"High-schoolers paint color into their hair, elementary-schoolers paint mud onto their faces,
and then, and then, and then, and then, they can't tell one color from another anymore."
For those of you who didn't know, PowapowaP passed away about a week ago at age 20. His final tweet was, "They said I lost my charm once I became an adult. Looks like growing up is a bad thing."
I'd always wanted to translate one of his songs, but never felt like I had the ability to do the lyrics justice. I hope I could this time.
I've decided to write out some observations regarding the lyrics, but keep in mind that this is to the very end my own personal interpretation:
-The primary color girls in the illustration represent the three wise monkeys, "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil", while the black girl is crouching down in the middle.
-It's a song about growing up. Elementary-schoolers smear mud onto their faces for fun (or alternatively fling mud at each other), middle-schoolers get tattoos on their arms (or maybe cut their wrists?), high-schoolers dye their hair, and college students smoke their lungs black.
-Our colors represent our individuality. As we grow up, we're forced to conform to society ("get colored here and there"), and soon, we can't tell which color we once were - we lose sight of who we were.
-The palette represents the small world live in as children/students. We know nothing of how the world, of how society outside it is colored.
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Original Title: パレットには君がいっぱい (Palette ni wa Kimi ga Ippai)
Music: Siinamota (PowapowaP)
Illustration: Saita (さいた)