tokyo’ is hailed as one of the greatest guitar rock classics ever and is the sole track from the album to actually go anywhere, but Deep Purple fans look on it with melancholy feelings, as this song marked the point at where the “Mark II” line-up broke up.  The legendary feud between Gillan and Blackmore started here, and ironically, after Gillan left, he commented that stress and pressure from the constant touring and recording workload was to blame for the tension as much as anything else.  The song is sunny, and upbeat, but perhaps the band knew that it was time for a break and they’d better make this one a song to remember.

Deep Purple at the top of their game with the release of the previous year’s album Machine Head.  They started to unravel during the recording of this album, but this song is a perfect example of the guys kicking ass with some straight up rock and roll, featuring another dynamic riff at its core.  The song draws on Japanese imagery (“the rising sun”, “an Eastern dream”), and the lyrics were concocted around a story of a lovely lady from Japan who drives them wild.  This woman from Tokyo, makes the singer see things that are new to him, by opening up his eyes to a completely different culture.

Fly into the rising sun,
Faces, smiling everyone
Yeah, she is a whole new tradition
I feel it in my heart

My woman from Tokyo
She makes me see
My woman from Tokyo
She’s so good to me

Talk about her like a queen
Dancing in a eastern dream
Yeah, she makes me feel like a river
That carries me away

My woman from Tokyo
She makes me see
My woman from Tokyo
She’s so good to me

But I’m at home and I just don’t belong
So far away from the garden we love
She is what moves in the soul of a dove
Soon I shall see just how black was my night
When we’re alone in her city of light

Rising from the neon gloom
Shining like a crazy moon
Yeah, she turns me on like a fire
I get high

My woman from Tokyo
She makes me see
My woman from Tokyo
She’s so good to me

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Deep Purple song, or a song that was written about someone from another country that would work.  You might also go with a song about the Orient or the Eastern world.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about being impressed by a girl, or how being with somebody makes you feel special.  If you want to write about 2020 Summer Olympics which were supposed to be held in Tokyo, but now may be delayed because of the coronavirus, that would be perfect.

Dylan Hughes will be here on next Friday March 13 with her First Line Friday and I suggest that everybody check out this fun prompt challenge.  I will be back on Friday, March 20 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘I’d Love to Change the World’.  When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire.  This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.

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