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Mr Children: Center of Universe

August 5, 2008

Center of Universe

01.05.12
Artist: Mr. Children
Title: Center of Universe
Words: Sakurai Kazutoshi
Music: Sakurai Kazutoshi

The world now besieging me, still seems wonderful.
When my positive thinking backfires,
I sing a song to divert myself.

where has the fair wind of the Bubble Economy gone? *1
even if everyday the number of wrinkles is growing,
If we answer after thinking things over,
even just 15 points is correct.

We can garner joy from any kind of unhappiness,
everybody has the talent to live with a smile.

If you’ve lived frustrated, replenish your love.
The fire of romance is burning towards you.
Taking it out on others without saying a word is taboo.
you see, everything is dependent on how we take it.

The developments that no one expected, don’t you see,
they will accelerate with each second.
Stereotype – it’s just that we’re caught up in the latest thing.
why don’t we throw away everything and take on those things naked?
Human Life – Better Living –
I feel there must be something there.

Everyone has anxiety in their hearts,
looking for a parking area where they can have peace of mind,
at the end of a long loneliness. *2

After running yourself exhausted, replenish your love.
The fire of romance is burning towards you.
Say “Hi Bonjour” to the Golden Retriever next door.
Ah, the world is rose colored. *3
you see, everything is dependent on how we take it.
Here is the Center of Universe.

A capitalistic society is truly a free market.
It’s always “money talks”.
brand loyalty, school background society, divorce epidemic, the
etertainment world.
But what’s really worth anything?
a nation, a religion, liberty and of course love.
I worry about them all day.
But in the end they have no reason.

If you’ve lived frustrated, replenish your love.
The fire of romance is burning towards you.
Say “Hi Bonjour” to the Japanese Dog in the house across from you. *4
Ah the world is rose colored.
Here is the Center of Universe
And I am the center of it.
Ah the world is amazing.

Translated By: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma

Translator’s Notes: Mr Children at it again.

* 1 – The Bubble Economy refers to the prosperous economy Japan enjoyed in
the 80’s which many thought would continue to grow without stopping until
they were number one. However like a bubble it popped leaving the Japanese
wondering what they had worked so hard for.

* 2 – The line about “parking area where we find peace of mind” was one of
those problem lines where the Japanese is so easy and direct but the
English came at great difficulty. Yasuragi means peace of mind so our
translation isn’t far off.

* 3 – The Japanese have a saying “Barairo Jinsei” A life without want…
ideal and beautiful. Like the English expression “seeing things through
rose colored lenses”.

* 4 – A Shibaken… is a breed of Japanese dog… We think it has a name
but we couldn’t find it. Maybe it’s Shiba Dog… ?

ROMAJI

Ima boku wo torimaiteru sekai wa kore de ite subarashii
Purasu shikou ga urame ni dechattara uta demo utatte kibarashi

Baburuki no oikaze wa doko e yara hi ni hi ni shiwa no kazu ga fuetemo
Nayanda sue ni deta kotae nara juugoten da to shitemo tadashii

Donna fukou kara mo yorokobi wo hiroiage
Waratte kurasu sainou wo daremo ga motteru

Iraira shite sugoshiten nara ai wo hojuu
Kimi e to mukau koi no hi ga moyuru
Atarichirashi wa iwazu mo ga na no tabuu
Subete wa sou boku no toraekata shidai da

Dareka ga yosou shitoku beki datta tenkai
Hora ikki ni kasoku shite yuku
Sutereotaipu tada bokura atarashii mono ni nomikomarete yuku
Issaigassai sute sattara dou dai?
Hadaka no jibun de idondeku
Hyuuman raifu yori ii kurashi soko ni wa kitto aru you na ki mo suru

Mina urei wo mune ni nagai kodoku no hate ni
Yasuragi no paakingu eria wo sagashiteru

Kutakutan natte hashitta ato mo ai wo hojuu
Kimi e to mukau koi no hi ga moyuru
Tonari no ie no retoribaa ni mo “hai bonjuuru!”
Aa sekai wa barairo
Subete wa toraekata shidai da
Koko wa sou center of universe

Jiyuu kyousou koso shihon shugi kaisha
Itsu datte kane ga mono wo iu
Burando shikou gakureki kaisha rikon mondai geinoukai
Demo hontou ni kachi aru mono to wa ittai nan da?
Kokka shuukyou jiyuu sore to mo ai
Ichinichijuu nayanda yo
Demo kekkyoku sore tte rikutsu ja nai

Iraira shite sugoshiten nara ai wo hojuu
Kimi e to mukau koi no hi ga moyuru
Mukai no ie no shibainu ni mo “hai bonjuuru!”
Aa sekai wa barairo
Subete wa toraekata shidai da
Koko wa sou center of universe
Boku koso ga chuushin desu
Aa sekai wa subarashii

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