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Old 4th July 2020, 05:16 PM
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The song sounds very nice, but I really dislike that recurring fake cutesy voice.
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:24 PM
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I think that the song is about her baby.
Based on the phrase 「拝啓 わたしの小さくて 永遠に世界一の天使へ」which roughly translated to "Dear Sir, To My Little and Forever Angel in the World"

But since she mentioned about Ohia Lehua (a Hawaiian legend about a lover) in the end, it could have two meanings, about meeting an important person in her life (a lover who give her the baby), or literally about her newborn baby.


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There is an interesting Hawaiian legend tied to the Ohia tree and its flower, the Lehua blossom. The legend is tied to the volcano goddess, Pele. This story explains that if you pluck this flower, it will rain on the same day (for a tragic reason).
The legend of the Ohia tree and the Lehua blossom

The legend says that one day Pele met a handsome warrior named Ohia and she asked him to marry her. Ohia, however, had already pledged his love to Lehua. Pele was furious when Ohia turned down her marriage proposal, so she turned Ohia into a twisted tree.

Lehua was heartbroken, of course. The gods took pity on Lehua and decided it was an injustice to have Ohia and Lehua separated. They thus turned Lehua into a flower on the Ohia tree so that the two lovers would be forever joined together.

So remember, Hawaiian folklore says that if you pluck this flower you are separating the lovers, and that day it will rain.

https://www.lovebigisland.com/big-is...gy/ohia-lehua/
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:31 PM
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The song is so beautiful!!
Im so glad she released a new song! Been two years.
Also hearing the lyrics I guessed that it’s about her baby!
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:37 PM
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Some background on the song perhaps... Kazuhito Kikuchi gave Ayu a song maybe like 10 years ago or so and mentioned it on his blog. This might be that song.

http://ahsforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=101401

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Old 4th July 2020, 05:39 PM
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FINALLY! SO HAPPY!!!!

Someone please translate the song! https://utaten.com/lyric/ma20062910/
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:40 PM
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Happy for new music, but really with those ridiculous *sparkle* sounds in the song!?
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:40 PM
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Loving the new song, it's beautiful. 3:30 to the end is so powerful <3

I want more!
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:44 PM
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Okay, normally I have hard times getting into these ballady songs of her. But, this time hits different. Yes, it has this typical sound, I find it a mixture between Who... and The Way I Am, but at the same time it doesn't sound like anything she has done before. It sounds so personal, like a lullabye.
I don't understand Japanese but that's what I got from it.

Reading the comments here, I totally believe it is for her baby. And thank you @HTMSD for the myth. It is beautiful and deep. I am really really happy with this new song. Amazing job, Ayu!
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I think the tweet on her official Twitter said it was like a letter to her child.
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:50 PM
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I love the song. Really beautiful and just sounds way better than all of TROUBLE
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Such a warm song
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:51 PM
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So happy we have new music! It sounds like it could have been on Trouble but chuffed we have something new finally! The coverart is gorgeous too!
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Old 4th July 2020, 05:53 PM
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The melody is really nice, expected no less from Kikuchi. But can we talk about how Yuta Nakano continues to pump out uninspired full-on orchestra ballady arrangements? Like, can Ayu just drop him already... (it’s a shame cuz I used to enjoy Yutas work quite a bit)
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I loved it! Sounds so good, somehow familiar yet different, can't wait for the lyrics translation
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The melody is really nice, expected no less from Kikuchi. But can we talk about how Yuta Nakano continues to pump out uninspired full-on orchestra ballady arrangements? Like, can Ayu just drop him already... (itís a shame cuz I used to enjoy Yutas work quite a bit)
Keep in mind that Ayu probably asks for that. When she wants him to do weird stuff, she lets him do what he wants.
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Nice song.. but not her voice. Too cutesy.
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The song sounds very nice, but I really dislike that recurring fake cutesy voice.
Yeah the first verse hurts a bit, she could have done it better. The song gets progressively better once the chorus hits. I am not a huge fan of the typical arrangement, itís very similar to what theyíve done with The Way I am. TBH I am overwhelmed weíve got a new ayu song!
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Old 4th July 2020, 06:00 PM
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Love the new song and cover!! definitely way better than trouble
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Old 4th July 2020, 06:02 PM
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Keep in mind that Ayu probably asks for that. When she wants him to do weird stuff, she lets him do what he wants.
Touchť. I dug through his recent production work and found this gem:



Modern yet still got that classic Yuta/JPop touch. This is what I think Ayu needs right now.
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