nagaki yume no hate
At the End of a Long Dream
Arranged by: RD-Sounds
Album: 音 (Omoi) [Official site]
Circle: 凋叶棕 (Diao ye zong)
Original theme: Omiwa Legend [大神神話伝]
Requested by: Nishikawa Keiko
This is only a short song, but a lot of heavy images and concepts are crammed into it. I won’t talk too much about it here, but it seems to be heavily linked to Futo’s backstory. Does this song, like others from this album, deal with lost memories? If so, what memories has Futo lost?
It was a little while ago now, but I received some excellent comments regarding 忘らるる物語 || A Forgettable Tale from this album! Reading everyone’s interpretations made me appreciate the song on a whole new level, so feel free to write your own interpretation in the comments!
I look up at the sky, and in the distance
You sink into a heat haze. (1)
Perhaps you saw it, too—
You uncertain beings
Who violated your birth and your blood unawares. (2)
While fighting, clinging to illusions of old gods, (3)
That whole illusion shall be cast to the flames! Be burned, all together!
If my flowing blood burns brilliantly,
Then do even my outstretched body and hands burn, too?
This trembling. This numbness. What do I fear?
I peer into the earth’s darkness.
After many nights, my corpse begins its journey.
Perhaps you see nothing—
You uncertain beings,
Reward those feelings, which darkened your eyes, and sleep.
At the sleeve of a new god, my purpose
Is to become kindling for the flames that will someday illuminate them.
If it is the fate for shed blood to cease and fade away,
Then perhaps that is also beautiful. If my spirit could but go up in flames…
A long dream. A vanishing dream. I am not afraid.
As descendants of the gods, we will but pursue their shadow.
If so, we will forget our status and depart on a journey far, far away.
(1) Though the kanji 殿 is written, あなた (you) is sung. The kanji is used as a form of honorific (especially when referring to a feudal lord), and can also refer to a mausoleum.
(2) At several points in this song, もの (mono, person/thing) is written in katakana (モノ). It is possible that this refers to Futo’s clan name, Mononobe, especially in cases like this, where it is linked to blood [モノの血 would become ‘The blood of Mono(nobe)]
(3) 幻想 (gensou, illusions) is written, but おもい (omoi, feelings, etc.) is sung. One’s interpretation of this stanza could change based on how they interpret the album title.