on the way home

wc_top640-2on the way home

Vocals: Mei Ayakura (綾倉盟)
Lyrics: Linjin
Arranged by: Linjin
Album: White clear
Circle: Syrufit
Event: C82
Original Theme: Returning Home From the Sky ~ Sky Dream  [空の帰り道 ~ Sky Dream]

Requested by: Nii Chii

I think, at its heart, this song is about Byakuren. But it doesn’t give many clues as to who she’s speaking about. I don’t know when it happened, but I’ve found myself filling in those details almost automatically as I translate… But it’s all very open to interpretation, so feel free to build your own ‘story’ around it (as always, I suppose.)

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ひとつひとつ 手探りで 集めてきたけど
僕は今 探してる
目を そらしたのに

hitotsu hitotsu tesaguri de atsumete kita kedo
boku wa ima sagashiteru
me wo sorashita no ni

I fumbled around and gathered them up, one by one,
But I’m still searching,
Though I turned my eyes away.

嘘付いて 傷つけて
集めたものばかり
今じゃもう 見えないね
遠い 帰り道

usotsuite kizutsukete
atsumeta mono bakari
ima ja mou mienai ne
tooi kaerimichi

I lied to you. I hurt you.
Now, I am blind to all
But the things I gathered up.
The way back home is long…

前向いて 強がってきたけど
どこかでは 探していた

mae muite tsuyogatte kita kedo
dokoka de wa sagashite ita

I faced forwards and grew stronger,
Though I was searching somewhere…

笑いあって 歩いていた
あの日の心はもういない
揺れる夕日 照らす影が
今も空に 焼く付いてる
どこかで会った気がしていた
声をかけたら 消えてしまう事
わかってた 帰り道

warai atte aruite ita
ano hi no kokoro wa mou inai
yureru yuuhi terasu kage ga
ima mo sora ni yakitsuiteru
dokoka de atta ki ga shite ita
koe wo kaketara kiete shimau koto
wakatteta kaerimichi

We walked together and laughed.
My heart is no longer as it was then.
The setting sun sways, and the shadow it illuminates
Is burned into the sky now, too.
I felt like we had met somewhere before
But when I raised my voice, you disappeared.
I knew the way home.

見て見ない ふりをして 歩いてきたけど
君は今 何見てる
遠い 空の下

mite minai furi wo shite aruite kita kedo
kimi wa ima nani miteru
tooi sora no shita

I looked at you but pretended not to look as I walked,
But what are you looking at now
Beneath a distant sky?

嘘付いた かいもなし
吐き出せない声
だからもう 見えないね
重い 帰り道

usotsuita kai mo nashi
hakidasenai koe
dakara mou mienai ne
omoi kaerimichi

There was no value in me lying to you –
I cannot speak those words.
So I guess I can no longer see you, can I?
The way home is so grave.

泣かないで 強がってきたけど
とこかでは わかっていた

nakanaide tsuyogatte kita kedo
dokoka de wa wakatte ita

Don’t cry: I’ve grown stronger.
But somewhere inside me, I knew it.

笑いあって 歌っていた
確かな僕らはもういない
沈む夕日 昇る月が
照らす心 錆び付いてる
どこかにあった気がしていた
手を触れたら 消えてしまう事
わかってた 帰り道

waraiatte utatte ita
tashika na bokura wa mou inai
shizumu yuuhi noboru tsuki ga
terasu kokoro sabitsuiteru
dokoka ni atta ki ga shite ita
te wo furetara kiete shimau koto
wakatteta kaerimichi

We laughed together and sang,
But I guess we’re not here anymore, as we once were.
My heart, which the setting sun
And the rising moon illuminates, is rusty.
I felt like we had met somewhere before.
If I touch your hand, you’ll disappear.
I knew the way home.

今じゃもう 見えないね
遠い 帰り道
だからもう 見えないね
想い 帰り道

ima ja mou mienai ne
tooi kaerimichi
dakara mou mienai ne
omoi kaerimichi

I can’t see the distant way home
Anymore.
So I guess I can’t see my feelings anymore,
Or the way home.

泣かないで 君のそばにいる
どこかでは わかっていた

nakanaide kimi no soba ni iru
dokoka de wa wakatte ita

Don’t cry – I’m by your side.
Somewhere inside me, I knew.

今日も独り 歩いてくよ
あの帰り道
今日は独り 歩いてくよ
君を迎えに

kyou mo hitori aruiteku yo
ano kaerimichi
kyou wa hitori aruiteku yo
kimi wo mukae ni

I will walk alone today, too,
On the way home.
Today, I will walk alone.
I’m on the way to see you.

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