Without Shoes in the Summer Days
Original Title: Hadashi-de Summer
Artist: Nogizaka 46
Lyrics: Yasushi Akimoto
Nobody else seems to notice this summer is different from others in many ways:
the strength of the sunlight and the vividness of flower colors.
While the seasons came around and around,
I left my feeling of love behind somewhere, and the way to start loving someone.
You, in an orange sleeveless dress, on the sidewalk, match the sun.
Why do you smile alone, while having a cup of rooibos tea?
You casually kick your sandals off under the table.
What are you going to do in bare feet?
Will you go somewhere without shoes on the street?
Oh, I cannot guess what you do or what you want to do.
Youre capricious and pay no attention to the eyes of others.
Im always at your beck and call.
Im amazed by you sometimes and weary of you at other times;
nevertheless, Im in love with you.
You always have lots of guy friends nearby you.
Im just one of them, and havent confessed my love to you.
Im regretful, but have already accepted it.
I keep you at this comfortable distance.
I enjoy it because its natural.
Just like you, Ill take my shoes off to follow you anywhere you go.
Ill do whatever you do.
My feelings make me positive but I’m not ready to express them.
Im just as I am all the while being with you.
The one I want is close at hand.
I wonder if I have the chance to speak my mind to you someday.
You dont seem to notice there are things this summer different than in others:
how often we see each other, and how we pull back our fingers when we touch.
Im painfully awkward at everything.
I looked into the mirror over and over to fix my bed hair before I got here.