Alternative Titles & Lyrics inspired by Go and songs that already work as Go songs

I always love to pretend this song is about Go, as it fits so well. It’s in Spanish though, so I’ll provide translation.

“El Atrapasueños” by Mägo de Oz
(Songwriter: Jesus Maria Hernandez Gil)

Translation (not official)

The Dreamcatcher

[verse 1]
Blessed be the one who sees that Heaven and Horizon
Are doomed to reach a compromise
Wise be the one who thinks that there is no match
Where you don’t need to take risks to win

[verse 2]
Happiness is not about having everything
But knowing how to find the good there is within
Quicker to see the sunrise, the Eagle and the Falcon are
Than a legion of owls in formation

[verse 3]
I’ll show you that all things in life
You may have if you can believe in yourself
And I’ll teach you how to defeat your enemy
Who’s not anyone else, it’s you!, it’s you!

[verse 4]
You must fail and sometimes hit rock bottom
To see the light and appreciate this Life
Happiness is not about having everything
But knowing how to find the good there is within

[verse 5]
I’ll sing you a lullaby
And my voice will tuck you in
On your bed sheets, with my breath
Nightmares will vanish

[verse 6]
(And someday they will be fulfilled)
All your dreams will come true
(And tomorrow the Sun will rise)
Dreamcatcher I am!

[verse 7]
(And someday they will be fulfilled)
I catch dreams, I ensnare pain
(And tomorrow the Sun will rise)
Dreamcatcher I am!

[instrumental interlude]

[repeat verses 6 & 7]

My interpretation

This is the Spirit of Baduk itself speaking to you.

Verse 1: Pretty straightforward. Black and White must fight and balance each other out and agree on the counting at the end.

Verse 2: You can’t have all the board. It’s better to play one stone tesuji than a bunch of empty triangles.

Verse 3: There is a prevailing culture in Go of improving one’s skill rather than crushing the opponent. This is even reflected in the hadicap system. Some even say that, compared to other games, Go is the embodiment of “Man vs Self”.

Verse 4: Lose your first 100 games. Losing is essential to the ethos of learning in Go. You can’t learn to make life if you haven’t had your dragons killed over and over.

Verse 5: :person_shrugging: I dunno. Go is a passion I guess :sweat_smile:

Verse 6: You. Yes, you! You can make it to 1 dan. I believe in you :blush:

Verse 7: I remember a very nice quote from the Pair Go Championship that went something like this: “When you play Pair Go, the joy of winning is multiplied by 2, and the pain of losing is divided in half”. I like this quote very much.

Go, dreamcatcher you are indeed.

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I did it all for ponnuki!

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Tsumego (Sussudio - Phil Collins)

Alternate lyrics

There’s a shape that’s been on my mind
All the time, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, oh-oh
Now I don’t even know its name
But I think it looks just the same, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, whoa-oh
Ah, if it shows up, I’d play there
I’d try playing anywhere
It’s all I need, all my life
I feel so good if I just say the word, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Just say the word, oh, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Now I know that I’m too young
My love has just begun, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, oh-oh
Ooh, give it a chance, give me a sign
I’ll do it anytime, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, oh-oh
Ah, I’ve got to have it, have it now
I’ve got to read deeper, but I don’t know how
It makes me nervous and makes me scared
But I feel so good if I just say the word, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Just say the word, oh, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, oh
Ah, it’s all I need, all of my life
I feel so good if I just say the word, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
I’ll just say the word, oh, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
I’ll just say the word, oh, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
I’ll say the word, oh, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, oh-oh, oh, oh
Just say the word
Ooh, just, just, just say the word, ooh
Just say the word
Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Ah, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Just say the word, Tsu-Tsu-Tsumego
Say the word, oh
Just say the word
Ooh, just, just, just say the word

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There’s this French rapper that likes to rap about Go. My French is limited, so I can only translate the parts that I understand.

Sofiane - Bandit Saleté

Music video (warning: gun use)

https://youtu.be/Np1XZgI8o1M?t=189

Lyrics (starting at 3:09):

Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Go!

Sofiane - Ouais Igo

Music video (warning: gun use)

https://youtu.be/XYKKSSADCuI?t=101

Lyrics (starting at 1:41)

Yeah, Igo!
Yeah, Igo!
Yeah, Igo!
Yeah, Igo!
Yeah, Igo!
Yeah, Igo!

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Stuck in a Moyo (Stuck in a moment - U2)

Alternate lyrics

I’m not afraid
Of anything in this game
There’s nothing you can throw at me
That I haven’t already seen

I’m just trying to find
A decent harmony
A shape that I can make
And my own territory

I never thought you were a fool
But darling, look at you (Ooh)
You gotta extend up straight, make your own shape
These tears are going nowhere baby

You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moyo
And now you can’t get out of it
Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moyo
And you can’t get out of it

I will not forsake
The stones that you pincer
The patterns you filled with fireworks
They left you with nothing

I am still enchanted
By the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears
Through your eyes I can see

You are such a fool
To worry like you do. Oh
I know it’s tough
And you can never get enough
Of what you don’t really need now
My, oh my

You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moyo
And you can’t get out of it
Oh love, look at you now

You’ve got yourself stuck in a moyo
And you can’t get out of it

I was unconscious, half asleep
The water is warm 'til you discover how deep
I wasn’t jumping, for me it was a fall
It’s a long way down, to nothing at all

You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moyo
And you can’t get out of it
Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moyo
And you can’t get out of it

And if the clock runs over
And if the byo-yomi won’t last
And if your way should falter
Along the stony paths

And if, and if the clock runs over
And if, the increment won’t last
And if your way should falter
Along this stony paths

It’s just a moyo
This time I will pass

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Song on Through the years

Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You’ve turned the board around
The sweetest games I’ve found, I’ve found with you
Through the years, I’ve never been afraid
I’ve loved the game we’ve played
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed right here with you
Through the years

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Even when I make a mistake
Even when I make a mistake mistake mistake
It’s much better than that
When I make a mistake
Turns out it’s great, it’s great, it’s great
I’m much better than that
It’s much better than that

choosing to interpret “it’s great” as “the game is still fun”
leaving “I’m much better than that” for completeness but not how I feel :joy:

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Bang Bang

Alternate Lyrics

I was 5k and he was 6(k)
We played on gobans made of plastic
He took black and I took white
He would always win the fight

Bang bang, he took one eye
Bang bang, nowhere to hide
Bang bang, my awful sigh
Bang bang, my baby makes miai

Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
“Remember when we used to play?”

Bang bang, I took one eye
Bang bang, nowhere to hide
Bang bang, your awful sigh
Bang bang, I used to make miai

Music played and people sang
Just for me, the church bells rang

Now he’s gone, I don’t know why
Until this day, sometimes I cry
He didn’t even say goodbye
He didn’t take the time to lie

Bang bang, he took one eye
Bang bang, nowhere to hide
Bang bang, my awful sigh
Bang bang, my baby makes miai

Maybe could’ve done with a little more effort but sure look

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My Way

Alternative lyrics

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final counting
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve played a game that’s full
I place each and every dame
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the yose
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all, and I stood tall
And did it my way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, oh, no, not me
I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To play the moves he truly feels
And not the moves of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way

Yes, it was my way

Really only small tweaks really. Though I keep thinking of this post when listening to it:

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