Karma by Bump of Chicken


Original Lyrics:

Music Video:

This song is easy to understand if you played Tales of the Abyss.
The lyrics is all about the connection between Ash and Luke

Karma (カルマ)
song and lyrics written by Motoo Fujiwara (藤原基央)
translation by me…

A glass ball was dropped, another dropped as I chased it.
In one spot of sunshine, only one left.

When our hearts start to beat, we reluctantly keep territories.
And continue to protect them from being taken away.

My hands look tainted even though I kept them clean.
And before I question my memories, my memories question me.

We will definitely meet, with the same vibration as our sign.
I’m here, and will always call out for you.
When we both fell for the same reason,
we’ll understand the meaning of our existence.

As long as we exist, we have no choice but to take up spaces.
In one spot of sunshine, it’s a bit crowded for two.

A glass ball was dropped. When it fell, something broke out.
And we bathed in sunshine while we fought for it.

We realized those steps we counted, mean nothing but merely numbers.
The thing we must understand, is somewhere between 1 and 0.

We will meet for the first time, with the same cry as our sign.
Please don’t forget, I will always call out for you.
When we are both burried for the same reason,
promise will be made.

We are one another’s mirror that
reflects our karma.
While our tainted hands touch each other,
and feel their silhouette.

You are here, because I can feel you.
In one spot of sunshine, we share spaces.

Please do not forget, I will always call out for you from inside of the glass ball.
Yes, we will finally meet, when the cross is built above the reasons.
Our promise will be complete,
and we will become one.


23 Responses to “Karma by Bump of Chicken”

  1. 1 Sil September 14, 2008 at 8:10 pm


  2. 2 orangpelupa September 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm


    may i use your english lyrics?
    im uploading tales of vesperia PS2 opening video that use your english lyrics.


  3. 5 keithmaxx October 13, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I don’t know why they indeed made this the opening song to the Tales of the Abyss anime, but it felt so awesome to listen to along with the opening sequence… And somehow the way you linked the song and the game/anime both awes me and sends shivers up my spine. XD

  4. 6 Cecilia Springer December 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Been searching for this… thanks..

    @ Ketihmaxx: I can relate. 🙂

  5. 7 Daisuke January 13, 2009 at 8:09 am

    i want the japaneese lyrics..

    well i gue i’ll look it some other time..


  6. 8 Kaze No Kuro Oji March 18, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Good translation, here is what I got, the perfect copy is somewhere in the middle I am sure.

    A single shard of glass was dropped others soon followed slipping from grip happening in one minute’s silence only one was left behind
    As the heart starts to beat places are taken against will in order to protect what shall not be stolen again
    The hands that were once clean are now stained with blood that which was the accused now becomes the accuser
    It is now certain we shall both meet again our hearts beat as one leading us back to each other I will always be there standing here calling out to you with no excuses and a new resolve I now know why I’m alive
    As long as I exist the responsibility will always be placed with me two cannot share that which was originally meant to be one
    A single shard of glass was dropped shattering down to pieces in one moments silence I asked in the sunlight
    Looking back at the footprints left behind the numbers soon grow countless but the real questions lie between one and zero
    From the very first time our paths crossed the actions we made lead us to one another
    Don’t ever forget that I will always be here calling out and when our reasons become the same that is the symbol of our promise
    Looking back now on the things that we have done our karma is the only thing that us certain
    And even with these blood stained hands we will make it through this
    I am here in front of you thought you might not feel it in this sunlight that rains down upon us we are there together
    Don’t you ever forget I will always be calling out within a shard of glass identical to yours it is certain that we will meet again someday as we look back on the actions we have made
    Our promises have been made we are one

  7. 9 DiamonSven November 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

    thank you for taking the time to do this was actually wondering what he was saying and i like the lyrics.

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