sawadarling (vocal: yori) – 夢無き明日のラブソング

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picture by harada miyuki

This song isn’t like anything else in the world.
There’s nothing that could get close to this song’s sound and vibe.
I just found it, and listening / reading to it was just like being hit by a sudden meteorite.
It has also already been translated, but I want to make this song mine anyways, so I’m translating it anew, with lyrics and all.
I don’t even know how to describe this song, but I assure you this is one of the most important posts I’ve ever wrote on foregroundnoises. Words won’t just help me this time.
I’m leaving everything to this song, hoping you’ll understand.

sawadarling (vocal: yori) – 夢無き明日のラブソング

できるだけ軽くあるように、
カバンの中身は捨ててゆこう。

dekiru dake karuku aru you ni,
kaban no nakami wa sutete yukou.

I’ll throw away my bag’s contents
So I can feel as light as possible.

あとがきだけを食べた文庫本で
足の踏み場がないね。

atogaki dake o tabeta bunkohon de
ashi no fumiba ga nai ne.

There’s no place to place my feet on
As everything’s covered of books I’ve only read their afterwords

僕らはいつも
あまり得意ではない愛を
掠り合って生きてるのよう。

bokura wa itsumo
amari tokui de wa nai ai o
kasuri atte ikiteru no yo.

We always live
Feeling each other’s love
Which we’re both not good at.

そこにあるそこの見えぬ明日を
君は夢見れるかい?

soko ni aru soko no mienu asu o
kimi wa yume mireru kai?

But can you really dream of
That unseen tomorrow lying down those depths?

泣いて、笑って。
その次は?

naite, waratte.
sono tsugi wa?

Cry, Laugh,
But what’s after it?

夢無き明日は、
夢より素敵な
何かを見よう。

yumenaki asu wa,
yume yori sutekina
nanika o miyou.

On the dreamless tomorrow,
Let’s see something even more marvelous
Than dreams.

すべての憂鬱や
忘れてしまいたい何かを、
愛せよ。

subete no yuuutsu ya
wasureteshimaitai nanika o,
aise yo.

All your depression…
And everything you want to forget…
…Love them.

泣いて、笑って。
その次は?

naite, waratte.
sono tsugi wa?

Cry, Laugh,
But what’s after it?

見せてよ。
僕にずっと。

misete yo.
boku ni zutto.

Show them to me.
Forever.

COVERUNAVAILABLE

Title: 夢無き明日のラブソング (yumenaki asu no rabusongu) (Love Song for the Dreamless Tomorrow)
Circle: American Last Night
Album: 夢無き明日のラブソング (Single)
Vocals: yori
Lyrics: sawadarling (American Last Night)
Arrangement: sawadarling (American Last Night)
Release Date: January 5, 2014
Source: Original

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – Zero Comma, Irotoridori no Sekai PART 1/5: さんざめく

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picture by Ilya Kuvshinov

I think that time is a spiral of things leaving marks here and there, but each time the spiral goes on the same place it went before, the mark gets weaker and dimmer.
That’s why I think one has to strike while the iron’s hot, as they say.
And now that I’m really into Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs I want to post more about them right now that I’m feeling them the most, basically.
There will be more posts by them, being their song pretty simple (lyric-wise) and not so time wasting. Of course I’m planning to post the other requests / doujin stuff too, but there’s no need to rush, right?
Short lyrics doesn’t mean inexpressive lyrics. One of the thing I like the most about this band is the space they give to the instrumental section and their lyrics, which aren’t really long but are really stunning.
But I guess that’s also part of my thoughts, being shoegaze one of the music genre I can relate the most to.
Anyway, ’till next post!

