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Ozaki Yutaka

Romaji Title: sotsugyou
Kanji Title: 卒業
English Title: Graduation

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Lyrics & Music : Ozaki Yutaka
作詞・作曲:尾崎豊

NOTES
Most Japanese songs about graduation have to do with missing friends, and memories of typical "school like" things. A few even have to do with missing high school loves. This is the only Japanese song about graduation that I've ever heard that has to do with deeper issues than any of those. In fact, I think that most of us who weren't "the popular kids" can probably relate to this song better than any other song about graduation.

On the grass, in the shadow of the school building, I'm taken in by the sky
I felt feelings, both real and imagined
The chime sounded, and I took my usual seat in the classroom
I thought about what I should be doing
My heart bustled, as I meaninglessly thought about
What it was that I had, I felt lost

Staggering around in the city after school, we were walking lonely
And in the wind, with loneliness in our eyes
In a shop, filled with laugher and sighs
We competed for the high score in pinball
If only there was something to excite my bored heart
Then I would have kept blabbering on about everything in a grandiose way

I couldn't have manners, or be really serious
Breaking the window glass at the school building at night
I kept on being defiant, I kept struggling, I just wanted to hurry up and be free

In my disputes with adults that can't be trusted
In forgiving one another, just what is it that we knew?
I was fed up with it, but I lived with it
The one thing that I knew was
That I was graduating from this control

Everyone gets heated at the telling of someone's fight
I wanted to know just how strong I was
Foolishly believing that the only thing I needed was strength
I told myself that to follow the rules was to give in
I acted tough, even in front of my friends
Even if I heard to hurt someone sometimes

Sooner or later, everyone falls in love
Words of love and ideal love, that's all it takes to capture the heart
It's said that in order to live, you have to be calculating
But I strongly believed in the frankness of loving someone
What is it that's important? I was confused about
The difference between loving, and what to do in order to live

I thought "they can take their manners and real seriousness and shove it"
Breaking the window glass at the school building at night
I kept on being defiant, I kept struggling, I just wanted to hurry up and be free

In my disputes with adults that can't be trusted
In forgiving one another, just what is it that we knew?
I was fed up with it, but I lived with it
The one thing that I knew was
That I was graduating from this control

Just what have we learned from graduating?
What stays with us apart from our memories?
Are all people bound? If we're weak lambs
Are you the spokesman for the feeble adults, teacher?
Where should we direct our anger?
What's going to bind me from now on?
How many more times will I graduate
Before I am my true self?

No one realizes that freedom is something that's been devised
The days of struggling will end
And we'll graduate from this control
We'll graduate from this battle

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