Ahhhh....one of the enka classics. Just that one song that I would love to hear inside a proper nomiya, and which most likely got plenty of play on multiple episodes of "Enka no Hanamichi"（演歌の花道）in one of those mock-up bars.
"Omae to Futari" (The Two Of Us) turned out to be Hiroshi Itsuki's（五木ひろし）biggest hit after it was first heard in October 1979. Written by Takashi Taka（たかたかし）and composed by Yoshio Kimura（木村好夫）, lyrically speaking, it comes off as being counter-intuitive when compared to some of the other enka tunes. Usually when I hear an old ballad, I expect the story to be about the aftermath of a ruined love affair and one of the former couple drowning his/her sorrows in copious drink. But with "Omae to Futari", the story is of a couple together at last after some hinted trials and tribulations in the past...both of them escaping from unhappy marriages, a long separation due to various circumstances, etc.
Perhaps it is because of the meaning behind the lyrics that I tend to prefer the slower version of the song (as shown above) since it melodically describes that quiet denouement after all the unneeded tension. I could imagine the man and woman embracing on some bench in a park at a late hour celebrating their long-awaited reunion. That intro sets the mood perfectly. And of course, there are the heartfelt vocals by Itsuki himself which ensures a good patient listen by the entire audience.
"Omae to Futari" got as high as No. 3 on Oricon and became the 7th-most successful song for 1980. As well, it earned a Gold Prize at the Japan Record Awards for 1979.