Sayonara no Kioku / さよならの記憶

Sayonara no Kioku / さよならの記憶: “memory of goodbye”

sayonara / さよなら
“goodbye”, “farewell”
no / の
A particle indicating that the previous word modifies the following word. Roughly equivalent to “of”.
kioku / 記憶
“memory”, “recollection”

Here we have the opening to Oku Hanako’s 2007 album, TIME NOTE. It’s a sad hikigatari song, a recollection of a goodbye moment between two close friends.

I think this is one of the better songs on the album and of her early albums in general. The vocals and piano set the mood well, and her playing during the interlude before the bridge tops off the climax quite nicely. Overall, this song is a pleasure to listen to.


奥華子 – さよならの記憶 by im1bored1man [YouTube]


Lyrics

Roumaji

Tsunaideita kimi no te wo boku wa naze hanashiteshimatta
Yuuhi ga ochiteyuku michi tada hitasura ni aruiteita

Ano toki no kimi no namida wo itsuka wasureteyuku no kana
Kasaneteita jikan no koe ga doko ka de kikoeteiru

Kimi ga suki da to iezu ni ita
Ano hi no bokura wa naiteita
Mata hitotsu zutsu omoide ga fueteku
Kore ga saigo no kioku bokutachi no sayonara no kioku

Futari de mitsuketa sora ni nani wo utsuseba yokatta no ka
Ima nara wakaru ki ga suru ano toki wa kizukenakatta

Shiawase to iu hako no naka ni kimi wo sagashiteita no kana?
Boku wa mada kokoro no oku ni itami ga samayotteru

Kimi ga suki da to iezu ni ita
Nando mo dakishimeteita no ni
Mata hitotsu zutsu omoide ga fueteku
Kore ga saigo no kioku bokutachi no sayonara no kioku

Toozakaru futatsu no michi tada yubisashite boku wa ugokenai mama

Kimi ga suki da to iezu ni ita
Ano hi no bokura wa naiteita
Mata hitotsu zutsu omoide ga fueteku
Kore ga saigo no kioku

Bokutachi no sayonara no kioku

Transliteration by theotherrice

Japanese

繋いでいた君の手を 僕はなぜ離してしまった
夕日が落ちてゆく道 ただひたすらに歩いていた

あの時の君の涙を いつか忘れてゆくのかな
重ねていた時間の声が どこかで聞こえている

君が好きだと言えずにいた
あの日の僕らは泣いていた
また一つずつ思い出が増えてく
これが最後の記憶 僕たちのさよならの記憶

二人で見つけた空に 何を映せばよかったのか
今なら分かる気がする あの時は気づけなかった

幸せという箱の中に 君を探していたのかな?
僕はまだ心の奥に 痛みが彷徨ってる

君が好きだと言えずにいた
何度も抱きしめていたのに
また一つずつ思い出が増えてく
これが最後の記憶 僕たちのさよならの記憶

遠ざかる二つの道 ただ指差して 僕は動けないまま

君が好きだと言えずにいた
あの日の僕らは泣いていた
また一つずつ思い出が増えてく
これが最後の記憶

僕たちのさよならの記憶

From okuhanako.net

Translation

Why did I let go of your hand that was joined with mine
I could only concentrate on walking the path to dusk

Will I someday forget your tears of that time
I am hearing the accumulated voices of time somewhere

I was unable to say that I like you
That day we were crying
One by one, memories are added
This is the last memory—the memory of our goodbye

What should have been projected on the sky we found
I feel like now I can understand what I didn’t realize then

Was I searching for you in the box called happiness?
In my heart, pain is still wandering

I was unable to say that I like you
Even though we’ve hugged so many times
One by one, memories are added
This is the last memory—the memory of our goodbye

Still unable to move, I can only point to the two vanishing paths

I was unable to say that I like you
That day we were crying
One by one, memories are added
This is the last memory

The memory of our goodbye

Translation by theotherrice

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2 thoughts on “Sayonara no Kioku / さよならの記憶

  1. RE: “I was unable to say that I like you
    Even though we’ve hugged so many times”

    Hmmmm … I wonder why she feels that she cannot express her true feelings for this person.

    Via song, she is telling us (or the universe) — about her feelings. I don’t think it is spoken toward the other person.

  2. I don’t know if it’s because I’m out of practice after not posting for so long or if it’s because it’s hard to say anything about the song that doesn’t also apply to every other Oku Hanako song, but I couldn’t find much to say about it.

    Sorry for the wait, everyone. I had to take care of other priorities.

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