Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “NightLight”

The whole “twistical” piece I’m unsure of, but it would make sense, so I’ve kept it. It kind of sounds like “twist-a-blue”, too. I’m just unsure. Definitely open to suggestion on that one. Anything with an Astrix again denotes confusion. Yukimi, help!

Edit: When I said “Yukimi, help!” I wasn’t expecting that to actually be case until this Tweet from @twittledragon: “@littledragonews well done! real close!… twisted blue form of light turning over etc etc lol”

Edit: Lawrence has gone one better than Yukimi by providing the 100% official links from the liner notes. Thank you!

“NightLight”
Words written by Yukimi Nagano

Open the door, there you’re standing in a row
Dancing in a twisted blue form of light – turning over
Making a sound, then your braiding it around
Turning in a twisted blue form of light – moving your shoulders
1, 2, you move, your feet, your shoes
Flying like a arrow in the room

Be my angel, love
Tell me everything I need from above
Be my heroine, tell them please what we need to never be sin
Be forever sun
Never, never, ever stop everyone
Be my shining light
Lady, I believe you transform the night

Open the door, there you’re standing in a row
Dancing in a twisted blue form of light – turning over
Making a sound, then your braiding it around
Turning in a twisted blue form of light – moving your shoulders
1, 2, you move, your feet, your shoes
Flying like a arrow in the room

Be my angel, love
Tell me everything I need from above
Be my heroine, tell them please what we need to never be sin
Be forever sun
Never, never, ever stop everyone
Be my shining light
Lady, I believe you tranform the night

You open my mind, got me floating out of time
Dancing in a twisted blue form of light
Drifting a sound, got me turning it around
Moving in a twisted blue form of life – moving your shoulders
1, 2, you move, your feet, your shoes
Flying like a arrow in the room

Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “Crystalfilm”

Submitted quite wonderfully by visitor Brittany. I changed one or two things, which means she has full license to kick me in the shins should I have gotten those edits wrong.

Edit: Thanks to Jessica and Domenica for the improvements!

“Crystalfilm”
Words written by Yukimi Nagano

Lost my grip and my vision gone dull
I swing my hip like a dancer gone numb
I saw your shadow, saw the skeleton run
Now something’s missing from my memory of … you
You shake my world from my ground to my head
Distant noise that wake me out of bed
I listen as the walls cave in
I’m hanging on ’cause your memories spin on

I lost my grip, I balanced it on a piece of paper
True in one trip, it’s weaving in
And I wait for later
Who is leaning in on my yes to be?
Who is sneaking in, is sneaking in on me, on me?

I cut a house in half and turn a frown
Distant painted walls and letters upside down
I try to hold on, I try to hold on but you’re gone
Then I try to let go but your memory’s still on

I lost my grip, I balanced it on a piece of paper
True in one trip, it’s weaving in
And I wait for later
Who is leaning in on my yes to be?
Who is sneaking in, is sneaking in on me, on me?

On me, on my

Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “Seconds”

Must note that these are not official: just my attempt at deciphering them. Anything with an “*” denotes that it’s most likely wrong or there’s some doubt.

“Seconds”
Words written by Yukimi Nagano

Ten times more than the sweetest sound
Wouldn’t want to change if it brings me down
Every seven years it’s on expire
Driven by a fear and a sweep of fire
Higher than the heavens
So tempted by your hands
And letting go
Every now and then to fall behind
Leaning on a stranger, turning time

Cause all I want, a second or two
And all we got are seconds to lose
And all I am is tempted by you

Ten times more than the sweetest sound
I wouldn’t change if it brings you down
Every seven years it’s on expire
Driven by a fear and a sweep of fire

Cause all I want, a second or two
And all we got are seconds to lose
And all I am is tempted by you

Because all I want, a second or two
And all we got are seconds to lose
And all I am is tempted by you

Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “Shuffle A Dream”

Must note that these are not official: just my attempt at deciphering them. Anything with an “*” denotes that it’s most likely wrong or there’s some doubt.

