Oddloop – Unraveling the Dance of Life Through Japanese Indie Rock


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Frederic's Oddloop at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. The Ceaseless Cadence: Exploring the Metaphor of Dance
  5. As We Chew Gum Audaciously – Bite Into the Song’s Rebellious Tone
  6. A Telescope for Emotions – Peering Into the Depths of ‘Oddloop’
  7. A Night Without Dance – Deciphering the Song’s Hidden Meaning
  8. Painting the Dance Hall’s Future – The Song’s Most Memorable Lines

Lyrics

踊ってるだけで退場
それをそっかそっかっていって
お幸せについて討論
何が正義なんかって思う
生意気そうにガム噛んで
それもいいないいなって思う
テレスコープ越しの感情
ロッカーに全部詰め込んだ

踊ってない夜を知らない
踊ってない夜が気に入らない
踊ってない夜を知らない
踊ってない夜が気に入らないよ
気に入らない夜なんて もう僕は知らない
踊ってない夜がない夜なんて
とってもとっても退屈です

思ってるだけで行動
きっと night 音楽も踊る
タンスでダンスする現状
これはチャンスなんかって思う
カスタネットがほらたんたん
たたたたんたたんたんたたんたん
踊ってない夜を知らない人とか
この世に一人もございません

踊ってない夜を知らない
踊ってない夜が気に入らない
踊ってない夜を知らない
踊ってない夜が気に入らないよ
気に入らない夜なんて もう僕は知らない
踊ってない夜がない夜なんて
とってもとっても退屈です

いつも待ってる ダンスホールは待ってる
変わってく 変わってく 傷だらけでも待ってる
ほら踊ってる ダンスホールの未来に
色を塗って生きるのは あなた あなた
「ダンスは笑顔で待ってる」

踊ってない夜を知らない
踊ってない夜が気に入らない
踊ってない夜を知らない
踊ってない夜が気に入らないよ
気に入らない夜なんて もう僕は知らない
踊ってない夜がない夜なんて

踊ってたい夜を知りたい (待ってる)
踊ってたい夜を気に入りたい (ダンスは笑顔で待ってる)
踊ってない夜を知りたい (待ってる)
踊ってない夜が気に入らないよ (ダンスは笑顔で待ってる)
気に入らない夜なんて もう僕は知らない (待ってる ダンスは笑顔で待ってる)
踊ってない夜に泣いてるなんて (待ってる)
とってもとっても退屈です (ダンスは笑顔で待ってる)
踊ってたい夜が大切なんです
とってもとってもとっても大切です

Full Lyrics

Fusing an infectious blend of indie rock and dance beats, ‘Oddloop’ by Frederic strikes listeners with its buoyant chords and an insistent chorus that catches both the ear and the foot. As this song from the Japanese band Frederic twists through melodies and metaphors, it becomes clear that it isn’t just about the literal act of dancing, but about the rhythmic pulse of life itself.

‘Oddloop’ carries with it layers of meaning, wrapped within its lighthearted surface. Its lyrics, perplexing yet poetic, convey a deeper existential context that emerges upon closer inspection. Here, we will deconstruct the song and its underpinings, attempting to distill the esoteric musings of Frederic into a tangible interpretation.

The Ceaseless Cadence: Exploring the Metaphor of Dance

At the forefront of ‘Oddloop’ is the recurring motif of dance – a universal symbol for various facets of life. Delving beyond the beat, the song perpetuates the idea that to dance is to participate, to engage, to live fully. It’s an implicit criticism of passivity, where ‘not knowing about un-dancing nights’ becomes synonymous with not recognizing life without zest and participation.

This leads us to ponder: Are the ‘un-dancing nights’ a metaphor for complacency, or perhaps an un-lived life? The lyrics’ repeated disavowal of such nights suggests a longing for continuous motion, growth, and perhaps an escape from the mundane. The act of dancing, and the ignorance of the alternative, becomes a manifesto for vitality.

As We Chew Gum Audaciously – Bite Into the Song’s Rebellious Tone

There’s an air of nonchalance laced through the song as the protagonist chews gum with a seemingly cocky demeanor. But far from mere insolence, this attitude could reflect a rebellion against societal norms, a challenge to conventional definitions of ‘justice’ and ‘happiness’.

The gum chewing is effective in conveying a casual, carefree spirit that aligns with the theme of dance. It echoes a sentiment that while society might push back or impose certain ideologies, there’s merit in simply ‘thinking it’s nice’, in appreciating the subjective nature of contentment and moral righteousness.

A Telescope for Emotions – Peering Into the Depths of ‘Oddloop’

Emotions in ‘Oddloop’, like the images seen through a telescope, might seem distant yet are packed tight ‘in the locker’. On one hand, the lyrics draw attention to a certain introspection, a contained universe of feelings set apart from the outside world.

The private catalogue of emotions could also signify the hidden layers that we stash away, the complexity of our internal world that is juxtaposed with the simplicity of the dance metaphor. Despite the emphasis on outward expression through dance, the song acknowledges the rich, often unseen, emotional landscape within.

A Night Without Dance – Deciphering the Song’s Hidden Meaning

Could it be that the ‘nights without dance’ represent those moments when monotony and silence creep into our lives, when there’s a palpable absence of the music of existence? Frederic toys with the existential dread of leading a life devoid of color and rhythm, reinforcing an overarching theme of embracing every beat.

However, even in the dreary nights that lack dance, there’s a yearning for knowledge and understanding. ‘Oddloop’ dares listeners to confront this void, to acknowledge the less vibrant parts of life only to underscore the beauty and necessity of its more dynamic counterpart.

Painting the Dance Hall’s Future – The Song’s Most Memorable Lines

‘The dance hall is waiting, even if it’s scarred, it’s waiting; Look, in the future of the dance hall, you’re painting you’re living.’ These lines are possibly the song’s most resounding, reinforcing the concept of resilience and the human capacity to invigorate and ‘paint’ our own existence.

The ‘dance hall’ could be a metaphor for the world or our personal space of influence. Its wounds are badges of endurance, signs that despite challenges, there is always a space and opportunity for creative expression and genuine existence. And in this space, it is ‘you, you’ who can infuse life with color and meaning—emphasizing the individual’s power in shaping their reality.

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