Album: I Am Mortal
2015.11.11 cutting edge


MORTAL
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Jake Cloudchair

Go through the ocean
Of the moonlight
With your tiptoes
A sliding step in1

And all the pleasure
And all the sorrow
Just like the waves flow
Just like the wind blows

The door is open now upon the wondrous blessing of rain
Yeah you can see me tremble ah I should go mad and pass away ah2

Right here is the life that we must live
Right here is the death we must die
We scream from our baby first breath
The Mortal I am Mortal

The faintest blush
Ah trace with your fingers
Over my lips and rising on your cheek
(love)3

And when I close my eyes even now I see that precious lost love4
And no I won't forget ah I should go mad and pass away ah
 
Just once, for a moment, give me love
Just once, for a moment, a dream
Lullabies pouring down like the rain ah
The Mortal I am Mortal

Love and the illusion I thought was love
Still it astounds how they throw my heart from its orbit

The door is open now upon the wondrous blessing of rain 
Yeah you can see me tremble ah I should go mad and pass away ah

Right here is the life that we must live
Right here is the death we must die
We scream from our baby first breath
The Mortal I am Mortal

Just once, for a moment, give me love
Just once, for a moment, a dream
Love songs falling down like the rain ah
The Mortal I am Mortal
Dreaming of love
Love makes
Mortal5


Trigger Warning Warning: The following notes contain a trigger warning. Read at your own risk.

Trigger Warning: the following notes contain SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.

Note: I wouldn't be worth my salt as a translator if I couldn't give this catchiest of catchy songs a singable set of English lyrics, but luckily, the melody lends itself extremely well to English stress and syllable patterns (no doubt because Jake brought every ounce of steampunk DIY craftiness his slim body possesses to bear on writing Sakurai the most Missiony Mission song he's ever been given since "Sacrifice," which was in fact written by The Mission's Wayne Hussey and so basically is The Mission in disguise. If you don't know who The Mission are, go back to goth school.) Anyway, this translation is extra super-duper singable, so please, by all means, sing it. Sing the shit out of it. Before you die. Because (SPOILER ALERT!) you're going to die.

1) The word here, "suberidasu," can mean "to slide in" as in, to get one's feet wet or yes (how did you guess?) get other parts of oneself (and other people!!!!) wet as well...but it can also mean "to get started," as in get started on a project. I think Sakurai's trying to evoke a metaphor of life as an ocean that we slowly wade into.

2) Spelled with typical kanji, the word "kuruiyuku" would mean something like "descend into madness." However, here Sakurai changed the second kanji from the usual kanji (meaning "to go") with a more unusual kanji meaning "to die," with the connotation of a peaceful death as part of the natural course of things. Because (SPOILER ALERT!) we're all gonna die.

3) The word "love" is not actually written here in the lyric booklet, but on the recording (and during the live shows) Sakurai whispers "ai" here, so I thought I would put it into the translation.

4) "Natsukashii" literally just means "nostalgic," but I translated it here as "precious and lost" because in context it certainly seems that Sakurai is referring to love which, even if it isn't lost yet, soon will be. Because (SPOILER ALERT!) we're all gonna die!

5) The Japanese here reads, "ai no Mortal," which means something like "mortals are made of love." Those of you studying Japanese, take notes: this line does NOT mean "love is mortal," and it does NOT mean, "love makes us mortal." We're mortal no matter whether we love because (SPOILER ALERT!) we're all gonna die!




MORTAL
作詞:櫻井敦司
作曲:Jake Cloudchair

月光の海をゆく つま先で滑り出す
喜びや悲しみや 波の様に 風の様に

扉が開く 今 祝福の雨
震えているぜ さあ 狂い逝くがいい

絶対の生がここに 絶対の死がここに
産声で叫んでいる The Mortal I am Mortal

薄紅を引いてくれ 唇に その頬に

目蓋を閉じて 今 懐かしい愛
忘れはしない さあ 狂い逝くがいい

一瞬だけの愛でいい 一瞬だけの夢を
降りしきる子守唄 The Mortal I am Mortal

愛と 愛という幻想が
こんなにも 心狂わす

扉が開く 今 祝福の雨
震えているぜ さあ 狂い逝くがいい

絶対の生がここに 絶対の死がここに
産声で叫んでいる The Mortal I am Mortal
一瞬だけの愛でいい 一瞬だけの夢を
降りしきる愛の唄 The Mortal I am Mortal
愛の 夢 愛の Mortal



MORTAL
Lyrics: Sakurai Atsushi
Music: Jake Cloudchair

Gekkou no umi wo yuku     tsumasaki de suberidasu
Yorokobi ya kanashimi ya     nami no you ni     kaze no you ni

Tobira ga hiraku     ima     shukufuku no ame
Furueteiru ze     saa     kuruiyuku ga ii

Zettai no sei ga koko ni     zettai no shi ga koko ni
Ubugoe de sakendeiru     The Mortal I am Mortal

Usubeni wo hiitekure     kuchibiru ni     sono hoho ni

Mabuta wo tojite     ima     natsukashii ai
Wasure wa shinai     saa     kuruiyuku ga ii

Isshun dake no ai de ii     isshun dake no yume wo
Furishikiru komoriuta     The Mortal I am Mortal

Ai to     ai toiu gensou ga
Konna ni mo     kokoro kuruwasu

Tobira ga hiraku     ima     shukufuku no ame
Furueteiru ze     saa     kuruiyuku ga ii

Zettai no sei ga koko ni     zettai no shi ga koko ni
Ubugoe de sakendeiru     The Mortal I am Mortal
Isshun dake no ai de ii     isshun dake no yume wo
Furishikiru ai no uta     The Mortal I am Mortal
Ai no     yume     ai no     Mortal