Hello Sleepwalkers – 夜明け (Yoake) Romaji and Translation

Kanji

Romaji

Title: Yoake

Riyuu no nai kanshimi wa butsukeru basho ga nai

Riyuu no nai ashita wa riyuu no nai mama otozureru

Dokoka ni ikitai demo doko he mo ikezu ni

tsuki to mesametara taiyou to nemuru seikatsu

Ookina puraido de chiisana koto bakari

Imi no nai kotoba wa imi no nai mama ni shitai dake

Mou yame ni shiyou demo sore sae dekizu ni

tsuki to mesametara taiyou to neru seikatsu

Kibou ga zetsubou ni kawaru you ni zetsubou wa kibou ni nareru sa

sorosoro sekai ga owaru you na souzou de kon’ya mo nemureru kara

Higashi no sora kimi ga norotta imaimashii hikari ga sasu

Nishi no no sora dareka ga tsubuyaku “Ashita wa haremasu you ni”

Kakinugutta imeeji ha katachi mo iro mo nai

Risou wo narabetara narabeta bun dake wakaru kyori

Oshiire no oku made shimaikonda akogare

tsuki to mesametara taiyou to neru seikatsu

Kibou ga zetsubou ni kawaru you ni zetsubou wa kibou ni nareru sa

sorosoro sekai ga owaruyou na souzou de kon’ya mo nemureru kara

Shoutengai wo nukete shounen ha hashiru

doko made yo ikeyo maiyoi no nai kutsu oto

Bokutachi no ashita wa hitotsuzuki no kibou

doko made ikeru sou omotteita ano hi

Riyuu no nai kanshimi wa butsukeru basho ga nai

Riyuu no nai ashita wa riyuu no nai mama otozureru

Mada boku wa utatteiru mada sekai ha ugoiteiru

imi mo naku riyuu mo naku

Kaketa kokoro hitotsu motteiku

Furiotosarenai you ni

Aita mado no soto irodzuku machi

Higashi no sora kimi ga norotta imaimashii hikari ga sasu

Nishi no no sora dareka ga tsubuyaku “Ashita wa haremasu you ni”

Kidzukeba dareka ga hayameta tokei tadashisa mo machigai mo utagatteiru

koritsu to kyoukan wo tenbin ni kakete kyou mo jibun wo motteiru

Kantan na koto sa ikinuku no koto kareta sumyaku horiateru kurai

Nandomo  nandomo kurikaeseba itsumo to chigatta

Asa ga kuru asa ga kuru

Translation

Title: Dawn

There is no place where I can let go of my unexplicable sadness

and an unexplicable tomorrow will eventually come by without any reason.

I would like to go somewhere, but I still unable to go anywhere,

I live my daily routine of waking up with the moon and falling asleep with the sun.

With too much pride, one can only do small things

and I would just like to leave these meaningless words without any meaning.

I would like to just end all of this, but I still can’t do such a thing

and I live my daily routine of waking up with the moon and falling asleep with the sun.

Just like hope turns into hopelessness, hopelessness will eventually turn into hope

and with the thought that this world is about to end, I can sleep  tonight too.

In the eastern sky, that annoying light that you despise so much shines through

In the western sky, someone whispers “I hope tomorrow will be sunny”

The image that I scribbled down, has no shape nor colour

and if I line up my ideals, I cannot understand more than the ideals that I lined up*

With my desires pressed deep down my closet,

I live my daily routine of waking up with the moon and falling asleep with the sun.

Just like hope turns into hopelessness, hopelessness will eventually turn into hope

and with the thought that this world is about to end, I can sleep tonight too.

Some boys are running leaving the commercial district behind them

“We can go everywhere!” they say with the sound of their shoes that show no hesitation.

Our tomorrows are a chain of hopes,

“I can go everywhere”, I used to think back in the days.

There is no place where I can let go of my unexplicable sadness

and an unexplicable tomorrow will eventually come by without any reason.

But I’m still here singing, the world is still turning,

even without an explanation, even without reason…

We walk with one and only chipped** heart,

so be careful not to shake it too much.

Outside the open window,  the city shines with colours.

In the eastern sky, that annoying light that you despise so much shines through

In the western sky, someone whispers “I hope tomorrow will be sunny”

If you pay attention, someone has anticipated his clock, and they still are wondering if they are right or wrong.

I weigh on the scale isolation and participation,  and even today I won’t lose my own self.

Keep on living is an easy task, you know, somewhat similar to digging up a withered water source,

and if you repeat the same thing time and time again, one day a different morning will rise.

Morning will come…

Notes and others

*=the concept that the band is trying to explain is a bit too complex to be summarized in a single, so I’ll do it here. The whole song is about finding some kind of indication on how to live one’s life, and one could think that people can understand how to live their life if they follow their ideal. But ideal are just images and so no matter how much one can try to link them and live by them, they are something different from reality and do not offer much of a suggestion.

**= this verb also hints that an object is chipped, therefore missing a part: in the case of the heart, the feeling of missing something is what drives us in our lives.

It felt good going through these lines after a long time: I revisited some passages and improved the general meaning of some passages. Revising the translation I realized how much I was projecting my personal experience at the time on the song, ending up completely missing the point of some lines, but the general message of track wasn’t too far off from what I had imagined.

I kinda miss Hello Sleepwalkers and the fact that this song still sounds so good to me, really leaves me thinking that there hasn’t been any band in the j-rock scene that has been able to surpass their writing style: so simple, yet so profound.

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