Ok, so this is off the beaten track, but I’m a longtime fan of Yoko Kanno’s work, and even before that, the Gravity Game Ragnarok Online 2: Gate of the World.
That being said, these two align, in the existence of the original soundtrack to this game. The notorious opening track, simply titled “Intro Theme” is by far the most popular track, as it plays in the opening login screen of the game.
It turns out that thanks to VGMdb‘s page on the DVD Soundtrack Release, we get some nice scans from the package (if you register/log in):
This spread of pages 5 and 6 specifically detail the lyrics to this song, one I’m not sure is transcribed anywhere else.
Three Languages here, the first which is similar to the “fake French” Yoko Kanno has used in Macross Plus‘s Soundtrack, namely “Idol Talk” which is credited to Sharon Apple. This track is also vocally credited to Gabriela Robin, which is actually a pen name for Kanno herself, one that she took time to reveal. But I digress.
The other two are Korean and Japanese “translations” of this song. Likely the Japanese is the original meaning, and the Korean is a translation of that, as Kanno is Japanese herself; but that’s only a guess.
The first language I’ve decided to call “Norman” in reference to Norman race from the game.
Normans are the “human” race of the game, and were the only playable one at the time of the Alpha and Beta releses. Ellir were NPCs and were planned as playable, and Dimingos had art, but no NPCs within the game.
Anyway, the team for PPGZ includes Erundil – who helpfully transcribed the Kanji from the scan, along with a buddy of his.
Intro Theme Lyrics
Nei bla nie je
Nei zai pan ma nie
Na pa gi ti ka to nami
Les ta le lyo
Pis ta ni kul pra ze ilu dumina
Stutr ka shutr ka
Nash ti ka piensa
Poz ni no il brah la ti raru
I ban ma nie
I vush ka na nia ju da ya
Leska nozna mie
Ka na mi
Leska nozna mie
Ke do zhe
Mada kinu mada minu
Te ni shita to omou to choukedo
Koyubi no tsume hodo no ooki
Sa watage, hana
Ashita ni wa soko ni atta kehai mo nai
Shiawasena se kai
Doushitetara koko ni todome rareru no
Kokodenai touku de
Kino tashikani uta o kiita ki ga surunoni
Chisana mado kara mite iru
Chisana mado kara yonde iru
Haruka mukashi ragunaroku
아직 오지 않는 아직 보이지 않닌
손에 넣었다고 생각하다가 놓치는
내일이 되면 그곳에 있던 기헉도 없다
어떻게 하면 이곳에 남길 수 있는지
이곳이 아닌 먼 곳에서
어제 확실히 노래를 들었던 것 같은데
작은 항문에서 보고 있는
작은 항문에서 부르고 있는
오래 옛날의 라그나로크
Ajig oji anhneun ajig boiji anhnin
Son-e neoh-eossdago saeng-gaghadaga nohchineun
Naeil-i doemyeon geugos-e issdeon giheogdo eobsda
Eotteohge hamyeon igos-e namgil su issneunji
Igos-i anin meon gos-eseo
Eoje hwagsilhi nolaeleul deul-eossdeon geos gat-eunde
Jag-eun hangmun-eseo bogo issneun
Jag-eun hangmun-eseo buleugo issneun
Olae yesnal-ui lageunalokeu
The translations are still a bit WIP. I’ll update if and when that happens!
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