Edit: Laurence and Jay helped improve this. Thanks so much, guys.

“Shuffle A Dream”
Words written by Yukimi Nagano

You cruise around in a deluxe water craft
And play it big in designer shades acting high class
And the girls that you know all admire that
They want your kids in a row
They’ll be lining up fast
To your door
So make a move
Castle in the sky
Pick and choose
If you want him
Would you share?
Cause that’s the deal, girl

Trickling coins
Making the noise
Follow it blind
Follow the signs
Why would want
Someone so vain
Stealing your soul
Making it rain?

You act supreme as your fortune lit the sky
But it’s a shell with a crack
And you’re just a plain guy
Play it big cause our world made it easy to
I see those shimmering rocks moving closer to you
To your door
So make a move
Castle in the sky
Pick and choose
If you want him, girl
Could you share?
Cause that’s the deal now
If you dare

Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “Brush The Heat”

Not official, and there to be improved upon. Here’s my attempt at “Brush The Heat”. Hopefully the official lyrics will be part of a booklet with the physical disc.

“Brush The Heat”
Written by Yukimi Nagano

In a stare
So in-between
I’m feeling bold
I’m in a dream
I have no mask
I have no guard
It’s just the flesh there bare under the stars
And when the words get in the way
The ones that hurt
The ones that she said
So I give in to live the beat
I’m giving into the rhythm of my feet
Brush the heat
Brush it
Brush the heat
Brush it

Traffic slow
Lights in a haze
And all the smog
I’m in a daze
So I move down away from here
And if you smile
Then maybe I could feel
And all the words get in the way
The ones that hurt
The ones that she said
So I give in to live the beat
I give in to the rhythm of my feet
Brush the heat
Brush it
Brush the heat
Brush it

Lyrics to Little Dragon’s “Please Turn”

If you want to be free from spoilers before the 25th (UK)/26th (US) then read no more, but here are the lyrics to “Please Turn”. Well, they are my translated efforts – undoubtedly to be full of errors, but enjoy for now.

“Please Turn”
Written by Yukimi Nagano

With your clover
You’re picking cherries
Taking pills
And running with the steam
Love’s all make believe
Swinging branches
By your mansion
And by the pool she’s posing leopard skin
Got you dancing in

Please, pull the string now
Turn the winds all round and round
Oh the diamonds don’t lift up
Oh the color shift and cut

Staring down at wondering faces who want your place
But on the papers you can shine and fly
Smiling in their eyes
Over land and over space
You take me to that unreal place
That I had never known
Don’t you cry

Please!
Turn!

SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon: Lyrics to “Wildfire”

One or two have requested the lyrics to SBTRKT and Little Dragon’s “Wildfire” – which can be heard here – so I bring you this rather fragmented, but hopefully useful, attempt at figuring out what’s being sung in that delicious melody.

“Wildfire”

I could bet all the riches that I ever had
Rushing the night like a shark, babe
Would it be bad?
If I had to set the alarm
Cause those thrills that run up my back
You are my star
Nothing else could leave me off track

Hey
You like a wildfire
You got me rising high

Your innocence
Who’s brave?
Drowning in
Would you save me
It’s a crime
If you don’t want
You’ll expire
By the throat

Edit: Improved upon by “teresaaa7″ and “J”.

Edit #2: Now official, as per SKTRKT’s webpage.

Let’s decipher the lyrics to Little Dragon’s “Summertearz”, shall we?

When Yukimi speaks of this summer’s Ritual Union as having possibly a more tribal feel, then surely “Summertearz” is the one song we’ve heard so far that proves to be a storming example of the lead singer’s intention? Can’t wait to hear the studio version and all the intricacies it’ll bring.

