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~ SYNOPSIS AND Translations ~

Below is the second Japanese translation of "Boote in der Nacht" from the German lyrics. When the Toho theatre company decided to stage Elisabeth in Japan, they asked the original Takarazuka translator to expand on his work. It is interesting to contrast this more literal translation with his Takarazuka translation.
SCENE 19: KOTODASHUURU
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Wakatteiru darou.
Naze, watashi ga koko he kita no ka?
 
ELISABETH:
 
Iie. Demo, yotanda itashimashita.
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Modotte oide, Shishii.
Watashitachi ha hitotsu nan da.
Ima demo shinjiteiru.
Aishiteiru yo.
Saa, ai ha donna kizu omoi iyasu koto ga dekiru.
 
 YORU NO BOOTO
BOOTE IN DER NACHT
 
ELISABETH:
 
Ai ni mo iyasenai koto ga aru ha
Kiseki wo matta keredo okinakata
Itsuka tagai no ayamachi wo
Mitome aeru hi ga kuru deshou
Yoru no umi ni ukabu
Niseki no booto no you na watashitachi
Chikazuku keredomo surechigau dake de
Sorezore no gooru mezasu
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Amari ni ooku wo nozomi sugiru yo
 
ELISABETH:
 
Sukuna sugiru ha
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Jinsei no gooru ha yorisoitai
 
ELISABETH:
 
Futatsu no gooru yo
 
BOTH:
 
Ichido watashi no me de mite kureta nara
Kimi no gokai no tokeru deshou
 
BOTH:
 
Yoru no umi ni ukabu
Niseki no booto no you na watashitachi
Chikazuku keredomo surechigau dake de
Sorezore no gooru mezasu
 
ELISABETH:
 
Booto tsukeyou toshite mo
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Wakatte hoshii kimi hitsuyou da yo
 
ELISABETH:
 
Yogiri ni makare aite miushinau
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Shinjite hoshii kimi ha aishiteiru
 
BOTH:
 
Surechigau tabi ni kodoku ha fukamari
Yasuragi ha tooku mieru
 
FRANZ JOSEPH (Speaking):
 
Aishiteiru.
 
ELISABETH:
 
Wakatte muri yo watashi ni ha
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SCENE 19: ?
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
You know, don't you?
The reason I have come here.
 
ELISABETH:
 
No. But I have an idea.
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Return to me, Sissi.
The two of us are one.
I still believe that.
I love you.
Love has the power to heal even the deepest wounds.
 
SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
BOOTE IN DER NACHT
 
ELISABETH:
 
We have a love beyond healing or repair,
But I've been waiting for a miracle.
Eventually, won't a day come in which we can
Realize and accept each other's faults?
Like a pair of ships in the night,
We move closer
But then slip past one another,
Only reaching our respective destinations.
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
We have too many desires and wishes.
 
ELISABETH:
 
A little too many.
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
I want us to work towards life's goals together.
 
ELISABETH:
 
Two people's goals....
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
If you could see through my eyes,
We could clear our misunderstandings, couldn't we?
 
BOTH:
 
Like a pair of ships in the night,
We move closer
But then slip past one another,
Only reaching our respective destinations.
 
ELISABETH:
 
Even if my boat drew up beside yours....
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Please know this; I need you.
 
ELISABETH:
 
....We would glide on in the night fog and I'd lose you.
 
FRANZ JOSEPH:
 
Please believe this; I'm loving you.
 
BOTH:
 
Our solitary journeys of lonliness grow further apart.
A feeling of peace can only be seen in the far distance.
 
FRANZ JOSEPH (Speaking):
 
I love you.
 
ELISABETH:
 
You must understand, it is no good. It is too late for me.
Elisabeth lyrics © copyright by Koike Shuuichirou, Michael Kunze, Sylvester Levay, Vereingte Bühnen Wien, EDITION BUTTERFLY ROSWITHA KUNZE, and associated parties. This site is intended for promotional and informational purposes only.
English Translation © copyright 2001 by Stephanie
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