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Hirasawa Susumu (Unofficial) Lyrics & Other Sundry Translations

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平沢進 - "VENUS" / Hirasawa Susumu - "Venus" Lyrics
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Since I keep talking about it, I thought I'd post this song, too. This is my ultimate favorite in the "Weird Sort-of Love Songs...IN SPACE!" category. I mean, just listen to that glorious guitar. And those beautiful, gentle vocals. And the lyrics. The lyrics, man. As always, I can't do them justice.

平沢進 - "VENUS"


朝が来る前に 消えた星までの地図を キミへの歌に変え
地の果ての民に預けた
船よ急げよ 西はまだ無窮のさなか
眠りから見晴らせば宇宙はキミを夢見て

ボクらの間に 変らないものを数え
約束にくらみ いくつもの橋を渡った
あの日から消えた 星が今川面に映る
水かさよ増せ 溢れ キミへとボクを埋めて

いつか陽を仰いで 消えた星が見えた日は
地の果てに預けたあの 地図の歌を歌おう
”ボクはキミだから”と ”ボクはキミだから”と…

朝が来る前に 消えた星までの地図を キミへの歌に変え
地の果ての民に預けた
船よ急げよ 西はまだ無窮のさなか
眠りから見晴らせば宇宙はキミを夢見て




Hirasawa Susumu - "Venus"

Asa ga kuru mae ni kieta hoshi made no chizu o kimi e no uta ni kae
Chie no hate no tami ni azuketa
Fune yo isoge yo nishi wa mada mukyuu no sanaka
Nemuri kara miharaseba uchuu wa kimi o yumemite

Bokura no aida ni kawaranai mono o kazoe
Yakusoku ni kurami ikutsu mo no hashi o watatta
Ano hi kara kieta hoshi ga ima kawaomo ni utsuru
Mizukasa yo mase afure kimi e to boku o uzumete

Itsuka hi o aoide kieta hoshi ga mieta hi wa
Chi no hate ni azuketa ano chizu no uta o utaou
"Boku wa kimi da kara" to "boku wa kimi da kara" to

Asa ga kuru mae ni kieta hoshi made no chizu o kimi e no uta ni kae
Chie no hate no tami ni azuketa
Fune yo isoge yo nishi wa mada mukyuu no sanaka
Nemuri kara miharaseba uchuu wa kimi o yumemite




Hirasawa Susumu - "Venus"

Before morning came, I turned the map to the vanished stars* into a song for you
And entrusted it to the people** at the ends of the earth
Hurry, oh ship! The west still lies in the middle of eternity***
Looking out from my sleep, I see that the cosmos is dreaming of you

I counted the things between us that won't change
And driven by our promise, I crossed countless bridges
The stars that vanished that day are now reflected on the river's surface
Oh water, rise up and spill over! Submerge me and bring me towards you.

Someday, let's look up into the sunlight and, on the day when the vanished stars reappear,
Let's sing that map-song that I entrusted to the people at the ends of the earth
Sing "Because I am you!"  Sing "Because I am you!"

Before morning came, I turned the map to the vanished stars into a song for you
And entrusted it to the people at the ends of the earth
Hurry, oh ship! The west still lies in the middle of eternity
Looking out from my sleep, I see that the cosmos is dreaming of you



Translation Notes:* Could be "star" or "stars," as the Japanese is ambiguous about number. And since the same word can be used to designate planets at times, it may be "planet(s)" instead.

** "People" in the sense of "people of this country."

*** Since the sun sets in the west, this could be a poetic way of saying the west is still in the dark of night, even though the hints of dawn are coming in the east. But feel free to look for connections to songs like "The Westward of Time," which also has a ship hurrying westwards.

- While reading about alchemy for translating songs from Philosopher's Propeller, I came across this page, which has some interesting notes on how Venus (the morning star and the goddess Aphrodite) is associated with water and the ocean. It says that "[a]s Aphrodite is born from the sea, she is the guide through the fearful world of the unconscious," which seems to fit this song very well.


This entry was originally posted at http://phonon-belt.dreamwidth.org/6915.html.

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Such a gorgeous song. Hands down one of my favorites.
Aaah, the lyrics are beautiful. Just... Guh, I can't explain. It's so sweet and dreamy without being too saccharine.

Thanks for the translation~ ♥♥♥

Aah, I'm glad you liked it. :)

Thanks for this! Love this song, I've always wondered what the lyrics were.

Interestingly, I'm working on an animation for my degree at the moment that could be roughly described as a Weird Sort-of Love Story... IN SPACE. Quite a bit of the imagery came to me when listening to Hirasawa's music, so it's interesting that his lyrics are about space, since his songs do seem to have that sort of cosmos vibe to them.

(Also, can I add a request please? Would you mind adding Kamui Mintara to your translation queue? I have that one on the brain at the moment and must have played it about a squillion times in the last month!) :D

That sounds like quite the project! Will there be a chance for the public to see it when it's all done?

(Adding Kamui Mintara to the list!)

Thanks! :D

Sure, I'm hoping to set up a website at some point, so will send you a link!

Awesome. Looking forward to it! Hope your work goes well!

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