Treasure Island

Mason Maestro


Pacific Sun


Dai Nippon Teikoku rising sun
From a Meiji restoration shogun, the Edo son
Boxer Up-rise, engaging Russo
Fourteen years under the Taisho
Manchuria, expansion prier
Showa minds they do conspire
Shine on down the great Pacific sun

Down in Nanking a young girl plays an old zither
“Do you come to help us? ”
She sings to the soldier with a sun on his right arm

Dai Nippon Teikoku mid-day sun
From a Meiji restoration shogun, the Edo son
Invasion claim, here to liberate
Installation of their puppet state
Nanking carnage, expansion prier
Showa minds they do conspire
Shine on down the great Pacific sun

Across in Oahu a young boy plays an old guitar
“Are those our planes? ”
He sings to the others with the harbor seen from afar

Dai Nippon Teikoku setting sun
From a Meiji restoration shogun, the Edo son
Invasion blame, here to obliterate
Operation of their fatal fate
Midway defeat, expansion set afire
Showa minds they can’t conspire
Shine on down the great Pacific sun

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2014

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About the history of the Empire of Japan

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