Hashiri Tsudzukeru – HOME MADE KAZOKU lyrics

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“Keep on Running” (ハシリツヅケル; hashiri tsudzukeru) is a song published under Sony Music’s Ki/oon Records label, sung by HOME MADE KAZOKU (HOME MADE 家族; lit. home made family), a hip hop trio consisting of members Micro, Kuro and DJ U-Ichi. The song is the title track of their single released on October 23rd, 2013, commemorating their decade of musical success. This commemorative spirit is more evident in the song’s music video which showcases the titles of past songs and clips from older music videos.

Synopsis

“Keep on Running” by HOME MADE KAZOKU keeps chasing forward as the narrator tells you to keep running. There will be questions to be answered and walls that will oppose your ideals, and the narrator knows that he faced the same years ago. He too wonders if his life in the last ten years has been worthwhile with nay decent changes. But he assures that running forward at your own pace is the best choice as he will be there to shine the light too. So let those emotions reach as you keep on running forward…!

Lyrics

10年前の僕に今は どう映ってるかな?
Juu-nen mae no boku ni ima wa dou utsutteru ka na?
I wonder, how do I look to myself from ten years ago.
変わらないようで 変わったのかな?
Kawaranai you de kawatta no kana?
There seems to be no change, but did I change?*
Oh What A Life
Oh What A Life
Oh, what a life.

本当の自分でいたい でも本当の自分は一体?
Hontou no jibun de itai demo hontou no jibun wa ittai?
I want to be true to myself, but what is my true self?
かなり曖昧でいつも解らないんだ
Kanari aimai de itsumo wakaranainda
I’m very lost and always don’t know what to do
答えを探しに行く旅 課題が出来るよその度
Kotae wo sagashi ni iku tabi kadai ga dekiru yoso no tabi
When I go out to search for an answer, all while the questions keep growing
あぁ今も
Aa ima mo
Ooh, even now

この暗いトンネルをくぐり
Kono kurai TONNERU wo kuguri
As I go through this dark tunnel
抜けた先には何が見える?
Nuketa saki ni wa nani ga mieru?
What will I see when I get through?
光はいつだって前にある
Hikari wa itsudatte mae ni aru
There is always a light right in front of us
進んで行くだけ
Susunde iku dake
So just keep on moving forward

走り続ける 夜を越えて (yeah)
Hashiri tsudzukeru yoru wo koete (yeah)
Keep on running forward, beyond the night (yeah)
僕が道を照らすから(バネにすんだ 弱さすら)
Boku ga michi wo terasukara (bane ni sunda yowasa sura)
Because I’ll light up your path (Don’t give up, even with your weakness)
走り続ける 想いよ 届け
Hashiri tsudzukeru omoi yo todoke
Keep on running forward, let those emotions reach
どこまでもゆく 君をつれて
Doko made mo yuku kimi wo tsurete
No matter where I go, I’ll take you with me

いつも自分に落胆落胆落胆で
Itsumo jibun ni rakutan rakutan rakutan de
Always discouraging, discouraging, discouraging myself
Up Down ばっかりがっがりで
Up Down bakkari gakkari de
Continuing to disappoint myself with the up-downs
理想はこうで 本当はもっと俺ああで…
Risou wa koude hontou wa motto ore aa de…
That the ideal is this way, and I’m more like that way…
頭に描いてるコーデ でも現実は折り合わねぇ
Atama ni egaiteru koode demo genjitsu wa oriawanee
The things that I draw in my mind just don’t match up to reality,
ならナマで このままで
Nara nama de kono mama de
Then I’ll just stay like this, all raw
さらけ出して 踏み出す自分の歩幅で
Sarakedashite fumidasu jibun no hohaba de
I’ll reach out and step forward at my own pace

恐れることはないぜ
Osoreru koto wa nai ze
There’s nothing to fear, you know
誰だって明日は未体験
Dare datte asu wa tawami taiken
Tomorrow is a new experience to anyone
新しい自分を見たいぜ
Atarashii jibun wo mitai ze
I want to see a new “yourself”
限界越えて Keep On Runnin’
Genkai koete Keep On Runnin’
Going beyond the bounds, keep on running
命の限り 止まらずに I Gotta Believe
Inochi no kagiri tomarazu ni I Gotta Believe
With no regard to your own life, without stopping, I gotta believe
あの日交わした 約束の為に
Ano hi kawashita yakusoku no tame ni
For the sake of that promise we made that day

