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Aku no Hikari
10-19-2009, 09:12 AM
Hey guys. I have (almost) finished transliterating this awesome new album by SYNC.ART'S (http://www.animelyrics.com/doujin/syncarts). The only remaining song is ラストダンス (Last Dance). I finished transliterating the Kanji, but the song has parts that are sung in English, and they aren't written in the CD booklet.

The problem with Japanese people is that they don't speak English words correctly... And the English parts are sung in the background -- the music is much louder than the vocals. I can hardly understand the sung English! :wacko: (Even though I'm GOOD in English!)

Actually, I've searched and found a translit (more like a draft... that is full of mistakes) in the Touhou wiki. They say the English parts were written "based on someone's hearing". I can't take that as a reliable source, nor can I hear it myself correctly. :banghead:

The song has two parts that are sung in English. I've attached the first one. I messed a little with it (equalizers/sfx/etc.) and I made the voice of the vocalist louder than the music. Here are the two lines from the Touhou wiki draft:

Lonely.... Lonely in the darkness.... Ah....
Lonely in the cold and the drying were.... Ah....

The first line is pretty clear. The problem is in the second line. The line this "someone" has written neither makes sense, nor matches what I hear from the song. The first word of the second line sounds like "falling", not "lonely" as in the first line. And I can't hear the rest of the line.

Can someone please help me on this?

ATTACHMENT REMOVED -- please see post #5 below

Aku no Hikari
10-21-2009, 04:30 PM
10k points is offered to anyone who helps!

Can a native Japanese help me with it? I think that Japanese people can understand other Japanese people speaking English. (Maybe I just suck at listening when it comes to Japanese people speaking English? :banghead:)

bluepenguin
10-21-2009, 05:33 PM
Well, what I hear personally is "fall in the cold and crying [something]," but since there's no official right answer and so any lyrics you get will just be someone's by-ear interpretation, it might be better to just leave it out. It's only background stuff, after all.

Aku no Hikari
10-22-2009, 03:16 AM
Yeah... It's just background stuff. I've already submitted the song anyway. I'll upload the second part (when I have time today), and this thread will remain open for a while. If anyone sees it later and posts anything useful (or if I can hear it myself), I'll update the lyrics.

Thanks for helping anyway.

Aku no Hikari
10-22-2009, 08:59 AM
UPDATE: LOL I can't believe I didn't notice this from the beginning! In the second disc of the album, there's a remix of this song where the English intro is sung completely without music. (Though it's mixed with some SFX and synthesizers.) I attached it here.

The funny thing is that I still can't decode some of what I hear! :p I could hear a few things. First, the first line is not "Lonely... lonely", it's "To be lonely". So, the first line is:

To be lonely in the darkness (ah)

As for the second line, the beginning sounds like:

Falling [blah blah blah] why (ah)

Okay, at least we are advancing... Anyone could help?

Not kidding about the reps/points award!

bluepenguin
10-22-2009, 10:40 AM
Actually the second part sounds like "the underground is mine" to me now, but I could be wrong.

Aku no Hikari
10-23-2009, 04:36 AM
That's not helping. :(

Okay, I decided to do something completely different. I have contacted SYNC.ART'S. I sent them an e-mail. (LOL that's a crazy idea, isn't it?) I don't even know if they are going to respond, or how long they will take to respond. (They might just think it's spam.. X_X) But taking the lyrics from their official source is the only way that I could count on.

Until then, the attachment is still here. If any person person is capable of clearly hearing the lyrics, help is appreciated and rewarded. (But no guessing please.)

Aku no Hikari
10-30-2009, 05:57 AM
Okay, they did not respond. I sent them first a message in English, and after a few days of not responding, I thought that there's a chance that they couldn't understand it (since their English skills might be poor), so I sent them one in Japanese, and they didn't respond either.

Gonna start blackmailing them!! (Just kidding... :p)

I didn't have hope that they will respond from the beginning. There was no point in mailing them. And there was also no point in sending the other message in Japanese since they surely can read and understand English correctly. (They just don't speak it right.)

No one is likely to open the Lyrics Discussion forum and open an old thread to check it out (and the thread will be closed after 60 days anyway), so I'll move it to my blog and sticky it.