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歌詞. Lyrics of Japanese songs.

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Adding an adjective before a verb?

In this lyric "隣で歌う声怖がりな背中を押して" I'm confused how the がりな背中を押して works. I know how 背中を押して is used thanks to this post. But what does 怖がりな note. Is the person or the action 怖がりな?
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Question on use of とかけて - ととく (wordplay?)

There is an enka song with the following stanza: ひとり手じゃくの お酒とかけて 橋の通わぬ 川ととく 渡りきれない あなたの胸に 酔えば切なく なるばかり 咲くに咲けない 咲くに咲けない あ~ 恋挽歌 I found the use of the particle と unusual so I tried to find why it was ...
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What does そうとしてみる mean?

From the song: 金木犀の夜 声が聴きたくなって 電話番号を思い出そうとしてみる I'm wondering if it can mean "I'll try to remember the phone number, then look (if I remembered)", cause that's what my intuition tells me ...
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Trying to understand strange lyrics in a certain song

The song is 僕は頑張るよっ by 神聖かまってちゃん。 The lines that I find confusing are "あーでもないこーでもない 人間はめんどくさい" and "パーでもないグーでもない 悩んでばかりいます". Specifically, the first parts of each line. In the ...
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Is there some poetic license in 止めど or is it following classical grammar?

This line is from the lyrics of a song called TSUNAMI 止めど流る清か水よ 消せど燃ゆる魔性の火よ I had to look up the dictionary to understand what ど does in that line, and found an entry with this example. 呼べど答へず、...
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Why できないじゃない isn't double negation? [duplicate]

My question is about a line from a the song "Innocent Arrogance". The relevant verse goes like this: 見せたくないものばかりを 見せないから 大事なものさえも見つからない 綺麗なままでいることはできないじゃない 僕らは 僕らは 進もう I've marked in bold ...
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Is 歌い踊り舞う a compound verb or something else?

I came across this line from YOASOBI's song 「アイドル」: 流れる汗も綺麗なアクア ルビーを隠したこの瞼 歌い踊り舞う私はマリア そう嘘はとびきりの愛だ I'm having some trouble with the bolded part and I want to break it up grammatically. I've tried to ...
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Understanding two more sections of Still for your love

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 This time I'm cross-posting this, and I'm already splitting it. I still give the full lyrics to the song, Still for your love (video) in case it's useful ...
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Understanding two sections of Still for your love

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 The question is about the following part of Still for your love (video): さぁ 裸足になって 大地けって 虹をこえて 空をつかんで I wish 胸の十字架をにぎり 朝は 希望があなたにふりそそぎ 夜は やわらかな光が ...
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About two sentences in Still for your love

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 This time I'm cross-posting this, and I'm already splitting it. The song is Still for your love (video), and we're talking about the following part: ...
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Understanding the first section of Still for your love

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 This time I'm cross-posting this, and I'm already splitting it. The song this is about is Still for your love (video). This question is about the ...
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Omitted verb and particle

I came across this line from the song 「絆ノ奇跡」: 解き放て今 僕らが起こした火を I have a couple question regarding potential omissions in this line. The first is that I feel that something (に, は, で) should come ...
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あなたがいるから: "will to kneel" or "kneeling stone"? (And probably the debunking of a wrong translation of that couplet)

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4 This is part four of what was mostly a cross-post of this Quora post. The song is this one, and the lyrics go: もしもこの世に汚れがなければ 姿を変えずに愛し合えたのに どうして時は衆を分つの ねえそばにいて今だけ ...
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Help understanding the third section of あなたがいるから

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4 This is part three of what was mostly a cross-post of this Quora post. The song is this one, and the lyrics go: もしもこの世に汚れがなければ 姿を変えずに愛し合えたのに どうして時は衆を分つの ねえそばにいて今だけ ...
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Middle of あなたがいるから: singulars or plurals?

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4 This is part two of what was mostly a cross-post of this Quora post. The song is this one, and the lyrics go: もしもこの世に汚れがなければ 姿を変えずに愛し合えたのに どうして時は衆を分つの ねえそばにいて今だけ ...
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Help understanding the beginning of the song あなたがいるから

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4 This is part one of what was mostly a cross-post of this Quora post. The song is this one, and the lyrics go: もしもこの世に汚れがなければ 姿を変えずに愛し合えたのに どうして時は衆を分つの ねえそばにいて今だけ ...
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What is the proper way to notate Japanese lyrics in sheet music?

I'm transcribing a song with Japanese lyrics as sheet music but am unsure how to approach using kanji. Here's an example: Currently, I front-load the kanji on the first note so that it is immediately ...
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Why is あります used in 「どうかあなたが幸せでありますように」?

