首 || Head


kubi
Head

Vocals: 初音ミク (Hatsune Miku), 音街ウナ (Otomachi Una)
Composed by: RINGO
Lyrics: RINGO
Release Date: October 19, 2017

Requested by: BB

Like the other RINGO track I translated, the lyrics are quite interesting. They’re also a bit gory, so be warned!

You normally see the title translated as ‘neck’, but it also means ‘head.’ I went with head because the word is mostly used to indicate ‘head’ (for example, 首を今すぐ落として – cut off my head/decapitate me).

Also, check the romanisation for the different versions of ‘I’ and ‘you’ (we see the usual suspects – boku, watashi, anata, kimi). These give us some idea of who is speaking. When it comes to わたし殺し損ねたあなた (watashi koroshi sokoneta anata), though, we’re missing a particle after watashi that would make it so much easier to determine who was almost killed…


腐り果てた私の夢
仕舞い込む前にもう一度考えて
奇を衒った手遊びに
追い詰められて気分はあの世

kusarihateta watashi no yume
shimai komu mae ni mou ichido kangaete
ki o teratta teasobi ni
oitsumerarete kibun wa ano yo

My dreams had been corrupted.
Before I stow them away, I’ll think about them once more.
Faced with an eccentric diversion,
I was cornered, and it felt like I had died.

時代遅れな私の癖
諦める前にもう一度確かめて
異を嫌った手直しに
塗り込めたオシロイの心

jidai okure na watashi no kuse
akirameru mae ni mou ichido tashikamete
i o kiratta tenaoshi ni
nurikometa oshiroi no kokoro

My habits are old-fashioned:
Before I give up, I’ll double-check things.
Faced with scrupulous alterations,
My white heart was plastered up.

生まれなかった出会いが
笑えなかった世界が
叶わなかった願いが
次の舞台の上でも飛べるように

umarenakatta deai ga
waraenakatta sekai ga
kanawanakatta negai ga
tsugi no butai no ue demo toberu you ni

Meetings that weren’t born;
a world in which I couldn’t laugh; and
dreams that weren’t granted—
I pray that they may even fly on the next stage.

あなたの首を強く絞めて
息絶えた先の嬉々に触れた
あなたの首を強く絞めて
愛や夢への未練を断ち斬りましょう

anata no kubi o tsuyoku shimete
iki taeta saki no kiki ni fureta
anata no kubi o tsuyoku shimete
ai ya yume e no miren o tachikirimashou

I strangled you
and I experienced the joy that comes after death.
I’ll strangle you…
Let’s cut away any lingering attachment you have for love or dreams.

萎み途切れたあなたの声
絞まりきる前にもう一度味わって
死んだら身も心も
楽になれるってその由はなんだっけ

shibomi togireta anata no koe
shimarikiru mae ni mou ichido ajiwatte
shindara mi mo kokoro mo
raku ni nareru tte sono yoshi wa nandakke

Your voice faded, then was interrupted.
Before I finish strangling you, let me enjoy it once more.
They say that if you die
your body and soul will be at peace. I wonder why that is…

救えなかった犠牲を
起こらなかった奇跡を
変わらなかった喜劇を
次の舞台の上で演じるように

sukuenakatta gisei o
okoranakatta kiseki o
kawaranakatta kigeki o
tsugi no butai no ue de enjiru you ni

The sacrifices that I could not save;
miracles that did not occur; and
an unchanging comedy—
I hope that I will act them out upon the next stage.

あっ!
わたし死んでいたのですね
「気付いた時既に遅し君は幽霊」
わたし殺し損ねたあなたのために
「絞めて殺し君とぼくを同じにして」

aa!
watashi shinde ita no desu ne
“kizuita toki sude ni ososhi kimi wa yuurei”
watashi koroshi sokoneta anata no tame ni
“shimete koroshi kimi to boku o onaji ni shite”

Ah!
I was dead.
“By the time I realised it, it was too late—you were a ghost.”
For the sake of you, who failed to kill me…
“I’ll strangle you, then I’ll make you the same as me…”

あなたの首を強く絞めて
寂しい虚勢剥がして捨てた
あなたの手を固く握って
もう逃げも隠れもしないわ

anata no kubi o tsuyoku shimete
sabishii kyosei hagashite suteta
anata no te o kataku nigitte
mou nige mo kakure mo shinai wa

I strangled you
and I tore off my lonesome bluff and threw it away.
I’ll tightly grasp your hand.
I won’t run or hide anymore!

わたしの首を今すぐ落として
惨めな結末に幕を閉じて
わたしの首を斬り落として
生まれ変わっても傍に居て…!

watashi no kubi o ima sugu otoshite
mijime na ketsumatsu ni maku o tojite
watashi no kubi o kiri otoshite
umarekawattemo soba ni ite…!

Decapitate me, right away
and close the curtain on this wretched conclusion.
Cut my head off.
Though I may be born again, be by my side!

息が止まっても傍に居て?

iki ga tomatte mo soba ni ite?   

Though I may stop breathing, will you be by my side?

一緒にして!

issho ni shite!

Let’s be the same!

7 thoughts on “首 || Head

  1. BB February 20, 2019 / 1:45 am

    Thank you so much for translating this song!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. raineydayparade February 20, 2019 / 6:17 am

    Thanks! Still a shame about RINGO’s music, but at least some reprints exist of it :’D

    Liked by 1 person

  3. fay February 20, 2019 / 7:25 am

    Thank you so much!! I’m a huge RINGO fan, and I can’t possibly tell you how excited I am to see this translated!! ^__^ ❤ This really did make my whole day!

    Also, even though you’ve given permission to use your translations for subtitles (with proper credit, of course), I thought I should let you know that I plan to sub this straight-away. I’ll make sure to leave a link both in the description and subs themselves. 🙂

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    • releska February 20, 2019 / 7:50 am

      You’re most welcome! 😀

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      • fay February 20, 2019 / 4:37 pm

        Ah, that’s such an incredibly sweet thing to say!! ❤ ❤ I've been going off of the Spanish translation for about a year now, and I haven't studied properly in *forever*, so I could barely understand any of this song until today. :') :') Plus, you're generously allowing me to make subs & spread the word about this amazing artist!! ^__^ And that's not even counting all of your other translation work— so I think that you're awesome, too! 🙂

        In case you were wondering, I just posted the subs! Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44KUVaYZi0U

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        • releska February 20, 2019 / 5:30 pm

          I had a look at the video – it looks good!! I love what I do because it means I get to improve my Japanese skills, get exposed to a lot of great music, /and/ I get to help out other people, too! I wish I had more time in the day so I could translate even more requests, but I do what I can in the meantime.

          Reading comments like the ones you’ve left fill me with positive energy, so thank you very much! (^_^) I look forward to more translations and requests in the future…!

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          • fay February 21, 2019 / 4:13 pm

            :’) :’) That’s such a nice thing to say omg; you couldn’t possibly be more welcome!! People like you are what keep fandoms alive and bring people together asdfghjkl :’) I’m so happy you like it omg.

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