The Caligula Effect: Overdose image song “Distorted†Happiness” (Thorn)

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Translation for Thorn’s image song “Distorted†Happiness”.


“Distorted†Happiness”
Lyrics and composition: cosMo@BousouP
Vocals: μ (CV: Reina Ueda)
Representative character: Thorn


The scenery coated in gentle lies
The normal days that indefinitely go by
take the absurdity that’s been fully exposed
and carry it over to a distant, distant world

These feelings of love for you
are enough to keep me going
These feelings of intensified hatred for you
are enough to keep me going

And yet, but then, even if you call it a lie
If I can be healed from this grief
I’ll accept reliance on persistent deception
See? It doesn’t even hurt a single bit

These impulses of love for you
Understood strangely by any other
These impulses of intensified hatred for you
Resisting being understood more than any other

This Mobius strip with no end
Hey, why do you want to escape?
All the happiness in the world is right here, and yet…(She’s smiling…)

Any kind of world without you, without you, without you
is one I won’t accept, won’t accept; see, you’re right here, aren’t you?

If you’re here, if you’re here, if you’re here, I need nothing else
May this pocket garden1 last eternally with your smile

This peaceful everyday life slowly eroding
I must not avert my eyes from it at any cost
Why would you refuse such happiness?
You could simply stay right here

Even if it’s distorted
Even if it’s decayed
Even if it’s stagnated
That won’t change the fact it’s happiness

What will you do after finding that end?
You wouldn’t want to return to such an ugly, resentful form2, would you? (She’s vexed…)

Any kind of world without you, without you, without you
From the start, from the start, such a thing has never existed

You’re not here, you’re not here, you’re not here —
Shut up!!!!!!
Let’s spend another day sticking a knife into the unending ring in my ears

Things like sadness have been long forgotten, even the emptiness has been left behind
Within this endless world, gouge out the wounds and spread the pus

Me, of me, to me, for me, you, of you, to you, for you!!!
The broken words of love
that never reached you even once!!!

The film of despair turning, your story forgotten by all
My laments melting into the rain, this world constricts my heart with gentle lies

Any kind of world without you, without you, without you
is one I won’t accept, won’t accept; see, you’re right here, aren’t you?

If you’re here, if you’re here, if you’re here, I need nothing else
May this pocket garden last eternally with your smile


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Translator's notes
  1. A hakoniwa (箱庭) is a miniature garden, usually in a small plate or box, often containing miniaturized bonsai and other deliberately placed small objects to resemble a smaller version of a full Japanese-style garden. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Japanese term for sandplay therapy is “miniature garden therapy” (箱庭療法, “hakoniwa ryounou“). []
  2. Written 肉袋 (“bag of flesh”) in the written lyrics, but sung as “sugata” (“form”). []

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