【The Lyrics Consideration】”Silent Majority” by Keyakizaka46 /欅坂46「サイレントマジョリティー」の歌詞の意味を考えてみた!

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Do you know Keyakizaka46 欅坂46??

They are one of the Japanese idol groups who started as an idol group on 21st August 2015. They are teenage and early 20s at the moment. Although most of Japanese idols smile all the time, they do not. This group is different from other just cute idols, so I like them.

“Silent Majority” is their first song. I think this lyrics represents Japanese culture and also encourages for those who have dreams. This is really cool, not like an idol’s song.

Lyricist:Yasushi Akimoto

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First Verse

人が溢れた交差点を
どこへ行く?(押し流され)
似たような服を着て
似たような表情で…

At an intersection full of people
Where are you going? (Pushed by the flow)
Wearing similar clothes
With a similar expression …

This scene seems Tokyo especially Shibuya? We can image easily like this scene. We see many people wearing similar clothes, for example businessmen wearing suits and women wearing sober and simple clothes. Especially in the morning and evening, many business people are walking with eyes dead.

 

群れの中に紛れるように
歩いてる(疑わずに)
誰かと違うことに
何をためらうのだろう

As if hoping to get lost in the flock
Walking (without doubt)
Why do they hesitate to be different from others?

Japanese people don’t prefer something different from others and to do different thing from others do.  Why do they care about that? I think this part of lyrics represents that.

 

先行く人が振り返り
列を乱すなと
ルールを説くけど
その目は死んでいる

The people ahead turn around and say
“Do not break the line”
They preach of rules, but
their eyes are dead

The people ahead turn around and say can be older people than you, your parents, and your friends. They say to you “do something following the correct rules. Do the same as others”. This is as if individuality is not important. But the people who teach you has eyes dead. It means if you follow them, you will be same as them.

 

君は君らしく生きて行く自由があるんだ
大人たちに支配されるな
初めからそうあきらめてしまったら
僕らは何のために生まれたのか?

You have the freedom to live your own way
Do not be controlled by the adults
If you give up from the beginning
What were we born for?

夢を見ることは時には孤独にもなるよ
誰もいない道を進むんだ
この世界は群れていても始まらない
Yesでいいのか?
サイレントマジョリティー

Sometimes dreaming can make you lonely
Go the path without anyone
Nothing will start even if flocking
Are you OK with all “Yes”?
Silent majority

This is the chorus of this song. The tempo gets faster and lighter, it seems to express positive. I really like this part. This part makes us think about our life. We don’t need to do same things as others do. It’s really boring, isn’t it? To keep the dream is difficult, but why were you born? The author asks us. It’s necessary to say Yes or No clearly, otherwise your opinion will be ignored.

Second Verse

どこかの国の大統領が
言っていた(曲解して)
声を上げない者たちは
賛成していると…

The president of some country
said (while contorting)
Those who do not raise their voices
are agreeing …

Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, said “the great silent majority of my fellow Americans…….” in his speech. If we don’t say anything, it means Yes, he said. This situation can happen in our life, also the election.

 

選べることが大事なんだ
人に任せるな
行動しなければ
Noと伝わらない

It ’s important to choose
Don’t leave it to others
If you don’t take an action
You can’t tell people “No”

We have the right to choose everything, which is important. If you express nothing, people cannot know your opinion. Especially Japanese people are not good at saying something clearly, but sometimes it is significant to say it.

 

君は君らしくやりたいことをやるだけさ
One of themに成り下がるな
ここにいる人の数だけ道はある
自分の夢の方に歩けばいい
見栄やプライドの鎖に繋がれたような
つまらない大人は置いて行け
さあ未来は君たちのためにある
No!と言いなよ!
サイレントマジョリティー

You just do what you want to do
Don’t become ONE OF THEM
There are as many ways as there are people here
Just walk towards your dream
Adults being kept in chains of aesthetics and pride
Leave behind the boring adults like that
The future is for you
Say No! to them!
Silent majority

This is the second chorus. The tempo gets faster and lighter again, this is advice to young people. Don’t  become one of them=Graduate from silent majority! You can do what you want to do, just do it!

Last Verse

誰かの後
ついて行けば
傷つかないけど
その群れが
総意だと
ひとまとめにされる

 Someone else
If you just follow them
You won’t get hurt, but
The flock
Has just one mind, then
You will be made one of them

It’s safe and easy to follow someone else, but is it ok to be ONE OF THEM? Just to follow the rules makes your life easy, but your identity and individuality will be disappeared.

 

君は君らしく生きて行く自由があるんだ
大人たちに支配されるな
初めから そうあきらめてしまったら
僕らは何のために生まれたのか?

You have the freedom to live your own way
Do not be controlled by the adults
If you give up from the beginning
What were we born for?

夢を見ることは時には孤独にもなるよ
誰もいない道を進むんだ
この世界は群れていても始まらない
Yesでいいのか?
サイレントマジョリティー

Sometimes dreaming can make you lonely
Go the path without anyone
Nothing will start even if flocking
Are you OK with all “Yes”?
Silent majority

This is a repetition of the first verse…

Go on your own way, don’t hesitate to do something different from others!

This song encourages us like above. This is for young people and also adults who lost their individualities. Young people can choose their life by themselves, the adults can change their life from now, too.

I really love this song. When someone else say something bad about my life, it doesn’t matter at all. My life is mine. I noticed that when I heard this song.

See ya next time~~ 😀 mi

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