L’espoir — English Scans



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l’espoir

Rena Uehara

 

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  1. Happy Memories
  2. Rainbow Wind
  3. Sweet Days
  4. Setting Out
  5. A Hero Just For You
  6. High Spirits
  7. Thrill
  8. My Friend
  9. After All (Feelings Spelled Out) (Acoustic Version)
  10. Love Out of Reach
  11. Gentle Lies
  12. Wedding Bells
  13. Closing
  14. Transient Voice

 

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l’espoir

Rena Uehara

 

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l’espoir

Rena Uehara

 

  1. Happy Memories 2. Rainbow Wind 3. Sweet Days  4. Setting Out  5. A Hero Just For You  6. High Spirits  7. Thrill  8. My Friend  9. After All (Feelings Spelled Out) (Acoustic Version)  10. Love Out of Reach  11. Gentle Lies  12. Wedding Bells  13. Closing  14. Transient Voice

 

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Happy Memories

 

How many days will pass, how many months

Before I can forget this memory?

 

It was a precious, happy memory

Of being so in love that I could barely breathe

 

Slender fingertips brushing back my hair

The tint hasn’t faded from the places we touched

 

To keep us from rewinding to that day

That moment, when we met

I can never see you again

While we live under the same sky

 

It won’t disappear with time or distance

All I can do is flee from place to place, pursued by this memory

 

It was a precious, happy memory

Of being so in love that you were all I could see

 

I just nodded at whatever you said

With your eyes still gazing straight at me

 

To keep us from returning

To the path that we shared

I will never see you again

While we live under the same sky

 

Slender fingertips brushing back my hair

The tint hasn’t faded from the places we touched

 

To keep us from rewinding to that day

That moment, when we met

I can never see you again

While we live under the same sky

 

Rainbow Wind

 

The rainbow wind smiled kindly

Showing me which road to follow

 

For some reason, whenever you laugh I laugh too

Normally I’d be depressed over things not going my way

 

I may be as airy and tender as new leaves

But the strength to hold my own is sleeping in my heart

 

I never want to forget these happy moments

As one day bounces into the next

The rainbow wind smiled kindly

Showing me which road to follow

 

For some reason, whenever you’re there I feel stronger

Normally I’d be so anxious I couldn’t take a step

 

If I told you how I really felt, I’m sure you would be happy

The happiness in my own heart would spread and overflow

 

I never want to forget these happy moments

As one day bounces into the next

The rainbow wind will go on and on

Showing me which road to follow

 

I never want to forget these happy moments

As one day bounces into the next

The rainbow wind smiled kindly

Showing me which road to follow

 

I never want to forget these happy moments

As one day bounces into the next

The rainbow wind will go on and on

Showing me which road to follow

 

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Sweet Days

 

This is happiness—the day I get to see you

The drops falling from my umbrella become a rhythm and a song

 

Splashing through puddles like a little kid

I’m walking just as fast as I can

Anyone who saw me in a window would know

I’m in love

 

La la la Monday I’m on my own, Tuesday night is far too long

Wednesday my phone gets a ring from you

I’ll wait in the usual spot for our date this weekend

I’ll get to see you soon

Love is a rainbow of sweet days since I found your smile

 

Let’s hold hands down the avenue—even if it rains

We’re both under my umbrella, taking the same steps

 

It doesn’t go quite as well as a dance

The tempo is a little off

The waves of people going back and forth

Aren’t that friendly to lovers

 

La la la Thursday in love, Friday I can’t wait

A text from you and I’m ecstatic

The streets, lively with people, whisper

“Don’t separate, you two”

Love falls in glittering beads from the sky

 

Saturday the clock stops, slowing down with you

I don’t want Sunday to end

 

Happy Monday, missing you Tuesday

Slightly lonely Wednesday, busy Thursday

All flying by, today, tomorrow, sweet days

 

La la la I wish you’d tell me how you feel now and then

In your own words, let me know your heart always

Falling for you every day, dyeing every day in new colors

These beloved sweet days

I’ll give you one fragment of love, and that’s where we’ll start

 

