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Lia – Toki wo Kizamu Uta | Lyrics Translation


Song: Toki wo Kizamu Uta
Artist: Lia
Album: Toki wo Kizamu Uta
Other: Opening song for the anime CLANNAD ~After Story~

ochite iku suna dokei bakari miteru yo
sakasama ni sureba hora mata hajimaru yo
kizanda dake susumu jikan ni
itsuka boku mo haireru kana

I just stared at the falling sand in the hourglass.
If I were to flip it…it’ll start all over again.
In this time that just passes through…
I wonder if I too can enter it.

kimi dake ga sugisatta saka no tochuu ha
atataka na hidamari ga ikutsu mo dekiteta
boku hitori ga koko de yasashii
atataka sa wo omoi kaeshiteru

In that hill you just passed by during your way home,
plenty of sunny spots have appeared.
Here, tenderly, I alone
reminisce these warm feelings.

kimi dake wo kimi dake wo
suki de ita yo
kaze de me ga nijinde
tooku naru yo

Just you…it’s only you
who I loved.
My eyes, watery from the wind,
makes you more distant…

itsumademo oboeteru
nanimo kamo kawattemo
hitotsu dake hitotsu dake
arifureta mono dakedo
misete yaru kagayaki ni michita sono hitotsu dake
itsumademo itsumademo mamotte iku

I’ll always remember
even if everything were to change.
Just one, just one
mundane thing…
but I’ll show you, this one thing full of radiance,
I’ll always and forever protect it.

hada samui hi ga tsudzuku mou haru nanoni
mesamashi dokei yori hayaku okita asa
saninbun no asa gohan wo tsukuru kimi ga
soko ni tatte iru

These cold days continue…even though it’s spring already.
In the morning I wake up earlier than the alarm clock,
you stand there, making breakfast
for three.

kimi dake ga kimi dake ga
soba ni inai yo
kinou made sugu soba de boku wo miteta yo

Just you…it’s only you
who isn’t next to me.
Until yesterday, you were there next to me…looking at me.

kimi dake wo kimi dake wo
suki de ita yo
kimi dake to kimi dake to
utau uta dayo
boku tachi no boku tachi no
kizanda toki dayo
katahou dake tsudzuku nante
boku ha iyada yo

Just you…it’s only you
who I loved.
For you…just for you
I’ll sing this song.
It’s our…our own
passing time.
Continuing to be alone…
I don’t want that.

itsumade mo oboeteru
kono machi ga kawattemo
dore dake no kanashimi to deau koto ni nattemo
misete yaru honto ha tsuyokatta toki no koto
saa iku yo arukidasu saka no michi wo

I’ll always remember,
even if this town were to change.
No matter how much sadness I meet,
I’ll show you, the time when I was truly strong.
Here I go, I walk to that hill.

Can I say spoiler? I may not know much about the After Story…but this seems to be part of the plot…>_> But, it’s a pretty good and touching song so I’ll let it slide.
I like it to! It has such a melancholic but warm feeling to it…but I like “Mag Mell” just a bit more!


  • Atashi says:

    Some corrections for common mistakes:

    kizanda dake susumu jikan ni
    In this time that just carves through…

    ‘Kizanda’ here, with reference to time, means ‘passed; ticked away; spent”.

    atataka na hidamari ga ikutsu mo dekiteta
    plenty of sunflowers have bloomed.

    ‘Hidamari’ means ‘sunny spots; sunshine; patches of sunlight’.

    atataka sa wo omoi kaeshiteru
    return these warm feelings.

    ‘Omoikaeshiteru’ should be one word. It means, ‘to think back; reminisce; recall’.

    mesamashi dokei yori hayaku okita asa
    In the morning I wake up earlier than the clock,

    ‘Mezamashidokei’ specifically means an ‘alarm clock’.

    kizanda toki dayo
    engraved time.

    See first explanation in this comment. Ditto here.

    dore dake no kanashimi to deau koto ni nattemo
    No matter how much sadness or encounters I meet,

    There’s no ‘encounters’. It should just be “…sadness I’m to meet’.

