Based on the translation provided in the topic, because I don’t know Japanese.
“Our Love” is an interesting title choice, considering some of the lyrics (and Ao no Yume as a whole). One sided love is relevant across Love Song, and this is no exception. Based on the title, the singer implies that the love is mutual. This plays further into the mindset of the singer, them thinking that their love is reciprocated.
Summary and Interpretation
The song begins with the singer deciding to “create graffiti” on a wall. They draw a “distant sea” while noting that the summer has just started. It’s interesting that the summer had just started, as in the last song (Hyaku nen no Natsu) the summer had already been underway. This leads me to believe that those two songs carry a similar message, occupying the same “time” (time being a lesson the singer learns about love).
The very next day, a girl is there, wanting to “create graffiti” together. The word choice is interesting here, the singer saying “my picture” to invoke the sense of ownership, but also “together” and “with me” to include the other person. I see this “picture” (and by extension, the sea they are painting) as the future they want to share together. The ocean is vast and mysterious, and is known to represent a person’s innermost thoughts. As they paint this picture, their minds align and they fall in love. The singer wants to be closer to the girl, saying “let’s expand the sea both of us created.” Notice how it’s no longer “my picture/my sea,” but one they share. They want it to go on forever. But no love is perfect. After the girl paints, the sea is “all dyed in red.” Red symbolizes many negative aspects of human nature. This points to two things: the girl is crazy/dangerous, or impending doom(like breakup or something) for the singer is near. The stark change in attitude follows in the next line, “All the people gathered here are the same./ They kept losing something./ While I am unable to love anyone.” The easy answer is “the singer has lost their ability to love.” Everyone there has lost something, and the singer is no exception.
Yet, as most people with something in common do, the group of people get along. The singer, on the other hand, struggles to fit in. There is a consistent guilt weighing down on them, and it eventually overtakes them. As the group bonds, they laugh and paint in “various color[s].” The use of “various colors” shows how they try to accept everyone. By “expanding the sea all of us created,” they deepen their connections with each other. The singer, has eyes for the girl. “That’s what I thought every time I see you smiling beside me” suggests they only want to be part of the group to get closer to the girl. Motivations skew, the singer realizes again that deep down, they are flawed.
The next stanza shows the singer’s effort put into trying to make it work with the girl. The singer blames themselves, on the fact that “we live to be broken.” Because of this attitude, they aren’t able to “protect” the girl. Here, I assume protect means love because of how often Key works define love as “the feeling of wanting to protect something. Even saying “I can’t protect anything,” along with earlier lines, makes it clear that the singer believes that they have lost their ability to love.
In the last stanza, the singer states that they have finished drawing a “sky.” The sky and the sea are closely intertwined, so changing the sea to a sky is not a large leap. The singer is crying, having finished drawing the picture. They are sad to see their summer project complete, not simply because it’s over, but because everyone has left, including the girl. A chapter in the singer’s life is complete. It ends with a drawing of the sea, one the girl was “aiming for.”
Wait, this flips the song on its head!
The girl never wanted to be with anyone, she just wanted to be alone, isolated at sea. She led the singer into thinking that they were inherently flawed, but it was actually her all along, not wanting to be with the singer. The sea “dyed red” foreshadowed this, the girl has a different, more sinister(at least to the singer) thought process. As the ocean symbolizes the girls deepest thoughts, it shows how she wants nothing to do with the singer. The internal turmoil the singer went through was because they never considered that they weren’t the problem. When they had finished drawing the sea, nothing left in their mind to figure out why the relationship didn’t work out, all they could do is release their emotions through their tears. The girl was as out of reach as the sky. Yet, the sea is only blue because it reflects the sky. The singer is only happy when the girl is there. Without her, the waves are just grey. The singer put themselves on a chase that never started.
The song begins with a noise in the background.
To me, it sounds like the tide rolling out: swelling once, then fading into the piano. The ending makes it a bit more clear, where the sounds of the sea comes back (along with what sounds like birds faintly cawing? Can’t really tell).
The piano plays the same set of notes over and over while the singer sings. This repetition is present throughout a large portion of the song, accompanied by other instruments or not. In the third stanza, the melody changes, but the pattern is still present: repeating a set of notes. Here, the singer gets their first red flag about the girl. Afterwards, it returns to the same one from before.
I believe the rolling piano notes to represent the inner thoughts of the singer. They back the singer, and in the presence of other instruments, changes and softens. This shows a social pattern the singer experiences. The singer initially feels strong, but in the presence of others feels that they have to fade away. This is a reflection of the events of the song; the singer initially is alone, then is joined by more people. As the group grows, the singer feels more and more isolated, forcing them to question if they are at fault. The swings in the piano melody represent that.
The picture appears to be in the style of the picture of the sea drawn on a wall, as indicated by the pipe and cracks and window thing. What’s interesting is that the girl doesn’t appear to have a shadow, while the guy does. This leads me to believe that the girl shown is drawn on, while the guy is standing in front of it. I believe that this is the picture from the final line “the sea the girl was aiming for.” There is some red paint near her head, from the sea “dyed all red.” A few other things to notice are the crack in the wall through the girl and the cloth/bandage on her wrist(I think that’s what that is). These all seem to be red flags that the girl is not mentally stable, being “cracked” figuratively and actually. The bandages might allude to the fact that she cuts herself, playing deeper into her character. The bottom half of her dress seems to blend into the sea, furthering the connection between her and the sea she was aiming for.
One Sentence Summary
Being lonely is hard, so the two of us joined hands; two people is lonely, so a circle of us joined hands
With only their own actions to reflect on, a person blames themselves for a love lost to them.
The song sounds like a beautiful way of portraying the feeling of someone left behind. Here’s a scenario: two people are friends. Then, more people join the friend group and everyone becomes buddy buddy with each other. But as time goes on, one of the two friends gets left behind, and distances themselves from the group–eventually only being able to be friends with one person…
I’ve heard something like that before
Yeah I’m sitting on a lot of LB vibes from this song, like (LB)[spoiler] lines like “we live to lose” and everyone with one tragic thing in common becoming friends and having to be alone and
jeez the ending to this song is sad.
Good thing LB has a happier end right [/spoiler]
Bokura no Koi definitely takes the love part of Love Song in a different direction. Now we see a little more about the people the singer loves. I’m interested to see how it changes in later songs.