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(yo!  *waves*  so I'm not as prolific or social as I used to be.  oh well.  I intend to keep this up, anyway, even if it is down to, like, one update a year.  I got projects and shit that I may or may not eventually get up here.  so much cross-concepting...)

So, in the same vein as Kirikirimai and In Our Dreams, here's my take of the lyrics to Elizaveta's recent English-language EP "HERO".  All of these are based on my perception of the words spoken, not necessarily the original intent; where I'm entirely unclear on what the hell she's singing, I'll note it with italics and plenty of bewildered question marks.

01. HERO
02. RED BALLOON
03. SORRY
04. SPACEMAN
05. GOD ONLY KNOWS

01. HERO
Elizaveta posted her official lyrics here on her blog, but the background is unnoted and there are occasional differences (asterisked).  For the Russian part, I have the original lyrics she posted in Cyrillic and a tentative transliteration beneath.

oh the hero comes
I can hear the drums
and our horses run
to the kingdom come
through the pale moonlight
our hearts ignite to the call

oh~ claim your prize
for a crown of stars *
in the name of love
be the sacrifice
you and I will stand and fight
our backs to the wall

*
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) I wanna be a hero hero

there is no escape
let the fever rise
as our horses rage
and our goal's in sight
maybe I'm the one
I'm the one who will fall

oh~ lay me down
on a bed of stone
I will wait for you
as I rest my soul
I will watch you ride
when you reply to the call *

*
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) I wanna be a hero hero
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) I wanna be a hero hero
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) I wanna be a hero hero
(ah~) hero hero
(ah~) I wanna be a hero hero

shut your eyes (hey)
shut your eyes (oh)
don't be scared
shut your eyes (oh) *

watch those lights
from the stars (ah~)
in your head (oh)
hypnotize~ (ah~ ah~) *
(ah~...)
join our fight (fight)
for what's right (right)
let your heart
be your guide

Ой герой, герой ты мой
oy geroy ty geroy ty moy / (hero hero hero hero) *
Да зовет герой меня в бой
da zovet geroy menya v boy / (hero hero hero hero)
Ой герой, ты герой ты мой
(oh~) oy geroy ty geroy ty moy / (hero hero hero hero)
ты возьми подругу с собой.
ty voz'mi podrugu s soboy / (hero hero hero hero)

(ah~ ah~ ah~ ah~) / (oh~...)
(ah~ ah~ ah~ ah~) / (something in Russian???)
(ah~ ah~ ah~ ah~) / (something in Russian???)
I feel alive
I hear it coming yeah
(ah~ ah~ ah~ ah~)



02. RED BALLOON
Elizaveta posted her official version of the first part of the first verse here on her tumblr, but not the rest of the lyrics, and there's a word substitution on the EP track ("flew" instead of "took"). (I'm ignoring the "ba ba da, ba ba da, ...ba ba da; ba ba da, ba ba da, ba ba da ba da ba da" bit during the latter part of the final chorus for reasons of clutter and inability to appropriately represent the vocal layering without winding up with an incomprehensible wall of text.)

my heart is like a red balloon
suspended over my head
and if it flew* me to the moon
then I would live up there instead

I'll take a ????? horse to ride
so I could travel where I please
and I would bring a lot of wine
because I heard it's made of cheese

oooh~
and I would bring a lot of wine
because I heard it's made of cheese

I'll apply? a kiss to my balloon
I'll set it free and watch it fly
it's not a long way to the moon
one day you'll see it in the sky

I'll have a lot of thoughts to write (ah~...)
and sing them to the stars above
and if they reach you in the end (ah~...)
you'll know you always had my love

oooh~
and if they reach you in the end
you'll know you always had my love

I want to write a story
I want to scream out loud
I want to fly forever
I'm gonna lose the crowd

don't need a happy ending
don't want a gilded cage
don't wanna be an actor
my life is not a stage

just say the storm is coming
I have the holy grail
you better keep your money
because it's not for sale

I'm gonna be a hero
I got the silver spoon
I'm gonna build a spaceship
and meet you on the moon

oooh~
and if I reach you in the end
you'll know you always had my heart
oooh~
and if I reach you in the end
you'll know you always had my heart

oooh~ / (spit it out my) (mi corazón)
and if I reach you in the end
you'll know you always had my heart
(you always had my heart)
oooh~ / (ah~)
(ah~) and if I reach you in the end
you'll know you always had my heart
(you always had my heart)

oooh~ / (you always had it) (you always had it) (ah~) (you always had my heart)
(ah~) and if I reach you in the end (corazón)
you'll know you always had my heart
oooh~
(ah~) and if I reach you in the end
you'll know you always had my heart



03. SORRY
Someone posted a version of these lyrics on a popular lyric site, but I disagree on a few points (asterisked).  (Also it sounds like the song was recorded in a bathroom with so-so acoustics, but I'm sure it's an artistic choice, alongside all that vibrato...)

