ネイキッドカーマ [NAKEDKARMA] || 暁Records

ネイキッドカーマ
NAKEDKARMA

original: 聖徳伝説~True Administrator/小さな欲望の星空 [Shoutoku Legend ~ True Administrator/Starry Sky of Small Desires]
from: 東方神霊廟 ~ Ten Desires

arrangement: Stack Bros.
lyrics/vocals: Stack
album: Shout It Out Loud!!!
circle: 暁Records


A friend liked this song a lot, so I altered my priorities list a bit!
I’ve romanized the title NAKEDKARMA instead of simply Naked Karma because it’s written like that in the lyrics.


Desires are karma, and craving is destiny.
The exposed desires are ugly, yet lovely, and might even alter fate.

Again, a single star burns out in the sky.
And while it does, it is the most radiant one…

-Stack


あなたは願う
「誰でもいい、私を愛してくれたら」と
だれを愛すわけでもなく
カラの感情携えて
人を救いたい。弱きものたちを守りたい
だれを救ったって
あなたが報われはしない
anata wa negau
“dare demo ii, watashi o aishite kuretara” to
dare o aisu wake demo naku
kara no kanjou tazusaete
hito o sukuitai. yowaki mono-tachi o mamoritai
dare o sukuttatte
anata ga mukuware wa shinai

You pray:
“I want some nonspecific person to love me.”
And yet you yourself love no one,
Only carrying your hollow emotions.
I want to save others. I want to protect the weak.
You say you saved someone,
And yet you don’t get rewarded.

剥き出しのメサイア・リビドー
食らいついて自らの尾 ウロボロスの宿命
mukidashi no mesaia ribidoo
kuraitsuite mizukara no o uroborosu no shukumei

The messiah’s libido is exposed.
It bites at its own tail. The karma of uroboros.

NAKEDKARMA
星が流れ 燃え盛り 独り死んでゆく
瞳閉じて
hoshi ga nagare moesakari hitori shinde yuku
hitomi tojite

NAKEDKARMA
A star shoots past; it burns furiously and dies all alone.
I close my eyes.

その渇望は
未来過去全ての瞬間に欠けていて
有ったって 足りなくて
求め続けているもので
人は誰も彼も
本当に手に入らないものは
望むこともなく
思いすらも及ばない
sono katsubou wa
mirai kako subete no shunkan ni kakete ite
attatte tarinakute
motometsuzukete iru mono de
hito wa daremo karemo
hontou ni te ni hairanai mono wa
nozomu koto mo naku
omoi sura mo oyobanai

This craving is lacking
In every moment of the present and the past.
You say it was there, but it wasn’t enough.
By continuing to place demands,
Each individual
Is unable to attain
What they really want to receive,
Even by wishing or hoping.

止められないメサイア・リビドー
食らいついて自らの尾 ウロボロスの宿命
tomerarenai mesaia ribidoo
kuraitsuite mizukara no o uroborosu no shukumei

The messiah’s libido cannot be stopped.
It bites at its own tail. The karma of uroboros.

NAKEDKARMA
星が流れ 燃え盛り 独り死んでゆく
瞳閉じて
hoshi ga nagare moesakari hitori shinde yuku
hitomi tojite

NAKEDKARMA
A star shoots past; it burns furiously and dies all alone.
I close my eyes.

祈り絶えることなく
人はなぜに、人のために
愛のために血を流す?
inori taeru koto naku
hito wa naze ni, hito no tame ni
ai no tame ni chi o nagasu?

Why is it that people
Shed blood for others and for love
Whilst continuing to pray?

NAKEDKARMA
星が死ぬとき、
どこまでも明るく照らすだろう?
それが、私
hoshi ga shinu toki,
doko made mo akaruku terasu darou?
sore ga, watashi

NAKEDKARMA
Don’t stars illuminate everything
With their bright light when they die?
Well, that is me.

One thought on “ネイキッドカーマ [NAKEDKARMA] || 暁Records

  1. It is an exceptionally well performed song, even by her standards.

    If I had to offer any criticism, it would be that I was no huge fan of how her voice flipped between the serious, powerful, adult tone and this specific, childlike/mischievous Cirno-esque sound that is so fitting for Youkai (as presented in Touhou). I don’t think it was a wise choice given the meaning of the text – others will disagree. It is also a very minor issue and hardly prevented me from listening to it repeatedly.

    But I have to applaud her for how she made what I consider perhaps the most underwhelming final boss theme of the whole series into one of her best songs. How the stage and the battle music were fused into a single composition deserves special praise. The failure of the original True Administrator was that it built up, with the listener expecting an epic finish, but never delivered. That was elegantly solved by inserting the best part of the stage theme (and you can hardly hear it were two different tracks in the original). It makes me wonder why ZUN himself didn’t do it.

    Certainly one of Akatsuki Record’s best works, and now I can enjoy it even more with the translation. Thank you for your time and effort.

    I also consider it as one of their best albums, without any downside.

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