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Mr Children: Fasunaa (Zipper)

August 5, 2008

Fasunaa (Zipper)

02.06.10
Artist: Mr Children
Title: Fasunaa (Zipper)
Words: Sakurai Kazutoshi
Music: Sakurai Kazutoshi

Yesterday when you unzipped your skirt yourself,
and it behaving about how I expected, pinched me *1

they say there are many things we must treasure in this world,
but today I noticed that you weren’t one of them.

surely there’s a zipper on your back like Ultraman’s *2
deep in the darkness where my hand can’t reach
showing someone a different face, as I know you do.

when it’s time for you to go home, I zip you up
that perfunctory kindness is insuffucient and unremarkable.

my desire was forced into searching for the next target.
but when I imagine it’s not you, I wither a bit. *3

if there were zipper’s on everything like Ultraman’s,
even if someone intends to turn their fangs on me
while my back is turned to them,
I think it’s worth believing.

Surely there is a zipper on my back like Masked Rider’s
somewhere deep in a dark place of my heart,
I’m balling my eyes out in a loud cry.

surely there’s a zipper on your back like Ultraman’s
even if I have no way to take it off,
I record you in my memory
and gently zip closed my heart.

with great love and respect I take the zipper and…

Translated By: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma

Translator’s Notes: Weird song.

* 1 – I read a professional interpretation of this song in Rockin’ On
Japan magazine in which the writer hypothesized that this song was about
libido and that in the line …are ha boku wo shimetsuketa The are meant
the singer’s penis. As he undresses the girl his penis reacting naturally,
gets excited. Thus when it gets big, it gets tight in his pants. I kid you
not.

* 2 – Ultraman and Kamen Rider are some of Japan’s memorable long running
‘sentai’ series. The reason there is a zipper on their backs is because
they are just costumes, cheesy ones at that, that actors wear.

* 3 – naeteshimau has two meanings in this case. It’s like whither as in
my heart whithers, I get weak, I feel disappointed… but in another sense
its closer to I lose my erection. The passion drains out of me. Which fits
with *1.

Romaji

kinou kimi ga jibun kara oroshita suka-to no fasuna-
oyoso kitai shita doori no are ga boku wo shimetsuketa

taisetsu ni shinakya naranai mono ga
kono yo ni ippai aru to iu
demo sore ga kimi jyanai koto
kyou boku ha kizuiteshimatta

kitto urutoraman no sore no you ni
kimi no senaka ni mo fasuna- ga tsuiteite
boku no te ga todokanai yami no naka de
chigau kao wo dareka ni miseteirun darou
sonna no shitteiru

kaerigiwa ribingu de boku ga ageteyaru fasuna-
ozanari no yasashisa ha ima hitotsu seisai wo kakunda

yokubou kurushimagire ni
tsugi no ta-getto wo sagashiteiru
demo sore ga kimi jyanai koto
souzou shitemite sukoshi naeteshimau

moshimo urutoraman no sore no you ni
subete no koto ni ha fasuna- ga tsuiteite
boku ga senaka miseteiru sono suki ni
kiba wo muku tsumori demo shinjitemiru neuchi ha
aru to omoerunda

kitto kamen raida- no sore no you ni
boku no senaka ni mo fasuna- ga tsuiteite
dokoka kokoro no oku no kurai basho de
me wo harashite oogoe de nakisakendeiru

kitto urutoraman no sore no you ni
kimi no senaka ni mo fasuna- ga tsuiteite
boku ha sore wo hagashitoru sube ha nakutemo
kioku no naka yakitsuke
sotto mune no fasuna- ni tojikomerun da

oshimi nai keii to ai wo komete fasuna- wo

Romaji By: Brian Stewart

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