YURA YURA TEIKOKU – LUMINOUS BODY [HAKKOUTAI] (1998)

lyrics by SHINTARO SAKAMOTO | music by YURA YURA TEIKOKU

The first major label single released by veteran psychedelic rock band Yura Yura Teikoku. While they had been active underground before this and grown a devoted cult following, this marked their first foray into the major sphere, and is part of what began to earn them international recognition (regardless of the fact that they wouldn’t play a show overseas until late 2000s, I believe).

Translation and notes are under the cut.

Wring it out, all my dark red blood
Dry it out, all my sweat and my blood and my tears
One more time – when you squeeze my head, that green liquid that oozes out?
It’s my everything, are you stupid?

Wring it out, all my dark red blood
Drain your cup with those enraptured eyes
My loose head is swinging, but beat out that rhythm on the double
You really are stupid, huh?

The tiny glowing beads in my ear are continuing to increase
And at an amazing speed the double is doubled and doubled again and again…

Wring it out, all my dark red blood
Dry it out, all my sweat and my tears
One more time – when you squeeze my head, that green liquid that oozes out?

It’s your everything
It’s my everything
It’s your everything
I’m getting sad, but

When you really look at it
It seems to glow, somehow
Don’t you get the feeling that
It’s just a bit beautiful?


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