URBANGARDE – THAT GIRL, BEING DOLLY [SONO SHOUJO NINGYOU NI TSUKI] (2013)

lyrics and music by TENMA MATSUNAGA

I’m using the official translation for the title that they gave on their music video. The title is an allusion to the title of Takeshi Kitano’s directorial debut, localized as Violent Cop in English but Sono otoko, kyoubou ni tsuki in Japanese, which would translate to something like “That Man, Acting Violent” in English. It’s all very complex. I changed the actual usage of the title phrase in the body of the translation for readability and comprehensibility, so be wary of that.

I think this song is a commentary on the objectification of idols and how trapping it is? That’s my read on it.

Translation and notes under the cut:

Dolly dolly dolly dolly dolly yeee
Dolly dolly dolly dolly dolly yeee

Repeating “I love you”
Repeating it close to my ear
You, who loves me
I, who is loved

Repeating “I’m in love with you”
Repeating it up on stage
I, I’m not in love
I’m not a child, but

Cotton bust, straw heart
Tied with string, stabbed with needles
Golden eyes and silver eyelashes
Sown up, I can’t cry

That girl, acting doll-like
It ends in a video recorder
That girl, acting doll-like
It ends in a hard-disk
That girl, acting doll-like
It ends in a jewel case
That girl, acting doll-like
Smeared in white dreams

Dolly dolly dolly dolly dolly yeee
Dolly dolly dolly dolly dolly yeee

Repeating “I wanted to see you”
Repeating it up on stage
A girl of 16, 17
Rewound at 18

If you are an idol, you are a slave to love
You cannot dream – you become a dream
Full of so much affection, isn’t it heavy
And if it’s only love, isn’t it too light

That girl, acting doll-like
Good night through the television
That girl, acting doll-like
Good night through the blog post
That girl, acting doll-like
Good night through the photogravure
That girl, acting doll-like
Shaking my hand in a dream

That girl, acting doll-like
Destroy the video recorder
That girl, acting doll-like
Destroy the hard-disk
That girl, acting doll-like
Smash the jewel case into pieces
Smeared in dreams, smile!

Dolly dolly dolly dolly dolly
Dolly dolly dolly dolly dolly

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