WINK – LONELY TROPICAL FISH (1989) [SAMISHII NETTAIGYO]

lyrics by NEKO OIKAWA | music by OZEKI MASAYA

Not Wink’s first #1 Oricon single, but one of their more enduring songs, if only by virtue of the fact that it was their first original #1. Their other #1 singles before this were both covers of foreign songs – Kylie Minogue’s “Turn It Into Love” and Moulin Rouge’s “Boys Don’t Cry.” It helped to launch the duo to superstardom, where they comfortably occupied for a few years before being mercilessly executed by eurobeat. It also holds the distinction of probably being the only #1 hit to make a metaphor out of tropical fish.

Translation and notes under the cut:

STOP Decorating my hair with stardust
NON-STOP Awaiting those kind eyes, by the poolside
ZUKI-ZUKI My heart quivers painfully in my chest
Even if it’s an illusion
I just wanted to meet you again

HEART ON WAVE
HEART ON WAVE
You won’t come
Please don’t joke around
With my feelings (1)

LONELY
Swaying, swaying, SWIMMING
Swaying, swaying, DREAMINGMy love is swaying
STOP

LOVE Only my floral bathing-suit
LOVE ME Stands out so much – it makes me want to cry

This pain, it burns ever so gradually
I set it down softly in the cold waterfront

HEART ON WAVE
HEART ON WAVE
I start swimming, but
I can’t catch up to your dreams (2)

I CAN’T, hey
Even though it’s this painful
Why, oh why
Does it have to be you?

LONELY
Swaying, swaying, SWIMMING
Swaying, swaying, DREAMING
My love is swaying
STOP
STOP
HEART ON WAVE
HEART ON WAVE
You won’t come
Please don’t joke around
With my feelings
HEART ON WAVE
HEART ON WAVE
I start swimming, but
I can’t catch up to your dreams


1: The word sung in the song is 想い, as in ‘feelings’ or ‘thoughts,’ however the song lyrics render it as 思慕い, with an identical reading affixed. The nuance takes the line to mean ‘yearning’ or ‘affection’ instead.

2: The word sung in the song is 夢, as in ‘dream,’ however the song lyrics render it as 理想, with an identical reading affixed. The nuance changes the line to mean more along the lines of ‘ideals.’

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