Dismembering songs - Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna

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In breaking up songs today, we will study the closing of Boku dake ga inai machi an anime and manga that is very successful in early 2016. The closing song is Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna  (それは小さな光のような) by Sayuri composed by Yuki Kajiura.

The name of the song means “It's like a little light”, I really enjoyed the lyrics, music and anime, I hope you enjoy this beautiful song. I'll leave the music video below and then we'll start to break it down word for word.

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We recommend using the extension Insert Furigana to view the reading of Kanji that you don't know. (Download Google Chrome). You can also see this video, without vocals, a karaoke that has furigana.

Japanese lyrics

僕だけが見てた 君のこと
過去も未来も かなしみもよろこびも 全て

オトナになるってきっと
優しくなる事だと信じていた
子供の頃の僕のままに

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君のこと守りたいと思う
暗闇から目覚めても
僕を待ち受けてる彼方で
二人を隠したこの街に
誰も知らない雪が降っていた
君は僕の胸に刻まれた
一番深い傷跡のようで
君が笑うこの世界の歌
取り戻すよ

どの部屋の時計も
少しズレていてさ
僕らはいつも
言葉を掛け違う歯車

ひとりぼっちで泣いた
ヒーローごっこ
伸ばす前にくじけた
両手で君の頬に触れた

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君のこと壊したいと思う
世界は夢の狭間で
黒い祈りを孕んで
大事なものだと撫でていた
優しい指がねじれてゆく
僕はただ僕のために
力なきこの手を
微かな輝きの方へ
もがいてみる
君の歌う未来へ
導いてよ

守りたいと思う
まぎれもなくあたたかい場所が
あることを信じてる
寂しさに喰われた優しさが
白い雪に埋もれて行く夜
君は僕の胸に小さな火を灯す
古い傷跡のようで
微笑んでよ
この世界の暗闇から
目覚めてゆく光のような
君のうた

僕だけが見てた
君のこと……

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Breaking the music apart

僕だけが見てた 君のこと
Boku dake ga mi teta kimi no koto
I was just looking (or watching).

  • 僕 - boku - Me
  • だけ - dake - gives the idea of however
  • 見てた - miteta - looking, observing (past tense)
  • 君のこと - kimi no koto - Stuff of yours, of you
    • 君 - You
    • こと - things

過去も未来 も かなしみもよろこびも 全て
Kako mo mirai mo kanashimi mo yorokobi mo subete
The past and the future, sadness and joy, everything.

  • 過去 - kako - past
  • 未来 - mirai - future
  • かなしみ - kanashimi - sadness
  • よろこび - yorokobi - joy
  • 全て - subete - everything
  • も - mo - Particle that indicates "too" but I didn't see the need to put it in the Portuguese translation, because it looks strange 4 "too" in a sentence;

オトナになるってきっと 優しくなる事だと信じていた
Otona ni naru tte kitto yasashiku naru kotoda to shinjite ita
I have always believed that becoming an adult meant becoming more friendly.

  • オトナ - otona - adult
  • なる - ni naru - become
  • きっと - kitto - certainly, I believe, without a doubt
  • 優しく - soft, friendly, kind
  • 事 - koto - thing
  • 信じていた - trust, believe (past)

子供の頃の僕のままに
Kodomo no koro no boku no mama ni
I'm no different than when I was a child

  • 子供 - kodomo - child
  • 頃 - koro - time, season
  • ままに - mamani - when, how, leave

君のこと守りたいと思う
Kimi no koto mamoritai to omou
I feel like I want to protect you

  •  守りたい - mamoritai - I want to protect (tai shape)
  • 思う - omou - think, find, feel

暗闇から目覚めても
Kurayami kara mezamete mo
Even if I wake up from the darkness

  • 暗闇 - kurayami - darkness
  • から - from, from
  • 目覚め - mesame - wake up, wake up, open your eyes
  • ても - fear - same (same as でも)

僕を待ち受けてる彼方で
Boku the machiuke teru kanata de
Wait for me on the other side

  • 僕を待ち受けてる - boku o machiuke teru - Waiting for me
    • 受けてる - uketeru - receive, get
    • 待ち - machi - wait
  • 彼方 - kanate - distant place, beyond

二人を隠したこの街に
Futari the kakushi tako no machi ni
In this city that hid us 2

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  • Fut - futari - two people
  • 隠した - hide, secret
  • この街に - kono machi ni - in this city

誰も知らない雪が降っていた
Daremoshiranai yuki ga futte ita
A type of snow that has never been seen falling

  • Emos も知らない - daremoshiranai - nobody knows
  • 雪 - yuki - snow
  • 降っていた - futteita - falling (past)

君は僕の胸に刻まれた 一番深い傷跡のようで
Kimi wa boku no mune ni kizama straight ichiban fukai kizuato no yōde
You're engraved on my chest, like the deepest scar

  • 君は僕の - kimi wa boku no - you are mine
  • 胸 - mune - chest (heart)
  • 刻まれた - Straight Kizama - engraved, carved
  • 一番 - ichiban - first, more
  • 深い - fukai - deep
  • 傷跡 - kizuato - scar
  • ようで - yonde - como

君が笑うこの世界の歌 取り戻すよ
Kimi ga warau kono sekai no uta torimodosu yo
I will recover the song of this world that once made you smile.