Written by Yukimi Nagano

“Summertearz”

The coldest wind hit me so hard
I raise my fist
I slip apart
Oh oh
Nothing compares nothing at all
Just like my tears
I let them fall
Oh oh
It’s in my blood
This dizzy vein
It never cared of all my pain
Oh oh
So lead me on into your web
It’s just a ride that’s in my head
Oh oh

Kind of driven and kind of triggered on
I watch the woods trying to find those inner gods
Hold it back just to try to hold it in
Just like the devil that stayed ready to win
No competition still I’m acting on a race
Watching angels dancing in the slow of ways
Got to let it go
But I can’t
Got to let it go
But I
Oh oh

Little Dragon on Pitchfork TV performing “Summertearz”. Click this link for a better quality streaming video along with a performance of “Blinking Pigs” from the same showcase.

Little Dragon and lyrics: “Little Man”

And yet another attempted deciphering of a future Ritual Union song in the shape of the wonderful “Little Man”. If it’s wrong then we’ll blame someone else. The “stealthily” wording is the only bit I was adverse to posting here. I can’t figure out what else it could be. Yukimi, help me.

“I think it [“Little Man”] has a kind of comical side to it. The lyrics are about people being a little bit obsessed with the idea with being happy having everything financially and I think that’s just something we’re fed all the time. You know, having everything in that sense doesn’t necessarily make anything perfect,” – Yukimi.

“Whenever I play this song I find myself conscious about the different dances I do. It’s always different moves. Sometimes it’s in the knees. Sometimes it’s in the hips,” – Fredrik. And the boy can dance.

Written by Yukimi Nagano

“Little Man”

You grew high
Taller than the middle class
Boy cash run in your pockets
You skate high
Gold on your fingertips
They try to make people nervous of

Something missing in your smile
Something missing in your soul
Are you suffering the blues
Tell me why
Tell me when
Tell me why when yeah

Green dollar bills slip your hand Little Man
Anything you want come instantly
Boy when a plan slip your hand Little Man
Anything you want come instantly

Castle house
Cars and the latest blues
No doubt got you feeling empty
Man your banks packed to the edge
And still you’re sad

Something missing in your smile
Something missing in your soul
Are you suffering the blues
Tell me why
When
Why
When

Green dollar bills slip your hand Little Man
Anything you want come instantly
Boy when a plan slip your hand Little Man
Anything you want come instantly

[Edit: User pixel pusher helped replace the “stealthily” wording with the evidently correct “instantly” line. Thanks so much for that. These poor ageing ears of mine. And you’re my first comment, too! A high five is in order.

#2: User teresaaa7 has helped us along even further with the chorus, this time with the first and third lines. We’re near completion now, right? Thanks so much for the contributions!

#3: A third contribution? This is almost a mini-community. Jiver helped us improve upon one further line, this time: “Are you suffering the blues?” Not anymore. Thanks, Jiver.]

And…

“Little Man” – Little Dragon
Different Fur Studios
San Francisco, CA
February 4th, 2011
Yourstru.ly

Little Dragon and lyrics: “Ritual Union”

Here is our attempt at translating the words to the title track from Little Dragon’s upcoming record. Hopefully they are correct, although they probably won’t be. At least it gives you an idea for the sing-along. I’ll attempt “SummerTearz”, “NightLight”, and “Little Man” later.

Written by Yukimi Nagano

Ritual Union

Ritual union has got me in trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And a mistress
And her spirit – holding my hand!

Love sinking in the sand
Petals falling on demand
My feet are running like the wind
I’m sorry, boy – that we sinned
Love is not like they say
I lied, it’s hard to make it stay
I drown my feelings in the sea
Then dried out over on the beach

Ritual union has got me in trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And the mistress
And a spirit – holding my hand!

Mother, tell me how it is
I know you’ve been through all of this
You ran away so many times
Your kids, your heart, a couple of dimes
Love is not like they say
I lied, it’s hard to make it stay
It drowns my feelings in the sea
I dried up over on the beach…