BABYMETAL – KARATE english translation

KARATE

Seiya sessesse seiya.
Seiya sessesse seiya.
Soiya sossosso soiya.
Soiya sossosso soiya.

[Ossu.] Even if tears spill from our eyes,
[Ossu.] let’s confront it!

Single-mindedly, seiya soiya, let’s fight on
with our fists more… with our spirits more…
with making all sharper.
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

Still more, seiya soiya, let’s fight on
even if we get sad and unable to stand up.
[Ah ossu ossu.]

Seiya sessesse seiya.
Seiya sessesse seiya.
Soiya sossosso soiya.
Soiya sososo soiya.

[Ossu.] Even if our spirits are broken,
[Ossu.] let’s confront it!

Single-mindedly, seiya soiya, let’s fight on
with our fists more… with our spirits more…
with making all sharper.
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh]

Still more, seiya soiya, let’s fight on
even if we get sad and unable to stand up.

[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.] [Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

Seiya soiya, let’s fight on
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.] with making all sharper.
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

Seiya soiya, let’s fight on
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.] with making all sharper.
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

Single-mindedly, seiya soiya, let’s fight on
with our fists more… with our spirits more…
with making all sharper.
[Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

Still more, seiya soiya, let’s fight on
even if we get sad and unable to stand up.

Run!
[Seiya soiya, let’s fight on.] [Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

Run!
[with making all sharper.] [Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.] [Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.] [Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.] [Wo’oh wo’oh wo’oh.]

[i] About the Performance & the Lyrics of This Song
This tune was performed for the first time on 2015 Dec. 12th at Yokohama Arena. Since then, it was tentatively called “Seiya” or “Karate”. On 2016 Feb. 26th, this tune was released (download-only) as the preceding single of the second album.

The lyric is my transcription. I feel it strange that, though this is a song of fighting spirit, the latter part of this tune doesn’t seem to have enough of it.
[ii] About Karate
The choreography and the lyrics of this song contain some elements from karate, but I don’t know to what extent they are true to karate.

Karate is a martial art developed in Ryukyu Kingdom (now belonging to Japan and called “Okinawa”). Karate was introduced to mainland Japan in 1920s. Unlike judo, karate is a striking martial art using punching, kicking, etc. The practice of karate is to master “kata” (= formalized sequences of movements). In a match of traditional karate schools, punching, kicking, etc. must be stopped just before hitting to prevent injury (this is called “寸止め” (sundome) ), but there are also full-contact karate schools.

In general, Japanese martial arts place great importance on the spirit of courtesy. Mental strength is needed to achieve top performance and seriousness is needed to prevent injury in practice. Thus martial arts have become ways of completing one’s character through hard training.

Source: BABYMETAL TRANSLATIONS UNOFFICIAL