Gekkou / 月光

Gekkou / 月光: “moonlight”. 月: “moon”; 光: “light”

You’re in for a treat today. “Gekkou” is one of Oku Hanako’s earlier indies songs, appearing as track 2 on her 2000 debut mini album, Ai no Shizuku / 愛のしずく.

I find Gekkou to be somewhat ahead of its time, almost like something that you’d expect from her 2010 album, Utakata / うたかた. She sings with a full voice, and it’s very apparent that she’s singing from her diaphragm. She also sings in her lower range—that’s something that’s actually more common in her indies songs than you might think, but it’s not something that we’re used to in her major career. I even hear a hint of vibrato in there.


奥華子 「月光」 [Nico Nico Douga]

Ah, quite refreshing.

She released a re-sung version in 2012 for disc 3 of Oku Hanako BEST -My Letters-. I’ll post that version eventually, but I think the indies version is much better than the new version. The way she sings in the indies version captures the mood better than the cute voice we all know and love.


Lyrics

Roumaji

Kurai yoru no michi hitori aruite sora wo miage te mo hoshi wo kazoe te mite mo

shizukesa ni mushi no koe kusa no kage kara waratteru
tsuki hikari watashi wo terasanai de karappo no mijime na watashi wo

konnani hitori ja ikirare nai nante
zutto zutto shira nakatta
kanashiku te kanashiku te dare ka wo yon de mo yoru no kaze ga tsumetai

yasashii sa ga hoshii to negatta dare ka ni aisaretai to negatta
tsuki hikari watashi wo tsutsumikon de donna tsumi na watashi mo

konnani hitori ja ikirare nai nante
zutto zutto shira nakatta
kanashiku te kanashiku te dare ka wo yon de mo yoru no kaze ga tsumetai

munashiku te munashiku te dare ka wo yon de mo
yoru no kaze ga tsumetai

hibiku ashioto ni furikaeru to
dare de mo nai kuroi kage ga watashi wo oikakeru no

Transliterated using the J-talk Kanji Converter

Japanese

暗い夜の道 一人歩いて 空を見上げても 星を数えてみても

静けさに虫の声 草の影から笑ってる
月光り 私を照らさないで 空っぽの 惨めな私を

こんなに一人じゃ生きられないなんて
ずっとずっと知らなかった
悲しくて悲しくて 誰かを呼んでも 夜の風が 冷たい

やさしさが欲しいと願った 誰かに愛されたいと願った
月光り 私を包み込んで どんな罪な私も

こんなに一人じゃ生きられないなんて
ずっとずっと知らなかった
悲しくて悲しくて 誰かを呼んでも 夜の風が 冷たい

虚しくて虚しくて 誰かを呼んでも
夜の風が 冷たい

響く足音に振り返ると
誰でもない黒い影が 私を追いかけるの

From okuhanako.net

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4 thoughts on “Gekkou / 月光

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    • My pleasure. Around this time next year, I plan to post another song from that album, which is even more unexpected than this song.
      I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that, because now I’ve made you itch to know what song it is and to listen to it. Even I can hardly wait to post it.

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