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歌詞. Lyrics of Japanese songs.

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What exactly does the song title 「恋するカレン」 mean?

「恋するカレン」is a song by 大滝詠一 from his 1981 album A Long Vacation. Lyrics for reference. The part I am confused about is, who exactly is the actor i.e., person doing 恋する and who is it directed towards? ...
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What does 「Nounを笑え」 phrase mean in this sentence?

Oh! KAREN 浜辺の濡れた砂の上で 抱きあう幻を笑え It's from a song 「恋するカレン」by 大滝詠一. Lyrics here. Based on my understanding, here's my translation: Oh! KAREN I laugh at my dream of embracing you in my arms on wet sand on ...
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What is the specific meaning of 時の函 in this song lyric?

I came across a song (琥珀ト瑠璃ノ輪舞曲) where there's a line "時の函に横たわっていた". I know the meaning of the words individually , "時の" = of a certain time, "函" = box, "横たわる&...
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how to interpret きみがそうだったように?

This sentence is from a song's lyric 歌に形はないけれど (Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CV5wVHjMfQ&feature=youtu.be&t=136). How to understand that? There are two Chinese translations: ...
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なんて言わないで自己申告制, meaning of で?

I'm kinda at a lost here. In what I'm translating (a song), a character says: なんて言わないで 自己申告制 My main issue is...I have no clue how で is meant to be used here. One person I spoke to translated this ...
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What is the use of the particle “は” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm currently translating the lyrics of "Realize" by Konomi Suzuki. And the one thing that made me confused was the use of the particle "は" in this sentence of the lyrics. ...
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クビにします to mean “destroy”?

I'm translating a song and there's a certain part that's confusing me. もしあたしが日本の 一番偉い人になれたら 即座にヤツをクビにします (The singer is female, hence あたし) So far, I can gleam the meaning of the first two lines to ...
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Help translating line from Japanese song

A line from a Japanese song that I am trying to translate into English is "たわいない 判らない 理由 存在". Separately I understand these words to mean trivial, don't understand, reason, and existence, respectively,...
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What does 「夏がめぐりめぐって」 mean?

It's a line from 森田童子's 雨のクロール 夏がめぐりめぐってもぽくはもう決して 泳がないだろう Source: https://mojim.com/jpy113808x1x2.htm めぐりめぐって Meaning: 多くのところを巡っていって。巡り続けて。(going in circles, from one place to another and ...
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What does みつどもえの泡 mean?

In the lyrics of 三十路岬, みつどもえの泡と知りもせず 愛した罪は消えないの 誰を選ぶか決められないと 別れ上手なひとでした There is this occurrence of みつどもえの泡, which I couldn't find a dictionary translation of. The first line seems to translate to ...
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What's the structure of this lyric sentence? 「置いてかなくちゃいけないのかな」

The sentence is: [明日]{あした}の[入]{い}り[口]{ぐち}に、[置]{お}いてかなくちゃいけないのかな? Now I know the former part is "tomorrow, at the entrance (of our school)", and the following phrases: おく ーー 置いて, to put, かな ーー is ...
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Help me understand the first three lines from 松任谷由実’s 「甘い予感」

あなたの耳のむこう 夕日がきれいね 息をかけたら消えそう Source: http://j-lyric.net/artist/a000c13/l00f5ed.html Song on the Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Zm8sorINQ Translating the three lines literally The sun ...
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How would 「問わず語りの心」 translate into English?

It's a line from [寺尾]{てらお}[聰]{あきら}'s ルビーの[指環]{ゆびわ} くもり硝子の向うは風の街 問わず語りの心が切ないね 枯葉ひとつの重さもない命 貴方を失ってから Youtube Timestamp: https://youtu.be/ICJc53FXu4g?t=16 Now, I understand what he is trying to say ...
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思い出 - Ludens Song Lyrics を and が with intransitive verb (流れる), is this translation acceptable?

The song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4nT5-ouBEA The lyrics: https://earth-colors.dreamwidth.org/14442.html This line 川面の上を雲が流れる is translated as "Clouds passing over a flowing river". 川面 is ...
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Why is 運命 read as さだめ? [duplicate]

The very first lyric of the song "Fighting Gold" goes like this: 夢を縛りつける 重たい運命の石に And everything makes sense except for the fact that the singer reads 運命 as さだめ. Why?
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「命令形 + と助詞」どんな意味?

