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Sound Horizon – Sacrifice

August 13, 2012

無邪気な笑顔が 愛らしい妹は
神に愛されたから 生まれつき幸福だった

mujaki na egao ga airashii imouto wa
kami ni aisareta kara umaretsuki koufuku [shiawase] datta

My charming younger sister, with her innocent smile
Was born happy, because she was favored by God

一人では何も 出来ない可愛い天使
誰からも愛される 彼女が妬ましかった

hitori de wa nani mo dekinai kawaii tenshi
dare kara mo aisareru kanojo ga netamashikatta

She was a cute angel who couldn’t do anything for herself
And was loved by all; I envied her

器量の悪い私を 憐れみないでよ…
「──惨めな思いにさせる あの妹なんて死んじゃえば良いのに…」

kiryou no warui watashi o awareminaide yo…
“– mijime na omoi ni sareru imouto [ano ko] nante shinjaeba ii no ni…”

Don’t pity poor, homely me
“I wish my sister [that girl], who makes me so miserable, would just die…”

あくる日妹は 高熱を出して寝込んだ
ごめんなさい神様 あの願いは嘘なんです

akuru hi imouto wa kounetsu o dashite nekonda
gomen nasai kami-sama ano negai wa uso na n’desu

The next morning my sister fell ill with a high fever
I’m sorry, God, I didn’t mean that wish

懺悔が届いたのか やがて熱は下がった
けれど今度は母が 病の淵に倒れた

zange ga todoita no ka yagate netsu wa sagatta
keredo kondo wa haha ga yamai no fuchi ni taoreta

Perhaps my repentance reached Him, for soon her fever lowered
But then my mother fell into the swamp of illness

母が今際の時に遺した言葉は…
「──妹は他人とは違うから お姉ちゃんが助けてあげてね…」

haha ga imawa no toki ni nokoshita kotoba wa…
“– imouto [ano ko] wa tanin [hito] to wa chigau kara onee-chan [anata] ga tasukete agete ne…”

In her dying moments, my mother left behind these words:
“Your sister [that girl] is different from other people, so her big sister [you] should look after her…”

母が亡くなって 暮らしにも変化が訪れ
生きる為に私は 朝な夕な働いた

haha ga naku natta kurashi ni mo henka ga otozure
ikiru tame ni watashi wa asa na yuu na hataraita

When my mother passed away, our lives changed
To make a living, I worked from morning ’til night

村の男達は 優しくしてくれたけど
村の女達は 次第に冷たくなっていった

mura no otoko-tachi wa yasashiku shite kureta kedo
mura no onna-tachi wa shidai ni tsumetaku natte itta

The men of the village were kind to us, but
The women of the village soon grew cold

貧しい暮らしだったけど 温もりがあった…
「──肩を寄せ合い生きてた それなりに幸福だった…」

mazushii kurashi datta kedo nukumori ga atta…
“– kata o yoseai ikite’ta sorenari ni koufuku [shiawase] datta…”

It was a poor life we led, but there was warmth…
“– We lived shoulder-to-shoulder; in that, there was happiness…”

それなのにどうして…こんな残酷な仕打ちを…教えて神様!
妹が授かった子は 主が遣わし給うた 神の御子ではないのでしょうか?

sore na no ni doushite… konna zankoku na shiuchi o… oshiete kami-sama!
imouto [ano ko] ga sazukatta ko wa shu ga tsukawashitamouta kami no miko de wa nai no deshou ka?

Even so, why… why did this calamity befall us… tell me, God!
Wasn’t the child my sister [that girl] was blessed with a child of God, sent by the Lord?

