Itsue – Nemophila

‘Nemophila’, from Itsue’s ‘Konya Zettai’ album. Itsue is an independent rock band founded in 2010 with two albums released so far, ‘Ikutsumo no E’ and ‘Konya Zettai’.

ネモフィラ
歌:イツエ
 
されど街は変わる
始まりと終わりを
いつまでも
繰り返して
 
2人出会って
いつか鳥になる
なんて誰が
決めたこと
 
息すらできない
強烈な夏の日の
君と最後の言葉
は「また明日」
 
色褪せつつある
君と過ごした家はもう
知らない誰かの
生活の音
 
変わらずにいることを
君に伝えたい
髪型もあの時からずっと同じ理由
 
 
夜は思うよりも
とても優しいもの
弱ささえも
流してくれる
 
空っぽになった
私はなにになれる
古くなった
靴は捨てて
 
きっと君を忘れるだろうけど
 
たまに思い出すくらいが丁度いい
 
 
君と歩いた道や
懐かしい匂い
思い出は美しく変わってしまうね
 
 
されど街は変わる
始まりと終わりを
いつまでも
繰り返して
 
生まれ変わって
また君に出会う
それが私を
ただ癒やして
 
私はすべてを許す
私はすべてを許す
私はすべてを許す
そして私は許される
Nemophila
Performed by Itsue
 
But still the midnight streets evolve
Their glowing lines to draw the end
And then the dawn, to link the two
And loop the world again.
 
I found you once among the roads
Which opened skyward into day.
It makes us like the swallows, free—
At least, that’s what they say.
 
Beneath a scorching summer’s gaze
Which drained the colour from our minds
Our final words and only sound
Was “Bye—I’ll see you round.”
 
The house we once conspired to build
Has wilted from its former green:
Out streams laughter from rooms below
Of people we don’t know.
 
If only I could tell you now
Of how I haven’t changed:
The same hairstyle I’ve kept, to show
You that I haven’t changed…!
 
How comforting I find the night!—
Whose lightless mercy lets escape
All shame and fear and all things weak
And frees them of their shape!
 
Washed of my past, I look ahead,
Down every path I might proceed
My feet unshod, when I must lose
These shoes I will not need—
 
It won’t be long before you start to leave my thoughts—
 
But come on back from time to time
And I’ll be—gratified…!
 
Then I’ll recall us walking in
The little lanes, the scents—
The mem’ries, grown up our shins,
Continue sweeter hence—
 
But still the midnight streets evolve
Their glowing lines to draw the end
And then the dawn, to link the two
And loop the world again.
 
I know it won’t be long before,
Reborn on roads with new design
I’ll find you: it will, by and by
But grant me anodyne.
 
So I will vow forgiveness hence
And I will vow forgiveness hence
And I will vow forgiveness hence:
Forgiveness, hence, I’ll be allowed.
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