Class is in session. Motology 201 with professor Fujiwara. Bring a notepad.
Bump of Chicken – Hitorigoto (Musing to Myself)
Tell me, what is kindness to you? I’ve figured it out a little.
I’m pretty sure that if I try to give it to you, it’ll shatter into pieces.
You know, even if I live for you, I end up doing so for my own sake
It’s true. When I want to smile, it’s just me wanting to make you smile. Sorry ’bout that.
I just want people to think well of me, It’s just me motivating myself.
It’s not kindness. I wish it was, but I don’t know how to make it so.
You know, it’s not in my heart. All that’s there is there for my sake.
I wanna give something that isn’t to you, but it never goes farther than wanting to.
Tell me, what is kindness to you? I’ve gotten to understand it a bit better than before.
I’m sure it’s something you gave me without realizing it. I bet you don’t remember.
Everyone just wants people to think well of them, they’re just trying to sell you on them
It’s not kindness. I wish it was. I’m the worst.
I think I’ve gone crazy. No, no, I’m fine.
My wish is to not wish. And that I could be there for you, without ever realizing it
Ah, yeah, it goes without saying, I’ve probably overthought things
Thank you. Thanks to your smile, I could smile myself.
So, I know what kindness is. It’s something I could receive, even if I couldn’t give it.
I’m sure it exists on the outside of the heart between two people.
I’m just musing to myself.
I just want you to think well of me. It’s just me motivating myself.
It’s not kindness. It can never be. I don’t want it to be.
Because that’s something that can’t be had on one’s own
because it exists between two people.
it bleongs to neither of them. It has no name. That’s all I want to find.
Tell me, what is kindness to you? Don’t give it another thought.
The truth is, it’s something we made, without ever having realized it
something we found together.
Translated by: Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma