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Vanilla Salt

As I mentioned before, Japanese songs are pretty hit or miss for me. I got lucky and there was one from Toradora I really liked and I figured I'd link it. It's called Vanilla Salt by Horie Yui, the seiyu who also had the role of Naru from Love Hina and Tohru from Fruits Basket, two of my favorite characters of all time. She also sings Yakusoku, the song I linked to in the other entry. Not only is the melody to Vanilla Salt catchy but I really liked the translated lyrics. It could be the theme song for all tsundere and I can relate to it as a contrarian sort of person. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I weren't so cynical, but then I wouldn't really be me, right? It's like when you ask depressives whether they should go on medication. The pills may help and make you feel better, but are you still really you? If I were an optomistic, cheery person, then I wouldn't really be myself anymore. I'm not suggesting that would be a bad thing especially now, but it's like a form of death if you think about it.

Anyway, here's the video. You can turn on the closed captioning for the lyrics, but I'll paste a version too. It won't match up exactly since they're separate translations but both will give the general gist.



With vanilla salt
With vanilla salt
With vanilla salt
Burning Love

If it’s just sweet
Then let’s put salt on

Because I want you to know more about me
More than anyone else, I want to bare myself
But I can’t do it, I’ve got nothing for experience
It’s too frustrating

The more I try to show my weakness
The more I act tough in vain and everything goes the other way
I’m actually a crybaby
Though I’ve been mum about that

But a love that’s just sweet
Is slightly different from what I’m seeking

If I’m told it’s white
I’d say it’s black
I can’t be honest
I say one thing but do another
If I’m told, “I love you”
I’d say, “I hate you”
I’m happy, but what am I saying?

Like putting salt
Into sweet vanilla…

When I fall head over heels in love
For all the time, 24/7
I think about you continuously
It’s rather extreme

Can it be, that no one ever thought
That I’d be this obsessed with you?
Weather forecasts can’t tell
The whereabouts of love

My memories engraved into the periods of time when we’re together
Are treasures

If I’m told it’s right
I’d turn left
I can’t be honest
I say one thing but do another
If I’m told, “I love you”
I’d say, “I hate you”
I’m happy, but what am I saying?
Burning Love

Rather than the vanilla that’s just sweet
The slightly salted kind
Makes it sweeter
I can’t get tired of it…

It’s the same with the love that’s just sweet
The slightly salted kind
Shrinks the distance between us
And I’m sure
That a future more wonderful than today is waiting

If I’m told it’s white
I’d say it’s black
I can’t be honest
I say one thing but do another
If I’m told, “I love you”
I’d say, “I hate you”
I’m happy, but what am I saying?

If it’s just sweet
Then let’s put salt on

With vanilla salt
With vanilla salt
With vanilla salt
With vanilla salt

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socarefully
Nov. 26th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
'It's like when you ask depressives whether they should go on medication. The pills may help and make you feel better, but are you still really you?'

I totally agree.
henwy
Nov. 27th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I figured.

On a sidenote, you've spent all this time in asian countries...have you actually picked up the languages?
socarefully
Nov. 27th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
'On a sidenote, you've spent all this time in asian countries...have you actually picked up the languages?'

I think that would be taking things a bit far!

I speak English only!!!

Actually I do understand a lot of Japanese as well as German, French and some Russian........
I only speak English though as I feel that really everyone should speak English and we should give up on all these other nothingy languages. Did I mention I am English?

As for spending a lot of time in Asia....watch this space? Let's just say there is a lot happening in my life at the moment that I have not really been able to explain fully yet.

This messages is being sent from the apple store in Regents Street, London......free internet rocks!
henwy
Nov. 28th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
There and back again, a vagabond's tale?

It must be nice to back back in your home country even if it ends up being temporary.
socarefully
Nov. 28th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
It is lovely to be back in England. :)

I don't really know how to explain it........lets just say we are I am working on something big in my personal life.
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