if you knew
how I feel
would it help you
be kind
would you let me
reveal
what I've had
on my mind

'cause I want
what I want
and I love
who I love
but you've brought me *
so low
I just want
to give up

when you say that you know me
you don't even see
that the child you remember
is not all of me

and I choose
what I choose
and I love
who I love
and I've given
so much
but it's never
enough

I'm sorry sorry I'm not
who you want me to be
sorry but it's not my fault *
you live in misery

yeah I've made
my mistakes
but I'm happy
to pay
they are mine
they're not yours
I've let go
of my shame

they are part of the girl
I'm becoming today
I won't carry your guilt
I won't shoulder your blame

*
sorry sorry I'm not / (sorry so sorry)
who you want me to be
sorry it's not my fault / (sorry sorry)
you live in misery

sorry sorry I'm not / (sorry so sorry)
who you'd wished I'd become
sorry you feel alone / (sorry sorry)
sorry I let you down~

and? I don't want to fight anymore
maybe I've grown cold *
but I have heard all this before
and? it is not my fault~ (ah~ ah~...) *

*
sorry sorry I'm not (ah~...) / (sorry so sorry)
who you want me to be (ah~...)
sorry it's not my fault (ah~...) / (sorry sorry)
you live in misery (ah~...) / (live in misery~...)

*
sorry sorry I'm not (hey~) / (sorry so sorry)
who you want me to be (ah~) / (?????????)
sorry I'm all you've got (I don't care if I let you down) / (sorry so sorry)
sorry I want to be free (ah~...)
sorry I'm all you've got (ah~...) / (sorry so sorry)
sorry I want to be free



04. SPACEMAN
I am excessively fond of this song, even if I'm dubious about the use of dubstep in it, but for the life of me I can't confidently identify a number of the lines.  Auuugh.  Mondegreen lines italicized.

if you really knew who you were
I'd feel so connected
I would fly to your blimp
(and?) we would make wine


all the time you wait for the sky
playing rejected
and I looked away turned around
(to/and?) find you are gone


now you're a spaceman spaceman floating around
you have painted painted your name in the clouds
I have waited waited for you to come down
isolated faded where you're now

you're a spaceman spaceman floating around / (ah~)
you are weightless homeless far from the ground / (ah~)
you are faceless voiceless can't make a sound / (ah~)
can you tell me tell me where you're found / (ah~)

listen boy if silence is gold
then I'm dying richer (ah~...)
just because you can't hear me scream
you've got no excuse

patience is a four-letter word
but pain is a teacher (ah~...)
say you're alive you can laugh you can cry
you can see me below from your ship in the sky

spaceman spaceman floating around / (ah~)
you have painted painted your name in the clouds / (ah~)
I have waited waited for you to come down / (ah~)
isolated faded where you're now / (ah~)

you're a spaceman spaceman floating around / (ah~)
you are weightless homeless far from the ground / (ah~)
you are faceless voiceless can't make a sound / (ah~)
can you tell me tell me where you're found / (ah~)

I hope that someday
I hope that someday
you feel again
you feel again

I hope that someday
I hope that someday
you love again
you love again

I hope that someday / (ah~)
I hope that someday (ah~) / (ah~)
we'll meet again
we'll meet again

I hope that someday / (ah~)
I hope that someday (ah~) / (ah~)
(can you hear me now) (oooh~ oooh~)

hold me touch me love me / (ah~...)
don't ever let me go
hold me touch me love me / (ah~...) / (ah~)
don't ever ever (ah ah) / (ah~)

spaceman spaceman
you're a spaceman spaceman
I have waited waited
but you're not to be found

spaceman spaceman (ah ah ah ah) / (ah~)
painted painted (ah ah ah ah) / (ah~)
waited waited (ah ah ah ah) / (ah~)
isolated faded (all I want) / (ah~)

you're a spaceman spaceman floating around (I feel so sad)
you are weightless homeless far from the ground (I feel so lost)
you are faceless voiceless can't make a sound (why did you call)
can you tell me tell me where you're found



05. GOD ONLY KNOWS
This one is fairly short, sweet, and simple, compared to the multilayered clusterfucks above.  Also a nice conclusion to the album.  If there only wasn't that one damn line...

I never thought
you'd mean so much to me
I never signed up
for caring like this

can I stay strong
will it just make me weak
I can't protect you
you should be relieved

god only knows
how long we've got
who'll rise up lot???
who'll get a shot

I've lost it all
I didn't have a clue
I never wanted
to learn to hold on

you gave me hope
you made me look at you
you got me thinking
I could be wrong

god only knows
where we are bound
will we arrive
there safe and sound

who can say~ / (ah~)
where's that place~ / (ah~)
(ah~ ah~)

this is the song
I'll never sing for you
it's safely hidden
there it will stay

you are too close
even if you are true
I'm too exposed
I must turn away / (ah~)

god only knows
how long we've got
who'll rise up lot???
who'll get a shot

will I be free
will I be lost
without you



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