  • 笑う - utau - song, music
  • 世界 - sekai - world
  • 笑う - warau - smile, laugh
  • 取り - tori - take, recover
  • 戻すよ - Modouyo - Return

どの部屋の時計も 少しズレていてさ
Owner heya no tokei mo sukoshi zurete ite sa
The clocks in each room are a little late

  • 部屋 - heya - bedroom
  • 時計 - tokyo - watch
  • どの - owner - each, as
  • 少し - sukoshi - little
  • ズレていてさ - zureteitasa - displaced, delayed

僕らはいつも 言葉を掛け違う歯車
Bokurahaitsumo kotoba o kake chigau haguruma
As long as we remain as gears, we are in conflict with our words.

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  • 僕ら - bokura - we
  • いつも - always, constantly
  • 言葉 - kotoba - word
  • 掛け違う - kake chigau - about different, crossing paths, conflict
  • 歯車 - haguruma - gears

ひとりぼっちで泣いた ヒーローごっこ
Hitori botchi de naita Hīrō-gokko
I cried alone, playing Hero

  • ひとり - 一人 - hitori - one person, alone
  • ぼっち - botchi - small point, loneliness
  • 泣いた naita - cried
  • ヒーロー - hiiroo - Hero
  • ごっこ - gokko - pretend, pretend, playing

伸ばす前にくじけた 両手で君の頬に触れた
Nobasu mae ni kujiketa ryōte de kimi no hoho ni fureta
I touched your face with both hands, which discouraged you before I reached you.

  • 伸ばす - nobasu - extend, stretch, stretch, grow
  • 前 - mother - before, previously, front
  • くじけた - kujiketa - discouraged, unmotivated
  • 両手 - ryōte - both hands, two hands
  • 頬 - hoho - cheek, face
  • 触れた - fureta - touched, touched

君のこと壊したいと思う 世界は夢の狭間で 黒い祈りを孕んで
Kimi no koto kowashitai to omou sekai wa yume no hazama by kuroi inori o harande
A world that wants to destroy you, and impregnated by a black prayer, without limit of dreams.

  • 壊したい - kowashitai - wanting to break, wanting to destroy
  • 狭間 - hazama - range, boundary, canyon
  • 黒い - kuroi - black, black
  • 祈り - inori - prayer
  • 孕んで - harande - full, impregnated

大事なものだと撫でていた 優しい指がねじれてゆく
Daijina monoda to nadete ita yasashī yubi ga nejirete yuku
Those soft fingers that were stroking you tenderly, begin to twist and curve.

  • 大事 - daiji - importance
  • 撫でていた - nadeteita - had caressed
  • 優しい - yasashi - friendly, gentle, peaceful
  • 指 - yubi - finger
  • ねじれて - cheer

僕はただ僕のために 力なきこの手を
Boku wa tada boku no tame ni chikara naki ko no te o
For me, and only for me, I am extending these helpless hands

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  • ために - tameni - for, for the sake of self-interest, on behalf of
  • 力なき - chikara naki - powerless, powerless

微かな輝きの方へ もがいてみる
Kasukana kagayaki no kata and mogaite miru
Towards a faint bright light, straining…

  • 微か - kasuka - weak, slight, vague, cloudy, scarce
  • 輝き - kagayaki - shine
  • 方へ - kata e - para
  • もがい - Mogai - fight, contort
  • てみる - temiru - try, strive

君の歌う未来へ 導いてよ
Kimi no utau mirai and michibiite yo
So guide me to a future that you sing.

  • 導いてよ - michibiite yo - show me the way, guide, lead

守りたいと思う - I think about protecting you

まぎれもなくあたたかい場所が あることを信じてる
Magire mo naku attakai basho ga aru koto o shinji teru
I believe in the existence of an unimaginably warm place that I think about protecting.

  •  Irem ぎれもなく - magiremonaku - unimaginable
  • 場所 - basho - place, location, location
  • 信じてる - shinjiteru - believe
  • あること - aru koto - that exists

寂しさに喰われた優しさが
Sabishisa ni kuwa reta yasashi-sa ga
This kindness devoured by loneliness

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  • 寂しさ - sabishisa - loneliness, desolation
  • 喰われた - kuwareta - devoured
  • 優しさ - yasashi-sa - kindness, kindness

白い雪に埋もれて行く夜
Shiroi yuki ni umorete iku yoru
It's a night buried in the white snow

  • 白い雪 - shiro yuki - snow white
  • 埋もれて - umorete - buried
  • 行く夜 - in one night

君は僕の胸に小さな火を灯す 古い傷跡のようで
Kimi wa boku no mune ni chīsana hi o tomosu furui kizuato no yōde
You light a little fire in my heart, like an old scar

  • 小さな - chiisana - small
  • 灯す - tomosu - light, turn on
  • 火 - hi - fire, flame
  • 古い - furui - old
  • 傷跡 - kizuato - scar
  • ようで - yonde - looks like

微笑んでよ この世界の暗闇から 目覚めてゆく光のような
Hohoende yo kono sekai no kurayami kara mezamete yuku hikari no yōna
Then smile at me, like a light awakening from the darkness of this world

  • 微笑んで - hohoende yo - smile at me
  • 暗闇 - kurayami - darkness
  • から - kara - from, da
  • 目覚め - mesame - awakening
  •  光 - hikari - light
  • ような - youna - how

君のうた - your song
僕だけが見てた 君のこと…… I was just looking (or watching).

I hope you enjoyed the article, and learned a lot from this song that I've heard over a thousand times…