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歌詞. Lyrics of Japanese songs.

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Meaning of song title まるつけ from the anime Given

As the title suggests, I'd like to know the meaning of the ending song from the anime Given titled まるつけ. Does the first part mean round/circular or more appropriately, calm, since this more of an ...
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What does 「ひざっこぞうをたたいてみるよ」 mean?

This is a line from the song 「結婚しようよ」by 吉田{よしだ}拓郎{たくろう} (youtube link) Relevant piece of lyrics: 雨が上がって雲のきれ間に お陽様さんが見えたら ひざっこぞうをたたいてみるよ 結婚しようよMMMM Source When I googled it, I came ...
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てform + よ meaning

https://www.lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/haku/shoudou/ In the first line 近づいて気付いてよ 恋の衝動 what is the purpose of putting よ after 気付いて. I would understand it if it was a plain form. Does the line mean "...
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ぐらい + が meaning

https://www.lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/haku/shoudou/ From this song: 焦らすぐらいがあなたは好きでしょ? Why is が added after ぐらい? Is it because of omitting the subject (私)? 焦らすぐらい(私)があなたは好きでしょ? And, is my ...
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誰かの胸の夜の空に伝えたい気持ちが生まれたら meaning

This line is from 流れ星の正体 of Bump of Chicken: 誰かの胸の夜の空に伝えたい気持ちが生まれたら Which meaning is suitable? When you have a feeling that you want to tell someone’s night sky in his heart. When you have a ...
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Translation struggles - Kuroshio Current being mentioned in a patriotic song

I'm trying to make sense of an old Japanese patriotic song 五・一五事件 昭和維新行進曲 陸軍の歌, and there's a line that contains a reference to the Kuroshio Current. The event this song was written about (the so-...
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What does 歩けというの mean in this song?

In the song Cry by Garnidelia there're two lines that go: ひとり どこへ 歩{ある}けというの The second line is what I don't get. I've tried looking up というの but didn't see anything about it at the end of a ...
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Why is 臓 in this sentence?

君にどれだけ近づいても僕の心臓は一つだけ I pretty much understand what this sentence is saying except I have no idea how to fit "entrails" into the meaning. Perhaps I'm totally off. Could someone please tell me how to ...
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What does もうここにいられる気がしない mean?

I know that "しない" means "not do", and "いられる" means can exist, but I can't put it all together. My best guess is that it means "The mind/spirit that could be here won't do it".
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Meaning of けらている

From a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5T-L0b43no Bolded parts are what I'm struggling with with. あたしは目を瞑って静かに座っているのに なぜかのけらているようなそんな浮遊感だ It looks like 浮遊感 means "floating/drifting ...
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What does hoi mean?

I'm a General Music teacher. One of my 1st grade books has a song called, "Naka Naka Hoi." The (what I'm learning may be the romaji) words are: Naka Naka Hoi Soto Soto Hoi Naka Soto Soto Naka Naka ...
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How to translate a line with no apparent main verb

I was trying to translate a song (full lyrics here: https://www5.atwiki.jp/hmiku/sp/pages/39203.html) and this one line confused me, primarily because of its lack of main verb. 過行く時の中 握る手が解けた ...
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鵺 Chimera Bird in Making of Cyborg and Reincarnation

This question is related to my Sci-fi Fantasy question "Japanese Wedding Chant from Ghost in the Shell". That question is concerned with Japanese folk traditions and mythology, and please feel free to ...
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Is pronoun switching on the fly a thing?

There's a song called Ame no Musique for the game Symphonic Rain. The song's sung by a character that uses 私{わたし}when she speaks, but in the song there's a line that uses あたし: アタシヲアイシテ And then the ...
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An unclear form in a song

In「命火眩暈」by 杏ノ助, there are the following lines. 頽るる松、 甲羅なき亀 御簾を上げれど けふも宵 The other text is perfectly imitating a Sengoku-period Late Middle Japanese with occasional classical. However, this ...
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What grammatical function is や performing here?

