Originally posted on 12 January 2016

Ryu ga Gotoku: Ijizakura

Lyrics: Ryosuke Horii
Composition/arrangement: Yuri Fukuda

意地桜

金も身分もない男は
これも定めと受け入れて 働いて死ぬのみ

醜い浮世を 意地で生きるぞ
汗水たらし 身を削り ありつかん
尊くも儚き飯

嗚呼 意地張って 意地張って 咲かせませう
燃ゆる花弁 血染め模様
泥水育ちの その花は 意地桜

意地だ 意地だぞ こらえろ涙
男の価値を別つのは いつだって意地だぞ

何に生きるか 何を守るか
答えが出たら やることは わかるだろう
掛け捨ての命ならば

歯を 食い縛って 食い縛って 立ち向かえ
こんな馬鹿げた 宿命に
枯れても根付くは たくましき 漢草(おとこぐさ)

答えは出たぞ やることは わかるだろう
本物の男ならば

嗚呼 意地張って 意地張って 咲かせませう
燃ゆる花弁 血染め模様
泥水育ちの この俺は 意地桜

歯を 食い縛って 食い縛って 立ち向かえ
こんな馬鹿げた 宿命に
ど派手に咲かすさ 満開の 意地桜

Ijizakura

kane mo mibun mo nai otoko wa
kore mo sadame to ukeirete hataraite shinu no mi

minikui ukiyo wo iji de ikiru zo
asemizu tarashi mi wo kezuri ari tsukan
toutoku mo hatanaki meshi

aa iji hatte iji hatte sakasemashou
moyuru hanabira chizome moyou
doromizu sodachi no sono hana wa ijizakura

iji da iji da zo koraero namida
otoko no kachi wo wakatsu no wa itsu datte iji da zo

nani ni ikiru ka nani wo mamoru ka
kotae ga detara yaru koto wa wakaru darou
kakesute no inochi naraba

ha wo kuishibatte kuishibatte tachimukae
konna bakageta shukumei ni
karete mo nezuku wa takumashiki otokogusa

kotae wa deta zo yaru koto wa wakaru darou
honmono no otoko naraba

aa iji hatte iji hatte sakasemashou
moyuru hanabira chizome moyou
doromizu sodachi no kono ore wa ijizakura

ha wo kuishibatte kuishibatte tachimukae
konna bakageta shukumei ni
dohade ni sakasu sa mankai no ijizakura

Sakura of Persistence

a man with no money or status
accepts this as destiny and simply works until his dying day

I'm living with persistence in this ugly and fleeting existence
sweat drips from my worn down body
trying to come by a precious yet fleeting meal

ah be persistent, be persistent, let them bloom
those burning petals stained with blood
the flowers that grow in muddied water are the sakura of persistence

persistence, be persistent, hold back your tears
a man's worth is always determined by his persistence

for what do you live? for what do you fight?
when you find the answer you know what you must do
you can't do your life over

grit your teeth, grit your teeth and fight back
against this absurd destiny
though you may wither, a man is a weed with sturdy roots

you have your answer and you know what you must do
if you are a real man

ah be persistent, be persistent, let them bloom
those burning petals stained with blood
growing in muddied water, I am the sakura of persistence

grit your teeth, grit your teeth and fight back
against this absurd destiny
and bring the sakura of persistence into full, exquisite bloom