Okay, first, the actual theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is “Minutes/Hours/Days/Weeks/Months”. It’s just that I felt that it was too long to be put into the title, so I summarised it into the single term “time”. Please don’t fault me too much for it.
Anyways, as minutes, hours, days, weeks and eventually months, pass us by, we live by in idleness or in the busyness of daily life without much thought. Our days may be empty and worthless or eventful and purposeful. Or perhaps a somewhat unusual but not unheard of combination of eventful yet worthless.
Each new day brings about new opportunities for those with ambition. For others, a new day merely brings about more of life’s sorrows as they drag their feet to continue living. Depending on the person, we may look forward to or dread our seemingly endless days that come to pass as time marches on no matter what our feelings are. Some take life for granted while others can be carefree because they feel or think that maybe, they wouldn’t mind dying early. Of course, such sentiments cannot be confirmed until the time of our imminent death comes. Some may realise that they want to live after being on the verge of death. Some may realise that they have led such purposeful and eventful lives that they wouldn’t mind dying as much as they thought they would. We never know how the minutes, hours, days, weeks and months that pass can change us. What we experience within that period has the ability to change us whether we feel willing to change or not.
Every day is a blank canvas on which we draw our experiences anew as they come to pass. Minute by minute. Hour by hour. Day by day. Week by week. Month by month. Eventually, year by year.
My song choice for this week is “もう一度” (One More Time) by amazarashi.
English Translation Ver #1
Ignoring all my job interviews, I lie in bed angry and watch the rain clouds go by.
Getting fat on cans of beer, I throw out the empty ones along with my dreams.
I gave up somewhere along the way, and now I live like I’m not even here.
I’ve become so empty, I’ve completely lost sight of myself.
I made countless excuses for why my girl still hasn’t come back to me.
I stopped caring about what I could do, and then I stopped caring about anything.
I’ve felt this feeling before, more times than I care to remember.
I always end up chasing away everything that matters to me.
The rain hasn’t stopped since yesterday. And I can’t let it all end like this.
Not defeat, not failure, not even despair are worthy nemeses.
I have always lost to myself, but I still think there’s a chance for me yet.
If there’s one thing I know better than anyone, it’s how weak I am.
One more time! One more time! There’s no way that the future we drew up,
From the very bottom of our useless souls is useless in and of itself.
One more time! One more time! So I can say “Don’t you mess with me!”
To the yesterdays that kept threatening us, I will keep rising to my feet.
One more time!
There’s no hope or salvation here. If you understand then go do something about it.
You’re telling me that the past was so great? You’re just waving the white flag in defeat.
Wherever a shadow is cast, there must be a light shining nearby.
No matter where you’re at in life, misery is never guaranteed.
The rain hasn’t stopped since yesterday. And I didn’t bring my umbrella.
What a bitter reality! The weather’s always beating me down!…
is what we would say if we gave up now, so to that we’ll just have to say “Who cares?”
And to everyone fighting far away, don’t you break on me now!
One more time! One more time! There’s no way the tears we’ve been shedding,
When our stupid hopes are made out to be stupid, are pointless in and of themselves.
One more time! One more time!
So I can say “Don’t you mess with me!”
Right back to the world that always laughed at us, I will keep rising to my feet.
One more time! The sound of pouring rain resonates within the walls of the quiet room.
Maybe I just can’t go anywhere else. Or maybe I just won’t go somewhere else.
Covered in dreams, hopes, and scars, we tried to laugh together, but she wasn’t laughing at all.
You’re always empty in the beginning.
One more time! One more time!
Every time they crush me, I’ll grit my teeth.
“I’ve finally made it all the way here. There’s no questioning it anymore.”
One more time! One more time! So that I can say “Just look at me now!”
To the hopes that I’d lost so long ago, I will never stop rising to my feet.
One more time!
Taken from lyricstranslate.
For those who don’t mind vocaloid songs, I think that “The World’s Lifespan and the Last Day” is rather appropriate for this week’s theme as well. 🙂