Setting Out

 

In the season of departures, as soft sunlight spills through the trees

I remember your smile, the classroom where we messed around

 

One slow step forward into a new time…

 

I’ll never forget that we met

The nights we spent talking, the days we cried

A tiny stroke of chance made me who I am now

Thank you for meeting me

For understanding me, for scolding me

We’ll meet again ten years from now, the same feelings in our hearts

 

The future felt so far away back then

Our mothers held our hands and protected us, but now

 

No matter how many tears are shed, I’m not turning back…

 

The indelible memories

Of being loved, of causing pain

Will strengthen and support my weak heart

So thank you for loving me

For embracing me unconditionally

Ten years from now, words of welcome will still be waiting

 

A flock of little birds takes off into the boundless sky

Following the roads each of us chose

Loneliness wells up in me…

 

I’ll never forget that we met

The nights we spent talking, the days we cried

A tiny stroke of chance made me who I am now

Thank you for meeting me

For understanding me, for scolding me

We’ll meet again ten years from now, the same feelings in our hearts

 

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A Hero Just For You

 

I know whenever you’re sad

You call me out of nowhere and I can’t calm down

The sound of the pedals as I hurry to your street

They’re screaming, “I want to see you!”

 

You’ve been wiping the tears from your eyes for a while

When you look at me that way I just want to hold you tight

Shaking hard, now in slow motion

You can lean on me, you know?

 

Goin’ now, goin’ now I like you and there’s no doubt (there’s no doubt)

I’ll protect your smile, I promise

Gotta be, gotta be strong for you and nothing less (nothing less)

I’ll be the hero who sweeps you away

Go forth, love!

 

This feeling that’s been growing since the day we met

I can’t see the future yet, but I believe in it

I’ll never be a millimeter out of step with you

As we walk on I’ll always be beside you

 

A rush of cherry blossoms lands on your slender shoulders

As I gaze at you my heart tightens even more

The scent of your hair drifting softly

Let me reach my hand out to your face

 

Goin’ now, goin’ now I like you and there’s no doubt (there’s no doubt)

I’ll grant your every wish, I promise

Gotta be, gotta be strong for you and nothing less (nothing less)

I’ll be the hero who sweeps you away

Go forth, love!

 

Goin’ now, goin’ now I like you and there’s no doubt (there’s no doubt)

I’ll protect every part of you, I promise

Gotta be, gotta be strong for you and nothing less (nothing less)

I’ll be the hero who sweeps you away

Go forth, love!

 

High Spirits

 

Expiration date passed three days ago

Can’t afford to sweat the small things

Missing morals, in a warped society

Something is always chasing us

 

Everyone is waiting with bated breath

Sharpening their senses while seeking their chance

 

There’s no such thing as perfection

You don’t have to wear yourself out halfway through

On days when nothing goes right, all you can do is laugh

And somehow the world keeps turning

 

The stress and points that you’ve racked up

You have to figure out what it’ll all come to

The tickets to a stable route are always sold out

Maybe it’s just a fact of the times

 

Even when I’m told “I know you can do this”

I find myself drifting toward the easier path

 

But the possibility is more than zero

The power to choose is in my hands

With hope and anxiety both in my heart

This is how the world turns

 

Everyone is waiting with bated breath

Sharpening their senses—don’t let your chance slip away!

