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Yanagi Nagi – Crossroad

September 21, 2015

こころを 隠してひとりで
膝かかえていたぼく
きみがね いないこの街は
なぐさめ ひとつもなく

kokoro o kakushite hitori de
hizakakaete ita boku
kimi ga ne inai kono machi wa
nagusame hitotsu mo naku

Keeping my heart hidden
I was sitting alone with my knees pulled to my chest
There isn’t a single thing to comfort me
In this town without you

ぼくはね はじめから知っていた
きみが呼んでる 遠いどこかで
こころで声が いつでも叫んでる
「オ・ネ・ガ・イ…」 空を見るよ

boku wa ne hajime kara shitte ita
kimi ga yonde’ru tooi dokoka de
kokoro de koe ga itsudemo sakende’ru
“O-NE-GA-I…” sora o miru yo

I knew right from the start
That you were calling me from somewhere far away
In my heart, a voice was always shouting
“Please…!” as I look up at the sky

気づいて! ひとりじゃないから
今 きみ ここに! 満ちてく予感
ぼくらはすぐに この街で出逢うよ
きみはこの世界の はんぶん

kidzuite! hitori ja nai kara
ima kimi koko ni! michite’ku yokan
bokura wa sugu ni kono machi de deau yo
kimi wa kono sekai no hanbun

Look! You’re not alone
Here and now, you’re filled with the feeling
That very soon we’ll meet in this town
You’re half of my world

こぼれた さみしさと不安
見えない場所に埋めて
祈りと 願いだけあつめ
ぼくはね ドアを開ける

koboreta samishisa to fuan
mienai basho ni umete
inori to negai dake atsume
boku wa ne DOA o akeru

Burying my overflowing loneliness and uncertainty
Somewhere out of sight
And gathering up only prayers and wishes
I open up the door

きみとね なんどもすれ違い
ともに気づかず 夜に迷う
おなじこころを きみへの目印に
「カ・ナ・ラ・ズ…」 たどりつくよ

kimi to ne nandomo surechigai
tomo ni kidzukazu yoru ni mayou
onaji kokoro o kimi e no mejirushi ni
“KA-NA-RA-ZU…” tadoritsuku yo

We’ve passed each other by so many times
And been lost in the night, together, without knowing it
But we have the same heart, and that will become a signpost
“I’m sure…” I’ll reach you in the end

信じて! 歩いてきた道
今 ほら すぐに! 明けてく夜空
ためらわないで こころは知っている
きみはこの世界の はんぶん

shinjite! aruite kita michi
ima hora sugu ni! akete’ku yozora
tamerawanaide kokoro wa shitte iru
kimi wa kono sekai no hanbun

Believe in the path that you’ve walked!
And very soon now the night sky will grow light!
Don’t hesitate! My heart knows
That you’re half of my world

信じて! 歩いてきた道
今 ほら すぐに! 明けてく夜空
ぼくらはここで 明日を祈ってる
きみはこの世界の はんぶん

shinjite! aruite kita michi
ima hora sugu ni! akete’ku yozora
bokura wa koko de ashita o inotte’ru
kimi wa kono sekai no hanbun

Believe in the path that you’ve walked!
And very soon now the night sky will grow light!
The two of us, here, pray for tomorrow
You’re half of my world

気づいて! ひとりじゃないから
今 きみ ここに! 満ちてく予感
ぼくらはすぐに この街で出逢うよ
きみはこの世界の はんぶん

kidzuite! hitori ja nai kara
ima kimi koko ni! michite’ku yokan
bokura wa sugu ni kono machi de deau yo
kimi wa kono sekai no hanbun

Look! You’re not alone
Here and now, you’re filled with the feeling
That very soon we’ll meet in this town
You’re half of my world

Notes:

This song was used in an animated commercial for Z-Kai, a correspondence cram school. The commercial, which tells the story of a boy and a girl studying for college entrance exams, was directed by Shinkai Makoto (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters per Second).

The tune, an Irish folk song called the Londonderry Air and perhaps best known as the melody of “Danny Boy,” has made a previous anime appearance as the opening of Romeo x Juliet, “Inori ~ You Raise Me Up.” (That’s not necessary for understanding the song, of course, just a fun fact.)

(Original lyrics by Shinkai Makoto and AKI Oxford)

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