Based on the translation provided in the topic, because I don’t know Japanese.
A decent amount of information can be derived from the title “Azure Dream”. Azure is most used to describe the blue of a clear sky, but also outright means “clear sky”. Here, it azure is used for its first definition: color, one known to represent loyalty, wisdom, and tranquility. So, the song is a dream about the sky. In a more figurative sense, it is the singer’s limitless imagination. They seem themselves in a beautiful world that is theirs, with an endless sky and infinite possibilities. Yet, the lyrics of the song tell another story. This song continues to explore the theme of unhealthy attachment, with emphasis on the perspective of the people involved.
Summary and Interpretation
The song begins with the singer saying how they have been searching for someone. They go as far to say “in this time, in this planet, in this eternal sky” to further show how long they’ve been trying. Next, the pattern changes when the singer says “in that blueness”. The blueness is mentioned in a less vague manner to add emphasis to it. It also adds emphasis to the “eternal sky”. This eludes to the fact that the singer is enjoying the search. This emphasis contributes to the next line “My love even fell into such a depth”. In addition, @HeliosAlpha says that there is an element of learning in this line. The singer is learning how to love this other person, presumably out of obsession, to try to make an ideal world for the two of them. The love falls to a point where the singer says this line “It’s all for you.” Perhaps the person the singer is searching for is longing to be found, but later lines in the song hint against this. The singer is giving their all to find someone, pouring their heart into their search, to a point where it’s no longer sane.
The next stanza describes their time together. The singer’s love interest is someone driven, as stated by “You are a traveler pursuing for your dream.” The singer has an attraction to someone who knows what they want, and can’t help but follow. In the relationship, they want to be like the person they love, and they want to support them as much as possible, but the singer knows that in the end, it’s all moot. “But I wonder why my tears can’t stop” shows how the singer’s inner feelings are leaking out, telling them to stop this attachment because it isn’t sustainable. Deep down they know that it won’t end well, this one sided love.
“Everything I see is always distorted” has a very clear meaning: the singer’s vision of the other person has blurred. Instead of a healthy relationship, they see a goal: to do everything for the good of the other person. Yet, the singer knows that their perspective has changed from reality. Even though they acknowledge that they have a distorted perspective, they continue acting on it. The level of crazy intensifies. “Beyond those ever continuing shoeprints,” there exists an unknown future. The word choice of “shoeprints” shows that the singer is not looking ahead, but down, at whatever is right in front of them. They plan to “destroy everything” directly beyond the other person(trying to make their life easier), without thinking about the future and the consequences. This leads to the question: what will the singer do? How will this attitude ruin their relationship?
The next stanza is curious. I interpret it to mean that the other person in the song no longer wants anything to do with the singer. They say “it exist[s] in a deep dream.” Only in the singer’s delusional mind does this relationship live on. The singer does not accept this, saying “I’ll wait for our next encounter.”
Another interpretation, with help from a later stanza, could hint to the fact that (rest of the song) the other person has died. In this earlier stanza, the other person tells the singer that they are going to die (probably because of Key aids), so the “eternity” from their words represents the eternity of death. The fifth stanza can be interpreted to mean that they have died, rising to the heavens “beyond the eternal clouds”. Later, the singer also states that they “will never wake up”. Having this interpretation has the rest of the song branch out in a different way, so the “alternate” (but in reality it could be the real “route”) ending will be covered here. The singer continues to love the person after they have died, but their death has them slowly descend into madness (I throw myself to the fact that you will never wake up). They believe that the relationship is still there saying “oh, my unchanging self in your eyes”, but it is just them, “waking up on a different planet” where the other person is gone, and continuing to search for something that was never there. I believe that this is more valid than the suicide interpretation because the singer awakens near the end, on “another planet.” If not for this line, I would have believed the singer died.
Back on track, the next stanza parallels to the one two above it, being about perspective, looking beyond, and living for someone else. It describes the sky from the other person’s perspective as “always clear,” the opposite of what the singer sees (always distorted). The other person sees “beyond those eternal clouds” which is a testament to how different they are. The “distorted” vision of the singer is figuratively because of these clouds; they know that their perception is limited, but it seems that they have accepted that they can’t do anything about it. The perception of what depends on the meaning of the sky. Generally throughout the song, it is used to refer to the limitless unknown. Specific to the singer, the sky is the love they have for the other person. So, the singer knows that the love they have for this other person is flawed, but laments that deep down, they can’t change. Yet, to the other person, the sky represents the future and their dream. Their future is clear, and they have a firm grasp on their lives. And they see a future without the singer.