 

There’s no such thing as perfection

You don’t have to wear yourself out halfway through

On days when nothing goes right, all you can do is laugh

And somehow the world keeps turning

 

And the possibility is more than zero

The power to choose is in my hands

With hope and anxiety both in my heart

The world will keep on turning

 

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Thrill

 

I’m looking for a thrill to make my heart dance

I want to keep laughing like this forever

 

Earnest, reliable to everyone

A little strong-willed

Positive, always too energetic

That’s how I like myself

 

Hanging on to my childish heart

I’m aiming to be a wonderful adult

 

If I find a thrill that makes my heart dance

I’ll be fine on the nights that I feel like crying

I’m looking for a thrill to make my heart dance

I want to keep laughing like this forever

 

Sometimes I can’t read the mood around me

Sometimes it puts people off

But I never worry, always too energetic

That’s how I like myself

 

Today I think I may have made it

One step closer to being a wonderful adult

 

If I find a thrill that stays in my heart

I’ll be fine on the nights that I can’t sleep

I’m looking for a thrill to stay in my heart

I want to keep laughing like this forever

 

Today I think I did very well

Good night! Tomorrow I’ll keep up the pace

 

Once I’ve found a thrill that makes my heart dance

I’ll be fine no matter what happens

Once I’ve found a thrill that stays in my heart

I want to embrace myself with a smile on my face forever

 

My Friend

 

Tomorrow may be even better than today

But this moment only comes once, and I want to enjoy it with you

 

I thought you were a rival standing in my way

If you went right I went left, if you went forward I stepped back

 

I had no idea that in the crushing darkness

Something was lighting the path, guiding me

 

Tomorrow may be even better than today

But this moment only comes once, and I want to enjoy it with you

 

Seeing you laugh brings me such great happiness

Whenever I’m sad you cheer me up so readily

 

I realized that in the crushing darkness

Someone was lighting the path, guiding me

 

We may have no choice but to move past the edge of this cliff

But if we spread our wings, we can fly anywhere

 

Crying and laughing together, forgiving, fighting again

Suddenly we trust each other, my irreplaceable friend

 

Tomorrow may be even better than today

But this moment only comes once, and I want to enjoy it with you

 

We may have no choice but to move past the edge of this cliff

But if we spread our wings, we can fly anywhere

 

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After All (Feelings Spelled Out) (Acoustic Version)

 

A flock of birds takes off from the earth

Where is my lonely heart supposed to go?

 

I still have the kisses we shared that day

Our matching heartbeats as we held each other tightly

 

The summer I spent in love with you is over

And the memories it brought are returning to the sky

You were so dazzling and kind, and I loved you

I’m still searching for your voice and your dreams

Stay just a little longer, just like this

 

Only the lights adorning the weekend streets

Wrap up my heart as it bleeds through

 

Lovers sway in silhouette

Before I know it, longing overtakes me

 

I think of the last autumn I spent with you

Of the footsteps long gone, of your hands, of tomorrow

Being happy by your side was everything

The confusion and loneliness still show themselves

But soon enough I’ll forget it all, just like this

 

I call your dear name, but the wind just sweeps it away

Taking me far, far from the past, from that day

 

Some day—I know it—I’ll wait for winter

Follow my memories back to this place

More than anyone, more than ever

I’ll sing of you, even if the words never reach you

Feel what I feel and believe in a new time

 

Love Out of Reach

 

Are you playing the loner?

I found myself wondering why

Before I knew it

I was drawn to you more than anyone

 

How do I reflect my heart in this mirror?

 

If I keep feeling this hopeless love

Will it show itself one day?

Until that hazy answer comes into view

My love won’t go anywhere

 

The day I first spoke to you

And you turned to me

You were so dazzling

That I couldn’t look straight at you

 

How do I trace myself into your heart?

 

If I keep feeling this unfulfilled love

Will the day come when it appears?

Give me one little glimpse of that hazy answer

And I know my love will come alive

 

How do I reflect my heart in this mirror?

 

If I keep feeling this hopeless love

Will it show itself one day?

