東方萃夢想 ~End of Strong~ / ~Saigetu~

Requested by: Athena Glory / Makoto Sawatari

It’s always hard to tackle the “essence” of Sekkenya, but I try.

[2011/06/21 Update: Added the stanza that only appears in the ~Saigetu~ version; it is in blue]

Notes:
The last line: 萃う夢を想う is 萃夢想 – ie. Suimusou. “Wondering over gathering dreams”

歌詞↓

東方萃夢想 ~end of strong~
東方萃夢想 ~saigetu~
 Touhou Suimusou
東方萃夢想|東方萃夢想
石鹸屋
Album: 東方不可拘束~the maximum moving about!~
Event: Reitaisai 3

人の忘れた歴史に されど人は知る
記憶の奥底にある 刻まれた咎の跡
弱き心の傍らに 潜み続ける
目には見えない恐れに 人は鬼の名を知る

It is of a history long forgotten by humans, but yet they know
In the depths of their memories, there lie traces of guilt
By the side of the weak of heart, it lies lurking
In fear of that which they cannot see, they know the name of an oni

ただ強く在り 故に遠く在り
人の生きる世を儚み
人が恐れた強き者
鬼の名だけ残す

So strong, and for that – distant
Feeling the transience of the world humans live in
One strong, feared by the rest
Left behind only a name

人は及ばぬ強さに 勝る事は無く
人は届かぬ力に 恐れを抱き震える
いずれ人は知恵を持ち 強き者を討つ
弱き者は奪われず 人は咎を刻んだ

Against such a strength they could not grasp, they could never win
Against such a power they could not reach, they could only shake in fear
But one day the humans with their wisdom, took down the strong
The weak were no longer swept away, and so the humans set their guilt

恐れる者を 届かない者を
人は恐れに焼き尽くす
弱き者が過つ業 果てに袂分かつ

Of ones they are afraid, of ones they cannot reach
Humans burn away in fear
The weak ones, their deed done in error, created a rift from the others

ただ強く在り 人に遠く在り
人の生きる世を儚み
力強き曲がらぬ者 擦れ違い去り行く

So strong, and distant from the others
Feeling the transience of the world humans live in
There was one strong, powerful and unbending who when set against them, left

砕け散った 年月が重ねた想いを
萃めて 握り締めても 零れ 崩れて
それでも 束の間の夢を ただ強く握り締めて

Even if you gather up all the shattered emotions built up over the years
As you grasp them in your hands, they crumble and spill over
But even so, we still hold on tightly, strongly to our fleeting dreams

時は流れて 長い時を経て
形無き今に至れど
人よ心偽るなら 傍に鬼は潜む

Time flows, and yes a great time passes
But even upon the present, such without form
Human, if you lie in your heart, beside you the oni will lie

ただ強く在り 故に遠く在り
人の生きる世を儚み
人が恐れた強き者 鬼の名だけ残す
今は遠く在り 故に届かない
果てなる地にて人を見る
恐れ敬う強き名を 鬼と喩え謳う

So strong, and for that – distant
Feeling the transience of the world humans live in
There was one strong, feared by the rest left behind only a name
Now so distant, and for that – unreachable
Standing at the end she looks upon the people
Who in fear and respect of her strong name, sing in metaphors, in honor of the oni

されど人は忘れ 今に鬼は消えて
だけど人は恐れ 今に鬼は潜む
決して消えず絶えず
そして果てず朽ちず
長い夜が明ける
萃う夢を想う

But yet they forget, and so now the oni disappears
But then they fear, and now again the oni lurks
She will never disappear, she will never die
She will never end, she will never wither
And as the long night dawns
She wonders over the many gathering dreams

    • exaltdragon
    • June 21st, 2011

    This song is just so powerful. It’s become one of Sekkenya/COOL&CREATE’s iconic songs, and understandably because of it’s meeting of great composition, an arrangement which built on that, poetic and meaningful(to fans) lyrics, powerful vocals and awesome guitar.

      • exaltdragon
      • June 21st, 2011

      I am wondering though, what’s the difference between this version and the 東方萃夢想 ~saigetu~ version…

      • I listened to 東方萃夢想 ~saigetu~ which I thought was just a re-recording, but it has an extra stanza in the bridge, so I’ll add that in in a different color.

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