ann~庵~ || Hermitage

ann~庵~
Hermitage

Vocals: Chata (茶太)
Lyrics: shuriken
Arranged by: NSY
Circle: N+
Album: spill over 【Official Site】
Event: C95
Original Theme: Septette for a Dead Princess [亡き王女の為のセプテット]

I just want to start by saying that this album is great and it heals me.

Now that I’ve got that over with, let’s discuss the song! Well, it might be a good idea to read the lyrics first and then come back to this. shuriken opened up a Twitter account, where they posted something about this song. My translation is below:

I originally wrote the lyrics with ‘graduation’ as the theme, but it eventually changed into an image of those who leave the nest and those who are left behind, and I ended up with these lyrics.

Trees and flames will welcome us, saying “It’s been a while…”

I guess each person has that sort of place…

shuriken, January 6 2019, https://twitter.com/shurikenrhyme/status/1081732306908278785

I think the trees and flames are a metaphor for death. It’s pretty dark, but once I started thinking that, it coloured the rest of my interpretation and the resulting translation. The soul may not necessarily be the speaker’s, but I followed the clues provided in the text and that’s where it led me.


黄昏色時
人は思い詰めていたい
不思議ね無意味で嫌い

tasogare-iro toki
hito wa omoi tsumete itai
fushigi ne muimi de kirai

When dusk falls,
People want to brood.
How mysterious. I hate it because it’s meaningless.

あなたが出掛けた
だから私は出会えた
暫く立ち木と庭燎

anata ga dekaketa
dakara watashi wa deaeta
shibaraku tachiki to niwabi

You left
and so, after a while,
I encountered trees and a bonfire.

あのね不確かな人生で
巡る全ては偶然です
限りない願いだけで世界の
底にポッカリ穴が空いた

ano ne futashika na jinsei de
meguru subete wa guuzen desu
kagiri nai negai dake de sekai no
soko ni pokkari ana ga aita

You know, in this uncertain life
everything circles around by chance.
Through limitless wishes alone,
A gaping hole opened at the bottom of the world.

どれだけ惨めだろうとyeah
誰に笑われたっていいじゃないか
さらば愛しきものに添う透明の霊

dore dake mijime darou to yeah
dare ni warawareta tte ii janai ka
saraba itoshiki mono ni sou toumei no rei

No matter how miserable I may be—yeah!—
It’s fine if someone laughs at me, isn’t it?
In that case, my transparent soul accompanies the one I love.

どこかに消えたい
そよぎ疲れた葉のように
犠牲艇に敬礼もなく

dokoka ni kietai
soyogi tsukareta ha no you ni
giseitei ni keirei mo naku

I want to disappear somewhere
like a leaf, tired of rustling in the wind.
I do not even bow at the ship of sacrifices.

これからの世をして
たかが100年孤独でいるなら
いつなら会える

kore kara no yo o shite
takaga hyaku-nen kodoku de iru nara
itsu nara aeru

In the next world,
If I am to spend 100 years, at most, alone,
When will we see each other?

石を打つ雨迎えに行こうぜ
待たせたままでいた夢達の住処へ
いっそ何処へと進め

ishi o utsu ame mukae ni ikou ze
mataseta mama de ita yume-tachi no sumika e
isso doko e to susume

I’m gonna go and meet the rain that beats against the rocks!
I’ll head to the dwelling of dreams that were kept waiting.
I’d rather just head somewhere…

この盃を受けてくれどうか
なみなみと注いでくれ
果てしない泥だらけの漆黒に
青い蘭奢香の実は生った

kono sakazuki o ukete kure douka
nami nami to tsuide kure
hate shinai doro darake no shikkoku ni
aoi ranja ko no mi wa natta

Please, accept my sake cup
and fill it to the brim!
In the endless, mud-caked darkness,
Unripe, Ranja-scented fruit grew. 
(1)

道半ばさまだと言って
君は長い夜を這って行くのさ
さらば幼すぎた日よ大袈裟ね

michinakaba sama da to itte
kimi wa nagai yoru o hatte iku no sa
saraba osanasugita hi yo oogesa ne

Saying you are only halfway there,
You will crawl through the long night.
Farewell, oh childish days! How grandiose you were.


(1) 蘭奢 (ranja) may be linked to 蘭奢待 (ranjatai), a type of wood famed for its fragrance. It has deep religious significance, as the three kanji contain the characters 東, 大, and 寺 (or, Todaiji, a temple). For more information, see this site.

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