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06 January 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Plastic Tree - Dona Dona [Song]  

Without the kanji this was kind of balls to translate, but I gave it a shot, and included a kanji version so that those with some Japanese knowledge can see what kanji's I *thought* the hiragana was meant to be. (o_O) Feel free to suggest something better. Also, I did this in about 5 minutes without a dictionary (although it's a fairly simple song, so I didn't really need one...) so there may be corrections added later, but this is the gist of it. (^^;)


空は晴れ晴れ 飽きずに眺めてるけど
知らないどっかのね 一人ぼっちの誰かさん
そう とてもよく似てる僕といつか出会いましょう

想いでは 夢の引き出しの中
さびしんぼう から変われて何歌う?

揺れながら 揺れながら
揺れながら 揺れながら 揺れながら

壊れやすい物は 置いてかなきゃね
さびしんぼう 冷やかされて何踊る?

揺れながら 揺れながら
揺れながら 揺れながら 揺れながら

用意したのは 百万ぺんの嘘だよ
でも 全部いっこの本当の話なんだよ
思っていてとこは 立ち入り禁止だったなぁ

Midori iro no kusa wa tabete shimatta yo
Kiiroi ohana mo subete tabete shimatta yo
Akai iro shita ohisama de mienai kedo
Aoi iro shita kokoro de doko he ikimashou

Sora wa harebare Akizu ni nagameteru kedo
Sora wa boku niwa hitotsu mo kidzukanain da yo
Shiranai dokka no ne Hitoribocci no darekasan
Sou Totemo yoku niteru boku to itsuka aimashou

Omoi dewa Yume no hikidashi no naka
Sabishinbou kara kawarete nani utau?

Yurenagara Yurenagara
Doko he ikou
Yurenagara Yurenagara Yurenagara
Doko he ikou

Kowareyasui mono wa Oitekanakya ne
Sabishinbou Hiyakasarete nani odoru?

Yurenagara Yurenagara
Doko he ikou
Yurenagara Yurenagara Yurenagara
Doko he ikou

Youi shita no wa Hyakuman pen no uso da yo
Demo Zenbu ikko no hontou no hanashi nan da yo
Omotteite toko wa Tachiiri kinshi datta naa
Sore de wa nodoka na kyou wo mitsuke ni ikimashou

I ate the green grass.
And I ate all of the yellow flowers.
I can't see thanks to the red sun,
But let's go somewhere, with my blue heart.

The skies are clear and I'm gazing without ever tiring of it,
But the sky doesn't pay attention to a single thing about me.
Somewhere unknown, some lonely person.
Me who's just like that, Someday let's meet.

In memories   In the drawer of dreams
Changing from this lonely person, what will I sing?

Wavering Wavering
Where shall I go?
Wavering Wavering Wavering
Where shall I go?

Fragile things   Have to be left alone, right?
Being taunted, this lonely person, what will I dance?

Wavering Wavering
Where shall I go?
Wavering Wavering Wavering
Where shall I go?

Being prepared is the lie of a million pens.
But   There's a fragment of truth in all of those stories. 
But I wasn't supposed to trespass into those thoughts, huh.*** 
So let's go in search of a peaceful today.

*** This line sucks. I just can't a decent way to translate it into English and get the essense of the meaning. So this sounds better, but it's not *quite* what he means, I suppose.

massu_is_love: orangeydaydreammassu_is_love on January 6th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
So, this song is kinda like in the view of the cow ain't it.

And I keep wondering why the first 2 sentences was it eating green grass and yellow flowers.
何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 6th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Haha, those first two lines confuse me too. But there it is. Ryuutarou's been hanging out with the cows recently. Contemplating his insignificance. (o_O)
massu_is_lovemassu_is_love on January 6th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
haha, yea. now that it's in the view of the cow, the whole song kinda makes sense to me. haha!
Nyxsixpoint_18 on January 6th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
nice translation!
cow's POV, huh? interesting, but somehow it suits Ryuutarou xD
thanks for this~
何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 7th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! (^^)
shiiso_king: ryutarou - curiousityshiiso_king on January 6th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
thanks for translating it even without kanjis~! =3
haha, i like how it's like a view of a cow.
it's very beautiful too~ <3
何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 7th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
Haha, I wonder if he really meant it to be the view of a cow. XD;
Thanks for commenting! <3
Andrea (Tsuki)andreatsuki on January 7th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
this song is beautiful thank u for translating
何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 7th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
No problem~ <3 Thank you!
nainletters on January 7th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
"Being prepared is the lie of a million pens."
epic :).

you'll be doing the rest of donadona, righttt?

thanks :).
何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 8th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yes ma'am, I shall be. =)

I actually just got internet at my apartment today, and I'm free after the 11th, so I'll be translating the album. (^^)
Lalafic_sci on January 7th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I love how the first 4 lines all refer to colors *___*

And, that cow thing, it's a reference to the song "Donna Donna" (the calf that is), except this song is written in the about-to-be-slaughtered calf/cow's perspective I guess T_T. So it is related to that song after all! Witty ^^ :

On a waggon bound for market
there`s a calf with a mournful eye.
High above him there`s a swallow,
winging swiftly through the sky.
How the winds are laughing,
they laugh with all their might.
Laugh and laugh the whole day through,
and half the summer`s night.
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna; Donna, Donna, Donna, Don.
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna; Donna, Donna, Donna, Don.
"Stop complaining!“ said the farmer,
Who told you a calf to be ?
Why don`t you have wings to fly with,
like the swallow so proud and free?“
Calves are easily bound and slaughtered,
never knowing the reason why.
But whoever treasures freedom,
like the swallow has learned to fly.
何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 8th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ahh, thank you! I can't believe I didn't realize that.

Except if you think about the fact that the original Donna Donna is metaphorical for a girl being sold (during Nazi Germany, I believe?) it makes the meaning of this song even more complicated. (o_O)
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何でヤロ!nandeyarou on January 12th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
... That English doesn't make sense to me either. xD
But thanks for the input. (^^;)

And thanks for commenting! =)
luzffluzff on September 20th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
God people, this isn't a cow's POV! It's obviously Ryutaro's POV, but he's speaking in metaphors. And even so, there's an expression that changes the meaning to simply "i'm with my face on the grass". In a lot of Plastic Tree videos Ryutaro falls to the ground and is with his face on the ground or on the grass. The picture of the "Hello" song is like that.

何でヤロ!nandeyarou on September 21st, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you're talking to me, but I never said it was about a cow.

And the expression 緑色の草は食べてしまったよ definitely does not mean "I'm with my face to the grass."
zominimrod: pic#121537500zominimrod on July 29th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
Hello! (I know this is old but anyway...)
I just wanted to say that used the romaji and your English translation of the song to do this lyric video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw-KTDpS_eE
(I am not trying to spam or anything, I just think it's good manners to tell someone when you have used their work. If you want the video deleted since it's not my work, then... just tell me >.<)
Brilliant translation, by the way ♥