katari tsugu mono
The Ones Who Pass Down Stories
Lyrics: nanase (ななせ)
Arranged by: tomoya
Album: The Ones Who Pass Down Stories (カタリツグモノ) 【Official Site】
Original Theme: Old Adam Bar [バー・オールドアダム ]
Requested by: Spoondere
Since the title’s written in katakana, it could refer to any of the sections in the song that are pronounced the same way. In this case, ‘The Ones Who Pass Down Stories’ was chosen mostly because it’s the first instance of the phrase ‘katari tsugu mono’ in the song. It also feels like a fitting title for the album as a whole since it’s a ‘best of’ album.
This song, more than any other song, relies on wordplay. In particular, it relies on sets of words that are pronounced the same as each other. This gives almost every stanza a double meaning, so I encourage you to go through the romanisation and search for areas that are written the same.
Finally, if you do choose to refer to the album by its romanised title (which is a valid option), I’d encourage you to call it ‘Katari Tsugu Mono’ since ‘Katari’ and ‘Tsugu’ mean different things each time they appear. ‘Kataritsugu’ is not a single word.
katachi no nai yume kara sameru jikan wa tada shizuka ni tsugete iru
agaku watashi wa asobi wo mochi kakeru saigo made futari iru tame no
I wake from a formless dream. Time passes silently.
Floundering around, I propose a game so we will be together till the end.
mou hitotsu no kage ga anata wo otte itsuka wa koko made tadori tsuku
Another shadow pursues you. Someday you will finally arrive here.
katari tsugu mono wo katari tsugu uso wo shinjiteru tsunagu yubi no saki wo
“yume madou yami” wo koeru itami de sae tada hitotsu dake nokoru michi no
hate ga wakare da to shitemo
I will believe in the ones who pass down stories, the lies they then tell, and our fingers linked together
even through pain that surpasses ‘dream sickness’, and even if the single mystery left behind
results in us parting.
katari to naku mijikai hari no tokei wa tada owari wo tsugete iru
nokoru watashi wa asobi wo ukeireru saigo made futari iru you ni
The clock with short needles rings with a clatter. It announces the end of all things.
I, who remain, agree to that game so we need to be together till the end.
mou hitotsu no kage ga anata wo oite itsuka wa koko made sasoi komu
Another shadow pursues you. Someday it will entice you here.
katari tsuida mono katari tsugu ima wo shinjiteru hiita te no tsuyosa wo
akenu hoshizora wo koeru mayagashi sae tada hitotsu dake nokoru michi no
hate ga wakareta to shitemo
I will believe in lies, the present era that was passed down, and the strength of your hand, which I pulled
even through deception that surpasses the eternal starry skies, and even if the single mesmerisation left behind
results in us parting.
furue obieru hito tsuyogari mata hikare au
soko ni dake umareru mono wo kuro ni hajimari mata shiro no saki e susumi yuku
sore ga dou shiyou mo naku itoshii to
People tremble in fear. They act tough and are attracted to each other.
Something is born only from that. It begins in darkness and advances toward whiteness.
It’s so dear to me. I can’t help it.
kasumi hirogaru sekai no sumire no hana no kotoba wa
sono naka ni bokura magire mo naku ita senaka-goshi ni kakerareta
fuan majiru sono koe ni kuchi wo tsuri age
saa, donna kotoba wo tsutaeyou?
The word for the purple flowers in this misty world…
We were unmistakably there. A voice came from behind
tinged with doubt. I scorn it.
Now, which words shall I say?
katari tsugu mono wo himitsu, nagu mono wo shinjiteru tsunagu yubi no saki wo
yume madou yami wo koeru itami de sae tada hitotsu dake nokoru michi no
hate ni bokura wa deaeru
I will believe the ones who will speak after, the ones who see and pass down secrets, and our fingers tied together
even through pain that surpasses the dreamlike darkness. At the end of the single road left behind
we will encounter each other.