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Mr Children: Hanakotoba

August 5, 2008

Hanakotoba (The Language of Flowers)

04.05.03
Artist: Mr. Children
Title: Hanakotoba (The Language of Flowers)
Words: Sakurai Kazutoshi
Music: Sakurai Kazutoshi

Shaken by the meaning behind the Cosmos flower.

unsure of my own limits
searching for what was within my reach
goodbye to the man who had a lapse in judgement
the end of summer

the face you showed me that day, that I’d never seen before
the farewell you bid with pity
by taking on more than you could handle.
I wanted you to know me entirely
but by the time the Cosmos flower bloomed you’d gone.

sprinkle the seeds around
there’s no picking them
filled with regret
from head to toe

I take what you gave me, what I had lacked,
collected them, put them in order, and prayed not to forget them
I wanted you to show me yourself entirely
but the meaning behind the Cosmos flower never bloomed

‘the light through the leaves will bring out your smile’
it’s too late now, to be romantic and consoling.

I take what you gave me, what I had lacked,
collected them, put them in order, and prayed not to forget them
I wanted you to know me entirely
but by the time the Cosmos flower bloomed you’d gone.
goodbye
goodbye

Translated By: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma

Translator’s Notes: In The Language of Flowers the Cosmos is
representative of a lady’s purity or naievety.

Romaji

kosumosu no hanakotoba ni yurenagara

mi no hodo wo shiranai mama
kanousei wo asari
ma ga sashita boku ni sayonara
natsu no owari

ano hi miseta boku no shiranakatta kao
awaremi to senobi de tsugerareta wakare
boku no subete kimi ni shitte hoshikatta no ni
kosumosu no saku kisetsu ni kimi ha satta

tane wo makichirakashite
tsumu koto ha dekizu
atama kara tsumasaki made
koukai shi dooshi

kimi ga kureta boku ni tarinakatta mono
atsumete narabete wasurenu you negau
kimi no subete boku ni misete hoshikatta no ni
kosumosu no hanakotoba ha sakanakatta

‘komorebi ga hohoemi wo tsuretekite kureru kara’
sonna kirei goto nagusame mo nani wo ima sara

kimi ga kureta boku ni tarinakatta mono
atsumete narabete wasurenu you negau
boku no subete kimi ni shitte hoshikatta no ni
kosumosu no saku kisetsu ni kimi ha satta
sayonara
sayonara

Romaji By: Brian Stewart

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