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – さんざめく

傘は いつも そのままで
なじる 境を愛すのさ

kasa wa itsumo sono mama de
najiru sakai o aisu no sa

My umbrella will always stay this way
Scolding off the world I love

おおい、おおい、聞こえているかい
おおい、おおい、その耳貸して
おおい、おおい、風がなくから

ooi, ooi, kikoeteiru kai
ooi, ooi, sono mimi kashite
ooi, ooi, kaze ga naku kara

Hey, hey, are you listening?
Hey, hey, listen closely
Hey, hey, ’cause the wind is weeping

そこにあるというイメージと
わずかに見える破滅像
生きろ、殺せ、慈しめ
と吐いては消えるばかりさ

soko ni aru to iu imeeji to
wazuka ni mieru hametsuzou
ikiro, korose, itsukushime
to haite wa kieru bakari sa

The image of you being there
And that faintly visible impression of ruin…
“Live!”, “Kill!”, “Love!”
Those shouted words are just disappearing

わたしは失くした色も
この手に強く抱いて
躊躇いは置いていくから
簡単に呼ばないで

watashi wa nakushita iro mo
kono te ni tsuyoku daite
tamerai wa oite iku kara
kantan ni yobanai de

Even the color I’ve lost
Is held firmly by this hand of mine
And because I’ll leave my hesitation behind
Don’t simply come and call me

群青に染まる
空は明日色
いってしまった日を紡げ、繋げ、愛せよ

gunjou ni somaru
sora wa asu-iro
itteshimatta hi o tsumuge, tsunage, aise yo

The ultramarine sky
Is painted with the colors of tomorrow;
Those days you heedlessly went towards to… Hold them, Become one with them, Love them

ここまでは届かない
どこまでも 弧を描いて

koko made wa todokanai
doko made mo ko o kaite

It won’t reach until where I’m now
So I’ll be drawing arcs anywhere

Notes:

– From the same album: .03 – 終わりのはじまり & .02 – まで。情熱ミックス / .07 – ズレる & .08 – ひきずるビート / .05 – ONEDAY & .06 – サイダーと君 + .04 RAT / .01 – ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界.

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Title: さんざめく (sanzameku) (Great Noise)
Circle: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Album: ゼロコンマ、色とりどりの世界 (Zero Comma, Irotoridori no Sekai)
Vocals: 宮本菜津子 (Natsuko Miyamoto)
Lyrics: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Arrangement: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Release Date: 08/4/2010
Source: Original

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – たんたんたん

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official promo art for たんたんたん

I first translated a song by this band on 感激宴会 (kangeki enkai), but space, time, Atlantis whereabouts, ancient aliens and the Fermi’s paradox made me think about lots of things and stuff.
Like, “why should I have two blogs?” and “why should I have two blogs which are about the same thing?” and “why should I have two blogs which are about the same thing and the latter doesn’t get not even the 0,001% of my other more famous blog?”
So, yeah… I don’t intend to close kangeki enkai (mainly because it has been recognized by My Dead Girlfriend!), but I think I’ll make more kangeki-enkai-ish posts here rather than posting them on the other darker and more forgotten website.
After all, that’s music. And that’s music that I’m willing to share and translate.
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs— I’m in love with this band, so expect shitloads of post by them here and there.
We’re talking about Shoegaze, here. And as a bassist (or rather, as a guy who bought one 5 years ago and pretended to play it once in a while) I couldn’t avoid falling in love with their music style. That’s the type of music I’ve always wanted to play, and I wish someday I could do it (meaning, find the right people with the right music tastes to play, something that NEVER happened in the “bands” I’ve played in).
There are lots of songs I love from this band, and I’ll translate them occasionally (so checking this website won’t become obnoxious), but before getting to this song, I want to recommend one song by them that I won’t post again (because it has no lyrics).
The song name is エンドロール (Endroll) and it’s one of the most beautiful music pieces I’ve listened to in a while. Give it a shot and don’t be afraid of its almost 10 minutes lenght. It’s one of the instrumental songs that I love the most, and I want to share my love for it with whoever is reading this.
Today’s song is titled たんたんたん, and it’s one of their latest release. It’s way calmer than their other songs, but it has an amazing distorted guitar solo that is just… beyond words.
Music is meant to be listened and understood. Just by yourself.

Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs – たんたんたん

このまま世界が終わればいいと
思ってしまった
願ってしまった

kono mama sekai ga owareba ii to
omotteshimatta
negatteshimatta

“I wouldn’t mind if the world would come to an end just now”
That’s what I thought, unwillingly
That’s what I wished for, unwillingly

ひとりじゃ歌さえ うたえないくせに
孤独であることを願ってしまった

hitori ja uta sae utaenai kuse ni
kodoku de aru koto o negatteshimatta

Even though I’m one of those who can’t sing alone
I wished to be alone, unwillingly

あなたはいま
わたしをいま
愛していますか?
恋しく思いますか

anata wa ima
watashi o ima
aishiteimasu ka?
koishiku omoimasu ka?

