Otogivanashi’s COSMOS

One thing I do that hasn’t manifested itself around Kanabits quite yet is my occasional dabbling in song lyrics. Why? Because it’s different, often less straightforward and more challenging of an experience than what you’ve seen from me thus far. As a result I’m almost never satisfied with my efforts, so I fiddle and rewrite, fiddle and rewrite, and in the end my documents folder is left littered with word documents of messy, half-finished text.

It’s a good exercise, though. And the songs I translate are songs I love or at least find compelling enough to share. But that proves another point for hesitation. Where to begin? Immediately start with a band I really care about and the disappointment of an “Ehh” to “This sucks” kind of reaction might rock my fragile heart enough that I never post anything music related again.

That is why we are starting with a song I like by a band I don’t know much about, Otogivanashi (おとぎ話) and their song COSMOS.

Otogivanashi – COSMOS

 

I think of you whenever it pours

And when the rain finally stops, I run outside

The smell of the wind and the whispers of a dream

The ever unchanging sky we share

 

Faintly, faintly she materializes

In the depths of my memory

She, who sings with such sorrow

Reaches out and sees the afternoon light

 

The bright flames of love have burned you

And through love’s sunset, you see me

The pain left deep in your heart

Calls to me, just like always

 

The future, naturally, is out with a cold,

Terrified of its own namelessness

From the other side of the sky comes a resounding fanfare

Delivered straight to you

 

My Little Love Song For You

 

I think of you whenever it pours

And when the rain finally stops, I run outside

The smell of the wind and the whispers of a dream

The ever unchanging sky we share

 

Faintly, faintly she materializes

Dropping my paints into the sky

I promise I’ll write, so please don’t forget me

The heart that materializes on that light blue canvas

Shines on a world in your own image

As a bonus, here’s a video of the band performing the song (a few years prior to the music video, which is interesting). The vocalist loses it a bit and starts wailing half way through, but you can’t blame the guy for being passionate, right? Also, there’s a spot of magic near the end when a dragonfly lands on the guitarist’s microphone. Good stuff.

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