──妹が子供を身篭もっていることが発覚した夜
村の男達は互いに顔を見合わせ口を噤んだ
重い静寂を引き裂いたのは耳を疑うような派手な打音
仕立屋の若女将が妹の頬を張り飛ばした音…

— imouto ga kodomo o mikomotte iru koto ga hakkaku shita yoru
mura no otoko-tachi wa tagai ni kao o miawase kuchi o tsugunda
omoi seijaku o hikisaita no wa mimi o utagau you na hade na uchioto
shitateya no wakaokami ga imouto no hoho o haritobashita oto…

— The night my sister was found to be with child
The men of the village looked at each other and held their tongues
What broke the heavy silence was a striking sound so loud I couldn’t believe my ears
The sound of the young proprietress of the tailor’s shop knocking my sister to the ground…

(泥棒猫…可哀想な子だと…世話を焼いて…恩知らず…)
──断片的な記憶…断罪的な罵声…
嗚呼…この女は何を喚いているんだろう? 気持ち悪い
ぐらりと世界が揺れ 私は弾け飛ぶように若女将に掴み掛かっていた…

(dorobouneko… kawaisou na ko da to… sewa o yaite… onshirazu…)
— danpenteki na kioku… danzaiteki na basei…
aa… kono onna [hito] wa nani o wameite iru n’darou? kimochi warui
gurari to sekai ga yure watashi wa hajiketobu you ni wakaokami ni tsukamikakatte ita…

(Adulteress… pathetic child… troublesome… ungrateful…)
— Fragmented memories… accusatory jeers…
Ah… what is that woman shrieking about? She makes me sick
The world shook, I grabbed at the proprietress…

緋く染まった視界 苦い土と錆びの味 頭上を飛び交う口論 神父様の怒声

akaku somatta shikai nigai tsuchi to sabi no aji zujou o tobikau kouron shinpu-sama no dosei

My vision was stained red; I tasted bitter earth and rust; the quarrel flew over my head; the priest’s words were harsh

(純潔の…悪魔の契り…災いの種…マリア様の…誰もガブリエルを…火炙りだ)

(junketsu no… akuma no chigiri… wazawai no tane… MARIA-sama no… daremo GABURIERU o…hiaburi da)

(Purity… bedding a demon… seed of destruction… the Virgin Mary’s… anyone, Gabriel… she’ll be burned at the stake)

「嗚呼…悪魔とはお前達のことだ!」

(“aa… akuma to wa omae-tachi no koto da!”)

(“Ah… you’re the ones who are demons!”)

──そして…妹は最期に「ありがとう」と言った…

— soshite… imouto wa saigo ni “arigatou” to itta…

— And then… in her final moments, my sister said “thank you”…

心無い言葉 心無い仕打ちが どれ程あの娘を傷付けただろう
それでも全てを…優しい娘だから…全てを赦すのでしょうね…

kokoronai kotoba kokoronai shiuchi ga dore hodo ano musume [ko] o kizutsuketa darou
soredemo subete o… yasashii musume [ko] dakara… subete o yurusu no deshou ne…

The heartless words, the heartless treatment — however much they hurt that girl…
Even so, she would… because she was a kind girl… she would forgive everything

「でも、私は絶対赦さないからね…
この世は所詮、楽園の代用品でしかないのなら、罪深きモノは全て、等しく灰に帰るが良い!」

(– demo, watashi wa zettai yurusanai kara ne…
kono sekai wa shosen, rakuen no daiyouhin de shika nai no nara, tsumibukaki MONO wa subete, hitoshiku hai ni kaeru ga ii!)

(– But I can’t forgive them…
So if this world is, after all, only a poor replacement for Paradise, and we are all sinners, then we should all return to ash!)

──裸足の娘 凍りつくような微笑を浮かべ
揺らめく焔 その闇の向こうに『仮面の男』を見ていた──

— hadashi no musume kooritsuku you na hohoemi o ukabe
yurameku honoo sono yami no mukou ni “kamen no otoko” o mite ita–

— The barefoot maiden wore a smile that seemed frozen
Beyond the darkness and the flickering flames, she saw the man with the mask–

 

 

Translator’s Notes:

The words in square brackets are what is sung where it differs from what is written in the lyrics booklet. Stanzas or lines in parentheses do not appear in the lyrics booklet and have been transcribed by ear.

(Original lyrics by Revo.)

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