I'm curious about something with Mitose's album "cotton"...I know it's her take on various folk songs from around the world, and I recognize Russia's "By the Long Road" (or to those that recognize the 1960's pop song "Those Were the Days" it's the same), and I recognize "The Grandfather Clock" (which I'm not sure but I think if it's an English Folk Song), and of course I know "Sakura" is a Japanese folk song as well as "Chiisa Aki Mitsuketa"...but I'm curious if someone knows what nationality the others are.
The one I'm bothered by the most is Noriko's "Giniro no Michi" / "Silver Road". I've heard this, no doubt, so it gives me a lingering suspicion that it's possibly an American Folk Song, but what was is it based off of? Part of me thinks this song got the same treatment as Russia's "By the Long Road" in the 60's (by Mary Hopkins as the song "Those Were the Days") and was re-introduced to the pop/rock world when Folk music was popular like with the band Peter, Paul, and Mary (which if I'm not mistaken, they did a version of Grandfather Clock, but don't hold me to that).
Granted, I'm aware that some of the tracks tell which nationality it belongs to, like "Shalom Chaverim" is an Israeli song, and "Snow Dance" is a Czech song (not to mention the Russian song), but not all were told...
EDIT: Okay, while I still don't know where I've heard this, I'm now going with my second gut choice that "Silver Road" was based off an Irish folk song, considering the interlude in it is revealed in the scans as being from one...I know America has folk songs, but due to the massive Irish Immigration in early 1900's that would explain why some American folk songs sound like Irish folk songs or actually are Irish (I hate new country music for that reason, believe it or not...original American country had the Irish energy...LOL)...that said, a song created in the 20th century isn't really considered a "folk" song, and I'm aware that America had been around for quite a few hundred years at that point, but compared to other countries, it's still a baby...LOL...That and the songs I know are American folk songs are so...ugh...nothing compared to other national folk songs.