4 no Uta (Song of 4) english translation

Yon no Uta (Song of 4) 4 no Uta

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Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!

After one is two. [ Hey! Hey! ]
After two is three. [ Hey! Hey! ]
After three is, woo, four. [ Foh! ]

Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!

Before seven is six. [ Hey! Hey! ]
Before six is five. [ Hey! Hey! ]
Before five is, woo, four. [ Foh! ]
Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!

“4” is for “happiness”.
And it doesn’t mean “to die”. [ Foh! ]
“4” is for “failure”.
“4” is for “favor-asking”. [ Foh! ]

“4” is for “happiness”.
And it doesn’t mean “to die”. [ Foh! ]
“4” is for “vitamin C”.
“4” is for “joy”.
Four. Four. Four. Four. [ Foh! ]

Four, four, four, four, four, four.
Four, four, four, four, four, four. [ Oops-a-daisy! ]
Four, four, four, four, four, four.
Four, four, four, four, four, four. [ Heave ho! ]

Four, four, four, four, four, four.
Four, four, four, four, four, four. [ Goody! ]
Four, four, four, four, four, four.
Four, four, four, four, four, four. [ Delicious! ]

Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!

After one is two. [ Hey! Hey! ]
After two is three. [ Hey! Hey! ]
After three is, woo, four. [ Foh! ]

Before seven is six. [ Hey! Hey! ]
Before six is five. [ Hey! Hey! ]
Before five is, woo, four. [ Foh! ]
Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!
Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!

“4” is for “happiness”.
And it doesn’t mean “to die”. [ Foh! ]
“4” is for “failure”.
“4” is for “social reform”. [ Foh! ]

“4” is for “happiness”.
And it doesn’t mean “to die”. [ Foh! ]
“4” is for “delicious”.
“4” is for “joy”.
Four. Four. Four. Four. [ Foh! ]

Four, four! Four, four! Four, four! Four, four!

[i] About Japanese Reading of Numbers
The number 4 has two readings in Japanese: “shi” from (ancient) Chinese, and native “yottsu” (yon, yo). Many Japanese associate the number 4 with death because both are read as “shi”, and they tend to avoid this number. For example, most parking lots lack #4 & #9 (both 9 and pain are read as “ku”).

This song is probably sung against such a superstition, claiming to associate the number 4 not with bad things but with good things.

Unnecessary addition: since there are two or more readings for each number in Japanese, the Japanese have invented many mnemonics for important numbers (mathematical, historical, etc). For example, root 5 = 2.2360679 = Fuji sanroku oomu naku. = A parrot calls at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

[ii] About Songwriting of Miss Moa, Miss Yui & Miss Suzuka
Miss Moa said (in some magazines) she & Miss Yui made this song during their Singapore tour (2013 Sep.?), and they kept on singing this song then, so the staff complained about it. And you may find the childish songs they made in their twelve somewhere in the internet. She seems to have made a few more songs.

Miss Suzuka said (in some magazines) she longs to be a singer-songwriter and she has made and written down many poems or fragments of poem in her notebooks. Not a few fans are waiting for those notebooks leaked out, holding the guitar or sitting at the piano.

Source: BABYMETAL TRANSLATIONS UNOFFICIAL

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