2015.11.25 | POP MANIA LABEL

Black Dog (Kuroi Inu)

Lyrics By ISSAY

Music by HIKARU





Voice of darkness  僕を迷わせる
Voice of Black dog  何も見えない
Voice of darkness  僕を走らせる
Foul is fair  霧の中


Voice of darkness  僕を惑わせる
Voice of Black dog  何も感じない
Voice of darkness  僕をかりたてる
Foul is fair  霧の中


By: Yoshiyuki

Ore wo okosu no wa dare da?
Shiwagare koe ga sasayaita
Kuroi inu ga tachi agari
Hiniku na warai ukabeta

Geemu wo shiyou janai ka
Hidari ka migi ka massugu ka erabe
Mayonaka no jyuujiro wa
Mayoeru tamashii ni o niai sa

Voice of darkness  Boku wo mayowaseru
Voice of Black dog  Nani mo mienai
Voice of darkness  Boku wo hashiraseru
Foul is fair  Kiri no naka

Sukoshi nagaku iki sugita
Aitsu wa tame iki tsuki usobuku
Myaku utsu komekami ni wa
Toritome no nai tsumi no ishiki

Voice of darkness  Boku wo madowaseru
Voice of Black dog  Nani mo kanjinai
Voice of darkness  Boku wo karitateru
Foul is fair  Kiri no naka


By: Yoshiyuki

Who was it who woke me?
A hoarse voice whispered
The black dog stands up
A sardonic smile appears

Let’s play a game, shall we?
Pick left, right, or center
The crossroads at midnight¹
Are perfect for wandering spirits²

Voice of darkness  Misleading me
Voice of Black dog  I can’t see anything
Voice of darkness  Making me run
Foul is fair  In the fog³

I’ve lived a little too long
He brags with a sigh
Between his throbbing temples
Lies a digressive sense of guilt

Voice of darkness  Leading me astray
Voice of Black dog  I can’t feel anything
Voice of darkness  Hunting me down
Foul is fair  In the fog




A black dog is a motif of a spectral or demonic entity found primarily in the folklore of the British Isles. The black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, in some cases a shapeshifter, and is often said to be associated with the Devil or described as a ghost or supernatural hellhound. Its appearance was regarded as a portent of death.


¹ In folk magic and mythology, crossroads may represent a location “between the worlds” and, as such, a site where supernatural spirits can be contacted and paranormal events can take place. Symbolically, it can mean a locality where two realms touch and therefore represents liminality, a place literally “neither here nor there”, “betwixt and between”.
In conjure, rootwork, and hoodoo, a form of African American magical spirituality, in order to acquire facility at various manual and body skills, such as playing a musical instrument, throwing dice, or dancing, one may attend upon a crossroads a certain number of times, either at midnight or just before dawn, and one will meet a “black man,” whom some call the Devil, who will bestow upon one the desired skills.

² Or lost souls.


³ A Shakespearean reference. The line “fair is foul and foul is fair” comes from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The scene where Macbeth meets the three witches ends with the lines:

“Fair is foul and foul is fair,
Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

The line “fair is foul and foul is fair” means that all is not what it seems. What seems good and trustworthy is actually not; what might seem repugnant is actually good. The witches are foretelling the treachery of Macbeth, who will commit treason by killing the king.
When the line “fair is foul and foul is fair” is used today, it is often used in reference to someone who appears good, trustworthy, and genuine; but who is not-looks can be deceiving. This idea is often repeated in reference to public figures, such as politicians, who have a public persona that does not match who they really are.