I’m trying to understand the line in bold from the song “Unlasting” by LiSA: あなたの香りあなたの話し方 今も身体中に愛の欠片が残ってるよ 私の願い私の願いはただ どうかあなたが幸せでありますように What I don’t understand is the use of あります here. I think it ...
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Understanding かっ飛ばすin this context

According to Jisho, かっ飛ばす means something like sending a ball flying among other things. My issue is interpreting the verb when it directly affects people, like the following example: 私と君とでかっ飛ばそう ...
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Understanding 気分任せの足跡

I'm translating the song “はだしの軌跡” from Final Fantasy X-2: Vocal Collection - Rikku. 気分まかせの足跡つけて新しい地図 描こう I’m translating this lyric from right to left, reading as “Let’s draw a new map by...” ...
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What does this "く” mean?

Context: in a song that I think is about love or relationships in some way, "♪生まれて 育ってくサークル" was a lyric. I was wondering what the "く" before "サークル" was...maybe a ...
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Reading/Pronunciation of 呼吸 in the song 「デスペレート」"desperate"

My question is how to read these 呼吸 kanji in this line この呼吸も所詮退屈凌ぎ from this song. I looked it up and as far as I found out it should be read こきゅう but in the song all I hear is just いきい. Why is that ...
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What does this grammar mean?

In the song キティ, the first line states: 伝わらない想いだけが心染めて 悲しみに溺れたような泡沫の爆ずバラッド I really don't understand if it's だ after ballad, or になる, or is it describing 泡沫 or 泡沫のはずバラッド It's probably not 泡沫, and I ...
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Why does the composer of キティ use を after a verb's て-form and before a suru verb (輪廻)

There's a line in the song キティ saying 日月さえも孤独な天下で絡まって解いてを輪廻する愚者の群れ At first I assumed it was a form of keigo because を is sometimes used as お, or in archaic Japanese, at least I believe, because when ...
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雛たちとはなんの意味でしょうか?

中島みゆきさんの「銀の龍の背に乗って」の歌詞の中、こういう言葉が見つかります: まだ飛べない雛たちみたいに 「雛たち」とはなんですか。「雛形」の意味しますか、ここで「まだ飛べないちっちゃい龍」のことを指しているのですか。
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Where does the abbreviation こ, apparently meaning to be in a state, come from?

I asked this question because I saw a pun in the song デンパラダイム where the producer tuned a lyric stating マッハ木っ端ミジンコ土っ管! I initially translated it as 'in the earthen pipes the negligibly tiny water fleas ...
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What is 忘れなと a contraction of?

In Meiko Kaji's song "Jeans Blues" there is a verse containing the 忘れなと phrase: 場末の陽気な男達 私の涙にもらい泣き 酒でもあおって忘れなと 財布はたいて飲みあかし I think, it can be neither a contraction of 忘れない + と nor using ...
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What is the meaning of 死せる?

I am trying to translate the song 紅蓮の弓矢 from 進撃の巨人. According to multiple websites the lyrics are as follows: 家畜の安寧 虚偽の繁栄 死せる餓狼の「自由」を! However, I can't make sense of 死せる. The wordstem of 死ぬ is "...
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る dropped from passive form? [duplicate]

I'm currently translating some song lyrics for my own understanding (境界線 by Amazarashi) - I had some confusion on the following line: 境界線の向こう側で 忘れ去られ 終わる定め そう知りながら 屈服することを 許さぬあの声は かつての戦友か 己の心か Per ...
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Help understanding the meaning of a part in a song's lyric はち切れてしまいそう [closed]

https://www.uta-net.com/song/41088/ I'm having trouble to understand this part from a song's lyric はち切れてしまいそう Hope someone can give me a correct definition of this verb.
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What does 加減 even mean?

At the moment, I am trying to translate かりゆし58's song "アンマー," which has a lot of expressions in it; I would not be surprised if I misinterpreted some of them. However, the focus for this ...
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strange usage of いけない

there is a line in the song 徒花の涙 by ウォルピスカーター that is really hard to understand for me: 一人っきり あの子は泣いていた 逃げ出した過去の無力 思い出して 大切な記憶を ひた隠し 生まれてはいけなかったと泣いていた 事変の荒波が 畝りをあげてゆく usually ていけない is used in ...
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What does 愛し尽くしたい mean?

This was the last line of a song's lyrics. Checking several dictionaries tells me that it means "I want to love ___ to the end", but DeepL is saying something else ("I want to love you ...
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Can anyone help me fill in the blanks of a kid's rhyme?

