MALICE MIZER – AU REVOIR (1997)

lyrics by GACKT | music by MANA

There’s already translations of this one out there, but I’ve been wanting to try my hand at it for a long time because it’s one of my favorite songs ever. This was one of the highest-charting songs the visual kei group released, and later ended up becoming one of their most famous hits. The violin works really well in the song, but I might just be biased towards Gackt songs with violins.

Translation and notes under the cut:

On the street where the echoes of our footsteps always continued
The trees lining the street are dead and withered,
And they make me notice your walk has become a stride

Small leaves that fell past our shoulders fly back into the sky
And now I’ve come to find even that strong wind lovely
As I smile softly

I’m used to seeing you lean on the windowsill
Your shadow projected by darkening sunlight, and vanishing
Those words you whispered in my dreams, as they spilled over:
“At the very least, until I wake…”

For just a bit longer (1)
I want to hold you tight and fall asleep
Even now, so far away from those kind memories
I want to hold you tight in my arms and fall asleep
Just like the two of us did when we first met

Leaning on the windowsill and watching the lines of trees rustle
Say those same words you whispered to me once more
Even if I can’t see you as you were back then
At the very least, within my dreams…

For just a bit longer
I want to hold you tight and fall asleep
Even now, so far away from those kind memories
I want to hold you tight in my arms and fall asleep
Just like we did when we did on the first day we met
Just like the two of us did

I want to hold you tight and fall asleep
I want to hold you tight in my arms and fall asleep

I want to hold you tight and fall asleep
I want to hold you tight in my arms and fall asleep


1: The word is literally motto in Japanese, which means more. I would have liked to keep a one-word line there, but it’s just not really possible.

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