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Wordplay
NND / YT (subbed)
Original 言葉遊び
Romaji Kotoba Asobi
English Clockwork lullaby ZERO
Singer(s) Kagamine Rin
Release Date March 8, 2008
Chronology
Series Clockwork Lullaby Series
"Around the time I memorized the word called evil."
―Narration[src]

Wordplay is a song released by Akuno-P on March 8, 2008. It is both the first song in the Clockwork Lullaby Series and the first song in the Evillious Chronicles.

PlotEdit

The song takes place in an unspecified place and time. A mysterious singer learns in pairs the words "Father" and "Mother," "Wind" and "Water," "Friend" and "Dream," and finally learns love. At this point she understands the shape of the world, but is unable to describe her current feelings and so will keep playing with words. Next, the singer learns in pairs the words "Lie" and "Pain," "Crime" and "Punishment," and finally learns "Evil." At this point she understands the darkness of the world, but is unable to describe how she feels as she's cast aside. She will keep playing with words, despite never wanting to know them in the first place. Finally, the singer says that she will continue to be at the side of the person to which the song is dedicated, as she teaches them new words.

CompositionEdit

Kagamine Rin's VOCALOID2 voicebank is utilized. The song utilizes synth keyboard, bass guitar, drums, pipe organs, cymbals, chiptune, and synth chords.

The song starts with the verse. The song repeats four times, the sequence of two verses (0.00 and 1.46), prechorus (0.52 and 2.19) and a chorus (1.04 and 2.32). After the instrumental at 3.05, a refrain of the prechorus and chorus follows (3.21). A variation of lu, li, la follows (3.55) that. After the silence, the first line of the song's melody is repeated as the Coda with other lyrics (4.14). The chorus and the lu, li, la is a variation of Ode to Joy by Beethoven start at 3.58. An arranged version was released in an album.

LyricsEdit

ははということば はじめてしった
ちちということば はじめておぼえた

かぜということば はじめてしった
みずということば はじめておぼえた

ともということば はじめてしった
ゆめということば はじめておぼえた

あいということば おぼえたころ
せかいのかたちをしった

たとえば今の気持ちを伝えるのに
どんな言葉が正しいのでしょう
ただその答えを知るためだけに
ひたすらに続けよう言葉遊び

嘘という言葉 初めて知った
傷という言葉 初めて覚えた

罪という言葉 初めて知った
罰という言葉 初めて覚えた

悪という言葉 覚えたころ
世界の闇を知った

例えばあなたが私を捨てる時
どんな言葉をかけるのでしょう
知りたくない答えを知るために
まだまだ続けましょう言葉遊び

たとえば今の気持ちを伝えるのに
どんな言葉が正しいのでしょう
おはよう こんにちは ありがとう さようなら
ひたすらに続けよう言葉遊び

私はいつでもここにいるよ
いつもの通りに言葉を教えて

Haha to iu kotoba hajimete shitta
Chichi to iu kotoba hajimete oboeta

Kaze to iu kotoba hajimete shitta
Mizu to iu kotoba hajimete oboeta

Tomo to iu kotoba hajimete shitta
Yume to iu kotoba hajimete oboeta

Ai to iu kotoba oboeta koro
Sekai no katachi wo shitta

Tatoeba ima no kimochi wo tsutaeru no ni
Donna kotoba ga tadashii no deshou
Tada sono kotae wo shiru tame dake ni
Hitasura ni tsudzukeyou kotoba asobi

Uso to iu kotoba hajimete shitta
Kizu to iu kotoba hajimete oboeta

Tsumi to iu kotoba hajimete shitta
Batsu to iu kotoba hajimete oboeta

Aku to iu kotoba oboeta koro
Sekai no yami wo shitta

Tatoeba anata ga watashi wo suteru toki
Donna kotoba wo kakeru no deshou
Shiritakunai kotae wo shiru tame ni
Mada mada tsudzukemashou kotoba asobi

Tatoeba ima no kimochi wo tsutaeru no ni
Donna kotoba ga tadashii no deshou
Ohayou konnichi wa arigatou sayounara
Hitasura ni tsudzukeyou kotoba asobi

Watashi wa itsudemo koko ni iru yo
Itsumo no tōri ni kotoba wo oshiete

For the first time I learned the word called mom
For the first time I memorized the word called dad

For the first time I learned the word called wind
For the first time I memorized the word called water

For the first time I learned the word called friend
For the first time I memorized the word called dream

Around the time I memorized the word called love
I learned the shape of the world

For example, although I’ll convey what I’m feeling now
What sort of words would be correct?
Only to know that simple answer,
I’ll determinedly continue my wordplay

For the first time I learned the word called lie
For the first time I memorized the word called wound

For the first time I learned the word called sin
For the first time I memorized the word called retribution

Around the time I memorized the word called evil
I learned the darkness of the world

For example, when you abandoned me
What sort of words would apply?
In order to learn an answer I don’t want to know
Let’s continue my wordplay for some ways yet

For example, although I’ll convey what I’m feeling now
What sort of words would be correct?
Good morning, good day, thank you, farewell
I’ll determinedly continue my wordplay

I will be here no matter what
Teach me words as always

English translation by Pricechecktranslations

PV TextEdit

おかあさん はじめてしった

おとうさん はじめておぼえた

かぜ はじめてしった

みず はじめておぼえた

ともだち はじめてしった

ゆめ はじめておぼえた

大好き 世界のカタチ

望ましくないこと/事実を曲げ/uso/本当でないこと/誤り/嘘

切られる/疵/不完全/瑕/傷/痛手

罪/窃盗/傷害/殺人/器物破損/裏切り

罰/懲役/鞭打ち/電気椅子

本日未明, 東京/誰も信じちゃいけない/強奪/非道/自分以外いなくなった/破壊/敵はここにいる/テロ/世界征服/独裁

for the first time I learned mother

for the first time I memorized father

for the first time I learned wind

for the first time I memorized water

for the first time I learned friends

for the first time I memorized dreams

Love; the shape of the world

What you don’t hope for/Bend the truth/lie/What isn’t true/Misleading/Falsehood

To be cut/Injury/Faulty/Hurt/Wound/Hard blow

Crime/Theft/Assault/Murder/Vandalism/Treachery

Retribution/Penal servitude/Whipping/Electric chair

In the early dawn today, Tokyo/You can’t trust anyone/Extortion/Inhuman/Aside from me they had vanished/Destruction/There are enemies here/Terrorism/World conquest/Dictatorship

English translation by Pricechecktranslations

Related SongsEdit

Clockwork Lullaby Edit

Clockwork Lullaby continues the theme of "words" begun in Wordplay, utilizing the same singer, Kagamine Rin. 

Full Moon LaboratoryEdit

Full Moon Laboratory shares several images from the Wordplay PV as well as the same singer, Kagamine Rin.

AlbumsEdit

AppearancesEdit

TriviaEdit

CuriositiesEdit

  • At the third line of each chorus and the end of the song, the mysterious singer sings to the tune of Ode to Joy.

External Links Edit

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