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ZONE

I really miss ZONE.  They were great for pop with a bit of rock thrown in, and their voices all blended together very well.  I went and made a mix of my favorite ZONE songs and I'm translating them too, for good measure, though I haven't bothered to romanize them yet. 



Testimony

なぜ僕は ここにいるのか? どしゃぶりの雨 の中で
明日の 為に 僕はいるのか? 何かできるのか?
誰か教えて 誰か 気付いて 誰か 僕に その答えを

Why am I here, in the pouring rain?
Am I here just for the sake of tomorrow?  What can I do?
Someone tell me, someone notice me, someone give me the answer

人の渦 迷い込んで 見上げた ビルの狭間で
小さく見えた ちぎれた空に のみ込まれそうで
誰か教えて 誰か 気付いて 誰か 僕に その答えを

I got lost in the swirl of people, looking up through the valley of buildings.
I looked so tiny, crowded by the tattered skies.
Someone tell me, someone notice me, someone give me the answer

今 僕が 生きる 自分の居場所 捜し求めて 叫んでる
迷いつ彼れても 叫び疲れても もう 逃げたくはないよ・・・

Right now I'm living, looking for where I belong, screaming out
I'm tired of wandering, tired of screaming, I don't want to run away anymore...

何も無い この部屋の隅 うずくまり 疲れ果てて
眠る事さえ おびえていた 傷対た 僕に
誰か教えて 誰か 気付いて 誰か 僕に その答えを

I cowered in exhaustion in the corner of this empty room,
too afraid and hurt to even sleep...
Someone tell me, someone notice me, someone give me the answer!

今 僕が 生きる 自分の居場所 捜し求めて 叫んでる
迷いつ彼れても 叫び疲れても もう 逃げたくはないよ・・・

Right now I'm living, looking for where I belong, screaming out
I'm tired of wandering, tired of screaming, I don't want to run away anymore...

もし 僕が死んで 涙を流す 人がいるなら・・・ X X X X X

If there were someone who would shed a tear for me if I died... XXXXX

涙が 左の鼓動を 揺らす 震え上がる 証を
僕は ここにいる、今生きている 叫び続けて 進む・・・

My tears shake my left heartbeat, as I give my uncontrollably trembling testimony
I'm here, living now, and I'll keep on screaming.

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For Tomorrow

晴れのち曇りなら いっそドシャ降りにして!
器用に生きるのに 少し疲れてきたよ
ほら、日常の裏側に こびり付く
誇り 憂い 翳り・・・ かなぐり捨てて!

If it's just going to get cloudy after it's been nice out,  it may as well be pouring rain.
I've been living with such skill that I've become a little tired of it.
Look, stuck to the other side of everyday existance
are pride, sadness, and gloom... Throw them away!

裸の大地に勝負を挑んで
"まだ見ぬ花" を咲かそう!
負けて落ちたなら 明日を見つめて
気持ちよく泣ければいい Wow Wow・・・

We'll start a battle on the naked earth,
See who can make a "yet unseen flower" bloom!
When you've lost and fallen, look towards tomorrow
It feels good when you can cry. Wow wow...

中途半端な手で 抱きしめられるのなら
愛情に似ている 友情のほうがマシ
もう、こころ動かないの 造られた
言葉 仕種 笑顔・・・ もういらないよ!

If I'm just embraced by half-hearted hands,
Then I'd rather have a friendship that seems like love instead.
Forced things from a heart that doesn't work anymore, like
words, smiles, gestures... I don't need them anymore!

求められるより求めてきたから
見えないものが多くて・・・
与えられるより 見つけだしたいの
こころ貫く愛情 Wow Wow・・・

I came to seek more than I was sought after, so
There were many things I couldn't see.
Rather than it being given to me, I want to find for myself
Love that goes through the heart.  Wow wow...

