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Alphaville – Big in Japan Lyrics

“Big in Japan” is the debut single of the German band Alphaville. It is from their 1984 album Forever Young.

The single was a great success in many countries, including Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. It was also the group’s only UK hit, getting to No. 8 on the UK Singles chart. The song also reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Play in December 1984.

The title comes from a phrase Big in Japan, which was used to describe Western bands who are popular with Japanese audiences while garnering little attention in their home country.

In 1986, Marian Gold recalled that “I bought an album of an unknown British band named ‘Big in Japan’. As you know, there’s a considerable musical market in Japan. If you wanted to become famous, what you should do was to form a hard rock group and then release an album over there; it would definitely sell well… so the story went … The statement fitted well to my storyline about a couple of drug addicted lovers and moreover provided the title for the prospective song.”

The video was directed by Yello’s Dieter Meier.

Alphaville - Big in Japan Lyrics

Alphaville – Big in Japan Lyrics

Winter’s cityside
Crystal bits of snowflakes
All around my head and in the wind
I had no illusions
That I’d ever find a glimpse
Of summer’s heatwaves in your eyes
You did what you did to me
Now it’s history, I see
Here’s my comeback on the road again
Things will happen while they can
I will wait here for my man tonight
It’s easy when you’re big in Japan

Aah when you’re big in Japan-tonight
Big in Japan-be-tight
Big in Japan ooh the eastern sea’s so blue
Big in Japan-alright
Pay! – Then I’ll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you’re big in Japan
Oh when you’re big in Japan

Neon on my naked skin, passing silhouettes
Of strange illuminated mannequins
Shall I stay here at the zoo
Or should I go and change my point of view
For other ugly scenes
You did what you did to me
Now it’s history I see
Here’s my comeback on the road again
Things will happen while they can
I will wait here for my man tonight
It’s easy when you’re big in Japan

Aah when you’re big in Japan-tonight
Big in Japan-be-tight
Big in Japan ooh the eastern sea’s so blue
Big in Japan-alright, pay!
Then I’ll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you’re big in Japan