    November 15, 2008 - Reply
  • Suisei says:


    ‘Hidamari’ means ’sunny spots; sunshine; patches of sunlight’.

    There’s no ‘encounters’. It should just be “…sadness I’m to meet’.

    –I confused “Hidamari” with “Himawari”… -_-

    –I used the “to” particle as a listing marker…I didn’t know it could be used as a mimesis marker

    Thanks for the corrections! I’m still learning Japanese and still have much set phrases to learn, so I’m thankful for the information you gave me!

    November 16, 2008 - Reply
  • kanzeon says:

    Thanks for the translation! This song is really beautiful :)

    November 26, 2008 - Reply
  • yukiN says:

    I also feel thankful this is also one the most beautiful song ever

    November 29, 2008 - Reply
  • Sasari says:

    Who sing this song? Nagisa or Tomoya?

    November 30, 2008 - Reply
  • 53RG10 says:

    @Sasari: This song seems to be from the point of view of Tomoya…

    November 30, 2008 - Reply
  • Kagemaru says:

    I don’t know if any of you noticed it, but at the end of the song, after the last softly spoken part, you can hear a cord being pulled and the background music being played as if it came from one of those toys that hang above a child’s cradle.

    I think it’s fairly obvious that this is meant to point to Ushio, Tomoya and…hum, I don’t really know how Clannad is going to turn out and which route is going to be taken.

    We’ll see. Clannad After Story is a brilliant anime either way. ^__^

    December 5, 2008 - Reply
  • Mei says:

    what does the title ‘Toki wo Kizamu Uta’ mean?

    December 14, 2008 - Reply
  • 53RG10 says:

    @Mei: “Song Transcending Time”

    If it sounds weird, basically it just means “a song that goes beyond time”.

    December 14, 2008 - Reply
  • Chiorin says:

    Aww. The lyrics are so sad, and yeah…kind of the afterstory in itself.

    December 22, 2008 - Reply
  • Ville says:

    this is the best song ever made

    January 15, 2009 - Reply
  • Tariman says:

    Usually the song’s for an Anime is specifically made or specifically chosen to go with the plot. If you’ve watched Clannad After Story all the way up to it’s latest episode you’ll understand why the words in this song are like this. It’s done by the viewpoint of Tomoya living with his wife Nagisa and his daughter Ushio supposedly (“Making breakfast for three”) And the words match the plot very well with what Tomoya and Nagisa have been saying through After Story.

    EDIT: Spoiler has Been Removed

    February 5, 2009 - Reply
  • Ontaru says:

    I watched episode 19 yesterday and I totally agree with Tariman. The song matches the plot perfectly well and I also think it is from Tomoyas point of view. A really beautiful and incredibly sad song.(I hope there will be a happy end like the one you can unlock in the visual novel)
    hehe can’t wait for ep 20 beeing subbed^^

    February 27, 2009 - Reply
  • Pudel says:

    Can u give tell me where can i download this song please??

    March 29, 2009 - Reply
  • KK says:


    April 9, 2009 - Reply
  • PM says:

    The beautiful lyrics (and music) fits perfectly with the Clannad “heart breaking” After Story.

    I don’t want to spoil it to anyone that has not seen it yet (I highly recommend you see it) so I will just say this, episode 21 is literally painful to watch. It reminded me what I felt watching “Grave of the Fireflies” / “Hotaru no Haka”.

    May 18, 2009 - Reply
  • oledys says:

    this song is the most beautiful I ever heard, I love it!

    September 14, 2009 - Reply
  • Lily says:

    Lia sings the most incredible songs. The song is so beautiful! my favorite parts of the song are after the chorus that begin with “itsumademo” because it goes so well with the accompanying piano. i wonder how Lia didn’t run out of breath singing those lines.

    September 25, 2009 - Reply
  • Rin says:

    clannad is sad story, but it has happy ending. Even I man (otoko), but I still crying when watch it. thanks to be born to this world my father and mother.

    February 11, 2010 - Reply
  • rits says:

    i love this film and the ost…~~
    even i man,but i always crying when i watch this film…
    i don’t know why………..
    this film remembering me for something that if i remember it i always cry…

    May 18, 2010 - Reply

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