LOVEppears / Ayumi Hamasaki
from Boys&Girls single + LOVEppears album.

Misa’s note: A unique point in this song is how the choruses are sung from different perspectives. The first (and last) chorus uses the word “bokura” for “we”, while the second chorus uses “watashitachi” for the same word. “Boku” is a term reserved mostly by males, while “watashi” is used by females. These words were probably chosen to find traction with listeners from the genders by representing both, hence the all-inclusive title “Boys&Girls”.

—–

Can anyone stop us, once we’ve started to shine?
Does anyone have the right to stop us boys, once we’ve started to fly?

We often say it
We often dream about it
We often talk about it
“I want to be happy”
Just how many times have we said that?
Just what do we want?
Just what are we unsatisfied with?
Just where are we heading to?
Even when asked
We don’t really have an answer

When I push you forwards
Do not forget
The promise we made
This summer

As long as we shine, we’ll be able to capture tomorrow someday
As long as us girls fly, we’ll be able to find the shining tomorrow

We’re all anticipating
We’re all doubting
Everyone is like this, right?
To be called “a good person”
Seems to imply that one is “a pushover”

The sunrise was so dazzling
It pierced my eyes painfully
My heart clenched
And I felt a little lost

Can anyone stop us, once we’ve started to shine?
Does anyone have the right to stop us boys, once we’ve started to fly?

—–

ROOMAJI

Kagayaki dashita bokura wo dare ga tomeru koto nado dekiru darou
Habataki dashita karera wo dare ni tomeru kenri ga atta no darou

Yoku kuchi ni shiteiru
Yoku yume ni miteiru
Yoku futari katattari shiteiru
“Shiawase ni naritai” tte
Mou nandome ni narun darou
Ittai nani ga hoshikute
Ittai nani ga fuman de
Ittai doko he mukau no toka tte
Kikaretemo kotae nante mochi awasetenai kedo ne

Senaka osu shunkan ni
Wasurenaide ite
Kono natsu koso wa to
Kawashita yakusoku wo

Kagayaki dashita watashitachi nara itsuka ashita wo tsukamu darou
Habataki dashita kanojotachi nara hikaru ashita wo mitsukeru darou

Hontou wa kitai shiteru
Hontou wa utagatteru
Nan datte dare datte sou deshou
“Ii hito” tte iwareta tte
“Doudemo ii hito” mitai

Asayake ga mabushikute
Yake ni me ni shimite
Mune ga kurushikute
Sukoshi tomadotteta

Kagayaki dashita bokura wo dare ga tomeru koto nado dekiru darou
Habataki dashita karera wo dare ni tomeru kenri ga atta no darou

——

KANJI

輝き出した 僕達を誰が止めることなど出来るだろう
はばたきだした 彼達を誰に止める權利があったのだろう

よく口にしている
よく夢に見ている
よく2人語ったりしている
“シアワセになりたい”って
もう何度めになるんだろう
一体何が欲しくて
一体何が不満で
一体どこへ向かうのとかって
聞かれても答えなんて持ち合わせてないけどね

背中押す瞬間に
忘れないでいて
この夏こそはと
交わした約束を

輝き出した 私達ならいつか明日をつかむだろう
はばたきだした 彼女たちなら光る明日を見つけるだろう

本当は期待してる
本当は疑ってる
何だって 誰だってそうでしょ
“イイヒト”って言われたって
“ドウデモイイヒト”みたい

朝焼けが眩しくて
やけに目にしみて
胸が苦しくて
少し戸惑ってた

輝き出した 僕達を誰が止めることなど出来るだろう
はばたきだした 彼達を誰に止める權利があったのだろう