FLIPPER’S GUITAR – SLIDE (1990)

lyrics and music by THE DOUBLE KNOCKOUT CORPORATION

Haven’t had much time to translate recently because of finals, but I was able to find some time to throw this one together after putting it off for a while – I wanna try and get in a holiday-y mood and translate some Japanese Christmas songs, so I figured why not start with one of my favorite Japanese bands in general, Flipper’s Guitar? I mean, it sounds the part, what with those jingling bells.

Translation and notes under the cut:

Above those sweet clouds,
It’s always so boring
On the current from which bubbles rise
Like many beautiful flowers
Between the afternoon, too bright
And the evening, too dark
A nonsense sight
Christmas day is always the same

Nostalgic feelings, just a bit mysterious
And the pain of remembering them
We’re always
Trick or treating
And so, as always
The slide continues

The speed and hum? Normal
Always, always, normal
The stereophonic whispers? Not yet
Always, always, not yet
The thrill of the world
A surreal and simple slide

Floating, and sinking
Immediately after opening my eyes
Changing form
The scenery sways
Sad things
A happy afternoon
Entirely cool
Leading to an entirely
Unclear end

With a laid-down parasol
We dodged the sun’s hot rays
An afternoon on the coast
The end of summer, rife with commotion
All of us, loose
We’re electric cool
Careless words, and a whole lot of color
Beautiful color

Nostalgic feelings, just a bit mysterious
And the pain of remembering them
All of us, we’ve got
Nothing to say
And so the slide continues
Soon Christmas time will come

The speed and hum? Normal
Always, always, normal
The stereophonic whispers? Not yet
Always, always, not yet
The thrill of the world
A surreal and simple slide

Inside the snow,
A trick or treat
As always
The slide continues
I’ve got nothing of worth
To say to you
Soon enough Christmas time will come

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