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22 July 2006 @ 10:21 pm
Art for the ears!  
For the past month (or more!) I've been slaving over my word processor and animelyrics.com song translations to do a.... songlation (?) of Melissa, my absolute favorite of the FMA openings. I also wanted to be the first to sing it, but... well... Melissa doesn't have a karaoke, and the voice-cancelling thing doesn't work at all. SO, you get the original annoyingly in the background whilst I sing in teh foreground, not always on key and sometimes messing up my own lyrics XD;;



I took a few creative liberties with the translations I found, but those spots are few and far between (one being the last line of the first chorus. It's actually more like "pacify my heart that's made anxious by love" but by the time I wrote what I put, I liked it too much and didn't want to trash it for something potentially less wonderful).
Most of the time I poetic-ized it as best I could line by line... that's about where my creativity draws the line XD


Memories of days, oh so far away, part them with those hands I hold so dear
The sadness in your sigh forever can be conquered only if you try
Aah, take my anxious heart and pacify it with your love!

Looking up into tomorrow’s never ending sky
I don’t know if I can trust my lost heart to find it’s way all alone
Birds beside me take their leave of me and fly away
I can’t help but wonder if they have a light that helps them guide their way home

Come now, take me on a ride, let me use your wings to soar into the sky
Feelings that I thought I had abandoned long ago up on the highest mountain, I wanna fly above them so much higher

Memories of days, oh so far away, part them with those hands I hold so dear
The sadness in your sigh forever can be conquered only if you try
Aah, take my anxious heart and pacify it with your love!

I watched intently as the birds flew off into the night
I am trapped forever right here and earth bound with only the wind by my side
Instead of wings there is something I want so much more
To be leaves, with the soft scent of melissa, dancing ‘round in midair

I try time and time again, to stand up straight and tall but still I topple down
But I’ve learned that this is simply not the answer. I’ll let the wind take me, hold me up and support me, won’t go against it!

Do not hesitate, hold your hands out straight. Take the key that rests within your reach
Even if you’re wrong, even if it never opens up again
Come on, pick your spirits up and let me hear that lock fall down!

A soul that can’t be saved, see it drift away, fading out until it disappears
Though it may be gone in its wake it leaves a faintly warming glow
See now, the newly moulded sky beginning with a moonlit night!
Current Mood: artisticartistic
planesonsnakes on July 23rd, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
You have a very nice voice, and the songlation was actually really cool too :)

Great job :D
Stephenie Schukraftfree_as_air on July 23rd, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, the voice-cancelling thingy never works. I've tried it on many songs.

Your voice is very pretty. And I have to say I found myself singing along from the beginning. Great job with the songlation!

Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on July 23rd, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
It works sometimes. Like, I tried it for Shissou from Ouran Highschool Host Club and it killed the vocals DEAD while leaving the music itself mostly intact. I have a feeling that was a one-in-a-lifetime deal, though XD

Thanks for all the positive comments so far, everyone X3
madwithinsanitymadwithinsanity on July 23rd, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
Oh man, have you even done a songlation for sakura kiss? if so lemme know :3!!

(porno graffitti is hard to cancel out, but why would you want to? ^^)
Mookimo0ki on July 23rd, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
That is a great songlation..!! now I can sing Melissa while not sounding like an idiot trying to sing Japanese...
Your voice is also very nice...^^
electronic world for every boy and every girl: heilove!tomiko_the_muse on July 23rd, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
You do have a nice voice. *nods*
Just wondering, did you do a fanversion of Bratja a while back? There was a guy singing for Ed. I noticed that the lyrics didn't match up, at all, with the translations. Not that I don't like it! (In fact, I love it...) I just wanted to know why exactly you changed the lyrics.
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!: Dah fuh?!jiah on July 23rd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Haha, nope, that wasn't me. This is the first time I've done any fanversions of songs ^.^;; I would imagine they did that just because it was easier. It's actually quite a bit more difficult to make words fit with a rythm while trying to convey the same meaning as a translated phrase with a million syllables less/more than what you want. I guess they decided to take the easier route and just make some lyrics for the tune.
electronic world for every boy and every girltomiko_the_muse on July 23rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh well, it was worth a try. I can see how that'd be hard with the word fitting.
sdragon on July 23rd, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Very well done! (listened to the mp3) :)
Mikey G: ALPHONSE :')girthepiggyfan on July 23rd, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
you do know on the jappanese episodes of full metal it gives english subs for everything includeing the songs :-P
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on July 23rd, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
1) They're only the TV versions, not the full as this one is.
2) Those subs are just straight translations that don't match up with the melody and such of the song itself. These lyrics would be much easier to sing than those, trust me :P
Stephenie Schukraftfree_as_air on July 23rd, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)

I have tried to sing the subbed lyrics. Trust me, it's difficult.

Mikey Ggirthepiggyfan on July 24th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
oh im sorry then. lol i thought it would help :-P oh well
Ayameminako134 on July 24th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Dude, props. ^o^ This is great. You've got a great singing voice, and the translation is WONDERFULLY fitted to the flow of the rhythm of the original!!
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on July 24th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! You have no idea how much stress I put myself under try to get lyrics that worked properly without sounding rediculous XD;;
jeeniasityjeeniasity on July 25th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
I love your singing, so...thank you for being so creative! XD I'm absolutely impressed with your lyrics (you're able to translate and compose?! 0_0) Wow! Keep up the great job! XD

If it makes you feel any better (or awkward or creeped :3), I actually have your songs in my ipod playlist. Isn't that interesting?! XD But really...you're talented!
victoria: sweet kind of lovekandi_heartz on July 25th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
wow this sounded really great and the words fit it so well! you did a really w onderful job and your voice is really nice too. i hope you dont mind if i share this with some people?