Is the you of this moment
Loving the me
Of this moment?
Are you missing me?

今日の空が
昨日にまた
さよならするのを見ていたい

kyou no sora ga
kinou ni mata
sayonara suru no o miteitai

Today’s sky
Is still willing to look back
At yesterday’s farewell

大事なものはいくつもないさ、いつも
君と僕の手、たったひとつの言葉

daijina mono wa ikutsu mo nai sa, itsumo
kimi to boku no te, tatta hitotsu no kotoba

There’s not a great number of important things, you know;
But in me and you, in our hands there lies a single word…

COVERUNAVAILABLE

Title: たんたんたん (tantantan)
Circle: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Album: [posted on their official website]
Vocals: Natsuko Miyamoto
Lyrics: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Arrangement: Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Release Date: 9/01/2012
Source: Original

ゆだち – 遠雷

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picture by Toni Grote

ゆだち – 遠雷

笑っていた過去 あなたといた今
いつでも追いかけていた 孤独な背中を

waratteita kako anata to ita ima
itsudemo oikaketeita kodoku na senaka o

The past I laughed in, the present with you
I kept on following a lonely back all the way

出会った日のこと あなたの「これまで」は
飲み込めない大きさで 心が揺らいだ

deatta hi no koto anata no “kore made” wa
nomikomenai ookisa de kokoro ga yurai da

The “until now” you spoke from when we met that day
My heart couldn’t get it, as it was widely trembling

離れないで ずっと傍にいたいのは
あなたが見てきた景色を知らないから
伝えたいのは わかってほしいのは
私が見てきたものの色じゃないけど

hanarenai de zutto soba ni itai no wa
anata ga mitekita keshiki o shiranai kara
tsutaetai no wa wakatte hoshii no wa
watashi ga mitekita mono no iro ja nai kedo

Don’t ever leave me, because I don’t know
The scenery you come to see as I long to stay with you;
What I want to convery, what I want you to know
Isn’t the color of what sorrounds me, though…

あの日見えた 雨の中 遠く稲妻
歪んだあなたの顔 耳を塞いだ

ano hi mieta ame no naka tooku inazuma
yuganda anata no kao mimi o fusaida

The lightining flash I saw that day in the middle of the rain…
I covered my ears as it reflected your distorted face

怖がるあなたに 悪いと思いながら
同じ雨に濡れていたこと 嬉しく思った

kowagaru anata ni warui to omoi nagara
onaji ame ni nureteita koto ureshiku omotta

As I think of your fear to be something bad,
I’m happy I’m being soaked by that same rain

忘れないで 覚えていてほしいのは
私と作る歌の名前じゃないけど
忘れないでいたいと思えたのは
あの歌を その背中と 一緒に歌えたから

wasurenaide oboeteite hoshii no wa
watashi to tsukuru uta no namae ja nai kedo
wasurenai de itai to omoeta no wa
ano uta o sono senaka to issho ni utaeta kara

Don’t forget about it, what I want you to remember
Isn’t the name of the song I’ve composed;
The reason why I wished you won’t forget anything
Is because I could sing that song along with you, with your back

離れないで ずっと傍にいたいのは
出会った痛みを 教えてくれたから
怖くなったら 腕の中へおいで
何度でも 一人じゃないこと 確かめられるから

wasurenaide zutto soba ni itai no wa
deatta itami o oshiete kureta kara
kowaku nattara ude no naka e oide
nando demo hitori ja nai koto tashikamerareru kara

Don’t ever leave me, The reason why I want to stay by your side
Is because you taught me the pain I’ve met back then;
If you’ll be afraid, come here between my arms
Because I can make you believe you’re not alone, countless times…

(夏の日は遠回り 蛍火を追いかけ続けて)
(神鳴りはもう聴こえない 神様はどこにもいないから)
(これからも遠回り 道草ばかり繰り返そう)
(何度でも 話をしよう 私たちが見てきた景色の)

