River Low by Tokumaru Shugo (River Low / トクマルシューゴ)

Now I see by the river a staircase that shouldn’t be there
Though now I feel like I can go back
Though now I feel like I’m on time
No matter how I add it up, it’s never enough
Now I see on the other side of the dam
The same old scenery I always see
Oh, inundated by water the inverted moon sinks
River low

今なら見えるはずのない川の畔の階段に
今なら戻れる気がするけれど
今なら間に合う気がするけれど
いくつ数えても足りない
今なら見えるダムの向こうには
くだらないいつもの景色が見える
嗚呼 水が溢れ 裏返る月が沈む
River Low

NOTES:

Tokumaru Shugo (b. 1980) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Tokyo. His albums include L.S.T. (2005), EXIT (2007), and Port Entropy (2010).

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Water Wheel by Tokumaru Shugo (SUISHA / トクマルシューゴ)

A flame rises in the east, splitting through the darkness
At the intersection of morning, I am dyed in the sunrise

On the cold roadside beyond the reach of the spring sun
I hear the cool voice of water from a creaky water wheel

Pampas grass against the sky, blowing in the wind
The sky’s damp color isn’t caused by the evening dew
In the morning my clothes are dyed the color of dawn

I could hear it all through the night

Laughter resounding, losing its shape
And before I lost consciousness, I spat it out into the sky

暗闇裂けていく 東が燃え出して
朝の交差点で 朝焼けに染まる

春の日差し避けた 凍えた道端に
冷たい水の声が 水車の軋りから

空のススキは風に吹かれて
湿った空色は夜露のせいじゃない
朝に濡れた服が朝色に染まる

宵越しに聞こえるのさ

笑い声が響く 形が崩れてく
気が遠くなる前に空に吐き出した

NOTES:

Tokumaru Shugo (b. 1980) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Tokyo. His albums include L.S.T. (2005), EXIT (2007), and Port Entropy (2010).

Reincarnation by Tokumaru Shugo (LINNE / トクマルシューゴ)

I dove into the crease of the water where the sea bends to meet the sky
I jumped in the water just below the folded sky

From under the sea, on the face of the water I could see the edge of the sky
I jumped in the water and floated on the folded sea, opening my eyes

I floated and started to drift toward the edge of the grey sky
I jumped in the water and floated on the folded sky reflected in my eyes

The bow of the drifting ship is sinking
And now I can see a bird flying

飛び込んだ 水面の折り目から海と空 折り曲げる
水の中を飛んだ 折り曲がる空の真下で

海の中から水面に見えるのは空の果て
水の中を飛んだ 折り曲がる海に浮かぶと目が覚めるんだ

浮かべると 流れ出す 灰色の 空の果て
水の中を飛んだ 折り曲がる空に浮かぶと目に映るんだ

浮かべた船の先が沈んでく
今は見える 鳥が飛んでるよ

NOTES:

Tokumaru Shugo (b. 1980) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Tokyo. His albums include L.S.T. (2005), EXIT (2007), and Port Entropy (2010).