“Scarlet Love Song” is written almost entirely in Japanese. A poster at YouTube translated the lyric in English, begging understanding in advance if the translation is awkward.

X JAPAN – Scarlet Love Song -BUDDHA Mix (Click “Show More” for English translation.)

Someone commented on difficulty to translate between two languages even for a person who is bilingual in German and English like himself and that it would be even harder to translate properly between Japanese and English.

Yoshiki said that X Japan’s new album for the US release is 95% English and sometimes translating their old songs in English was very difficult and he had to change the lyrics for English version, while keeping the theme of the song intact.

Delay for almost 2 years now in release of the new album must be partly because of the difficulty to translate their original songs in Japanese to in English.

At one of X Japan fun form, there was a talk also about their songs in English version X Japan tried during North American tour.

Majority seems to prefer the original version in Japanese they used to listen,even they do not understand Japanese. They talked about other Japanese band which did world tour totally in Japanese with success. So why not X Japan?

I think so too.

The reason Yoshiki is so particular about English lyric is that he is aiming different audience, I think. Yoshiki wants X Japan to become a household name in the US.

And I am not totally against English lyric of his songs.

I like his English lyric of “Amethyst” written for Violet UK. I doubt if it is possible to translate it in Japanese with the same tone. I suspect it would sound too heavy, or exaggerated if in Japanese.

Here’s the lyric. I am curious how native English speaker would think about it.

Amethyst

Lyric and Song by Yoshiki

You are only a whisper away
But I can’t touch your heart
If the words aren’t enough to bet your soul
I’ll give you the moon
You are always shining sun or rain
Like a violet stone
I close my eyes but you never fade
But you never disappear

I feel alone
Can you see me standing on the verge of blue?
I’ll be watching all the stars till they are gone
Should I know nothing could make me miss you less?

Oh, I’ve been waiting for you
To tell me what is love
I don’t know how to be loved
How to be by your side
Morning light shines in my room
I´m holding dreams of you
It may take no less than this pain
But I can’t stop loving you

Feel my heart
You have never known that you have all of me
Every time I see you I am falling in love
I can live or I can’t live without you

Oh I’ve been waiting for you
To tell me what is love
I don’t know how to be loved
How to be by your side

Morning light shines in my room
I’m holding dreams of you
It may take no less than my life
But I can’t stop loving you

Amethyst – Yoshiki feat. Daughter/Violet UK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WSdwUNnQR8

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