Takahashi Yuichi – Tooi Machi (English Lyrics)

遠い街
Distant Town

In a distant town, surrounded by mountains, stands an old gas station
Day after day, waiting for customers, the man there works away

Unconcerned with the oil and sweat sullying his hands
He simply smokes his cigarette

In the scorching afternoon heat, he opens the half-broken faucet
Cool water spraying against his tanned, brawny arms

In a nursery school, near the gas station, is where his lover works
She yearns for the big city; says it’s her dream to live there

She would always tell him
“Let’s leave this place together!”

Not saying a word, he would light his cigarette
Always a hint of sadness on his face, removing his glasses

Staying here would ruin them, she would insist
Him, always just quietly listening, wiping his glasses

Dust blowing in the dry wind across the road
Today, just as every other day, he heads to work

Even if everyone else was to go, leaving him in his lonesome
He alone would remain in this town, no matter what

Her feelings grow distant — she gives up on the halfhearted man
And one morning, she quits her job and gets on a long-distance bus

As they parted the man spoke
“Think of me when you get lonely”

Dust blowing in the dry wind across the road
The bus, with her inside, vanishes into the distance

While everyone else abandons this place, leaving it behind
He alone would remain in this town, living there forever

Today, just as every other day, he lights his cigarette
Only a hint of sadness on his face, removing his glasses

Even if everyone else was to go, leaving him in his lonesome
He alone would remain in this town, no matter what

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Takahashi Yuichi – Yume (English Lyrics)


Dream

That night I had a dream
One I just can’t forget, try as I might

On the stage of a small pub
A man held his guitar
As he sang his song

A sad song about trying to stop his lover from leaving
Singing it over and over again
It’s like he was singing about me
And when I thought of you, it hurt so much

Trying to catch a glimpse of his face
It would only blur like paint

I couldn’t even hear his voice as he sang
And yet I found myself singing along
Dreams can be so strange…

A sad song about trying to stop his lover from leaving
Singing it over and over again
It’s like he was singing about me
And when I thought of you, it hurt so much

The dream ends, but since you’re no longer here
I’d have preferred to just keep dreaming
A sad song about trying to stop his lover from leaving
And it’s me who’s singing

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Takahashi Yuichi – Ano Natsu no Companion (English Lyrics)

あの夏のコンパニオン
Summer Companion

That summer at my part-time gig
I saw you and your long hair, and I was in love

I remember us sneaking out the shop
Walking endlessly on the beach

“When summer ends and we stop seeing each other
You’re going to forget about me”
Oh, how sad you looked
That summer evening

Since then I’ve come back to this town
Once or twice I even got in touch, but…

With the cold wind blowing outside the window
I was yearning for someone by my side

“When summer ends and we can’t see each other anymore
Even then don’t forget about me”
Oh, how lonely you looked
That summer evening

Summer ended and we stopped seeing each other
Sure enough, it feels like I’m about to forget you
You begin to vanish into the scenery
Summer days growing distant
Summer days fading away

That summer… That love…
That summer… That you…

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Takahashi Yuichi – Summer Holiday (English Lyrics)

サマー・ホリデー
Summer Holiday

Here at last, it’s summer holiday
Let’s go out, just the two of us
Wind so alluring — Lovers on a Beach
Holiday of my dreams

Setting up the parasol, I turned around to look
You were so dazzling, I had to close my eyes
Embraced by a feeling of pure happiness
Watching you playing in the waves

Here at last, it’s summer holiday
Let’s go out, just the two of us
Play the cassette — Dreamin’ on the Beach
Holiday of my dreams

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Takahashi Yuichi – Tsuishin (English Lyrics)

追伸
Postscript

Even if I had been able to treat you kind that day
How much longer would the two of us have lasted?

Call me sometime,” you said with a smile
As I saw you off, unable to say a word

And yet, each time I walk these roads
It feels like I might meet you again

Like a day repeating forever, I keep reliving the night
When I thought I could love you

Even now my heart aches when I remember
How I chose on purpose to hurt you

Hearing you say goodbye to me that day…
Honestly, a tiny part of me felt relieved

And yet, each time I walk these streets
I’m searching for any traces of you

Like a day repeating forever, it wasn’t a lie
When I thought I could love you

Like a day repeating forever, I keep reliving the night
When I thought I could love you

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