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Mr. Children: 12 Gatsu no Central Park Blues

August 5, 2008

12 Gatsu no Central Park Blues

      04.01.30
      Artist: Mr. Children
      Title: 12 Gatsu Central Park Blues (December Central Park Blues)
      Words: Sakurai Kazutoshi
      Music: Sakurai Kazutoshi

      I pass some couples on the road in front of Dakota House *1
      put up the collar on my coat, Ah I wish you’d hug me.
      the vintage wine to light the alcohol lamp in my heart *2
      I pour a glass of it and make a lonely toast by myself.
      December Central Park Blues.

      I’m freezing my ass off, what kinda training is this? December.
      Never thought you wouldn’t be there, What’ll I do now? Snow.

      the Vietnamese restaurant in district 6, the waitress looked like you
      while she pours the cream puree, I want to remember you.
      The religious nuts ask me like this ‘Hey, Are you happy?’
      ‘Sure am’ I reply nonchalantly, December Central Park Blues

      Should I just pack it up and head home? How about a day trip? December.
      Time abroad longing for human contact, oddly, it gets to me, I like it.

      When I saw the Christmas Tree overshadowing the city, I began to cry.
      Wait a sec, I’m already 30 years old. December Central Park Blues.

      I’m freezing my ass off, what kinda training is this? December.
      Never thought you wouldn’t be there, What’ll I do now? Snow.
      Should I just pack it up and head home? How about a day trip? December.
      Time abroad longing for human contact, oddly, it gets to me, I like it.
      and yet snow, but I like it.

      Translated By: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma

      Translator’s Notes: Sounds like Sakurai is singing about being in New York
      during Christmas. *’s away.

      *1 – Dakota House is an old building in New York most famous as the
      residence of John Lenon and Yoko Ohno. It’s located very near to Central
      Park, thus the title of the song.

      *2 – Alcohol warms the body.

      Romaji

      dakotahausu no mae no michi de koibitotachi to surechigau
      boku ha ko-to no eri wo tatete aa kimi ni dakishimete hoshii
      kokoro no naka no aruko-ruranpu tomosu tame no vinte-jiwain
      gurasu ni sosoide hitori samishiku chiya-zu
      jyuunigatsu no sentoraru pa-ku buru-su

      isso koorisou sa korya nan no shuugyou da? jyuunigatsu
      kimi nashi nado rongai mou doushitara iin da? yuki da

      rokubangai no betonamu ryouriten weitoresu no ko ga kimi ni niteta
      kuri-mupyure wo nagashikominagara aa kimi wo omoidashiteitai
      shuukyou kabure ga boku ni kou tou ‘Hey anata ha shiawase desu ka?’
      ‘shiawase desu to mo’ to usobukinagara
      jyuunigatsu no sentorarupa-ku buru-su

      isso kaero- ka? higaeri jya dou dai? jyuunigatsu
      hitokoishi no kaigai modokashikute hen da suki da

      machi wo umetsukusu kurisumasutsuri-
      wo mitetara namida ga detekita
      chotto mate boku ha mou sanjyuu da ze
      jyuunigatsu no sentorarupa-ku buru-su

      isso koorisou sa korya nan no shuugyou da? jyuunigatsu
      kimi nashi nado rongai mou doushitara iin da? yuki da
      isso kaero- ka? higaeri jya dou dai? jyuunigatsu
      hitokoishi no kaigai modokashikute hen da suki da
      na no ni yuki da dakedo suki da

      Romaji By: Brian Stewart

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