2015/07/14

YAVA!

Released on 2016 Apr. 1st, included in "METAL RESISTANCE".
Lyric: NAKAMETAL, MK-METAL, KxBxMETAL / Music: NORiMETAL / Arr.: YUPPEMETAL

YAVA!

Raarararara rarara.
Any of them are alike.
Everybody says so,
but they are in some way a little different, aren't they?
A little different, I wonder so after all.

[ Different. Different. ]  That's not acceptable.
[ Different. Different. ]  You say so, but...
[ Different. Different. ]  I don't know.
Eh? They are in some way a little different?

[ Oh, no. ]
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu!
[ Oh, no. ]
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira paarirarira!

[ Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. ]

Any of them are alike.
Everybody says so,
but they are in some way a little different, aren't they?
A little different, I think so after all.

[ Different. Different. ]  That's not acceptable.
[ Different. Different. ]  You say so, but...
[ Different. Different. ]  They are different.
[ Different. Different. ]  It is the case that they are different.
They are in some way a little different after all.

[ Oh, no. ]
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu!
[ Oh, no. ]
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira paarirarira!
They are different.

Something is different. Something is different.
Which is different? Which is different?
That is different and this is different, too.
They are pretty different. They are pretty different.
Something is different. Something is different.
Which is different? Which is different?
That is different and this is different, too.
Oh. They are all all different.

[ Oh, no. ]
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu!
[ Oh, no. ]
You say "don't care", but I am free to care, ain't I?
You say "don't care", but I am free to care, ain't I?
Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu!

[ Even so, ]  They are different. They are different.
[ Even so, ]  They are different. They are different.
[ Even so, ]  They are different. They are too different, so I am at a loss.
Paarira paarira paarirarira!

[ Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. ]



  ROMAJI LYRIC AND NOTES ARE BELOW.


[i] About the Performance & the Lyric of This Song

This tune was performed for the first time on 2015 Jun. 21st at Makuhari Messe, Chiba. Since then, it was tentatively called "Chigau". The Japanese title is "ヤバッ!" (= yaba!) and this word is sometimes jokingly written as "ヤヴァッ!" (= yava!).

The meaning of the lyrics is vague, obscure & ambiguous. This is the same old way of Japanese popular songs. If the singers are attractive enough, the fans can freely enjoy whatever fantasies they like with such vague lyrics. I don't think there is the true story and the lyric writer has hidden it, so I hope the listeners think freely what differs how from what.

[ii] About the Meaning of "Chigau"

Originally, "chigau" means "to cross/pass each other", etc. ("sure-chigau", etc. are still used for this meaning), but in the present time, "chigau" is mainly used to mean "different (from something)". "Chigau" alone can mean several meanings like "other" (= different from this), "false" or denial (= different from the fact), "wrong" or "bad" (= different from what it should be), "special" or "good" (= different from the usual).

The following is my personal interpretation: I imagine, for example, she stands in front of the rack of merchandise and wonders which item suits her best. People other than young girls think all trendy items are alike (in 2015, sheer skirt/onepiece with non-sheer white under), but young girls care about slight differences among them. No! Not slight! Other people just can't tell Paisley from floral patterns.

All young girls are different enough from each other, but other people can only classify them under a few stereotypes. Listen to Sakura Gakuin singing "Watashitachi nitamono dooshi da nante..." (= We are said to resemble each other closely. / People want to lump us together. / Actually each of us puts up one's own antenna / and keeps refining one's own tiny heart.) in the latter half of the first verse of "Friends" (written by cAnON, 2011).

My interpretation might be much influenced by Sakura Gakuin (BABYMETAL was its sub-group). The section of "Are mo chigau. Koremo chigau." (= That is different and this is different, too.) may express the youth's feeling like "Anything here is different from what I want. I want something else." or "This place is different from where I should be. I should go somewhere else".


YAVA!