それで何だっけ? 昨日の夜の話 全然覚えてないや 「電話が鳴って君からだってわかったら 急に変な気分になったんだ。」 This is an excerpt of lyrics from Indigo la End's song 彼女の相談. I can't figure out what function the や in line 3 performs. Does ...
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Meaning of katakana at the end of okurigana in this song lyrics

Listening to Japanese music I stumbled upon this song called 僕たちの失敗 by 森田童子. I liked it so I went to look up for the lyrics and its meaning, and there is a part of those in which something is used ...
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What's the meaning of “心臓って耳の中にあったんだね”? [closed]

I've been wanting to translate some J-Pop songs for myself. Then I came across this song and found this phrase. I don't really understand what the phrase intend to tell at all. What I think of is this ...
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Implied particles in the lyrics “桜咲いてひとひら / 秘めた想い預けて”

The lyrics are from this song (lyrics are in tab in the main info box.) I am pretty sure that 秘めた想い預けて = 秘めた想い[を]預けて in this context. But I'm not so sure how to understand the lyrics as a whole. ...
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What does 今日という日 mean?

I'm trying to translate a song lyric that says 今日という日は 過去 前例のない 僕たちの誓い日和だよ And I get a dictionary result at Jisho for 今日という日 as something like every day; all day but that doesn't make any sense ...
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あわせて at the beginning of a sentence

The context of the question is the lyrics of a song 『小さな手のひら』by Chara. The very first two verses of the song begins with, あわせて あんな風にちゃんと 抱いて 抱いて 抱いてちょうだい I am confused on the significance of ...
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Meaning of 鳥さえ in the song ウィンターワンダーランド

In this song, the lyrics go「青い鳥さえいつもさえずり。」 I'm not sure what さえ means in this context. Is this the particle さえ or does it mean somthing else? Can anyone help me out? Thanks!
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Translating “(action X) as (event Y)” - what grammatical structure fits best? (line in a song)

I'm a relative beginner to Japanese. I was trying to translate some song lyrics, and I got stuck badly on "shows fear as he turns to hide". If you don't know the song, we are told of one man on a ...
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Blue Hearts song - 英雄にあこがれ - underlying meanings?

Hi japanese language enthusiasts and Blue hearts fans! 英雄にあこがれ seems to have another quite obviously dark urban theme "惜しまれながら死んでゆく…月曜の朝の朝礼で手首をかき切った"... , so it seems some kind of irony and ...
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Correct way to say “life is a lesson, you learn it when you are through”

In Limp Biskit’s “Take a Look Around” they use this phrase I find pretty cool. “Life is a lesson, you learn it when you are through”. So basically the lesson never ends, until you die. I’ve been ...
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Assistance with translation in some lyrics

寄せかえる波を見ていた 母の遠いまなざし I'm used to sentences ending in a verb so I assume it could be translated as "Was watching the waves surge back". My mother's distant gaze." as separate phrases. Am I right to ...
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“星を投げ合う” in the context of the Internet

The link is down right now for non-Japanese users, but the song Social Network(そーしゃるねっとわーく) has these lyrics in it: 好きな時に電源を入れて 誰かの文字列を覗き込む 星を投げ合うだけくらいが心地良い 僕のもうひとつの “部屋” 秘密の場所 It's pretty ...
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What does ○○に透けた mean in this sentence?

Listening to a song, I heard these lyrics: はにかんだ声に透けた空はもうここにないのさ This whole sentence is just a bit odd, but especially so because I'm not sure how to handle に + 透ける. Would something like "...
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Is there a っぱ suffix? If so, what does it mean?

I am trying to understand the lyrics to Matsumoto Bon Bon. Particularly the line in bold:  松本 ぼん ぼん  城のまち  山にみどりの 風吹けば  杉っぱ 青っぱ 青山さまが  堀のむこうから 町のつじ  どっこい じんじょ I tried to ...
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~たいだとか why is there a だ here?

軽々しく死にたいだとか 愛を伝えたいだとか I found these from some songs. If たい is considered an I-adj then I wonder why it's だとか instead of とか.
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What is the role of そうよ in そうよ存外怖くはないわ?

I heard そうよ存外怖くはないわ in a song, but I don't get the meaning of そうよ.
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What is いやほい from the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song 原宿いやほい HARAJUKU IYAHOI?

What does いやほい mean in this context? Or is it nonsense or onomatopeia? I'm not finding a conclusive result in the dictionary. Results I get are, for instance: いや which could be disagreeable, ...
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Is「どっちかの~は~」a non-slang Japanese expression?

So, this catchy song, "U.S.A." by DA PUMP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr--GVIoluU https://www.oricon.co.jp/special/51204/ https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_(DA_PUMP%E3%81%AE%E6%9B%B2) has the ...
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Is まはりて an archaic form of 廻って, and how is it broken down grammatically?

