[The Jukebox] S7E09 - knotlamp LAST TRAIN

The JukeBox Oct 17, 2021

I'm sure by now a lot of readers of this blog know that I enjoy anime. One of those anime's being Yu-Gi-Oh! I have been a fan of the franchise for the longest time now and outside of the original series, I am a big fan of 5D's which ran from April 2008 until March 2011.

Season 2 of the show started in October of 2008 and it featured 2 great tracks which were used for the Opening and Ending of the anime.

The 'Ending', CROSS GAME by Alice Nine is by far one of my favourite tracks of all time... and I am surprised while searching this evening, that I have never covered Alice Nine on The Jukebox... (Please see the footnote at the bottom for more about The JukeBox and its future)

LAST TRAIN along with CROSS GAME became the catalyst in my fascination with Visual Kei music from Japan. I remember that I downloaded LAST TRAIN along with CROSS GAME (and it's album Vandalize) and I would listen to it constantly on repeat... on a near daily basis.

There isn't a lot of English information about knotlamp but from translation of their Japanese Wikipedia entry: knotlamp was a rock band from Fukuoku Prefecture, Japan who were active between 2000 and 2013.

They were signed to Run Run Run Records until 2012 before moving to Imperial Records. Their discography is a bit bare as the band has had 4 EP's and 1 'Mini album' which was released in 2006.

As previously mentioned, knotlamp's LAST TRAIN was used for Yu-Gi-Oh!, but they also had a song used for another anime Ginga e Kickoff!!

A 'Best of' album titled "MY PROLOGUE" was released in January 2014 which reached #183 in the Oricon Album Charts.

Anime Intro:

Official Video:

Spotify:

Apple Music:

LAST TRAIN -新しい朝- by knotlamp
Listen to LAST TRAIN -新しい朝- by knotlamp on Apple Music. 2008. Duration: 4:03

Lyrics (English):

Today's the day to carry out a plan.
I'll finally escape from my saturated life today
I don't know what is going on today
But somehow I feel that my answer isn't here

Though I don't know how my life will end,
I never wanna be a slave
'Cause there is always the chance to change
I guess it's up to you

I'm trying to be a better person
I will get on the train
I don't wanna become a slave
I will live for myself

I'm trying to be another me
'Cause I won't lose my life
My life will succeed I'll reach my goal yea

I try to smile but I can't remember how
I don't know please tell me, how'd
I become so Jaded?
Sometimes I feel like I might be dead soon
But I know that it gave me something to believe

Though I don't know how my life will end
I never wanna be a slave
'Cause there is always the chance to change
I guess it's up to you

I'm trying to be a better person
I will get on the train
I don't wanna become a slave
I will live for myself

I'm trying to be another me
'Cause I won't lose my life
My life will succeed I'll reach my goal

I'm waiting for my dawn
I'm dreaming of freedom
Nobody Knows my worries
No need to understand me

I wanna get this small freedom
I break away my worries
It's time to say goodbye
I'm not afraid of you

I need to walk away
'Cause I don't wanna be a liar
If I cannot live my life,
I am as good as dead

I'm trying to be a better person
I will get on the train
I don't wanna become a slave
I will live for myself

I'm trying to be another me
'Cause I won't lose my life
My life will succeed
I'll reach my goal yea

My new story My life is just about to start
I'm trying to be a better person
I will get on the train
I don't wanna become a slave

I will live for myself
I'm trying to be another me
'Cause I won't lose my life
My life will succeed I'll reach my goal

Lyrics (Romanji):

tooku kanata o miwatashite
tanjyun ni shikai no semai kotokitzuita
jibun suteru hou ga raku demo
saidaigen taetemitai to omotta
kyou ga donna dame na hi demo
wazukana hikari o
asu wa mada asu no jibun de
tomoseba ii
togirenai you ni
kienai you ni
jibun o tashikamete
kazoe kirenai hodokizutsuitemo
tashikana ashita ga kuru you ni tonegatte hashiru
nido to nai kyou o
nani ka no seinishinagara
soyatte susumenai jibun danmai ni shite
kokoshikanai shunkandatte
mouzutto muda ni shite kitakedo
warai sugoshitai tsukamo
nai teta kinou mo
kuru asa wa itsumo onaji de
tada hitotsu datta
tomaranai you ni
taenai you ni
jibun ni toikakete
asu o ushinatte mo jibun no seidarou
nido wa nai kyou o dou ikiru no mo jyuu dakara
sonna koukainai jinsei o
It's time to say goodbye
I'm not afraid of you
I need to walk away
'Cause I don't wanna be a liar
If I cannot live my life
I am as good as dead
togirenai you ni
kienai you ni
jibun o tashikamete
kazoe kirenai hodokizutsuitemo
tashikana ashita ga kuru you ni tonegatte hashiru
nido to nai kyou o
(It's just about to start)
tomaranai you ni
taenai you ni
jibun ni toikakete
asu o ushinatte mo jibun no seidarou
nido wa nai kyou o dou ikiru no mo jyuu dakara
sonna koukainai jinsei o
sonna koukainai jinsei o
togirenai you ni kienai you ni

The JukeBox has been a staple of this blog, sharing the music, the lyrics and in more recent times, the background to the songs that I highlight and it has been very fun. In my searching for 'Alice Nine' posts that I have done, it turns out that I haven't actually written any posts about Alice Nine on The JukeBox.

This sent me on a rabbit hole. I know I changed the name of "MusicLyricFriday" (or MusicLyricMonday) to The JukeBox back in 2012. Unfortunately, what I deemed to be S1 or even S2 of these posts are lost to time... I believe they were on an old Tumblr blog which is now gone.

So I figured out how many JukeBox posts I have made since S3 E6 up to this one today and it would be: #69 (nice!)

I'll be switching the numbering scheme started with the next post #70 and I will be working to retroactively tagging the old posts under The JukeBox tag so they can all be found easier. I could guesstimate how many posts were missing but I'd say it must have been an handful.

Oh well.

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Padraig Fahy

A tech support guy by day and a gamer by night!

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