WITHOUT A TRACE

Romaji and English translation of the song WITHOUT A TRACE from the album TRACES VOL.2 (originally appearing on the single DISTRESS AND COMA) by the GazettE.

The lyrics don’t appear to have been changed when they re-recorded the original song for TRACES VOL.2.

Translator's Notes
  • Lyrics originally sung in English are in italics in the translation.
  • Words or phrases I felt were implied are in [brackets].
  • 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.
  • 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.

WITHOUT A TRACE: Romaji

Zeijakuna ishiki wa hagare     yukkuri to ashioto o tatezu ni
Hai ni nari konagona ni chiru     soredake soredake    
Without a trace

Nochi ni shiru kanjou wa     muryoku yori hikyou

Konzai ishiki no soko wo hau     senzaiishiki ni toikakeru
“Me no mae no asu ga mienai.”

Tachitsukusu kisetsu ni iki wo umete     sukui wo matta kimi wa mu he
Mou kikoe wa shinai kareta uta wa     ate mo naku naite iru

“Soushitsu” ni nagasu namida wa     taeteta kurushimi ni mo nagareru?
Dare mo ga migorosu ka no you     mabuta wo tojiru

Rasen ni karamaru karada ga     yukkuri yukkuri nejireru
Sen no toge wo nodo ni ate tou     ore ni nani ga sukueru?
“Me no mae de asu ga shinderu.”

Tachitsukusu kisetsu ni iki wo umete     sukui wo matta kimi wa mu he
Mou kikoe wa shinai kareta uta wa     ate mo naku naite iru

Furishikiru kasumi ga harenu you ni…     ikita akashi ga kienu you ni…
Kono uta ga kimi he to todoku no nara     gizen da to omou darou

Tachitsukusu kisetsu ni iki wo umete     sukui wo matta kimi wa mu he

Mou     kikoenu you ni kaketa koe wa modosenai      tsumi to shiru


WITHOUT A TRACE1: Translation

You break away from your fragile consciousness      and slowly, your footsteps not making a sound
You become ashes and disappear     just like that, just like that     Without a trace

Now that [you’re gone], I realize I feel     like a helpless coward

Mired in the depths of my muddled senses      I begin to question my own subconscious
“I can’t actually see the future that’s before my eyes.”

You hold your breath2 through the unchanging seasons3     you waited for help [that never came], so [now] you’re headed for nothingness
Now my withered song you’ll never hear     weeps because it can’t reach you

They shed tears at your “loss”     but were they crying while you endured your suffering?
It’s like everyone looked the other way     and just let you die without trying to help

Slowly, slowly I twist,     my body caught in this spiral
[It feels like] a thousand thorns in my throat     as I ask myself, ‘what can I save?’
“The future is dying right before my eyes.”

You hold your breath through the unchanging seasons     you waited for help [that never came], so [now] you’re headed for nothingness
Now my withered song you’ll never hear     weeps because it can’t reach you

So that this lingering haze will never clear away…     So that the proof of your existence never disappears…
If this song is able to reach you,      you might think me a hypocrite4

You hold your breath through the unchanging seasons     you waited for help [that never came], so [now] you’re headed for nothingness

And yet     this withered song you’ll never hear can’t bring you back     and I realize that’s my crime5


Translator’s Notes:

  1. In FOOL’S MATE (March 2009), Ruki stated that this song was written to/about a fan who committed suicide, and his feelings about her (and by extension, other fans in the same mental place) and how he wishes he could have done more. Because of the natural gap that exists between the band and the fans, and due to the fact that he can’t show favoritism and personally contact one fan and not all the others, he was unable to do anything to help the fan who committed suicide.

    The majority of the song is written in the present tense about the fan (“you”), with a small portion being a comment on the people in their life that didn’t help them (“they”), and a few other times him talking about his own feelings and thoughts (“I”).
  2. What is written is 埋めて umete “to bury, to fill up, to stop [a gap].” I took it to mean something like “suppress” – and ended up going with the more common “hold” in English as related to breathing.
  3. What is written is 立ち尽くす tachitsukusu “to stand stock still.” Obviously the seasons still do change – but to this person who is waiting and hoping for someone to help them, it feels like everything is the same pain and struggle, so nothing is really any different.
  4. Again, because of the gap between the band and the fans, he can’t show favoritism by contacting one fan and not all the others, so the fan might feel like he didn’t want to help or that he’s being hypocritical by criticizing all the other people who didn’t help – but he wasn’t actually in a position to be able to do anything.
  5. Again, he blames himself for not having been able to do more.

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