[REQUEST] Applice – farewell

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This song was requested by shikitohnorrsl.
I’m the one who should be thankful for translating this song.
I loved it. Its lyrics are really touching and I couldn’t help but feeling emotional while translating it.
It kinda hurts, but if an emotional song has the power to “hurt” one’s feeling than it means it’s not just some half-assed song with half-assed lyrics.
When I’ve translated the first stanza, I pictured my own memories.
Sometimes it’s like some songs were made to reflect things that happened during my life, both happy and sad. That’s the power of music which no one could ever dare to compare nothing else to.
Not that one should cling to it to the point nothing else matter, of course. What am I even talking about? 50% mystery, 1% reasoning, 49% nonsense.
Also, this song’s bassline is pure gold, I really like it!
…On a side note, have you listened to 旧約酒場 ~ Dateless Bar “Old Adam” by good ol’ ZUN?
I liked that album a lot! Definetely better than Dr. Latency’s Freak Report, if you ask me. If you happen to read this let me know what you think about it! I love to exchange music opinions!
– On the third stanza, 現在 (genzai, “present”) is read as “ima” (今, “now”).
– The usual problem is that “me” “you” or “we” isn’t clearly decided, I mainly used “me”, so I thought this song to be from the point of view of who is singing it.
– The sections <marked like this> are chorus / backing vocals.

Applice – farewell

あの日 最後の駅で見た

shiranai sora o oboeteru kana
ano hi saigo no eki de mita
akaneiro ga me o yaite
minogashita kao wa nani iro?

I wonder if you remember that sky you don’t know?
On that day, at the last station we were
A deep red light was flashing before my eyes
What was the color of your face which I’ve lost sight of?


makkura na mori o aruku toki wa
itsumo ue o muita watashi ga mae
me o tsumuru kimi wa ki ga tsukeba
ima mo watashi o mite wa inai

When we walked through that pitch black forest
I was always leading the way, eyes staring what lied ahead;
And if you, with your eyes closed, would have noticed it
You wouldn’t be looking at me as you are right now…

<岩を削り 明日は土砂降り>

ukabi kieru omoide ga
ima no imi o tsuyoku shite yuku
nobasu te ni mo kidzukenai hodo ni tsukareta no?
<nagare ochiru taki no owari wa>
<ishi o kezuri asu wa doshaburi>

This floating, dissolving memories of mine
Are giving a strong meaning to my present;
Am I just that tired to the point I won’t even notice any hand reaching out for me?
<At the end of a waterfall, flowing and falling>
<Lies a rock-shaped tomorrow pelted by heavy rain>

煙の糸 目に染みて

ano hi no sora o oboeteiru kana
soko de hajimete mita kao
kemuri no ito me ni shimete
minogashita hoho no shizuku

I wonder if you remember the sky from that day?
The face I first saw right there…
Eyes stained by threads of smoke
And waterdrops flowing on the cheeks I’ve lost sight of…


hajimete oriru eki o deru to
itsumo tsuki o miagete neji o maku
furui tokei ga nafuda mitai
mireba kimi o omoidasu

The first time I set foot on the station I stopped at,
As always I was looking up the Moon as if I was caught by it;
That old clock is just like a name plate
Because if I look at it it makes me remember about you.

<読んだ行をなぞる 再び>
<飽きぬように だから忘れた>

ukabi kieru omoide ga
zutto watashi o semetsudzukete
toki no imi mo wasureta you na isu de nemuru
<yonda gyou o nazoru futatabi>
<akinu you ni dakara wasureta>

This floating, dissolving memories of mine
Will always keep on blaming me
Sleeping on a chair as if the meaning of time itself has been forgotten…
<I’ll trace out once more the lines I’ve read>
<Forgotten because I couldn’t give up on them>

曇りガラス 壊せずに

ano hi no sora o oboeteru kana
soko de hajimete mita kao
kumori garasu kowasezu ni
kikoenai ketsui no koe

I wonder if you remember the sky from that day?
The face I first saw right there…
Came along with a determinated voice I couldn’t hear
Overshadowed by a frosted glass you didn’t break…

ひとりひとり 違った足跡
ひとつひとつ 別れた道も

hitori hitori chigatta ashiato
kaze ga fukeba mou nokoranai
hitotsu hitotsu wakareta michi mo
doko ka ni tusdzuite tsunagaru hazu

Alone, alone, one footstep after another:
If the wind were to blow, nothing of them will remain;
Just one, only one, even our parted-away paths
I’m sure they’ll continue and join together somewhere.

いつかまた会う その時にでも
手は繋いだまま “See You”

miageta sora ni suiheisen wa naku
sekai o tsudzunderu
ima wa mada maigo no mama arukou
itsuka mata au sono toki ni demo
gyuu to te o nigiri arukou
tsuki o miagetara soko wa watashitachi no asobiba
te wa tsunaida mama “See You”

There was no trace of horizon on the sky we were looking at
It was just wrapping the whole world together;
Even now that I feel just like a stray child, I’ll walk
Because I’m sure
Someday we’ll meet again, and even that day
I’ll walk, again, holding your hand firmly;
If you look at the Moon, you’ll see what our playground will be
And so, as I hold your hand… “See You”.


Title: farewell
Original Track: 日本中の不思議を集めて (Gathering the Mysterious from All Around Japan), Neo-traditionalism of Japan, Track #9
Vocals: あいしろ (Aishiro)
Lyrics: —
Arrangement:みっつん (Applice)
Circle: Applice
Album: 斥量零度点
Release Event: C87

Listen to it on Youtube here: Applice – farewell

Translated by Shion (@FGRNDNoises)
Feel free to use it, but don’t forget to credit!


About foregroundnoises

I love music more than everything; I'm also a (shamefully mediocre) bass player and wannabe composer / writer (only in my dreams). Also interested in astronomy, traveling, theatre, literature, poetry, art, movies, mostly everything from Japan and other stuff. I'm also okay with anime stuff as long as I don't have to deal with weeaboos. Touhou project? Love it! Gaki no Tsukai? Love it! Foreground Eclipse? Of course I love them! I'm an university student, I study japanese since years for unknown reasons and I managed to get a degree on japanese language & culture (currently 進学中). I'm italian, but I can (almost) perfectly understand english.
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