22.4.12

J-Rock Sunday: Wherever You Are by ONE OK ROCK



Sometimes, I just feel like I'd been living under a rock. And one of those times is after hearing / watching the video of ONE OK ROCK's song Wherever You Are. C'mon now... I call myself a J-Rock fan, yet this brilliant band managed to slip through my eyes and ears for a long time now. Heh...

ONE OK ROCK has been active in the music scene since 2005, but it was only in 2007 that they released their first single and full album. The band's name intrigued me and so I looked it up and Wiki says:

The band's name, One Ok Rock, comes from "one o'clock", the time that the band used to practice on weekends. However, noticing that the Japanese language made no distinction between r's and l's, they changed "o'clock" to "o'crock" (or "o'krock"), which was then separated to become "ok rock".

Nifty, huh? Not to mention quite a bit silly. Well, you know how it is when it comes to Japanese bands' names, meheheh...

Ok, back to the topic. Wherever You Are is the 9th track from the band's fourth studio album Niche Syndrome. When I first heard it, I found myself easily amazed as the first verse was sung in English. I even strained my ear to check if I'm hearing things correctly, like I wondered if the vocalist only sings in Japanese with a foreign accent or what, but turns out the song is actually English and Japanese. Mind you, it's English and not Engrish. Oh please, I hope no one gets offended as I'm just stating my own opinion. Love and Peace! Tee-hee... But honestly, for me it's kinda rare to hear J-bands sing clearly in English, and I like it when they do. So this thing about ONE OK ROCK is definitely a plus in my book.

BTW, this is slow rock stuff. The lyrics are very sweet and sigh-inducing (for lack of better description), and Taka-san's angsty vocals fit the song very well without being irritating. The melody itself and the music from the instruments are quite simple, which adds to the romantic feel of the track. Even the bassline is pretty simple, thankfully, so I was able to play it without wracking my fingers. Eheheh... Honestly, I just love this song so much now that I'd want to hear this on my wedding...





"WHEREVER YOU ARE"
~ ONE OK ROCK

Romaji:

I'm telling you
I softly whisper
Tonight, tonight
You are my angel
           
Aishiteru yo
Futari wa hitotsu ni
Tonight, tonight
I just say
           
Wherever you are, I always make you smile
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side
Whatever you say, kimi wo omou kimochi
I promise you forever right now
           
I don't need a reason
I just want you baby
Alright, alright
Day after day
           
Kono saki nagai koto zutto
Douka konna boku to zutto
Shinu made stay with me
We carry on
           
Wherever you are, I always make you smile
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side
Whatever you say, kimi wo omou kimochi
I promise you forever right now
           
Wherever you are, I never make you cry
Wherever you are, I never say goodbye
Whatever you say, kimi wo omou kimochi
I promise you forever right now
           
Bokura ga deatta hi wa futari ni totte
Ichibanme no kinen subeki hi da ne
Soshite kyou to iu hi wa futari ni totte
Nibanme no kinen subeki hi da ne
           
Kokoro kara aiseru hito
Kokoro kara itoshii hito
Kono boku no ai no mannaka ni wa
Itsumo kimi ga iru kara
           
Wherever you are, I always make you smile
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side
Whatever you say, kimi wo omou kimochi
I promise you forever right now

Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Wherever you are

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Translation:

I'm telling you
I softly whisper
Tonight, tonight
You are my angel

I love you
We will become one
Tonight, tonight
I just say

Wherever you are, I always make you smile
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side
Whatever you say, you're always on my mind
I promise you forever right now

I don't need a reason
I just want you baby
Alright, alright
Day after day

We still have a long journey ahead
Please always, always
Until death, stay with me
We carry on

Wherever you are, I always make you smile
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side
Whatever you say, you're always on my mind
I promise you forever right now

Wherever you are, I never make you cry
Wherever you are, I never say goodbye
Whatever you say, you're always on my mind
I promise you forever right now

To us, the day we met is the day
We should commemorate the most
Then, this day called today is the day
We should commemorate the second most

Someone I can love from my heart
Someone I love from my heart
In the center of my love
You, my heart, are there

Wherever you are, I always make you smile
Wherever you are, I'm always by your side
Whatever you say, you're always on my mind
I promise you forever right now

Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Wherever you are


(credits to KristalHikari for the video and Anime Lyrics for the lyrics and translation)



Ja ne!

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