Romaji LyricEnglish TranslationNotes
 
Raarararara rarara. Raarararara rarara.
Dore demo onaji da yo. Any of them are alike.
Minna soo yuu keredo Everybody says so,
nanka chotto chigau yo ne? but they are in some way a little different, aren't they?
Yappa chotto chigau ka na? A little different, I wonder so after all.1
 
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te nai yo. [ Different. Different. ]  That's not acceptable.2,3
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te iwarete mo. [ Different. Different. ]  You say so, but...2
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te shiran. [ Different. Different. ]  I don't know.
E? Nanka chotto chigau? Eh? They are in some way a little different?
 
[ Yaba! ] [ Oh, no. ]4
Ki-ni-natchatte doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?5
Ki-ni-natchatte doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? Which side is that on? Which side is this on?6
Paarira paarira fuu! Paarira paarira fuu!7
[ Yaba! ] [ Oh, no. ]
Ki-ni-natchatte doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Ki-ni-natchatte doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira paarirarira! Paarira paarira paarirarira!
 
[ Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. [ Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.8
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.   Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.   Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. ]   Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. ]
 
Dore demo onaji da yo. Any of them are alike.
Minna soo yuu keredo Everybody says so,
nanka chotto chigau yo ne? but they are in some way a little different, aren't they?
Yappa chotto chigau desho! A little different, I think so after all.
 
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te nai yo. [ Different. Different. ]  That's not acceptable.
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te iwarete mo. [ Different. Different. ]  You say so, but...
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te chigau. [ Different. Different. ]  They are different.
[ Chigau! Chigau! ]  Te chigau no da. [ Different. Different. ]  It is the case that they are different.9
Nanka chotto yappa chotto chigau. They are in some way a little different after all.
 
[ Yaba! ] [ Oh, no. ]
Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?5
Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu! Paarira paarira fuu!
[ Yaba! ] [ Oh, no. ]
Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira paarirarira! Paarira paarira paarirarira!
Chigau wa. They are different.
 
Nani ka chigau. Nani ka chigau. Something is different. Something is different.10
Dore ga chigau. Dore ga chigau. Which is different? Which is different?
Are mo chigau. Kore mo chigau. That is different and this is different, too.
Kanari chigau. Kanari chigau. They are pretty different. They are pretty different.
Nani ka chigau. Nani ka chigau. Something is different. Something is different.10
Dore ga chigau. Dore ga chigau. Which is different? Which is different?
Are mo chigau. Kore mo chigau. That is different and this is different, too.
Aa zenbu zenbu chigau! Oh. They are all all different.
 
[ Yaba! ] [ Oh, no. ]
Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo? I can't stop caring about it. What should I do?
Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu! Paarira paarira fuu!
[ Yaba! ] [ Oh, no. ]
Ki-ni-sunna-tte ii desho? You say "don't care", but I am free to care, ain't I?11
Ki-ni-sunna-tte ii desho? You say "don't care", but I am free to care, ain't I?
Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? Which side is that on? Which side is this on?
Paarira paarira fuu! Paarira paarira fuu!
 
[ Demone ]  Chigau. Chigau. [ Even so, ] They are different. They are different.
[ Demone ]  Chigau. Chigau. [ Even so, ] They are different. They are different.
[ Demone ]  Chigau.
    Chigai sugite komaru.
[ Even so, ] They are different.
    They are too different, so I am at a loss.
Paarira paarira paarirarira! Paarira paarira paarirarira!
 
[ Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. [ Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.   Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.   Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii.
  Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. ]   Pippo pappo pippo pappo pii. ]
 