In an almost chant, the singer reminisces about the past they shared with the other person in the song (the “eternal dream”, being “always with me”). But if they are thinking to the past, does the singer recognize that times have changed? The line “even if time changes everything” provides a few clues. It could mean something like “even if time changes everything I will still love you”. Even if time changes, the memories won’t.
The next stanza slightly twists this. “Forever and always, let’s be together” eludes to the singer not accepting that the other person is gone. Yet in the next line, they show that they know that they “will never wake up”. So they choose to have hope, to keep the dream of being together alive. But time and time again, the singer is delusional. They can’t be together. The repetition of the line “I have been looking for you” adds to the obsessive nature of the singer.
Near the very end, the singer “wakes up on another planet”. Could this mean that they have realized that obsessing over a lost cause is pointless? If “planet” is used as a symbol for their mindset/sanity, then yes (it’s kinda there, planets are big and support life, your brain is (kinda) big and supports your whole body/life). The significance of the season is another big theme in Love Song: the actual passage of time.
Ao no Yume begins with a myriad instruments slowly coming together, giving the impression of a single individual waking up in a field surrounded by nature. Riya begins singing, and the song develops a beat. For the first time in the song, the vocals are backed by strong instrumentals. The vocals represent the feelings of the singer. The surge of emotion from here is backed by the lyrics, describing the depth of this love. Through the first stanza, the instrumental is complex with no main melody standing out. After the line “It’s all for you,” it develops its leitmotif. This theme plays after every repeat of that line. If the background track represents the how the singer thinks/feels, it clues into what is in their head. While they were searching, they were a mess. Their thoughts were jumbled, and they couldn’t find a central focus. But when they fell in love, central thought emerged in their minds, like how the leitmotif rises from the bgm.
The music is then calmer, with a driving beat to keep it going. This reflects the time described in the song, when the singer met this other person and fell in love with them. Simpler times. It then swells to what I think is the chorus, as the lyrics take a more drastic meaning. Again, we see how the music reflects the singer.
In the slow section, the singer reminisces about the past. The change in tempo suggests that the singer is starting to slow down in their search. However, as they continue to recall fond memories, the background track begins to add onto itself, slowly swelling back into the full track from the chorus. Emotions in full swing, the singer continuously declares that they “have been looking for [them]”.
At the end, the leitmotif overlaps the singer until the song abruptly stops. I interpret it to be the singer’s mind “breaking”. After obsessing over the other person for so long, they have become mentally exhausted and can no longer function. Another theory I have is that it represents the singer waking from the dream. It reminded me of the end of (Owari no Hoshi) Kooru Yume, where they awaken from their frozen dream to a person with a headset saying there was a “bug”. At the moment, this is the only connection I can draw.
When I first heard the song, I thought the distorted part was the creepiest thing ever. I thought it was a problem with my computer and it scared the crap out of me.
The picture shows Biz a girl/woman with her face pointed towards the sky, eyes closed. This pose reminds me of one someone would make if they had accepted their fate. The calm face, the gentle breeze, the white clouds all paint a peaceful picture. I believe that this scene is the person feeling released from obsession of the singer. Relieved, they can finally face the sky from their dreams. Yet, their eyes are closed because they have share the sky with the singer. It reminds them of the singer, and may bring them painful memories.
One Sentence Summary
Obsession throws a relationship into disarray as finality evokes insanity (RIP the dream).
Yo this song was hard for me to interpret. Initially the ideas are somewhat simple, but my brain farted for about 48 hours straight while I tried to write this. It gave me so much grief that I don’t want to listen to it for a while. In the end, it’s my fault for obsessively listening to it for the past few days. I racked my brain thinking about symbolism and stuff so much I think I might be going insane.
doesn’t that sound familiar
(Exaggeration aside, it was mentally exhausting. I have a feeling 90% of this is bs because I was ded)
The song gives me the impression that the singer is (as @kyuketsukimiyu said) somewhat of a yandere. But they never take any action, just obsessing over them (maybe we’ll see it in later songs).
Ao no Yume did remind me of the story from Futari dake no Ark, with the whole (<–what was in the previous spoiler tags) having a dream, being unable to reach it thing. I haven’t read the lyrics depth yet, but I’m excited to find connections that branch the two albums.
Tried my best
I think you may be onto something here. I can’t figure out how the obsessive nature of the lyrics ties into this, however. Do you have any ideas? I really like your interpretation.
One last thing, a message I got out of the song. I think it applies to everything
We all share the same sky. The only difference is how we see it.