Romaji and English translation of the song DIM SCENE from the album DIM by the GazettE.

Translator's Notes
  • Lyrics originally sung in English are in italics , and words or phrases I felt were implied are in [brackets] in the translation.
  • I also (usually) put repeats of chorus/verses/stanzas in [brackets] if they’re not written that way in the original lyrics for ease of singing along.
  • If he writes a word in the lyrics but doesn’t sing it, I put it in light grey to make it easier to skip when singing along.
  • I usually romajize katakana characters in CAPITALS, and keep punctuation and line spacing as close to the original booklet as possible. If you see me putting spaces before punctuation at the end of a sentence or writing things in mixed-case capitals, that’s because it’s how it was in the booklet.
  • Any comments I had during the romajization/translation process will be included as footnotes so as not to disturb the flow of the song. They’re not required reading, but Ruki does some pretty nifty things with his lyrics/kanji choices, or sometimes there’s further explanations about words or phrases in there.


Azawarai sugita sei de sono kikyuu ya kachi wa nukeochi
Tonari de nemuru danzetsu wa gukou     sou     kuzureteku joukei no imi wo kuchiteku imi wo
Muragaru karasu no moto he nakiyamu made zero1 ni touhisuru kazu wa ou
Ibitsu ni magaru arubeki sugata wa nuiawaseru hodo fukaku tokeru

Doukou ni ukaberu genjitsu wa kara     mahishita kokoro2 no seika

Sora ga togire hikari ga chi ni ochiru     nageku koe wo ayasu akago no yume
Nuritsubushi sugite tadareteku uso     chou no hane de rakka suru ga
Kunou no ura de oborete iru ai     nakigara ni te wo nobasu boukansha
Haitsuku baru asu wo warau rouba douka ore no mama de

Atari wo umetsukusu atenaki itami
Me wo toji tomosu uta ni kizu nado iyasenu

Kabe ichimen ni sakidashita owari3     daremo ga boukyaku wo negau tabi
Soushitsu4 ni yakareta ore no uta wa honogurai kyomu no soko de oboreteru


DIM SCENE5: Translation

Overwhelmed by unending ridicule, we’ve abandoned everything we ever cherished or longed for
Though [we know it’s] foolish, we still keep destruction close as we slumber     until     even the very meaning of this decaying scene is lost to us
We chase away the crows that gather around us     their squawking cries ceasing      until every one of them has fled
Our utopia is so twisted and distorted that we have to sew it back together before it unravels

The reality that is reflected in our eyes is nothing but a husk;     is it because we’ve become numb to what we feel in our hearts2?

The light from the shattered sky falls upon the ground6      a voice broken with grief dreams of rocking a baby7
So covered over with lies you begin to fester underneath them8     a moth descends on the wings of a butterfly9
Love drowns beneath anguish10     bystanders reach their hands out towards corpses11
An elderly woman sneers at a future brought to its knees12
Please let me be myself13

Everything around is filled with senseless misery14
I close my eyes, but the wounds illuminated by this song still won’t heal15

Extinction3 spread over the face of a wall16     sometimes everyone just wants to forget17
My gloomy song was burned18 by loss4 and slowly sank to the depths of oblivion19

La la la

  1. He uses an alternate pronunciation for 零 (usually pronounced rei): zero. It means… well, “zero.” None, zip, zilch, nada, etc.
  2. The kanji 感情 kanjou “emotion/feelings/sentiment” is printed in the lyrics, while 心 kokoro “heart” is sung. Due to this, I tried to find a phrase that kind of encompasses both when translating.
  3. 終焉 shuuen “demise” is written, while 終わり owari “end” is sung. Due to this, I tried to find a word that kind of encompasses both when translating.
  4. Soushitsu is usually written 喪失 meaning “loss, forfeit.” He uses a different first kanji 葬 which when pronounced sou is used in compounds for words dealing with funerals and death/burial – so this brings to mind something more like a major emotional loss, not just an “oops, lost a game” kind of loss.
  5. So this song has two parts – the first part of the song is just regular song verses, but the second part of the song apparently references all the songs from the DIM album. However, in a few cases, I had trouble figuring out which lines were referencing which song (because of course, he didn’t go in order this time like CODA or NINTH ODD SMELL).

    While I found someone else who translated who indicated which stanza goes with what song… some of them still don’t make sense to me (probably because I translated something differently than they did, either in this song or in the song it’s supposed to reference…  And I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that I’m not fluent and still very much learning, so I’m leaning towards it being an error translating on my part). Anyway, I still linked to them based on what the other translator said, even though I don’t get the connection with a few of them. Or else I’m just really dense. Sorry, guys.
  7. Guren
  8. LEECH
  11. OGRE
  12. Shiroki yuuutsu
  14. Nakigahara
  15. 13STAIRS[-1]
  18. 焼く yaku can mean “burn” both as in ‘burn in a fire’ or ‘burn a CD/DVD.’
  19. DIM SCENE again.

DIM album cover art © 2009 King Records / JPU Records

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