馬と骨 || Horse and Bone

index03馬と骨
uma to hone
Horse and Bone

Vocals: IZNA
Lyrics: IZNA
Arranged by: NSY
Album: Pleasure Virgin (悦楽バージン) 【Official Site】
Circle: touhoujihen (東方事変)
Event: Autumn Reitaisai 1 [ARTS1]
Original Theme: Tomboyish Girl in Love [おてんば恋娘]

Requested by: yen

The title of this song is based on a proverb: 馬の骨 (uma no hone). It’s a derogatory term used to talk about someone whose origins are a bit shady. The idea behind the proverb is “the bones of a horse are useless and too large to dispose of. In the same way, this person is useless.”

The title of this song, however, replaces の with と. I think this changes the meaning just a little – the speaker might be the ‘horse’, and the person they’re talking about might be the ‘bone.’ The ‘bone’ is useless to them, but it’s hard to throw them away because they’re such a large part of their life.


そぼ降る雪の如し
落ちては 只溶けゆく
やっと築いた高台を
あぁ無様に崩される

sobofuru yuki no gotoshi
ochite wa tada tokete yuku
yatto kizuita takadai wo
aa buzama ni kuzusareru

It falls then melts away
Like snow, drizzling down.
The high ground I created at last…
Ah, you tear it down in an unsightly manner.

結局 其れをしては
昨日と同じだね、と
使い廻した言い訳は
未だ破られることなく

kekkyoku sore wo shite wa
kinou to onaji dane, to
tsukai mawashita iiwake wa
mada yaburareru koto naku

In the end, you did that
Just like you did yesterday.
Those well-worn excuses
Haven’t been breached yet.

何度も直刃を充てがうだけで
トドメは生憎 持ち合わせていないの?

nando mo suguha wo ategau dake de
todome wa ainiku mochiawasete inai no?

You just keep furnishing your blades with suguha (1)
And you shy from the killing blow. Don’t you have one?

すれ違い会話に溜息
もう何も思い出したくないの
今の私 言葉を捨てて

surechigai kaiwa ni tameiki
mou nani mo omoidashitakunai no
ima no watashi kotoba wo sutete

I sigh at our disagreements.
I don’t want to remember anything anymore.
Now, I’ve cast away words.

憖 深みは幾重に(あぁ)増してゆくだけで
答えは生憎 持ち合わせていないの?

namaji fukami wa ikue ni (aa) mashite yuku dake de
kotae wa ainiku mochiawasete inai no?

Your thoughtlessness is many-layered. (Ah…) It just keeps growing.
You shy from giving answers. Don’t you have any?

喩えれば So早熟
行交う人の中で
やっと気付いたこの所望
未だ果たされることなく

tatoereba So soujuku
yukikau hito no naka de
yatto kidzuita kono shomou
imada mitasareru koto naku

Speaking figuratively, yes—it ripened too early.
Among the people, going to and fro,
I realised what I wished for at last.
It hasn’t been fulfilled yet.


(1) A suguha is a type of visual effect (刃文 – hamon) created on a Japanese blade. It is a common, straight hamon. For more information, visit this site. It is possible that this stanza is a metaphor, describing the arguments the speaker has with their lover.

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