Nukumori / ぬくもり [Kame Kame House / カメカメハウス 2006-03-12]

Nukumori / ぬくもり : “warmth”

“You’re kidding! Wow, I can’t believe it…. Ha, ha ha!”. That was my reaction when I found this song (I’m not sure you can tell, but I was very happy). Can you tell why? Here’s a hint: go look at the track list for Oku Hanako’s upcoming single, Fuyu Hanabi.

There it is: track 3, Nukumori / ぬくもり . If you’re familiar with her discography, you’ll know she hasn’t released any songs called Nukumori. Because of that, you’d think that this is a new song, and admittedly, that’s what I thought, too.

While searching Nico Nico Douga[jp] for Oku Hanako songs that I may not have been aware of, I came across a video featuring clips[jp] of some of her radio songs (also part 2[jp]). Oku Hanako hosted a half-hour weekly radio talk segment on the station bayfm[jp] called Kame Kame House / カメカメハウス[jp] (lit. “turtle house”; later renamed Lagan de Talk! in 2010). She would often sing a song during the segment, sometimes even bringing her keyboard into the studio, playing and singing live.

The Japanese Wikipedia has an article[jp] on her show, listing all the songs that have been broadcast on the show.

Unexpectedly, one of those songs was Nukumori, broadcast on March 12, 2006. Knowing someone would have posted something on Nico Nico Douga, I made a quick search, and sure enough, I found a video.

Here, have a listen:


奥華子_ぬくもり by レオン・シュタイナー [Nico Nico Douga]

My prediction was right: this will be a hikigatari track, or at the very least, lightly arranged with strings and possibly light drums. It’s unlikely that she’ll release a new song with the same name, because I know she remembers all her songs. At least two of the songs on the third disc of Oku Hanako BEST, the disc advertised as “unreleased” songs, were actually resung and arranged versions of previously performed songs. The songs in question are Oshibana / 押し花 and Gekkou / 月光 . Oshibana was performed in a concert, released as her 2009 DVD Mochiron Hitori De Hikigatari! / もちろん一人で弾き語り! , and perhaps earlier on her radio show. Gekkou was a song on her debut mini album, Ai no Shizuku / 愛のしずく , released in 2000. Following the trend, I expect the same to happen to Nukumori.


Lyrics

Roumaji

Are wa yonen mae no sakura no hana ga saku koro?

hajimete no eki kaisatsu wo de te arukidasu ima de wa nareta kaeru no nakigoe mezurashikute
aa, donna hito to deau no darou aa fuan de ippai ni naru
sore wa nidotonai suteki na hibi no hajimari yume no you ni

wasurenai ano hibi wo iroasenai ano koro wo
minna ga ita sore dake de subete ga kagayaiteita

sugu ni wakaru yo nai te iru no ne sono kokoro
nani mo dekinai nani mo ienai demo soba ni iru
arehateta sougen no naka yukusaki ga mienakunattara
kitto omoidasu wake mo naku waratta koto nai ta koto

modorenai ano hibi ni omoide wo tsuyoku dakishime
sayonara, ga ie naku te nukumori ga koko ni aru kara

wasurenai ano hibi wo iroasenai ano koro wo
minna ga ita sore dake de subete ga kagayaiteita.

Based on the transliteration using the J-talk translator.

Japanese

あれは四年前の 桜の花が咲く頃…

初めての駅 改札を出て歩き出す 今では慣れた蛙の鳴き声珍しくて
ああ、どんな人と出会うのだろう ああ不安でいっぱいになる
それは二度とない 素敵な日々の始まり 夢のように

忘れない あの日々を 色あせない あの頃を
みんながいた それだけで 全てが輝いていた

すぐに判るよ 泣いているのね その心
何もできない 何も言えない でも そばにいる
荒れ果てた草原の中 行く先が見えなくなったら
きっと思い出す 訳もなく笑ったこと 泣いたこと

戻れないあの日々に 思い出を強く抱きしめ
さよなら、が言えなくて ぬくもりがここにあるから

忘れない あの日々を 色あせない あの頃を
みんながいた それだけで すべてが 輝いていた。

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