(natsu no hi wa toomawari hotarubi o oikake tsudzukete)
(kaminari wa mou kikoenai kamisama wa doko ni mo inai kara)
(kore kara mo toomawari michikusa bakari kurikaesou)
(nando demo hanashi o shiyou watashitachi ga mitekita keshiki no)

(Summer days passing by, keeping on chasing firefly’s lights)
(I can’t hear no divine thunders anymore, for God lies nowhere to be found)
(And from now on I’ll pass along, repeating the same unchanging grassy road)
(Let’s talk again once more, more and more on the landscape we came to see)

Notes:

– Last reported stanza is sang along with the second to last stanza, as a backing vocal.
– (last reported stanza) 神鳴り (kaminari) is wrote as “God’s Roar”, and it’s a pun on the word 雷 (kaminari) which means “Thunder”.

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Title: 遠雷 (enrai) (Distant Thunder)
Circle: ゆだち
Album: ゆれても、のこらない (yuretemo, nokoranai)
Vocals: —
Lyrics: ゆだち
Arrangement: —
Release Year: 2013
Source: Original

My Dead Girlfriend – Watashi no Aishita Manatsu no Shinigami

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picture by GUM

[2017 edit: lol newbie]
I want to keep posting more songs from this band (though I also want to post others), because I think I ended up falling in love with them more than I thought I could.
I love today’s song even more than the other from the previous post, both in terms of music and lyrics. And it’s absolutely my favourite song by My Dead Girlfriend [2017 edit: it still is].
Let’s start with its title “watashi no aishita manatsu no shinigami” (My Beloved Midsummer God of Death). That alone was enough to charm me.
Summer itself it’s a pretty nostalic season in my mind. As I picture Summer, I always picture a twilight, and a reddening setting Sun which seems it could last forever, but never actually does.
That’s why the title caught my attention so much. Because it reminded me of my very own “Midsummer God of Death”.
[2017 brutal edit over removed sections]
I couldn’t find a picture that perfectly resembles what this song makes me feel, though. And I’m really sad about it.
I really care about this post, this song, my translation, everything on it.
I hope you enjoy. I’ll also leave a subbed video for this song by me.

My Dead Girlfriend – Watashi no Aishita Manatsu no Shinigami

打ち上げ花火、浮かんだ
腐乱した君の死体
最後の夜だとしても
一緒にいれてよかった

uchiage hanabi, ukanda
furanshita kimi no shitai
saigo no yoru da to shite mo
issho ni irete yokatta

Skyrocket fireworks and your
floating decomposing corpse;
Even if this will be our last night
I’m glad we could be together

打ち上げ花火と消えた
儚いあのこの気持ち
最後に言えたとしても
きっと伝わらなかった

uchiage hanabi to kieta
hakanai ano ko no kimochi
saigo ni ieta to shite mo
kitto tsutawaranakatta

Those fickle feelings from that time
Disappeared along with the skyrocket fireworks
Even if I’d tell you at the very end
You wouldn’t understand it, I’m sure of it

燦々と照らす太陽の下
僕は一人、目をまわす
畑に咲く向日葵さえ、僕を笑ってる
だんだんと暮れてゆく夕日で
君のことを思い出す
いつかは忘れる思い出
離れられずにいる

sansan to terasu taiyou no shita
boku wa hitori, me o mawasu
hatake ni saku himawari sae, boku o waratteiru
dandan to kureteyuku yuuhi de
kimi no koto o omoidasu
itsuka wa wasureru omoide
hanarerarezu ni iru

Under the bright shining Sun
I’m alone, looking around
As even sunflowers blooming on the fields are laughing at me;
By the setting Sun, sinking gradually,
I’m remembering about you
As the memories one day I’ll forget
Are still here, without getting away

揺れる君の髪の毛や
遠く響く足音に
僕の頭の中では
今も会いに行ける

yureru kimi no kami no ke ya
tooku hibiku ashioto ni
boku no atama no naka de wa
ima mo ai ni yukeru

Your hair rustled by the wind
Or the sound of your steps, echoing in distance;
They’re all inside my head
And I can even meet them now