気を抜けば見逃す様な
"言葉の意味" 噛みしめて
"明日への力" に変えるの きっと・・・
そんな気分さ

Like taking out the feelings I overlook,
I'm chewing on "the meaning of my words"
I'll surely change them into "power for heading towards tomorrow"
That's the kind of feeling I have!

生きてることの意味さえわからず
ただ流された昨日に
大きく手を振り 深く呼吸をして
明日への一歩踏み出そう! さあ

I don't even understand what it means to live,
I just wave my hand strongly at the yesterday
that's already flowed by and take a deep breath
Let's take the first step towards tomorrow!  Come on

裸の大地に勝負を挑んで "まだ見ぬ花" を咲かそう!
負けて落ちたなら 明日を見つめて
気持ちよく泣ければいい Wow Wow・・・

We'll start a battle on the naked earth,
See who can make a "yet unseen flower" bloom!
When you've lost and fallen, look towards tomorrow
It feels good when you can cry. Wow wow...

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白い花
White Flowers

白い花が夜空の 隙間静かに埋める
まるであなたが側にいる ような 優しさ香る
忘れられない名前 胸の奥に咲いてる
白い花が枯れたとして いつか また咲くだろう

White flowers quietly fill in the spaces in the night sky,
their aroma gentle, as if you were at my side
An unforgettable name blooms in my chest.
Even though the white flowers have withered, someday they might bloom again.

あなたと 自由を 探した
あなたとの やすらぎ 求めた
あなたとの 永遠の愛を 信じた雪降る夜だった

I looked for freedom with you
I searched for peace with you
I believed our love was eternal that snowy night.

私の涙がほら 白い雪に変わって 
あなたの心を染め
もう一度 二人は 出逢うだろう・・・
いつまでも降る雪に 今はもう迷わない 
果てしなく広がった
夜空に白い花が咲いてる・・・

Look, my tears are changing into white snow,
Changing the color of your heart
We'll meet again someday, right?
I won't lose my way in the ever-falling snow anymore
In the endlessly expanding night sky
white flowers are blooming

それは二人さえぎる 冬の凍てつく道を・・・
けれどつないだ手のぬくもり 今も 暖かく感じ
細く続く足跡 今日はどこか違うの?
雪と星の囁き声 さえも 確かに聞こえ

We were obstructed on a frozen winter road
however, I still feel warmed by the heat of our joined hands
Are our continually fewer footsteps now somehow different?
I can even hear the whispering voices of the stars and the snow

あなたが 私の 少し前
歩いてくれた 後ろ姿
あなたとの 永遠の愛を 信じた雪降る夜だった

You were a little ahead of me
As I walked a little behind you
I believed our love was eternal that snowy night

記憶の中の写真 白い雪に埋めたの 
最後にもう一度だけ
逢いたくて 探した 夜だった
冷たく凍えた手は もう何も捜せない 
月明かりが優しく
私を照らし続けて眠る・・・

The photographs in my memories have been filled with the white snow
of that last night that
I had searched for you once more
My cold, frozen hands can't search anymore
the moonlight gently
continues to shine on me while I sleep

私の涙がほら 白い雪に変わって 
あなたの心を染め
もう一度 二人は 出逢うだろう・・・
いつまでも降る雪に 今はもう迷わない 
果てしなく広がった
夜空に白い花が咲いてる・・・

Look, my tears are changing into white snow,
Changing the color of your heart
We'll meet again someday, right?
I won't lose my way in the ever-falling snow anymore
In the endlessly expanding night sky
white flowers are blooming

いつまでも降る雪に 今はもう迷わない 
果てしなく広がった
夜空に白い花が咲いてる・・・

I won't lose my way in the ever-falling snow anymore
In the endlessly expanding night sky
white flowers are blooming

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So, overall, I'm very happy with how Shiroi Hana and Akashi came out, but I'm less than pleased with For Tomorrow because it's very stilted in english and there were a couple places where I'm not sure if I got the meaning quite right.  I guess 2 out of 3 isn't bad?

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