I came across a cover version of "Bad Apple", where the singer uses a more traditional style than the original song, including a translation of the (modern) lyrics into more archaic/poetic language. ...
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いつもあなたの名前呼んでいるのよ 気付いてよ此処に来て

いつもあなたの名前呼んでいるのよ 気付いてよ此処に来て What is the meaning of のよ in 呼んでいるのよ? What is the function of よ in 気付いてよ此処に来て? Does this sentence mean: I have been calling your name, (so) please be noted and come ...
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Meaning of “ハートは赤く染まる”

What does ハートは赤く染まる mean? It’s from a love song about someone being completely smitten by another. I know the literal translation is “(my) heart is stained red” but what is the meaning of this ...
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Use of the も particle [duplicate]

I'm dissecting some Japanese lyrics to improve my Japanese, but I had a hard time finding out how も is used in here, 何ページもついやして   綴られた僕らの気分 I've looked it up in serveral websites and found ...
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Translating a song lyric

I'm trying to translate the main line "どうして君を傷つけたのだろう" from Yasushi Nakanishi's song of the same name. Can this be "Why would I possibly hurt you ?" Thanks !
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しかう、しかって、to think of? or to scold?

listening to a song lyric, I hear: あたしをしかってくれるひと … the only しかって I know well is "scold" ... but it doesn't make a lot of sense in the lyric. I typed しかう (thinking it might be a verb I don't know) into ...
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Can te-form be used to modify a noun?

I encountered the te-form before a noun in the lyrics below: 見つめあなたの表情 (Staring at your expression) 隠して明星ギャラクティカ (Hide the Morning Star Galactica) そのときめいた気持ちが未知だって 手探りでいいから (full lyrics ...
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What do these sentences mean? And why are there no verbs at the end?

To be more specific, they have no verb at the end so it kinda seems incomplete. Also, I do know that verbs can modify nouns when placed before them. 自分を世界さえも変えてしまえそうな瞬間は何時も直ぐそばに。 and the second ...
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What does the phrase 「全部ダメダメなんでしょ?」mean?

These are part of the lyrics to a song and I just can't seem to figure out what it means and what each of the words mean. Google translates it as "I guess they are all bad." but trying to pick it ...
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Help understanding trailing “ものを” in song lyrics

The following is a stanza from an enka song: あれから幾つの 流れ星 かぞえた女の 一途な願い 面影胸に 待ちわびて 積丹かもめに なれるなら カムイの岬 どこまでも あなたを探して 飛ぶものを I get what the lyrics are saying, I'm just wondering what the ...
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Understanding トイレの方が来たらいいのに in these song lyrics

I've been listening to a song called 布団の中から出たくない recently and tried to translate some of the lyrics, since my Japanese is still on a beginner or lower intermediate level. I stumbled over one ...
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Confusion with へ in a sentence

I'm finding this sentence a bit tricky. 光{ひかり}の川{かわ}へ願{ねが}いの橋{はし}を掛{か}け奇跡{きせき}は渡{わた}るよ This sentence is confusing me very much! I am not sure what it means. Does it mean: Build a bridge of ...
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What's the meaning of “くべて” in this sentence?

"花をくべて 歌をくべて" I tried to search for the meaning and the only thing I got was something like "throw fire in something" that for me at least doesn't make sense
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Can someone please help me with these lyric translations?

Hello :) I'm trying to translate a song for a personal project, but a few of the lyrics were a bit too poetic/advanced for me to understand. This is what I've come up with, but if someone could please ...
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Is a sentence containing two similar kanji any known figure of speech

Searching for Japanese poetry or simply reading song lyrics, I can find very often some sentences that contain two kanji characters of specific properties: They are usually close to each other, one is ...
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Best translation of 今日も始まる

In these lyrics, I came across the following verses: 夜明けの光り 眩しい仲間 宇宙の神話 今日もはじまる 未来をめざして Does the particle も indicate emphasis of 今日 in this case? My best guess is that the second line should be ...
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Is this phrase one sentence, or two? How can you tell?

So I'm translating this song (full lyrics here) and this song has a lot of phrases like this: 哲学哲学哲学ニート 揺れる幻に酔いしれて Philosophy, philosophy, philosophy NEET (I'm) intoxicated in the swaying ...