Sayonara / さよなら [Off Course]

Sayonara / さよなら: “goodbye”

Don’t worry, as much as I’ve been absent, this is not a hint that I’m going away.

Oku Hanako participated in the Live Depot show in 2006 (November 30, 2006). Like in the year before, she sings again with Ooe Senri / 大江千里 on the piano.

They performed a cover of Sayonara / さよなら, the 1979 single by Off Course / オフコース. Below is the recording of their performance in 240p glory (unfortunately, it’s the best I can find):

奥華子・さよなら カバー [Youku]

As expected, being a piano cover, it has a slightly different feel than the original, but I don’t think it deviates too much from the intent.

That interlude was an impressive performance by Ooe-san. You wouldn’t be able to tell just by listening to it, but if you watched the performance, you would have seen him crossing hands for the interlude. It can be really awkward (and thus somewhat difficult) to play like that, especially for that long.

Oku Hanako did a great job, too. They both look like they’re having fun performing this song, and that always makes things like this seem more unified.

According to Wikipedia, was one of Japan’s most influential Folk rock bands

Here’s the original by Off Course:


さよなら – オフコース by high_note [YouTube]


Lyrics

Roumaji

Mou Owari da ne Kimi ga chiisaku mieru
Boku wa omowazu kimi wo Dakishimetaku naru
“Watashi wa nakanai kara Kono mama hitori ni shite”
Kimi no hoho wo namida ga Nagarete wa ochiru
“Bokura wa jiyuu da ne” itsuka sou hanashita ne
Marude kyou no koto nante Omoi mo shinaide

Sayonara Sayonara Sayonara
Mou sugu soto wa shiroi fuyu
Aishita no wa tashika ni kimi dake
Sono mama no kimi dake

Ai wa kanashii ne Boku no kawari ni kimi ga
Kyou wa dareka no mune ni Nemuru kamoshirenai
Boku ga tereru kara Daremo mite inai michi wo
Yorisoiarukeru samui hi ga Kimi wa suki datta

Sayonara Sayonara Sayonara
Mou sugu soto wa shiroi fuyu
Aishita no wa tashika ni kimi dake
Sono mama no kimi dake

Sayonara Sayonara Sayonara
Mou sugu soto wa shiroi fuyu
Aishita no wa tashika ni kimi dake
Sono mama no kimi dake

Sayonara Sayonara Sayonara
Mou sugu soto wa shiroi fuyu
Aishita no wa tashika ni kimi dake
Sono mama no kimi dake

Soto wa kyou mo ame Yagate yuki ni natte
Bokura no kokoro no naka ni Furitsumoru darou
Furitsumoru darou

Transliteration by romaji_lyrics

もう おわりだね 君が小さく见える
仆のほほを涙が 流れては落ちる
「仆らは自由だね」いつはそう话したね
まるで今日のことなんて思いもしないで

さようなら さようなら さようなら
もうすぐ外は白い冬
爱したにはたしかに君だけ
そのままの君だけ

爱は悲しいね仆のかわりに君が
今日は谁かの胸に 眠るかも知れない
仆がてれるから谁も见ていない道を
寄り添い歩ける寒い日が 君は好きだった

さようなら さようなら さようなら
もうすぐ外は白い冬
爱したには确かに君だけ
そのままの君だけ

さようなら さようなら さようなら
もうすぐ外は白い冬
爱したには确かに君だけ
そのままの君だけ

さようなら さようなら さようなら
もうすぐ外は白い冬
爱したには确かに君だけ
そのままの君だけ

外は今日も雨 やがて雪になって
仆らの心の中に 降り积るだろう
降り积るだろう

From music.163.com

It’s over, you appear smaller
It’s my natural reaction to want to hold you tight
I won’t cry, so go and let me be (alone)
Down your cheeks the tears flow and drop

We are free, or so we’d discussed once
We had no idea where we’d be today

Sayonara, sayonara, sayonara
Soon, the outside world will turn white with snow
It’s for certain you’re the only one I’ve ever loved
Just you, as you are

Love is sad, maybe tonight instead of me
You’ll find someone else’s chest to fall asleep in
Because I’m timid, you used to love the hidden side streets
On those cold days we could walk huddled closely together

Sayonara, sayonara, sayonara
Soon, the outside world will turn white with snow
It’s for certain you’re the only one I’ve ever loved
Just you, as you are

Sayonara, sayonara, sayonara
Soon, the outside world will turn white with snow
It’s for certain you’re the only one I’ve ever loved
Just you, as you are

Sayonara, sayonara, sayonara
Soon, the outside world will turn white with snow
It’s for certain you’re the only one I’ve ever loved
Just you, as you are

It’s rain again. Eventually, it’ll turn to snow
to accumulate inside our hearts

Translation by Sali Oguri

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