bambooXZX's personal blog, mostly dedicated to song lyrics translation from Japanese to English.


la la larks – Q And A

la la larks, c/w Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan ED Hallelujah

This translation is part of the School Food Punishment lyrics project, under the la la larks branch.

Q And A
Lyrics/ Composition / Arrangement: la la larks

Endlessly, I continue on.
Never knowing where I’m going to arrive,
The question marks are always in control of my mind.

Sadness, happiness – which one is more abundant?
It’s the presence or lack of talent, the conclusion of hard work.

Comparing to others, swinging between joy and fear,
Affirmation and denial, repeating again,
Mixing in my hopes, assigning points,
I’m trying to find out my own value.

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Sasaki Eri – Oto ni Naru

Sasaki Eri, c/w Plastic Memories OP Ring of Fortune

In the original Japanese lyrics, various words and phrases (including the entire title) are written entirely in katakana where they normally wouldn’t. The effect of this? I’d describe it as adding dynamics to the constant feel of the song’s pace. Maybe something like ripples in a fast-moving stream.

Sasaki Eri, who wrote her own lyrics for this song, has said that the lyrics draw on some of her personal feelings, and that the song is set around her school days in Kyoto (probably university).

Turns Into Sound
Lyrics: Sasaki Eri
Composition / Arrangement: Yokoyama Masaru
Vocals: Sasaki Eri

Back then, with everything, there was always
A sense of urgency –
Hurry up, hurry up.

Whenever the seasons changed,
I’d walk aimlessly,
Forgetting about time.

In the lingering scent that permeated the hill,
I heard a healing song.
Yielding myself to the current that floods all around me, ah…

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TRUE – Swag!!!

TRUE, c/w Hibike! Euphonium OP DREAM SOLISTER

Vocals: TRUE
Lyrics: Karasawa Miho
Composition / Arrangement: Mutsuki Shuuhei
Guitars & Programming: Mutsuki Shuuhei
Bass: Kawashima Hiromitsu
Drums: Ichinose Hisashi
Trumpet: Suzuki Masanori
Trombone: Enomoto Yuusuke
Tenor Sax: Takegami Yoshinari
Brass Arrangement: Kawada Ruka


I wonder, who decided what “normal” is?
Shit doesn’t matter.
I just want to feel a reality
Greater than “imagination”.

Each and every person is a nameless conductor.
You won’t find anyone anywhere who’s the same as someone else – we’re all special.
When our personalities clash with each other,
<Pulsating Sequence, Escalating Audience>
We’re swallowed by the music. This sensation… Ah!!!

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Iguchi Yuka – Yakusoku ~Boku no Uta~

Iguchi Yuka, c/w DanMachi opening theme Hey World (Anime Edition)

Note: the romanized title could in fact be “Yakusoku ~Boku no Shi~” (with the same meaning), but ever since AIR and “Tori no Uta”, I guess I feel entrained to use ‘uta’. I unfortunately can’t find any reliable sources to confirm, so for the moment, I go with my instincts.

Promise ~My Poem~
Lyrics: Satomi
Composition: Makaino Kouji
Arrangement: Maeguchi Wataru
Vocals: Iguchi Yuka

So that I can move toward
The place I want to reach,
I just try my best,
Doing what I can for now.

If I do nothing,
My aspirations will forever
Be nothing more than aspirations
And rust someday.

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Sakamoto Maaya – coming up

Sakamoto Maaya, c/w M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~ OP2 Replica

Very groovy.

coming up
Lyrics: Sakamoto Maaya
Composition / Arrangement: Hara Masakazu
Vocals: Sakamoto Maaya

clap clap, come together. It’s about to start, anytime now.
knock knock, over here. Don’t worry, I won’t ask your name.
clap clap, dusk has fallen. Swaying shadows, back and forth.
knock knock, just leave tomorrow’s matters for tomorrow.

The waves glimmer with light.
The sand surrounds my bare feet.
On this midsummer night, reality is more beautiful than dreams.

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la la larks – earworm

la la larks, c/w M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~ ED ego-izm

lyrics, music & arrangement : la la larks

Floated upward by the creeping, unpleasant warmth,
I quietly braid the lines of time.
The time when I was poisoned and went mad becomes my shield.
Call my name.

As though stagnant somehow, I draw a spiral… Pinky-promise me.

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la la larks – end of refrain

la la larks, c/w M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~ ED ego-izm

This translation is part of the School Food Punishment lyrics project, under the la la larks branch.

end of refrain
lyrics, music & arrangement : la la larks

Opened wounds, pain that doesn’t disappear upon the arrival of morning.
Once I’ve turned off the alarm, I’ve got to clothe myself in lies and head outside.

Past the power lines, on the other side of the signal,
I anticipate your presence.

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