Single: Datenshi
2020.01.29 Lingua Sounda/Victor
Album: Abracadabra
2020.09.21 Lingua Sounda/Victor


Fallen Angels
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi

I know You know
This love, a magic spell
I know  You know
This love, the feel of joy

You angel of sorrow
Aha forgive me
Forgive me forgive me
My flesh and my flesh are hurting now1

I want You want
This love through our body2
I want You want
This love, I want you baby

I guess I'll be falling
Aha, down to Hell
Killing me like we're in a dream
Sin and punishment scattering round

You know love's an illusion ah
A little sweet fragrance in the air
Licking wet upon your lips
Tell me who are you

This is love yeah You & Me
Oh baby thrusting You & Me3
Pressing my lips all over you
Tell me who am I

You angel of sorrow
Aha forgive me
Forgive me forgive me
My flesh and my flesh are hurting now

I guess I'll be falling
Aha, down to Hell
Killing me like we're in a dream
Sin and punishment scattering round

You know love's an illusion ah
A little sweet fragrance in the air
Licking wet upon your lips
Tell me who are you

This is love yeah You & Me
Oh baby thrusting You & Me
Pressing my lips all over you
Tell me who am I


1) Sakurai's Japanese doesn't specify whose flesh this is, so I could have translated this line as "the flesh and the flesh." I decided on "my flesh and my flesh" instead, because it sounds more personal, and therefore more true to the intimate nature of the lyrics. Given how the jacket artwork for the single depicts the band members embracing black and white cutouts like invisible lovers, it seems clear that Sakurai is again exploring the theme of duality/nonduality, the idea of lover as other self, almost like an extension of Shiina Ringo's "Kakeochi Mono." Sakurai has also spoken before about how his internal monologue is more like a dialogue between two voices, especially during his creative process, and he seems to be expressing that idea more fully in these lyrics.

2) Again, the Japanese doesn't specify whose body this is. It could just as easily be "my body," "your body," or "our bodies." I translated it as "our body" to stay consistent with the interpretation explained above.

3) "Yureru," the word I translated here as "thrusting," actually means something more like swaying (like dancers), shaking (like an earthquake), rocking (like a cradle), rippling (like water), or gyrating (like an over-excited pelvis). I translated it here as "thrusting" because the intended meaning is clearly sexual - he means bodies moving together in a sexual rhythm. "Swaying" doesn't convey the sexuality, and "gyrating" is too clunky to sing, so I went with the more aggressive "thrusting" in keeping with Sakurai's self-stated intention that the lyrics sound "bad-boy and aggressive." 




堕天使
作詞:櫻井敦司
作詞:今井寿
作曲:今井寿
作曲:星野英彦

I KNOW YOU KNOW 愛の呪文を
I KNOW YOU KNOW 愛の喜びを

嘆きの天使 アッハ! ワタシヲ
許シテ 許シテ 肉と肉が痛いよ 

I WANT YOU WANT 愛を身体中
I WANT YOU WANT 愛をI WANT YOU BABY

堕ちてゆくんだろう アッハ! 地獄へ
殺シテ 夢中デ 罪と罰飛び散った

愛なんてそう幻想 ちょっと甘い香り
唇 濡らす あなたは誰?
愛なんだそうYOU&ME Oh BABY揺れるYOU&ME
唇 這わす わたしは誰?

嘆きの天使 アッハ! ワタシヲ
許シテ 許シテ 肉と肉が痛いよ 
堕ちてゆくんだろう アッハ! 地獄へ
殺シテ 夢中デ 罪と罰飛び散った

愛なんてそう幻想 ちょっと甘い香り
唇 濡らす あなたは誰?
愛なんだそうYOU&ME Oh BABY揺れるYOU&ME
唇 這わす わたしは誰?



Datenshi
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Imai Hisashi

I KNOW YOU KNOW ai no jumon wo
I KNOW YOU KNOW ai no yorokobi wo

nageki no tenshi     ahha!     watashi wo
yurushite     yurushite     nikuto niku ga itai yo

I WANT YOU WANT ai wo karadajuu
I WANT YOU WANT ai wo I WANT YOU BABY

ochiteyukun darou     ahha!     jigoku e
koroshite     muchuu de     tsumi to batsu tobichitta

ai nante sou gensou     chotto amai kaori
kuchibiru     nurasu     anata wa dare? 
ai nanda sou YOU & ME      Oh BABY yureru YOU & ME
kuchibiru     hawasu     watashi wa dare?

nageki no tenshi     ahha!     watashi wo
yurushite     yurushite     nikuto niku ga itai yo
ochiteyukun darou     ahha!     jigoku e
koroshite     muchuu de     tsumi to batsu tobichitta

ai nante sou gensou     chotto amai kaori
kuchibiru     nurasu     anata wa dare? 
ai nanda sou YOU & ME      Oh BABY yureru YOU & ME
kuchibiru     hawasu     watashi wa dare?