Thursday, February 12 2009

Laundry!

[Yes, I’m chasing Aya this week. In my defense, she’s A) talented, B) gorgeous, C) funny as hell, and D) an adult (well, now…).]

In addition to her CDs, concerts, commercials, and action-packed ass-kicking delinquent-detective yo-yo movie, she has a regular gig on late-night radio. In one of her shows, she played a song that she wrote herself, that hasn’t appeared anywhere else. Since I generally buy licensed products rather than download, I didn’t hear about it until it made Henkka’s list of underrated H!P songs.

He had no idea what it was about, he just thought it was quirky and cool and way too much fun. I agreed, and gave him a quick rough translation of one of the verses. This, of course, made the song even cooler.

His embedded Flash player didn’t work well on my machine, so if you can’t hear the song clearly, here’s a download site that has it (with the usual warning about popups and flash ads).

Danger: it’s an earbug.

My translation is necessarily very rough, because there’s almost no grammar, and a whole bunch of mimetic expressions to suggest the sights and sounds of… a washing machine: pashi-pashi, suton, tsurun, buku-buku-buku.

[note to Henkka: this transcript is slightly different from the one I put in your comments; I just caught another line that Mattthecat misheard while transcribing the lyrics (“suichuu” (underwater) should be “sui, kyuu” (the water, suddenly))]

お洗濯

Laundry

パシパシっと いい形
すとん つるんっと いい心地
パシパシっと いい形
すとん つるんっと いい心地
こんな気持ちになれるから
やはり 大好き お洗濯

“Swish-swish”, we’re in good shape.
“Thump, slide”, it’s a good sensation.
“Swish-swish”, we’re in good shape.
“Thump, slide”, it’s a good sensation.
Because of how this can make me feel,
Of course, I love laundry!

白 黒 色 分けきっちりと
ポッケにゴミはナイナイナ~イ
しみぬき、漂白 しっかりと
準備OK!
GO、GO、GO、GO!
GO、GO、GO、GO!

Whites, darks, colors, carefully separated;
Trash in pockets, none-none-none;
Spot remover and bleach, firmly applied;
Preparations OK!
Go, go, go, go!
Go, go, go, go!

パシパシっと いい形
すとん つるんっと いい心地
パシパシっと いい形
すとん つるんっと いい心地
こんな気持ちになれるから
やはり 大好き お洗濯

“Swish-swish”, we’re in good shape.
“Thump, slide”, it’s a good sensation.
“Swish-swish”, we’re in good shape.
“Thump, slide”, it’s a good sensation.
Because of how this can make me feel,
Of course, I love laundry!

まずは水 急ぶくぶくぶく
左右 右左 踊ります
ぎゅ ぎゅ ぎゅ ぎゅっと しぼられて
お日さま 今日も ヨロシクね ヨロシクね

Now, in the water, suddenly bubbles-bubbles-bubbles,
left-right, right-left, dancing.
Firm-firm-firm-firmly wrung out, then
Mr. Sun, today again, take care of me, okay? Take care of me, okay?

パシパシっと いい形
すとん つるんっと いい心地
パシパシっと いい形
すとん つるんっと いい心地
こんな気持ちになれるから
やはり 大好き お洗濯

“Swish-swish”, we’re in good shape.
“Thump, slide”, it’s a good sensation.
“Swish-swish”, we’re in good shape.
“Thump, slide”, it’s a good sensation.
Because of how this can make me feel,
Of course, I love laundry!

こんな気持ちになれるから
やはり 大好き お洗濯

Because of how this can make me feel,
Of course, I love laundry!