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While listening to a song (I believe it would be considered denpa or something close to it) I came across these lyrics (hesitant English translations by me):

どうだい くたばる前に あばよ昇天

How’s that? Before I drop dead I bid farewell my ascension to Heaven

全体死んでる目で見つめ合って

Gazing at each other with completely lifeless eyes

行進頓服中毒敵わないね

I won't win against this parade of use-as-needed poison

振り切れた生命 本能は低迷

I shook off my life; my instincts grow sluggish

I don't understand how to handle this "行進頓服中毒". I'm assuming that some のs are being omitted here as is the case with more casual/archaic language, but the terms and tone of the lyrics in this song are so odd (ex. "錠剤病んでるせいで投与、御礼。/ Since I was sick of those pills, my humble thanks to you for administering [them]") I wanted to check.

Thanks in advance - sorry for the jumbled question.

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    Frankly, being Japanese, these lyrics make no sense to me. – Notte Stellata Jun 1 '18 at 3:39
  • Yeah, I can get a general sense of what feeling the lyrics as a whole are trying to send but individually they make very little sense to me, and I'm generally able to understand most things I read. – kiku Jun 1 '18 at 5:41
  • can you link to the complete text? – Igor Skochinsky Jun 1 '18 at 7:42
  • lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/hachiya-nanashi-feat-hatsune-miku/… here you go. again, it's a denpa song, so it makes very little sense to me, unfortunately. – kiku Jun 1 '18 at 8:08
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中毒{ちゅうどく} originally means "poisoning", but nowadays is used more in the sense of "addiction". So I would interpret 行進頓服中毒敵わない as "[one] can't win against addiction to marching".

I suspect 頓服{とんぷく} was just inserted for rhythm/alliteration and does not necessarily carry a meaning on its own. However, other lines also talk about taking medicine so maybe it's related after all...

In all, I think the best "translation" of this would be to just write similar nonsense in English using the overall impression of the song.

  • Thank you. I'm more familiar with the usage of 中毒 to mean addiction, but given the odd usage of language in these lyrics I was also considering the original usage as well (the author appears to be fluent in Chinese as well, and has possibly adapted some Chinese words to his lyrics). I think I'll follow your advice and write similar nonsense. Thanks! – kiku Jun 1 '18 at 23:40

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