For the Candles in the Darkness (Happy Birthday, Ply!)

It was in August when Plyasm gave me a cover request for “Binary Star” from Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu/Legend of the Galactic Heroes, but I only got around to it a few weeks ago. Figured there’s no better time to post this than on his birthday! Thanks, Ply, for recommending a wonderful song, and another big thanks to Yomu for audio-mixing.

I was a little embarrassed about putting this cover up, because I don’t think I sang it particularly well. Despite how my voice wavered and popped, Yomu managed to somehow make it work. ❀ I had fun disturbing my family by singing late at night, so I hope my cover entertains you!

The only pet peeve I really had about the song is how the lyrics are accentuated weirdly. “You know blood is thicker than water” is just plain odd. But Benjamin & mpi get points for good grammar throughout! Even though I believe “all who enters her dies” should be “all who enter her die.” I wish I had the chance to watch Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu myself, but alas, I didn’t. Aside from praising Hiroyuki Sawano’s soundtracks, I cannot say anything about the series.

As for a birthday message…I’m going to cheat and borrow the song’s beautifully cathartic chorus:

For the candles in the darkness
Burning up the sorrow
There’s no end to sadness
We didn’t learn
For the broken-hearted people
Diamonds now surround us
So out of our mind
Leave the past behind

To Ply and all the lovely candles in the darkness reading this, I wish you the best with exams, paper-writing, work, job interviews, break-ups, anxiety, or anything else dreary that ambushes during these cold November days. I have no idea what “diamonds now surround us” means, but it’s such a beautiful line. Perhaps diamonds are broken-hearted people’s tears after they harden.

diamond tears
Okay, maybe not. I’ve found creepier things when Googling “crystallized tears”…

Happy birthday, Ply; may diamonds now surround you! Couldn’t bake you a proper cake, so I’ve stolen Sunakawa-kun’s cake instead (below). Come back to your blog soon?


25 thoughts on “For the Candles in the Darkness (Happy Birthday, Ply!)

  1. That’s beautiful!!! Sadly… My phone won’t allow me to listen to your cover. I’ll have to try it again when I can get to my computer!! πŸ’–πŸ’– Those lyrics are fantastic, true and beautiful!! Happy Birthday, Ply!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ»

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  2. Oh shit…no you didn’t…
    I don’t deserve you putting in so much effort…
    Well uh, thanks a lot(for real though), and I guess this warrants an update post on my own blog soon, huh.
    Thanks to everyone else wishing me a happy birthday too. We all know this is an amazing cover, one that both Moya and Yomu put in a ton of effort for.
    The original song by the god Sawano Hiroyuki is amazing too.
    This was quite the thing to wake up to. Thank you.
    I don’t really know what do say so uh…I leave you with lyrics from another one of his amazing songs:
    Leben, was ist das?
    Signal, Siehst du das?
    Rade, die du nicht weisst
    Aus eigenem Willen
    Leben, was ist das?
    Signal, Siehst du das?
    Rade, die du nicht weisst
    Sieh mit deinen Augen

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    1. Right, um… Google Translate, my bff!

      Life, what is it?
      Signal, do you see that?
      Rade you do not know
      Of your own volition
      Life, what is it?
      Signal, do you see that?
      Rade you do not know
      Look with your eyes

      Mhm…sounds accurate enough. God knows what life is!
      Seriously though, I hope you have a happy birthday (even if it’s tomorrow not today, oops)! Many hugs~

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  3. Hmm. I sort of see “diamonds now surround us” to mean something like “something precious (friends / memories / moments?) now surrounds us”. Whatever it’s supposed to mean, the song really does have great lyrics!

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    1. That does make sense. Like many Japanese songs, I feel like each line doesn’t necessarily connect well with the line before and after, but the general vibe/theme is definitely still there.
      Thanks again for your help!

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  4. Wow, I can’t believe that’s actually your voice! Your tone is very melodious, clear and soothing, very well sung and the song is gorgeous. πŸ™‚

    Tears transitioning to diamonds, our pains are our lessons and those lessons have a value worth of diamonds. So, with all the lessons that we’ve learnt, we move forward as better people and leave the past behind. Lovely lyrics, so many layers to it.

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