"Big In Japan" as written by and Frank Mertens Marian Gold....
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 through the eastern seas so blue
Big in Japan alright
Pray that 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
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 through the eastern seas so blue
Big in Japan alright
Pray that I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan

Aah when you're big in Japan tonight
Big in Japan be tight
Big in Japan through the eastern seas so blue
Big in Japan alright
Pray that I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
Oh when your big in Japan

Aah when you're big in Japan tonight
Big in Japan be tight
Big in Japan through the eastern seas so blue
Big in Japan alright
Pray that I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan

Aah when you're big in Japan tonight
Big in Japan be tight
Big in Japan through the eastern seas so blue
Big in Japan alright
Pray that I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
Oh when your big in Japan


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"Big in Japan" as written by Frank Mertens Bernhard Lloyd

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    Song MeaningIn a 1998 interview with the German online magazine Re.flexion, Alphaville lead signer Marian Gold explained: "I must admit the only ones who understood the meaning of the song correctly were Bernhard (Lloyd) and our then publisher Andy Budde. Bernhard recognized the quality of the song and Andy the ability of its marketing. 'Big In Japan' tells about a couple of lovers trying to get off Heroin. They both imagine how great it would be to love without the drug: no steal, no clients, no ice age in the pupil, real emotions, true worlds. Till nowadays Berlin station Zoo is an important meeting place for junkies. That's why this place became a venue of the song. In 1977 I was quite regular in a club in Kreuzberg, the SO36. I hoped to meet David Bowie. There was the rumor he would be in Berlin for withdrawal treatment in that period. There was a fellow, who sold stuff of independent bands from US and UK. I bought the album of a British band named Big In Japan. "Big in Japan" meant so much as if you are nothing in your environs, you can be big somewhere else. You can be a king in another world. And if you aren't that, you can tell it at home. Japan is so far away. Anyway that statement fit perfectly to the story of the couple of lovers. So I used it for the refrain of the song. It was strange: as we released the song later, Frankie Goes To Hollywood was the #1 in the charts with "Relax" and we needed some weeks to edge them out. And Holly Johnson, the singer of the band, was the singer of this band "Big in Japan," who I stole the line some years ago, before he came to Frankie Goes To Hollywood."
    Cr7NeTwOrKon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn a 1998 interview with the German online magazine Re.flexion, Alphaville lead signer Marian Gold explained: 'Big In Japan' tells about a couple of lovers trying to get off Heroin. They both imagine how great it would be to love without the drug: no steal, no clients, no ice age in the pupil, real emotions, true worlds. Till nowadays Berlin station Zoo is an important meeting place for junkies. That's why this place became a venue of the song. In 1977 I was quite regular in a club in Kreuzberg, the SO36. I hoped to meet David Bowie. There was the rumor he would be in Berlin for withdrawal treatment in that period. There was a fellow, who sold stuff of independent bands from US and UK. I bought the album of a British band named Big In Japan. "Big in Japan" meant so much as if you are nothing in your environs, you can be big somewhere else. You can be a king in another world. And if you aren't that, you can tell it at home. Japan is so far away. Anyway that statement fit perfectly to the story of the couple of lovers. So I used it for the refrain of the song.
    k40t1xon June 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMale prostitution? I really wouldn't know. I can only tell you: it's easy, easy when you're big in Japan.
    Karlon May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about male prostitution as well.
    monkeymoogleon December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEventually, I listened my 20-year-long-best live in Istanbul last month! There was a naked Asian young lady cartoon on the stage. So it should be related with sexuality.
    Burentoon January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUgh. Maybe they're singing for a woman? It is quite common. Many bands did that.

    And I'd think it is more like love, not prostitution.
    vitalybon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to Marian Gold (who wrote the song), Big in Japan is about a couple he knew who were trying to quit drugs. There's an interview somewhere on the net where he explains exactly what "Big in Japan" means in that context. There may also be an element of literal prostitution (rather than just the figurative) in the song as well. Hope that helps.
    The Knaveon April 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentalso on the video the back ground is filled with xxx theater signs
    inqueon September 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song was just on october 2001... I was in 12th grade and a boy in my class sang this song... This song exposed me the Alphaville band
    ohad1984on October 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentisn't it possible that some aspects of it refer to a drug? illegal drugs are very widespread with prostitutes.
    "crystal bits of snowflakes"
    "waiting for my man tonight"
    but that can just be me...
    r-e-volutionon March 21, 2006   Link

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