My 4 year old has been going to a Japanese preschool for a few weeks and has picked up a rhyme/chant that all the kids say before they eat. I'd love to learn it too so we can say it together at home, ...
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What is the meaning of ぬ in the song ミルクムナリ? (Not the archaic auxiliary verb ぬ)

Call me crazy, but I am trying to translate ミルクムナリ, which is common played in Taiko performances, at least in Okinawa; the song is very archaic, as it speaks of a king from the turn of the 16th ...
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Understanding Obfuscated Song Lyrics in 夢うつつ - Dream

I have previously asked a question regarding what is being said in this song, but it did not follow guidelines since I was not asking anything specific. However, in consulting with my teacher on the ...
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Confused about this conjugation of 忘れる [duplicate]

In KICK BACK, there is a line of the song that goes なんか忘れちゃってんだ. I'm confused specifically about the 忘れちゃってんだ. I haven't really seen this sort of conjugation before. I'm thinking it's possibly 忘れる + ...
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The meaning of 「春夏秋…」 with particles in 「夕焼けの歌」 song lyrics

The lyrics of 夕焼けの歌 by Masahiko Kondo contains the following parts: ゆらゆらとビルの都会に広がる あの頃と同じ 夕焼け空 クソ食らえとただ アスファルト 蹴りつけ ああ春夏秋…と ゆらゆらと俺の頬に焼きつく あの頃と同じ 夕焼け空 土下座したいほど 愛が欲しいだけ ああ春夏秋…も I have 2 questions ...
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Correct interpretation of "桁1個上へ" in following context

Reviewing the lyrics of a song I found a really confusing phrase: "大切片手に桁1個上へ". As far as I know, "大切片手" is refering to one/a presious hand. Most likely the one the author is in ...
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What is "ぷれせんとふぉーゆーさん" exactly referring to?

I was looking at the lyrics of a song and there's a part of it that says the following: いびつな形でもつたわるかい? 昔からかわらない愛 きっとかわりはしない ぷれせんとふぉーゆーさんたから そんなの信じてたんだなー 「まま」はいなくて 「ぱぱ」だけぱぱすき なんてゆあないだけ I know ...
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I cannot understand 才能には副作用

This line is from 宇多田ヒカル's song 君に夢中, but this simple sentence is hardly understandable to, me even associating it with context, because the sentence lacks essential parts that usually make up a ...
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What does the term 信じる心に mean?

So I was trying to translate the lyrics from the 1st OP of Getter Robo Armageddon anime into my language and right now I'm stuck with this "信じる心に". It would be very much appreciated if ...
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What does パラパラ雨揺れる mean?

パラパラ雨揺れてるのに今僕たちには無関係 It is a part of a song called オオカミハート. Does パラパラ describe a sound or a movement? I don't understand what is shaking. Is it the rain that is shaking (雨は/が) or is it something, I ...
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Separate clauses or one long relative clause?

The Japanese version of "Eternal Love" from Final Fantasy XIII has some lyrics arranged in a way that is slightly confusing to me. For example, あなたとの愛が このままずっと続きますように 夜空に願うの この手は まだ 離せない ...
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Strange Syntax with Missing Particles

In the FFX-2 song "Morning Glow," some of the lyrics seem to end abruptly with the を particle, and yet have the ending verbs that would come after it in front of the phrases. One example is ...
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Can って be used instead of と with the adverb function?

メイクでも魅力あればキラキラって輝くんだ This sentence is from the song "Like OOH-AHH" by Twice. Is that キラキラって equivalent to キラキラと? If so, are they always interchangeable?
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Understanding かな with the te-form

I'm trying to understand the following clause from the World of Final Fantasy opening song, Innocent². 君の大事なものを教えて 僕らの目にも映るかな I know that the かな particle often means 'I wonder' and has other uses. ...
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What is the difference between に似る and のように (~みたい)?

I understand that のように (or ~みたい) are used to indicate similarity, but I recently stumbled upon the form "に似る" while listening to a song, and after looking at the dictionary, I learned that ...
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What is the meaning of てさえも?

These are lyrics from a song called 秘蜜~黒の誓い~ 地の底へ堕ちてさえも 誓いの楔を絡め合って 許されない罪を抱えていく The てさえも sounds a lot like a concession as in ても, but I could not find any grammar explanation about that use. I'd like ...
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Written lyrics different from the song - Listening issue

I just listened to the new Tani Yuuki song 燦々たるや. All the lyrics I found online say: 固く締め過ぎないように 緩んで解けてしまわぬように 心と心の奥の方に そっと愛の錠をかける行為 However... what I hear is: 固く締め過ぎないように 緩んでを解けてしまるように 心と心の僕の方に ...
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