THE STALIN – ROMANTICIST (1982)

lyrics by MICHIRO ENDO | music by THE STALIN

I’m not really sure if this song has a political agenda per se or if they just hate everyone involved. I mean, the name “The Stalin” doesn’t actually represent anything – they just chose it because they wanted to be named after “the most hated person in Japan.” There’s a translation of this floating around somewhere already but I wasn’t crazy about it so I figured I’d make a retranslation.

Translation and notes under the cut:

Anything will do
As long as you can smash it
An anarchist
Forever and always
The one who’s breaking it all down
Ain’t no one but you
You’re an opportunist
You’re nothing but paste

It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke

Anyone’s fine
As long as you can hold hands
A communist
Forever and always
Like cockroaches
Your numbers keep increasing
A Stalinist
Always clapping along

It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s you!

A man of principles!
You say it’s honestly
As you reach your hands out
A moralist
Who says it’s to save us
No dignity
You turn up unannounced
A humanist
Raping us with your odor

It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke

It’s the weather’s fault
You say with a laugh
A naturalist
Who poses no harm to the environment
It’s instant peace when you
See the sunset
A Japanist
A heavenly oracle

It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke

You’re an anarchist
A naturalist
A Stalinist
An opportunist
A stylist
A formalist
A liberalist
A humanist
A socialist
An ist
An ist
An ist
An ist

It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s all so romantic
It makes me wanna puke
It’s you!

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