Notes

  1. I changed the translation form "I guess..." to "I wonder..." because "ka na" shows low degree of confirmation and a question mark is added in the official lyrics (revised on 2016 Apr. 1).
  2. "Te" (= to (wa)) is the particle that attaches to a clause and makes an quotation. "Chigau-tte nai yo" = "It is not acceptable that you say 'chigau'" and "Chigau-tte iwarete mo" = "You say 'chigau' but..."
  3. "-- te nai yo", "sore-tte nai yo", "sore wa nai yo", etc. show the speaker's feeling that she/he can't accept the matter. This form may mean the low possibility of the matter, but both are distinguishable by the intonation. I changed the translation because once I thought I heard "te nani yo". (Added on 2016 Apr. 1.)
  4. The official lyric is "ヤバッ!" (Yaba!), and it is a clipped form of "yabai". Originally, "yabai" means "dangerous", but in this line, it is used as an exclamation. (Revised on 2016 Apr. 1.)
  5. "-chatta" (= -te-shimatta) shows that the action is done without intention. "-chatte" is the conjunctive form of "-chatta".
  6. "Dotchi" (= dochira) is an interrogative word that requests the choice from two (or more). I think, in this line, maybe she cares about the extension of some concept (good, cute, etc). Maybe she wonders whether that/this is so or not (= whether that/this falls within or outside such things).
  7. "Paaria..." sounds like the tone of trumpets or clarinets or something. I don't know any other Japanese implications about this onomatopoeia.
  8. In Japan, "pi po pa" is an onomatopoeia of the push-button telephone, etc.
  9. Grammatically, "--- no da" is like "it is the case that ---" (I added this phrase to the translation on 2016 Apr. 1). It shows some emphasis, but I don't know how to translate. Sometimes it may have a nuance like "it is in the nature of the things that ---".
  10. Contrary to the official lyrics, I think I hear "Nani ka chigau. Nani ga chigau? Dore ga chigau? Kore ga chigau." (= Something is different. What is different? Which is different? This is different.) (revised on 2016 Apr. 1).
  11. This "ii" (= yoi) means some approval or permission. In this line, she claims her right. Usually "--- deshoo" & "--- daroo" show some guess or expectation, but shortened "desho" & "daro" sometimes have a special nuance like begging for sympathy "don't you also think that ---?" or somewhat blaming "why can't you understand that ---?" (the nuance depends on the intonation).
        A question mark is added in the official lyric, so I added a tag question "ain't I?" (added on 2016 Apr. 1).

40 comments :

  1. Amazing work, as usual. Thank you! This song is fantastic.

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    1. Thank you. I hope the readers think freely what differs how from what.

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    2. Thank you for this and all translations , great work !

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  2. お仕事、いつも楽しく拝見させていただいています。

    この曲はBabymetalらしい楽しい麻薬性を持ってますね。
    歌詞の解釈は個人の自由という前提で私なりに・・・
    これは「安保法制に関する論争」を歌ったものでは無いかと直感。
    「違う、違う、違いすぎて困る」と勝手に同感ヘドバンをしてます。(^_^;)
    Paarira paarira paarirariraは、紛糾するparliamentの形容でしょう。
    まあ、うがち過ぎかも知れませんが、こんな聴き方も楽しいものです。

    Bubble Dreamer も「バブル再来の夢」へのソフトな皮肉かも知れませんね。

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  3. Thank you for this translation, now I need to find this song!!!
    I can only find a 15 sec clip of this song, anyone else having more luck?
    And why do you mention that this song might never be released?

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    1. Showing URLs here is dangerous because some bootleg busters seem to be watching this blog. Search for it on google with "BABYMETAL new song chigau" or "BABYMETAL new song Makuhari".

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    2. Probably they will release this tune someday.
      If the live BD/DVD of 2015 Jun. 21st is released, this tune shall be included, but the live BD "LEGEND '2015'" is coming soon and the only difference between the two is this tune to be added. We may have to wait for the live BD of another concert. And BABYMETAL's 2nd album can't be released until 2018 because only three or less new songs have been brought per year. It seems endlessly far to me.

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    3. Thank you for the quick reply.
      The prospect to wait until 2018 for the new album is dire indeed.
      On the other hand, the prospect of another album with new BM songs is worth the wait. And they have released cd's with just two new songs before, so maybe?
      Meanwhile I will continue my search for this song, my thanks for the advice.

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    4. The release of "Road of Resistance" was announced soon after its first performance, so I guess they won't release this tune as a download single or the title track of a CD single. There is a possibility that this tune is released as a coupling tune of a CD single, but the possibility seems low because they have not released a CD single since 2013 June.

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  4. Thank you for this translation and all your translations, they have been a great help to me!

