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RADWIMPS – Soramado

【Lyrics Translation】 RADWIMPS; originally released to Youtube on April 8, 2018

This is the sixth in a series of (currently) six related songs personally released online by RADWIMPS.
1: 『白日』 (Hakujitsu)
2: 『ブリキ』 (Buriki)
3: 『カイコ』 (Kaiko)
4: 『あいとわ』 (Aitowa)
5: 『春灯』 (Shuntou)
6: 『空窓』 (Soramado)

The title of this song is read ‘Soramado‘, as two kanji together which mean “sky” and “window”. However, another valid reading for those characters is ‘Kuusou‘ – while this isn’t an established compound in Japanese, it has the same pronunciation as 空想 (fantasy, daydream, something imagined). Yojiro Noda, the frontman and songwriter of RADWIMPS, has clarified on Twitter that while he reads the title as ‘Soramado‘, he of course named the song to make both readings possible and honestly both ways are fine.

As far as my knowledge goes, RADWIMPS never released a similar song in 2017, so this song came as a surprise to me – but Noda has talked about how the making of the soundtrack for Kimi no Na wa. was a part of his healing process, so I’m sure his activities related to that played a part.

A translation of the video description, also written by Noda:

It’s been seven years since then. I’ve made another song this year. I didn’t make it time for March 11, but here it is today. Its title is 『Soramado』.

Namie High School of Fukushima closed on March 31 last year. I received letters from students in that school’s last graduating class. I wrote this year’s lyrics based on those.

Feelings from the moment the disaster happened, the feeling of leaving family, people who remain, people who leave – seven years is a huge amount of time for a teenager. As I don’t share that experience, all I can do is imagine it. I wanted to, as well as I could, take the feelings I received from those words and express them in sound in just the right measure. Please do listen.

Once again, this year’s video is by Qotori film. It’s the sky from March 11, 2018. It was a strange sky. This year, I asked Sawamoto-kun, who’s done work with me together with Sugai-san for years, to do the sound engineering.

May peaceful times come soon to the people who are still not free from the effects of the disaster even now. And for all of the lives that were lost in the disaster, a prayer.

Sky Window
RADWIMPS

How have you been doing since then?
Have you gotten used to the unfamiliar landscape yet?

Well, as for me, those words that should have been so unfamiliar
Have already become natural to me.

At the time, not knowing anything, we left the house like Dad told us to.
We just figured we’d be able to go back soon in two or three days – it’s been seven years since that day.

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Yanagi Nagi – Ao no Parade

【Lyrics Translation】 Yanagi Nagi, euaru

I’m not sure how it happened, but this seems to be the non-single song I’ve listened to the least from this album. Pretty nice, though.

Blue Parade
Lyrics: yanaginagi
Music & Arrangement: Dan Miyakawa

All these wrong forecasts every day.
Suddenly, a rainbow crossed through my heart.

Softly,
A balloon comes down;
I extend my hand, try to grab it,
And I fly, too.

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la la larks – Reset

【Lyrics Translation】 la la larks, Culture Vulture

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

According to an interview, the basis for this song has actually existed since just about when the band was founded five years ago; it was never actually performed live (like Massive Passive), but they revisited the concept because Turkey (the drummer) pushed for it.

Reset
lyrics, music & arrangement: la la larks

Let’s draw a brilliant dream;
I’ll throw away the me who wrote off my destiny, right now.

I can see the negative points join hands
And block the way in front of me.
I accept this as part of my destiny again.
I don’t need any pride.

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la la larks – Ushinau

【Lyrics Translation】 la la larks, Culture Vulture

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

Lose
lyrics, music & arrangement: la la larks

Places I can’t go back to, extended fingertips.
Every bit of my body is calling for you.
The feelings that overflowed are gray.
In this room like an aquarium, I’m drowning.

The distance between us, forever unclear,
Grows larger the more I struggle.

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la la larks – Tarinai

【Lyrics Translation】 la la larks, Culture Vulture

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

First impressions: For me, this is the standout track of the album. To me, this feels like a natural branch of where SFP was going in Prog-Roid, when Yumi Uchimura + Ryou Eguchi’s influence seemed at its height, so maybe they felt more freedom to explore and refine that space in the years after? As just a fan, of course, I have limited insight into what’s actually happening behind the scenes, but where I’m sure many disliked the style change at the time, I welcome this. (Honestly stuff like this makes me unsure whether continuing to tie la la larks stuff to the SFP project is a good decision – as though maybe it’s an association that we should move on from…)

Not Enough
lyrics, music & arrangement: la la larks
horn arrangement: Shin Kono

Night, going home and making deliberate noise with my footsteps.
A kind of damp feel on my skin.
The wind carries the season away,
So I’ve stopped waiting for you.

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la la larks – Massive Passive

【Lyrics Translation】 la la larks, Culture Vulture

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

Massive Passive
lyrics, music & arrangement: la la larks
strings arrangement: Ishitsuka Tooru

Chasing like the sun and the moon,
Temporary values, and the momentary wind –
Embracing them fully as they are,
Right now, I’m alive.

Arms open on top of a rope,
Quietly, ever so quietly,
A sweet scent comes from the bottom of the darkness –
I honed the sensation in my feet.

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la la larks – loop

【Lyrics Translation】 la la larks, Culture Vulture; first recorded as a duet with UNCHAIN

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

The first recording of this song to appear on the internet was actually an acoustic collaboration with UNCHAIN. It might be interesting to know that Yumi Uchimura (the vocalist) and Ritsuo Mitsui (the guitarist) sometimes perform live together as “la la larks aco duo”; given the name, I’m sure there was some influence between that trend and this collaboration, in one direction or the other.

The album remake (or could the album version actually be the original vision?) most noticeably added a string section (arranged by Shin Kono) and made the whole thing feel more brisk; both versions have their charm, but after some extended listening, I feel like the album version is just amazing.

loop
lyrics, music & arrangement: la la larks
strings arrangement: Shin Kono

I’m flipped head over heels and it feels stupid.
Ah, I saw a red string on your finger.

You know, I knew from the beginning,
But when it comes down to it, “Maybe it’s too late.”

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