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Old 12th May 2016, 07:24 PM
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Survivor (lyrics)

edit: Updated with the official lyrics.


Survivor

*
This place is literally
a concrete jungle
Hey, is there a city
more surreal than this one?
People on the outside
don’t know
the cruelty lurking deep within
the so-called cuteness

It’s like a snake wrapped around
a beautiful flower

Far, fly away
With you, try again
If it’s us, we can make it happen

The days when we were ablaze with dreams
are now long past
Nowadays we’re only attracted
to what’s realistic

So, you and me,
we’ll survive

The sweet smile of that person
who I often walk past,
I wonder if perhaps
that was really her crying face?

This kind of constraining sadness
is overflowing

Further, fly away
And try again
If it’s us, I feel we can save something

I don’t mean something overambitious
like saving the whole earth,
but, for example, the person next door

So, you and me,
we’ll survive

* repeat

Far, fly away
With you, try again
If it’s us, we can make it happen

The days when we were ablaze with dreams
are now long past
Nowadays we’re only attracted
to what’s realistic

So, you and me,
we’ll survive


Japanese lyrics:
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文字通りの
コンクリートジャングルで
ねぇ此処よりも
シュールな街ってある?
いわゆる
カワイイの奥に潜んだ
残酷さを外の人達は
知らない

それは美しい花に
蛇が巻き付く様で

遠く fly away
君と try again
僕らなら叶えられるよ

夢に焦がれたのはもう
いつかの遠い昔
この頃じゃリアルにしか
惹かれない

だから君と僕は
生きぬこう

よくすれ違う
優しい笑顔のあの人
もしかしたら
あれは泣き顔だったかな?

こんな窮屈な
哀しみが溢れているよ

もっと fly away
そして try again
僕らなら救える気がする

地球とかそんな大それた
事を言ってるんじゃない
例えば隣のあの子とか

だから君と僕は
生きぬこう



遠く fly away
君と try again
僕らなら叶えられるよ

夢に焦がれたのはもう
いつかの遠い昔
この頃じゃリアルにしか
惹かれない

だから君と僕は
生きぬこう

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Old 12th May 2016, 07:37 PM
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Thanks for the lyrics. Wow, this album is so qualitative in terms of lyrics.

"This place is literally a concrete jungle
Hey, is there a city more surreal than this one?
People on the outside don’t know
the cruelty lurking deep within the so-called cuteness"


Whoa, is she refering to Tokyo here?
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Old 12th May 2016, 07:38 PM
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"People on the outside don’t know
the cruelty lurking deep within the so-called cuteness"


Yeah, I think it's definitely Tokyo. But you could probably interpret it for New York or other cities too perhaps.
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Old 12th May 2016, 08:36 PM
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Absolutely beautiful. I think this song chronicles her departure from Japan to LA and her return with Mr.Darling. Very insightful.

Off-topic: but I think it's slightly ironic that she sings so negatively about the "modern era", yet one of her best friends is part of the darkness from the "modern era".

Again, thank you very much for the speedy translations. You're awesome tenshi. <3
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Old 12th May 2016, 08:46 PM
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Off-topic: but I think it's slightly ironic that she sings so negatively about the "modern era", yet one of her best friends is part of the darkness from the "modern era".
Who is her best friend?
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Old 12th May 2016, 08:49 PM
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Timmy?

Natsuki is her bestie but she's been that from ages back.
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:12 PM
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It's great that she tackles new types of lyrics. I feel that this is an important album for her. Though she is making social commentary, it seems so personal at the same time.

I think she is indeed talking about Tokyo. Or Maybe she did the same thing she did in "Free & Easy", write "world" but read it as "city"? We will see once we get the official lyrics. Really curious.

Thank you for the translation. ^^
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:19 PM
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lol, the Japanese are not beyond reproach. Abe and his cronies willingly uphold the neoliberal status quo of capitalism, imperialism, and ecocide. Japan is really nothing more than a shill for the West and for the "modern era." Ditto for South Korea.

The kanji for "kawaii" is used. She is definitely referring to Japan in this song.
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:19 PM
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I love this song more now.
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:20 PM
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Thank you so much for the lyrics.

I'm studying japanese since 2013. So, seeing your knowledge about japanese and your beautiful translations it gives me strength to continue studying ^^
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:26 PM
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lol, the Japanese are not beyond reproach. Abe and his cronies willingly uphold the neoliberal status quo of capitalism, imperialism, and ecocide. Japan is really nothing more than a shill for the West and for the "modern era." Ditto for South Korea.

The kanji for "kawaii" is used. She is definitely referring to Japan in this song.
Actually though, we have yet to get the official lyrics so we need to wait for those.
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:31 PM
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Thank you so much for the lyrics.

I'm studying japanese since 2013. So, seeing your knowledge about japanese and your beautiful translations it gives me strength to continue studying ^^
Aw, thank you. Good luck with your studies~
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:38 PM
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She's saying "machi" there, right? I though machi meant "town" as in something like a neighborhood, not as in a specific city i. e. Tokyo vs. LA etc.?
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Old 12th May 2016, 09:54 PM
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I was waiting for those! I love the lyrics so much. Even if the chanting is awkward, Survivor just became my favorite song from MADE IN JAPAN. The meaning is just so strong.

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Thank you so much for the lyrics.

