YAPOOS – LOVE CLONE (1987)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by TOSHIRO SENSUI

The last song to be translated off of Yapoos Plan. Continuing the science fiction themes found on the album, the song tells the story of a scientist who clones himself (the usage of boku for I leads me to guess this, as Togawa tends to use (w)atashi when speaking about herself in songs) to create a partner – a, as the title suggests, ‘love clone.’

Translation and notes are under the cut:

In the liquid culture
In the amniotic fluid
You, sleeping beautifully
AH NEAR RELATIVE
LOVE CLONE
Won’t you please try and open them
Those eyes that resemble mine
AH NARCISSISM
LOVE CLONE
Those eyes!
Unable to love anyone but me
From my own DNA (1)
Say goodbye to all those
Lonely rooms and closed-off days
Knowing all of you –
YEAH YEAH LOVE CLONE
Knowing all of me –
YEAH YEAH LOVE CLONE
AH AH AH LOVE CLONE
AH AH AH LOVE CLONE

We’ll leave the room through the fax machine
And go to a city we’ve seen in dreams
AH NEAR RELATIVE
LOVE CLONE
Won’t you please try and walk
Using those legs that resemble mine
AH NARCISSISM
LOVE CLONE
Those white legs!
Duplicated genome
From my own DNA
A kiss for you
Born through a BIO crime
For you, who won’t let go –
YEAH YEAH LOVE CLONE
From me, who’ll never tire of you –
YEAH YEAH LOVE CLONE
AH AH AH LOVE CLONE
AH AH AH LOVE CLONE
AH AH AH LOVE CLONE


1: This line gave me a lot of trouble in the original Japanese. Literally, Togawa writes 僕の細胞分枝帯, literally ‘cell division strip.’ I tried searching these terms and found nothing, and even resorted to asking co-workers at my job, who were also at a loss. Finally, as a last-ditch effort, I checked Togawa’s lyric-compendium/commentary book, and it ended up saving me: the line is a direct, literal translation of the concept of DNA into Japanese. Cell division strip.

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