I’m posting Hikaru Utada‘s “Passion” today, originally released on December 14th, 2005.

In terms of its composition, “Passion” is perhaps Utada’s most complex: The lyrics are nothing short of poetry (see the below translation), while the song itself fluctuates between various degrees of intensity and serene vulnerability. The passionate drumming, ambient sounds, and ethereal vocals bring the track to another level, transcending the patterns and limitations of most modern pop. To me, “Passion” is the defining point of Utada’s artistic craft.

I cannot listen to “Passion” without developing that lump in my throat, as it is one of those songs that retains a deep emotional connotation that cannot be simply dissociated from the music. Merely hearing those tender, otherworldly sighs in the first few moments conjures dozens of memories, thoughts, and emotions.

Above all, “Passion” is a remembrance of times past. It is a symbol of beautiful memories, nostalgia, and looking toward the future.

Fate’s a funny concept, but this track makes me believe it’s not so imaginary after all. All will be as it should be.

When I remember far far back
The future was bright for as far as I can see
Underneath the beautiful blue sky
we were a little afraid

The windows are becoming stained with a nostalgic color

If I face forward will I meet you again?
The future continues on and on
Underneath a large signboard
I want to watch as the times change

I open the window
to those people and places I can never go to

When I remember far far back
The future was bright for as far as I can see
Underneath the beautiful blue sky
we would keep sleeping

The person I loved a long time ago,
it appears a child is going to be born in the winter
Sometimes I want to have doubt
over the settlement we had in the past

I still can’t forget
I wonder if the New Year’s card will have a photo
I think back to the things we couldn’t do together and find them dear

Underneath the blue sky…

DL: Utada Hikaru – Passion


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