I'm studying japanese since 2013. So, seeing your knowledge about japanese and your beautiful translations it gives me strength to continue studying ^^
Oh yes I agree so much! I tried to translate Summer Love for myself today and I was so frustrated when I wasn't able to understand one word or translate it correctly.

So, really thank you tenshi no hane for giving us more strength to continue our studying! Your translations are so wonderful!

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She's saying "machi" there, right? I though machi meant "town" as in something like a neighborhood, not as in a specific city i. e. Tokyo vs. LA etc.?

I learned 大都 (taito) or 大都市(daitoshi) for big cities whereas "machi" is more a smaller town. But I also think that she means Tokyo or other metropolises. Machi sounds better than taito or daitoshi in this case. I would think of it as kind of artistic license. Or maybe you can really use "machi" too.
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Old 12th May 2016, 10:48 PM
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Thank you again!

Those are great again! I'm really happy with the lyrics this time.
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Old 12th May 2016, 10:59 PM
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Like the other ones: These aren't the official Japanese lyrics, there might be one or two errors. A big thanks to あやかTA♡2@twitter for a big chunk of the Japanese lyrics.


Survivor

*
This place is literally a concrete jungle
Hey, is there a city more surreal than this one?
People on the outside don’t know
the cruelty lurking deep within the so-called cuteness

It’s like a snake wrapped around
a beautiful flower

**
Far, fly away
With you, try again
If it’s us, we can make it happen
The days when we were ablaze with dreams
are now long past
Nowadays we’re only attracted to what’s realistic
So, you and me, we’ll survive

The sweet smile of that person
who I often walk past,
I wonder if perhaps
that was really her crying face?

This kind of constraining sadness
is overflowing

Further, fly away
And try again
If it’s us, I feel we can save something
I don’t mean something overambitious
like saving the whole earth,
but, for example, the person next door
So, you and me, we’ll survive

* repeat
** repeat


Japanese lyrics:
Spoiler:

文字通りのコンクリートジャングルで
ねえここよりシュールな街ってある?
いわゆる可愛いの奥に潜んだ残酷さを
外の人達は知らない

それは美しい花に
蛇が巻きつくようで

**
遠く fly away
君と try again
僕らなら叶えられるよ
夢に焦がれたのはもう
いつかの遠い昔
この頃じゃリアルにしか惹かれない
だから君と僕は生きぬこう

よくすれ違う
優しい笑顔のあの人
もしかしたら
あれは泣き顔だったかな

こんな窮屈な悲しみが
溢れているよ

もっと fly away
そして try again
僕等なら救える気がする
地球とかそんな大それた事
を言ってるんじゃない
例えば隣のあの子とか
だから君と僕は生きぬこう


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Romaji

Moji douri no konkuriito janguru de
Nee koko yori shuuruna machitte aru?
Iwayuru kawaii no oku ni hisonda zankokusa wo
Soto no hito tachi wa shiranai


Sore wa utuskushii hana ni
Hebi ga maki tsuku you de

Tooku Fly Away
Kimi to Try Again
Bokura nara kanaerareru yo
Yume ni kogareta no wa mou
Itsuka no tooi mukashi
Kono koro ja riaru ni shika hikarenai
Dakara kimi to boku wa iki nukou


Yoku sure chigau
Yasashii egao no ano hito
Moshika shitara
Are wa nakigao datta kana

Konna kyuukutsuna kanashimi ga
Afurete iru yo

Motto Fly Away
Soshite Try Again
Bokura nara sukueru ki ga suru
Chikyuu toka sonna daisoreta koto
Wo itteru n janai
Tatoeba tonari no ano ko toka
Dakara kimi to boku wa iki nukou


Moji douri no konkuriito janguru de
Nee koko yori shuuruna machitte aru?
Iwayuru kawaii no oku ni hisonda zankokusa wo
Soto no hito tachi wa shiranai


Tooku Fly Away
Kimi to Try Again
Bokura nara kanaerareru yo
Yume ni kogareta no wa mou
Itsuka no tooi mukashi
Kono koro ja riaru ni shika hikarenai
dakara kimi to boku wa iki nukou
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Old 13th May 2016, 12:29 AM
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Wow, these are some STRONG lyrics. Really awesome, I love them. But, do you think that this song could get Ayu in trouble in Japan? Like, people might think she's betraying/dishonoring her country with lyrics like these?? And ruin her image even more lol...
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Old 13th May 2016, 12:32 AM
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People who hate her would hate her anyway. I think fans would like her more for these lyrics.

She's so blunt in this song, I love it.
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Old 13th May 2016, 03:29 AM
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Once again, thank you so much for translating!

Really interesting lyrics, this album is gold.
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Old 13th May 2016, 07:30 AM
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"People on the outside don’t know
the cruelty lurking deep within the so-called cuteness"


Yeah, I think it's definitely Tokyo. But you could probably interpret it for New York or other cities too perhaps.
I don't think any other city is as much associated with cuteness as Tokyo. Perhaps translating "kawaii" as pretty or lovely would make it more universal. But the lyrics kind of have a "looking at Tokyo/Japan from the outside" feel to them, so I don't think that making them universal would be the way to go.

And Japanese people do indeed use "machi" when they talk about Tokyo etc. Though they usually use 街 instead of 町.
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