Until that hazy answer comes into view

My love won’t go anywhere

 

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Gentle Lies

 

At the café where we always met

The corner store where we always stopped

Somehow, at some point

I stopped remembering you

 

The day that we parted, you promised me

That, in our next life, you would stay with me forever

 

* Those final, gentle lies

Are my greatest treasure

Even now I feel

Like my wounded heart is healing

The snowy sky is painfully beautiful

Because it’s your sky, too

 

I could hate and envy

The one you chose

But no matter how I try

I could never be her

 

The day that we parted, you promised me

You would never forget that you loved me most of all

 

Those final, gentle lies

Will be my treasure forever

Even now I feel

Like my wounded heart is healing

I look up to the sky and pray

That you will always be happy

 

As I smiled and nodded at your lies

I was the biggest liar of all

 

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I’ll never forget your gentle lies

 

Wedding Bells

 

Faint white light pours down behind my eyelids

I stretch out my back, take a deep breath, calm my flustered emotions

 

I still can barely believe it

 

That you and I made it this far

That we met back then is a miracle

The bells of happiness are resounding

I’ll never forget this day, this moment for us two

 

Loving you, I finally felt the joy of having been born

We’ve had our differences now and then but I never stopped believing

 

That you and I would live on together, always

 

I swear to you, though I’m blushing a little

Just looking at you fills me with love

Amid a shower of flower petals

The scene I saw in my dreams, and the smiles of angels

 

Since the days when Mom and Dad held me in their arms

I’ve become a little more honest, and now I can tell you truly

 

Thank you for all of your love

The support you’ve given me is a miracle

The bells of happiness are resounding

I’ll never forget this day, as long as I live

 

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Closing

 

Still clinging to days that won’t come back—one day, yes, one day

Before my weak heart could be caught I softly pushed you away

 

Ah, this feeling hurts too much

Who are you? Where have you been hiding?

 

Terrified and hanging my head

The real me has been waiting

 

That season again—the night sky was white, and you were there

I was glad you didn’t touch me, but my heart ached

 

I don’t want to let you go, I don’t want to leave you, but I’ve been on the verge of giving up

I can’t fall in love any more, the pain of loss is too great to bear

Still clinging to days that won’t come back—some day, yes, some day

All I need is to have you beside me, even though I can’t say it

 

Now, I have to hold my head up and walk

The real me has to realize

 

That season again—I’m looking up at this same sky

I know what’s been hurt can never go back to the way it was

 

But I don’t want to let you go, I don’t want to leave you, I’m not giving up now

Your heart might be hurt, but I can’t lie to the way I feel

Find me one of these days, find me with a smile on my face

Just stay with me and tell me that you’ll never leave me alone again

 

Still clinging to days that won’t come back, I know, yes, I know

If I don’t accept how I felt that day I won’t be able to move on

I don’t want to let you go, I don’t want to leave you—my single wish

Is to make you know I love you, even though I refuse to say it

 

Transient Voice

 

It’s the destiny borne by all living things

Somewhere along the flow of time we float up to the surface

 

As we get closer to adulthood, we become afraid to dream

For what? For whom? Are they here?

 

After cold rain, a warm light spills in

After pain, new hope is born

A faint voice can be heard

 

Afraid of going forward and afraid of turning back

I’ve stood still for so long, unable to choose

 

Comparison with others will only bring strife

All that matters is whether I can acknowledge myself

 

We don’t have to know every secret for living well

All we have to do is live as we are, you and me

 

So that I can keep laughing until the day of my final rest

I’m using the limited life I have to keep singing

Until my song reaches you

 

Can you hear my voice?

 

CD regular

 

l’espoir

Rena Uehara

 

  1. Happy Memories 2. Rainbow Wind 3. Sweet Days  4. Setting Out  5. A Hero Just For You  6. High Spirits  7. Thrill  8. My Friend  9. After All (Feelings Spelled Out) (Acoustic Version)  10. Love Out of Reach  11. Gentle Lies  12. Wedding Bells  13. Closing  14. Transient Voice

 

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l’espoir

Rena Uehara

 

  1. Happy Memories 2. Rainbow Wind 3. Sweet Days  4. Setting Out  5. A Hero Just For You  6. High Spirits  7. Thrill  8. My Friend  9. After All (Feelings Spelled Out) (Acoustic Version)  10. Love Out of Reach  11. Gentle Lies  12. Wedding Bells  13. Closing  14. Transient Voice