    I want to offer my thoughts not on the translation but on the meaning/interpretation of the lyrics to this song:

    I think this song is about the different feelings people have about BABYMETAL. I think the words and especially the centering around the word "chigau" is not chosen to be vague but rather to express the ambiguous feelings people have about BABYMETAL.
    All of the things you bring up as meanings of "chigau" are things that are common to read about BABYMETAL on the internet; "bad", "wrong", "false"(or fake), "different", "special", "good". Everyone who knows about BABYMETAL has probably thought these things and maybe many of them at once. I think "chigau" was chosen intentionally because it has all these meanings.

    When interpreted this way it also colors the readings of other parts of the lyrics;
    "Are dotchi? Kore dotchi?" Could be seen as people wanting to label BABYMETAL(are they "idol"? Are they "pop"? Are they "metal"?) but finding it hard to do so because of their unique nature.

    "Ki-ni-natchatta. Doo shiyoo?" could be seen as being about the way people seem to want to talk about BABYMETAL even when they don't like them. As Marty Friedman said: "You have to have an opinion on it, you can't ignore it".

    Anyway, this is what i personally think! My Japanese is at a pretty low level so if i have misunderstood something that makes this interpretation of the lyrics impossible, i am sorry for wasting your time! And again, thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your interpretation.
      I think your interpretation is basically right. Probably the lyric writer has such an idea somewhat in his mind. I, however, want to point out some details.

      (1) About "Are dotchi? Kore dotchi?" in the chourses, BABYMETAL can't be "are" and "kore" at once, but this is possible: Is "GimiChoko" a metal song? Is "Megitsune" a pop song? (2) About "Are mo chigau, kore mo chigau" in the middle, it should mean something like "That labelling is wrong, this labelling is wrong, too". (3) About "Dore demo onaji da yo" in the beginning, it doesn't seem "Any labels are alike", and "Any of girl idols (or metal bands) are alike" might be suitable, but BABYMETAL is far beyond "a little different".

      If there was one right interpretation, it should fit well all these points, but as said above, I can imagine no such interpretation. Therefore I don't think there is one right interpretation, but I am wrong if the lyric writer thought more loosely.

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  5. Right now, I'm attempting to make a lyric video for the song. How would you write these lines faithfully in Japanese?

    [ Chigau. Chigau. ] Te nani yo?
    [ Chigau. Chigau. ] Te iwarete mo.
    [ Chigau. Chigau. ] Shiran te.
    Nanka chotto chigau.

    Also, do you think the song title is more likely to be written in kanji or katakana like IDZ?

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    1. I don't know whether this tune is officially titled "Chigau" or not, but if so, it is more likely to be written in katakana than in kanji. Then "違う" in the lyric may be also written as "チガウ". But one "Chigau" is short for a title of a tune, so I think it may be "チガウチガウ" or something.

      Japanese notation of the lyrics is below. All question marks may be omitted. "なんか" may be written as "何か" to avoid ambiguity in meaning, but then ambiguity in reading ("nanika"/"nanka") arises. Usually "って" is used within one sentence like "違うって何よ?". Listeners can hardly distinguish "って" at the head of a sentence from simple "て", but it doesn't matter.
      Addition 1:
      This small "っ" (called "促音"(sokuon)) expresses a moment of silence made by closing the glottis, etc. (called "unreleased stop"?). The lips and the tongue are kept in potions for the next consonant, so, in Romaji, the constant is doubled like "utte", "pippo", etc.
      Addition 2:
      I'm not sure whether "i" of "yabai" is pronounced or not. If pronounced, it is written as "やばい", "ヤバイ", "ヤバい" (in frequency order). If not, it is written as "やばっ" or "ヤバッ". It sounds a little different from simple "やば", but I don't know how to write it in Romaji. The youth often omit the ending "i" of adjectives like this (e.g. 寒い to 寒っ; cold!).