燦々と照らす太陽の下
僕は一人、目をまわす
畑に咲く向日葵さえ、僕を笑ってる
だんだんと暮れてゆく夕日で
君のことを思い出す
いつかは忘れる思い出
離れられずにいる

sansan to terasu taiyou no shita
boku wa hitori, me o mawasu
hatake ni saku himawari sae, boku o waratteiru
dandan to kureteyuku yuuhi de
kimi no koto o omoidasu
itsuka wa wasureru omoide
hanarerarezu ni iru

Under the bright shining Sun
I’m alone, looking around
As even sunflowers blooming on the fields are laughing at me;
By the setting Sun, sinking gradually,
I’m remembering about you
As the memories one day I’ll forget
Are still here, without getting away

揺れる君の髪の毛や
遠く響く足音に
僕の頭の中では
今も会いに行ける

yureru kimi no kami no ke ya
tooku hibiku ashioto ni
boku no atama no naka de wa
ima mo ai ni yukeru

Your hair rustled by the wind
Or the sound of your steps, echoing in distance;
They’re all inside my head
And I can even meet them now

Notes:

– Last stanza (last?) features a personal choice of mine. “yureru” (揺れる) means “to sway”, but of course it’s implying the movement of the hair while being rustled by the wind. Thus my translation. Because I love that kind of image and I know it’s what the song’s talking about. It would also felt kind of weird, otherwise.

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Title: Watashi no Aishita Manatsu no Shinigami (My Beloved Midsummer God of Death)
Circle: My Dead Girlfriend (死んだ僕の彼女)
Album: Ixtab
Vocals: Ishikawa, Takahashi
Lyrics: My Dead Girlfriend (死んだ僕の彼女)
Arrangement: 石田ショーキチ (Ishida Shoukichi)
Release Date: 03/10/2010
Source: Original

My Dead Girlfriend – Conception For Three Forms Of Unhappiness At The State Of Existence

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picture by johannes voss

I guess today’s post is different from the others, a little bit more serious, and probably holds a bigger value than lots of previous ones.
I want to talk a bit about it, about music, about everything that makes my vision a little bit more clear.
I always separated japanese music from non-japanese music.
For some reason, I can’t easily say that I listen to some artists / bands and also to japanese ones. It’s just too strange to me, and I really don’t know why. Even though I listen more to non-japanese music, I love japanese music, whether it’s doujin, touhou, arranges, originals, whatever.
Then, I’ve found out about Shoegaze, a post-rock musical sub-genre.
There are lots of japanese shoegaze bands that I’ve listened to until now.
Finding out about shoegaze and similar post-rock styles of music opened up a new world before my very eyes.
The barrier between japanese and non japanese music suddenly crumbled for a while. I think japanese shoegaze was the music genre I was unconsciously searching for a long time.
That’ why today’s post is a special one. Because rather than the song itself, it’s about a genre, about music, about a new look to the same world.
But of course it’s also a translation post, being this blog about them, at least on a foreground side.
I can’t do anything more than suggesting you bands like My Dead Girlfriend, Shoujoskip, Tokyo Shoegazer, Clams, She Her Her Hers, Asobi Sex, Parasol, and lots more…
I wish I could make posts like this one, introducing to you more songs, artist, band and styles of this genre, but the sad thing is that the lyrics are pretty damn impossible to find.
So, if I happen to find some, expect more shoegaze-focused posts like this.
I think this style of music reflects my style / ideals / vision of the world more than touhou arranges / doujin music does, that’s why I want to give it more space on my wordpress.
And that’s why it’s so important to me. I couldn’t care less about becoming someone online.
But if I have to write about something, I’d like to write more about what really matters to me. Or better, to the one behind Shion, behind Foreground Noises, behind everything else.
Let’s get to the song, Conception For Three Forms Of Unhappiness At The State Of Existence (kind of a long title, huh?).
It’s not the song I love the most from My Dead Girlfriend (those could may be Watashi no Aishita Manatsu no Shinigami, Sweet Days and Her Last Kiss or Nou ni Tokeru Asobi etc etc…), and I don’t even think that’s the most appropriate song to act as a symbol for japanese shoegaze, but I like it a lot anyways, and I was lucky enough to find its lyrics online.
I don’t think these lyrics are about a suicide. Or better, not an actual one.
I can totally see a love story filled with gaps they couldn’t fill, something the person talking in the lyrics maybe didn’t want, but now can’t stop thinking about.
As if he/she finally understood the value of something he/she had right after he/she lost it.
While the other… jumped down. To his/her own life. Towards his/her own choices that, maybe, lead him/her into someone else.
Songs like that can only come out from the cracks of a broken heart. That’s what makes it really beautiful.
That’s probably why I can feel it all very close to me.
I hope someone will spend some minutes to read this and to listen to this song and others.
I think that’s the beginning of a new type of posts.
It’s a matter of lyrics after all. Expect more posts like that in the future. From the same band too (foreshadowing next post?).
[2017 edit: keeping this wall of text untouched. Good memories!]

