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Lyrics: Mukai Shutoku
Translation: Alex Fyffe
I was wandering around in front of Nakano Station
It was getting close to evening, and my stomach was growling
I slurped down some ramen and suddenly felt like running
The traffic lights changed. There were all these people
There were so many people
I openly stumbled around, fell on my ass
It was the first time I really smelled the city
There was a girl shifting her dark eyes back and forth, searching for something
A dog sang to me, made me smile
I suddenly felt like having another drink
and then going back home, going back home
Trans. May of 2007. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a huge fan of Number Girl (and of most of the bands they splintered into — Zazen Boys, Toddle, Vola & The Oriental Machine), and their final album, NumHeavyMetallic, is still one of my favorite albums of the past decade. This song is the perfect close to a perfect album.
I think the title is probably closer to “Shifty Black-Eyed Girl,” but I chose to keep it simple with “Dark-Eyed Girl,” keeping with Mukai Shutoku’s usual format of “(Something) Girl” (i.e. drifting girl, Tuesday girl, sexual girl, everyday girl, mid-afternoon girl, etc.).