A Case Study of Music Transition from a Japanese Militant Song to a Censored Taiwanese Folksong: "The Marching Song" and "Roads to No Where"
"The Marching Song" (步くうた) was a militant song published by JVC (Victor Company of Japan) in 1941. It became popular in Japan and Japanese colonies such as Taiwan, and won the Choice Award of the Year at Tokyo Broadcasting Station. In 1964, a cover song called "Roads to No Where" (無頭路) was published by Hui-Mei Record Company in Taiwan. However, as the lyrics contained description of unemployment, it was soon banned by the Taiwanese government as it was considered as an "act that jeopardizes social order and stability." This essay uses field study and textual analysis methods to investigate the motivation of composition, historical contexts, acceptances, and aesthetic values of these two songs (especially "Roads to No Where"), while highlighting the language style and artistic achievement of Lū Kim-Siú, a great poetry/ folksong writer in Taiwanese language literature in the 1960s.
Keywords: Lū Kim-Siú , militant songs, Japanization, Censorship of music, cover songs, unemployment