Good Bye RAISE

ShinraGood Bye RAISE

Vocals: Meramipop (めらみぽっぷ)
Lyrics: Azuki
Arranged by: Kaztora (カズトラ)
Album: On That Day, I Looked Up at the Sky (その日私は空を見上げた)
Circle: Shinra-Bansho (森羅万象)
Event: Reitaisai 12 (RTS12)
Original Theme: Rigid Paradise (リジットパラダイス)

I must say, this is my favourite track from the album. I’d probably rank it as one of my most favourite Shinra-Bansho tracks, too. I say it all the time, but I love Azuki’s lyrics – it’s like he encapsulates the entire human experience in the form of lyrics, filled with references to mythology, science, and the theories of happiness.

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Rather than passing the time living and suffering,
I believed that it’s better to die quickly and be at peace.

I realised that I was doing the same things every day.
Did I realise through intention or amusement? Look!
People spend their days unaware that they’re continuing towards death.
Who knows? I was the same…

To my dear friend – it’s so dark around me,
And the ground I stand on is made up of only pebbles.
I thought the halo around my head was pretty – at that time,
A demon suddenly sent the stones at my feet flying!

I, who am dead, know nothing of life,
As I am a corpse who cannot pray to even God.
I learn to believe, then forget what I have learned.
Today, too, I shall hang my head in the ring of the angels.

Is that which remains in my thoughts happiness or sorrow?
Time spent worrying is just a waste of time.
I wonder if those unexpected memories I recall are just trite static. Thinking that, I threw them away.

To my dear friend – what’s it like inside the ground?
Does the heat of the sun reach you?
The dead-eyed cityfolk who herd together –
I wonder if they’re any different to you?

Like the cicadas that rot away in the streets during midsummer,
We pass our time in the eternal ‘now.’
I suppose life that drains away is the same as death.
My 21-gram soul flies away – far, far away… (1)

Of my own free will, I worried, and of my own free will, I started walking.
So, I’ll at least live honestly, and die a fool.
I’m me! Even as this body crumbles and disappears. Ah

Continuing on towards death is a sign of living.
My heart aches – it’s proof of my existence.
I wonder how much I yearned for this...
I won’t let anyone stop me!
Goodbye afterlife! My field of vision opened.
Rather than passing the time believing I’ll be at peace after I die,
I wanted to rejoice in my limited life…

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(1) A reference to an ‘experiment’ done by Dr. Duncan MacDougall in 1901, in which he ‘proved’ that the human soul weighs 21 grams.

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