My Dead Girlfriend – Conception For Three Forms Of Unhappiness At The State Of Existence

蝉がぽとりと落ちて
夏の響きが蘇る
朽ち果てた腕 抱えて
君との日々を思い出す

semi ga potori to ochite
natsu no hibiki ga yomigaeru
kuchihateta ude kakaete
kimi to no hibi o omoidasu

A cicada falls down making a faint sound
And the echo of summer is yet revived
Holding my arm under yours, decayed,
Remembering the days I spent with you

“いつかは”なんて はしゃいで
夏の畦道 暮れる夕陽
繋いだ腕が離れて
田んぼの悪魔 踊りだす

“itsuka wa” nante hashai de
natsu no azemichi kureru yuuhi
tsunaida ude ga hanarete
tanbo no akuma odoridasu

“One day”, with such joy,
On a footpath between rice fields, by the setting sun
The arm I held firmly slipped away
As the ricefield’s demons started dancing

追いかけて 追いかけて
君の肩を捕まえて
追いかけて 追いかけて
君の息に捕まえて

oikakete oikakete
kimi no kata o tsukamaete
oikakete oikakete
kimi no iki tsukamaete

I’ll run after you, I’ll chase you
And I’ll lay my hands on your shoulders
I’ll run after you, I’ll chase you
And I’ll catch your breath

少し晴れた日曜日に
外の世界へ連れ出した
君は少しはにかんで
僕の袖口を捕まえた

sukoshi hareta nichiyoubi ni
soto no sekai e tsuredashita
kimi wa sukoshi hanikande
boku no sodeguchi o tsukamaeta

You took me on an outside world
On that almost cloudless sunday
And, a bit bashfully,
You held my sleeves tightly

少し晴れた日曜日に
君を騙して閉じ込めた
二度と元に戻せない
君は一人で飛び降りた

sukoshi hareta nichiyoubi ni
kimi o damashite tojikometa
nido to moto ni modosenai
kimi wa hitori de tobi orita

On that almost cloudless sunday
I locked you up in my lies;
I can’t go back from the beginning
Because you jumped down by yourself

少し晴れた日曜日に
外の世界へ連れ出した
君は少しはにかんで
僕の袖口を捕まえた

sukoshi hareta nichiyoubi ni
soto no sekai e tsuredashita
kimi wa sukoshi hani kande
boku no sodeguchi o tsukamaeta

You took me on an outside world
On that almost cloudless sunday
And, a bit bashfully,
You held my sleeves tightly

少し晴れた日曜日に
君を騙して閉じ込めた
二度と元に戻せない
君は一人で飛び降りた

sukoshi hareta nichiyoubi ni
kimi o damashite tojikometa
nido to moto ni modosenai
kimi wa hitori de tobi orita

On that almost cloudless sunday
I locked you up in my lies;
I can’t go back from the beginning
Because you jumped down by yourself

Title: Conception For Three Forms Of Unhappiness At The State Of Existence
Circle: 死んだ僕の彼女 (My Dead Girlfriend)
Album: Underdrawing For Three Forms Of Unhappiness At The State Of Existence
Vocals: Ishikawa, Takahashi
Lyrics: 死んだ僕の彼女 (My Dead Girlfriend)
Arrangement: 死んだ僕の彼女 (My Dead Girlfriend)
Release Date: 03/14/2012
Source: Original