アナと雪の女王2の「Into the Unknown・心のままに」の歌詞を翻訳していますが、次の文型が分かりません。分からない部分は この 🔴の間に... 1) 聞こえてる、でも無駄よ。目を覚ませ、🔴起きろと🔴 2) 未知の旅へ🔴踏み出せと🔴 「起きる」と「踏み出す」の意味は分かりますが、この「起きろ+と / 踏み出せ+と」という文型のニュアンスが理解できません。 皆さん、...
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思い過ごせばいい - Actual meaning?

In the first opening of One Piece titled "We are", there's a section that goes 「個人的な嵐は誰かのバイオリズム乗っかって思い過ごせばいい!」. Upon some googling, I found following explanation: 個人的な悩みは誰かの生きていく上で繰り返す感情の変化、...
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How do I connect these three seemingly irrelevant clauses of lyrics?

I am studying the lyrics of 美しければそれでいい by 石川智晶. I am quite confused by the first three lines in this part: 未来と指切りするのをやめたのは 痛みから遠く逃れようとしても 冷えた風がほら髪を揺らすよ 何処で答えを探せばいい From my ...
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What is the meaning of “迷い” in the phrase 夜の街迷いし穢れの乱歩

This phrase is from a song the translation of   "夜の街迷いし穢れの乱歩" would be: Lost in a city at night, I take a random impure walk. The question is: "迷い" in the dictionary means hesitation, perplexity, ...
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I-adjective in く form modifies a noun/adverb

In the song 宝物 by WANIMA, the chorus goes: 思いにまかせて 感じるまま描いて まだ見えない明日へ 誰にも止められない 今この瞬間が紛れもなく全て。 紛れもない is in く form, which means it's modifiying a verb. However, 全て is nowhere near a verb, but might ...
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What are「熄み」's etymology and meaning

「熄み」appears in a song「インフェルノ」 照らすは闇 僕らは歩き慣れてきた日々も淘汰 夢は安泰な暮らしだが 刺激不足故にタラタラ 照らすは熄み 僕らの歩き慣れていた道はどこだ 時はたまに癪だが 温もりに包まれ只 It is pronounced やみ in the song, the same as 闇. I have never seen this word ...
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Trouble understanding one specific lyric in a song

I was trying to translate the lyrics of a kids' song for my sister who sent it to me, but I have trouble understanding one part of the lyrics: 「課長 すてきです その一言 ピュアなまでに鈍感」 「社長 すばらしい そのアイディア ...
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What does どおし mean in this song?

In the song Chercher by Kotoko there's the line 心配性{しんぱいしょう}と言{い}われても ハラハラのしどおしよ And in a subtitled video it gets translated to: "Even if you say I'm a worrier, you're anxious with me" It all ...
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How to understand 「どこへ振り下ろす」

The entire line is: 今、君はその刃を どこへ振り下ろす? I'm not sure how I'm supposed to understand it. I think it means: towards where will you swing the sword down right now (i.e. where are you aiming at? A ...
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Alternative reading of 額

In 無情のスキャッツ from 人間椅子, there's the following line, around 2'41": 私の額{ぬか}にも微笑をくれ The furigana are from the video's subtitles, which are not automatically generated by Youtube, so this is definitely ...
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What does 「夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れる」 mean?

It's part of the lyrics of a song. The actual line is: どれほど夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れている? I checked the definitions of 触れる as an intransitive verb on Weblio and came to the conclusion that this is most likely ...
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Help with a lyric from Psycho Pass Ending

I was reading the lyrics from All alone with you by EGOIST, helping myself with translations to learn some japanese, but there's something that confuses me. When it says 神さま気取りの人が言うの ねえ 人は強いって ...
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Interpretation of 「ミスターハスラー楽屋から火だすな」 in a song

I'm trying to understand the lyrics of the song 刹那 by Creepy Nuts (link to Youtube video with lyrics). I'm in the woods and the most enigmatic is this passage here. The lyrics go: シラフじゃいられない ...
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カス in the context of 俺はやる lyrics by Wanyudo

I can't figure out the meaning of the chorus from the song 俺はやる by Wanyudo. Particularly I have a problem with the word カス. The context is as follows (someone transcribed the full lyrics here, the ...
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What is this usage of と at the end of a sentence in this song? And in general?

In the song Chercher by KOTOKO, there are a couple lines that look like completed thoughts/sentences, but end in と For example 約束{やくそく}する 私{わたし}がすぐあなたのこと探{さが}し出{だ}すと Also she definitely says 「と」...
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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 across 膝を叩く which ...
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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 sentence,...
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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 ...
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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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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 あわせて in ...
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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!