Album: Arui wa Anarchy
2014.06.04 Lingua Sounda/Tokuma Japan


Once Upon a Time
Lyrics: Imai Hisashi
Music: Imai Hisashi

Once upon a time, in a place far away1
Stood the Rebel Tower pointing up into the sky2

With the Sphinx running on clockwork steam
Venus body, streamlined airfoil shape3

Holding onto his pain
So does Icarus fly4
And after that what happened next

All through the world and everywhere
Like it was promised, we all fall in love
Here come our future fairy tales
Transcending time as it flows
This is where we begin now

Once upon a time, under the metal sky5
Time machine tail lights

Down on Abbey Road, dive into the stars6
In a submarine under the waves, the yellow type7

Now what is this that we've found
And after that what happened next

All through the world and everywhere
Like it was promised, we all fall in love
Here come our future fairy tales
Transcending time as it flows
This is where we begin now

The flower that you saw one day8
The wind as it's blowing to you
Holding tight to his pain
So does Icarus fly
Now what is this that we've found
And after that what happened next

All through the world and everywhere
Like it was promised, we all fall in love
Here come our future fairy tales
Transcending time as it flows
This is where we begin now

All through the world and everywhere
Like it was promised, we all fall in love
Here come our future fairy tales
Transcending time as it flows
This is where we begin now


1) The original Japanese line, "muakshi-mukashi, aru tokoro ni" is the standard beginning of Japanese fairy tales.

2) The Rebel Tower is the Tower of Lucifer, which is a favorite theme of Imai's, though I think he explored it better in "Lucifer a Go Go," so go there for more notes.

3) He wrote "Venus" in katakana, but on fast reading, it really, really looks like "penis." But no pains, no gains, eh?  (You old-school Malice Mizer fans. I'm looking at you. You get this one hard. No pun intended.)

4) Go here for a note on Icarus in the context of Imai's lyrics.

5) Guys, if you're sick of this song already, you should totally go watch Metalocalypse instead. 

6) Of course, this is a reference to the Beatles' album Abbey Road, recorded at Abbey Road studios on Abbey Road in London. Abbey Road is maybe the bestest Beatles album ever so if you haven't listened to it you should go listen to it now instead of listening to this stupid song.

Also, fun fact: some conspiracy theorists thought that because Paul isn't wearing shoes on the Abbey Road album cover, that meant he was dead and the band was covering it up by using a body double. Proof that the conspiracy is true: if you listen to "Come Together" backwards, you can hear the words "Paul is Dead" repeated over and over (apparently?) Conspiracy theorists are awesome.

Second fun fact: Yagami Toll and the New Blue Sky covered "Come Together" at their It's a Now + 1 mini-tour in summer 2013.

7) This is a reference to the Beatles' fabulous animated film Yellow Submarine. If you haven't seen it, drop everything you're doing and watch it right now. Note that it's best enjoyed under enhanced reality conditions similar to the conditions under which Imai doubtless penned these lyrics.

8) It was totally a cannabis flower. I know. I was there. Thanks, man.




Once Upon a Time
作詞:今井寿
作曲:今井寿

昔々 あるところに 天を衝く
反逆の塔 そびえた

スフィンクスは蒸気仕掛け ビーナス BODY
流線型エアロシェイプ

悲しみを抱いて イカロスが飛ぶ
その先の果てに

世界中が まるで約束したように 愛し合う
未来の神話が 流れる時間ーときーを超えて始まる

Once upon a time 鋼ーメタルーの空 飛び交う
タイムマシン テールライト

アビイロードで銀河へダイブ サブマリン
潜行中イエロータイプ

俺たちは何をみつけたんだろう
その先の果てに

世界中が まるで約束したように 愛し合う
未来の神話が 流れる時間ーときーを超えて始まる

いつか見た花も
君に吹く風も
悲しみを抱いて イカロスが飛ぶ
俺たちは何をみつけたんだろう
その先の果てに

世界中が まるで約束したように 愛し合う
未来の神話が 流れる時間ーときーを超えて始まる
世界中が まるで約束したように 愛し合う
未来の神話が 流れる時間ーときーを超えて始まる




Once Upon a Time
Lyrics: Imai Hisashi
Music: Imai Hisashi

Mukashi-mukashi     aru tokoro ni     ten wo tsuku
Hangyaku no tou     sobieta

Sufinkusu wa jouki shikake     biinasu    BODY
Ryuusenkei earo sheipu

Kanashimi wo daite     Ikarosu ga tobu
Sono saki no hate ni

Sekaijuu ga     marude yakusoku shita you ni     aishiau
Mirai no shinwa ga     nagareru toki wo koete hajimaru

Once upon a time     metaru no sora     tobikau
Taimu mashiin     teeru raito

Abii Roodo de ginga e daibu     sabumarin
Senkouchuu ieroo taipu

Ore-tachi wa nani wo mitsuketan darou
Sono saki no hate ni

Sekaijuu ga     marude yakusoku shita you ni     aishiau
Mirai no shinwa ga     nagareru toki wo koete hajimaru

Itsuka mita hana mo
Kimi ni fuku kaze mo
Kanashimi wo daite     Ikarosu ga tobu
Ore-tachi wa nani wo mitsuketan darou
Sono saki no hate ni

Sekaijuu ga     marude yakusoku shita you ni     aishiau
Mirai no shinwa ga     nagareru toki wo koete hajimaru
Sekaijuu ga     marude yakusoku shita you ni     aishiau
Mirai no shinwa ga     nagareru toki wo koete hajimaru