      [パーラララララ ラララ]

      どれでも同じだよ みんなそう言うけれど
      なんかちょっと違うよね やっぱちょっと違うかな
      [違う違う] って何よ? [違う違う] って言われても
      [違う違う] 知らんって なんかちょっと違う

      [ヤバい] 気になっちゃってどうしよう 気になっちゃってどうしよう
      あれどっち? これどっち? パーリラパーリラルー
      [ヤバい] 気になっちゃってどうしよう 気になっちゃってどうしよう
      あれどっち? これどっち? パーリラパーリラパーリラリラ

      ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー
      ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー

      どれでも同じだよ みんなそう言うけれど
      なんかちょっと違うよね やっぱちょっと違うでしょ
      [違う違う] って何よ? [違う違う] って言われても
      [違う違う] 違う [違う違う] 違うのだ
      なんかちょっとやっぱちょっと違う

      [ヤバい] 気になっちゃったどうしよう 気になっちゃったどうしよう
      あれどっち? これどっち? パーリラパーリラルー
      [ヤバい] 気になっちゃったどうしよう 気になっちゃったどうしよう
      あれどっち? これどっち? パーリラパーリラパーリラリラ
      違うわ

      あれは違うこれも違う どれも違うこれも違う
      あれも違うこれも違う かなり違うかなり違う
      あれは違うこれも違う どれが違うこれが違う
      あれも違うこれも違う ああ全部全部違う

      [ヤバい] 気になっちゃったどうしよう 気になっちゃったどうしよう
      あれどっち? これどっち? パーリラパーリラルー
      [ヤバい] 気にするなっていいでしょう 気にするなっていいでしょう
      あれどっち? これどっち? パーリラパーリラルー

      [でもね] 違う違う [でもね] 違う違う
      [でもね] 違う違いすぎて困る パーリラパーリラパーリラリラ

      ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー
      ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー ピッポパッポピッポパッポピー

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  6. I'm not an expert in women's thoughts, but I just came up with the theory that the song might be about the positions of their twintails, which have to be at the same height...
    Do you think this is in any way plausible, keeping the lyrics in mind? :)

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    1. Do you mean a girl is trying to make her twintails symmetrical?
      I think girls may try few times to make it symmetrical but most of them wouldn't be worried about it anymore. In general, however, if their hair is in certain conditions, they can't get the hairstyle they want no matter how they try and they would be worried about it all the day.
      Sometimes a girl tries many variations of twintails (high, low, etc.) and she wonders for a long time which suits her most. I think this situation fits these lyrics more.

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  7. When you mention that 'pipopapo' is usually japanese onomatopeia for phone push button, it occurs to me the paariraariruuu parts might be the ring tone you usually hears when you call someone? the receiving tone or whatever its called and the ruuu part is when the call is cut off before it is answered? anyway great work on the translation.

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    1. Thank you for your comment.
      The "paarira paarira ruu" part may sound like the ring tone, but a typical Japanese onomatopoeia for the (old) ring tone is "pururururuu" or "prrrr". Anyway, I think "paarira" and "pippo pappo" are probably the tentative (meaningless) lyrics left over and they probably don't describe any telephone scene.

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  8. Seems the official title for the song is 「ヤバッ!」, or YAVA! in English.

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  9. "Paarira paarira paarirarira" was"baiya baiya baiyaiya"

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    1. Thank you for information.
      But I can't confirm it now and the lyric card which is to be contained in the album is going to be available in three weeks, so I want to wait for it.

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    2. Definitely.I think highly of your way of thinking.

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  10. I recently received the cd Metal Resistance and have been listening to it while reading your romaji. Every instance of where you show
    "doo shiyoo" 3 syllables, I hear "doo no shiyoo" four syllables. I don't think I am mishearing. So am perplexed.

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    1. It is not "do no" but "do o". It sounds somewhat unnatural also to me, a native Japanese.

      Japanese language is based not on syllable but on mora (it may be a bit difficult for non Japanese to understand). A long vowel (e.g. "ぱー"/"pâ"/"paa") & a diphthong (e.g. "ない"/"nai") are counted as two morae. "ん" (n) of "なんか" (nanka) and "っ" (t) of "ちょっと" (chotto) are counted as one mora, so these are regarded as three mora words (these morae are called "撥音" (hatsuon) & "促音" (sokuon) respectively).