どれくらいこの手を伸ばせば
Dorekurai kono te wo nobaseba
How far do I need to reach out this hand
僕らは夢を叶えられる
Bokura wa yume wo kanaerareru
So that our dreams can be fulfilled
いつでも可能性は前にある
Itsu demo kanousei wa mae ni aru
There’s always a possibility right in front of us
掴みに行くだけ
Tsukami ni iku dake
You just have to go and grab it

走り続ける 夜を越えて (yeah)
Hashiri tsudzukeru yoru wo koete (yeah)
Keep on running forward, beyond the night (yeah)
僕が道を照らすから(バネにすんだ 弱さすら)
Boku ga michi wo terasukara (bane ni sunda yowasa sura)
Because I’ll light up your path (Don’t give up, even with your weakness)
走り続ける 想いよ 届け
Hashiri tsudzukeru omoi yo todoke
Keep on running forward, let those emotions reach
どこまでもゆく 君をつれて
Doko made mo yuku kimi wo tsurete
No matter where I go, I’ll take you with me

Oh yeah why?
Oh yeah why?
Oh, yeah, why?

あの頃の自分に
Ano goro no jibun ni
To the “me” of that time
胸はって今誇れるか?
Mune hatte ima hokoreru ka?
Can you take pride with your chest up high?
心のまま自由に
Kokoro no mama jiyuu ni
With a heart full of freedom
僕は今を生きてるか?
Boku wa ima wo ikiteru ka?
Am I living my life right now?
立ち止まるときだってあるさ
Tachidomaru toki datte arusa
There will be times when you’ll take a pause
人の数だけあるそのAnswer
Hito no kazu dake aru sono Answer
There’s always an answer for each person
でも未知なる世界が
Demo michinaru sekai ga
But the world it leads to
また僕を走らせんだ
Mata boku wo hashirasenda
Will make me keep running
追いかけてゆく どんなときも

Oikaketeyuku donna toki mo
I’ll keep chasing after you whenever
君の光でいたいから
Kimi no hikari de itai kara
Because I want to be your light

走り続ける 夜を越えて (I gotta go now)
Hashiri tsudzukeru yoru wo koete (I gotta go now)
Keep on running forward, beyond the night (I gotta go now)
僕が道を照らすから(バネにすんだ 弱さすら)
Boku ga michi wo terasukara (bane ni sunda yowasa sura)
Because I’ll light up your path (Don’t give up, even with your weakness)
走り続ける 想いよ 届け
Hashiri tsudzukeru omoi yo todoke
Keep on running forward, let those emotions reach
どこまでもゆく (come on) 君をつれて
Doko made mo yuku (come on) kimi wo tsurete
No matter where I go (come on), I’ll take you with me

追い続ければ道は開ける
Oitsudzukereba michi wa hirakeru
If you keep chasing, a path will unfold
想い続ければ君に聞こえる
Omoi tsudzukereba kimi ni kikoeru
If you keep feeling, you’ll be able to hear it
信じた強さが力になる
Shinjita tsuyosa ga chikara ni naru
The strength you believed in will empower you
どこまでだって走り続ける
Doko made datte hashiri tsudzukeru
No matter where we go, we’ll keep on running

Translation Notes

  • The first verse sets up that the song can also be a message addressed to the singer’s 10-years-younger self. This though is a matter up to anyone’s interpretation.

Glossary

Other songs by HOME MADE KAZOKU

  • TBA

Author’s Notes

A song that is rather easy to understand, which rings to true to HOME MADE KAZOKU’s purpose when writing any song. They describe the take away of their own “feel-good music” is that no matter where you come from or the color of your skin, we are all one big family. Thus, an easy to understand song is evident. A song of hope and dreams, playing on the typical question “did I live a fulfilling life”, “Keep on Running” is for sure an encouraging song for anyone asking such a question. This includes myself, as its upbeat tune has made me feel like running (figuratively and literally) at times.

Now, a question comes to mind in regards to the style of the band’s singing: hip hop and rap. To be more precise, it concerns the latter, where people discuss and compare Japanese rap with American rap. In my opinion, it is true that Japanese rap contains themes of dreams and hope, while American rap leans towards themes of drugs and sex. Yet, I understand though that American rap (and rap of other Western cultures) have their fair share of hopeful raps that are dreamy. The contrary is true too: there are for sure Japanese rap songs that contain dark themes such as drug and addiction. But, in popular culture, one has to admit that more than often, the original statement “Japanese rap contains themes of dreams and hope, while American rap leans towards themes of drugs and sex” is more prevalent, just not entirely true.

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