A.B.C-Z 頑張れ、友よ Lyric Translation

Long time, no translation! 😅

Here it is! Ganbare, tomo yo! Good luck, my friend! Ebi’s wonderful theme song for their Oenya movie. The lyrics were written by a famous (old) comedian called Egashira-san, which has got the song a lot of hype. It’s a great song about keeping on going, even when you fall! Hasshi’s last line is my favourite and basically sums up the entire feel of the song ❤️

Original Japanese: Utaten

YouTube video: Click

English Translation:

Good luck, my friend! Rock bottom isn’t the end, it’s the beginning, your potential is limitless

Even if others are pointing fingers at you behind your back, point yours to the future and run! 

Everything around you is terribly bright, and it makes you want to shut your eyes

You stumbled and fell, and other things like that, and complained about that day 

Everyone worries, this kid, that guy, adults and grandparents too 

Being worried like you are is OK! Even if you don’t find the answers, keep moving forwards! 

Good luck, my friend! Chase after the happiness that comes from the pain yourself 

When you look back over your shoulder, only put things off for a little while… 

Go forward! Rock bottom isn’t the end, it’s the beginning, your potential is limitless

Even if others are pointing fingers at you behind your back, point yours to the future and run! 

When you hide the important things like a treasure, you forget them

Pull out that map that is sleeping deep in your heart 

Everyone is doing their best, this kid, that guy, adults and grandparents too 

Being the way you are now is OK! Even if you know it inside, say it out loud! 

Good luck, my friend! Bare everything and take a step forwards, we’ll toast in the light that comes 

Being saved by a “Reading loud and clear”, brings forth a baby’s first cry, so…

Go forward! The nail that sticks out gets hammered down, wait for your time to fly! It’s sudden 

Quick as a helter skelter, aim for the sun and run! 

Good luck, my friend! Chase after the happiness that comes from the pain yourself 

When you look back over your shoulder, only put things off for a little while… 

Go forward! Rock bottom isn’t the end, it’s the beginning, your potential is limitless

Even if others are pointing fingers at you behind your back, we’ll point ours to the future and run! 

Good luck, my friend! I have put my power in this song for you… 

Author: Claire

Almost 30-year-old Australian. I've been in love with JE idols for 10 years now. Started with Arashi, moved on to JUMP and recently I've fallen in love with Ebi. I started studying Japanese with a tutor after I graduated university, and have been teaching myself ever since. I lived in the Japanese countryside and taught English at primary and middle school for two years. Currently back in Australia, working as a speech therapist and am about to get married~!

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