      In speech, such single syllables with two morae take twice time as those with single mora. In songs, they are usually matched to longer single notes like "nanka chotto" ( __ _ __ _ ), but sometimes matched to two notes like "doo" ( __ __ ) and "chigau" ( __ __ __ ). In my personal feeling, the "doo" case (the latter part of a long vowel is matched to a rather strong note) sounds somewhat unnatural, and for "chigau", both the two note phrase (as enclosed in [ --- ] ) & the three note phrase are welcome.

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  11. Mr. Du Enki
    That has to be the best response I have ever received on a blog! Thank you. I am going to have to study this somemore but the romaji "doo shiyoo" in the song is four beats. My ear sure wants to hear the "n" sound in the phrase.
    Like most of the fans coming here, your efforts on this blog are truly appreciated.

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    1. Yes, there are four notes. Different notations should be used for "oo" (two notes) and "ô" (one long note), but there are some difficult cases.

      For musical reason, a silence is needed between "do" and "o", so she has to close her vocal tract in some way to stop her voice. This state may bring the color of "m" there.

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  12. Are dotchi? Kore dotchi? I'm still learning but i've been learning Docchi Recently and I think Are Docchi is, that over there and Kore, this over here. I think also Kore is more like This one over here but sometimes just This i think depending on how it's used with another word.
    http://www.yesjapan.com/YJ6/question/1061/how-do-you-use-dore-and-docchi

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    1. I'm sorry if my reply is off the point.
      We, Japanese, learn:
      to use "kore" for what is near me/us or what has just appeared in the speech,
      to use "sore" for what is near you or what has already appeared in the speech,
      to use "are" for what is over there or what has not appeared in the speech but is (probably) identifiable.

      In the web page you refer to, "dotchi" is the grammatical subject, but in this song, "are"/"kore" is the grammatical subject. They suppose such a context like "if that is her book, then this is not her book", but it is difficult for me to imagine such a context in this song, so I think that line means something like "Is that/this her book or not?". "Dotchi" (= dochira) has a usage as an interrogative adverb or something (which way, etc. = where).

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    2. Yeah that Kore area got me confused when learning on different websites. Sometimes This one, sometimes something else ^^

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  13. nanka chotto chigau yo ne? = like just a little different isn't that right.
    That's what i got from doing some translating word for word :)

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    1. "nanka" you have in mind is probably that which is attached to a noun ("boku nanka" "sushi nanka", etc). "Nanka" of this case is a contraction of "nanika". I think the line can be translated like this:

      nanka = something
      chotto = a little
      chigau = different
      yo ne? = , right?

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  14. I want to thank you for your lyrics. Most times a straight Japanese to English translation leaves me shaking my head (just watch a Youtube video with the translate on, lol). But yours gives a much better feel for the song and helps me understand it more. Thank you.

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  15. Sounds like the songs is about the American Political process :)

    I'm joking.

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  16. I got to thinking how you said it could be left up to fantasy. I feel the lyrics are her struggling with all the love and admiration she's perhaps gotten from 20-30 year old males from other countries, such as myself. They all tell her the same thing seeming alike but are all special to her as "different" each one of them. Maybe she has even fallen for one and is going through the struggle of is this right or wrong.

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    1. Thank you for interesting interpretation.

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    2. you're welcome, there was an interview Su-Metal did a few years ago I watched on Youtube were the interviewer talked about her fan pages and he danced around the subject but did say something to the effect of "I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.. fans an just be a little passionate sometime" and she laughed it off but having all kinds of people tell her and the other two how much they love her can be a little much. This could be the conversation she's having in the song where the fans are trying the tell her it's acceptable but she's having a hard time believing that.

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  17. Does 言う (iu) have an alternate reading "yuu" or something?

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    1. As an exception, the verb "言う" (iu) is always pronounced as "yuu" (for about 500 years):
      yuu (iu) / iwanai / itta = say / not say / said.
      Now some people pronounce it as if a regular verb "ゆう" (yuu):
      yuu / yuwanai / yutta.

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