Warau, Waraeba Waraou

Smile, and the world smiles back

Romaji Lyrics English Translation

Warau waraeba waraou,
Happy no mahou (Hai! Hai!)
Hikari yori tooku todoke
Egao-tachi (Smile-kuru!)

Ano ne, senaka wo mireba
Kyou no tension ga wakaru
Seya de kakushitatte na omitooshi ya
Namida no ato wo nuguttemo (Daijoubu?)
Shinpai kaketaku nakuttemo (Wakaru-kuru)
Me to me de tsuujiru kotoba ga arimasu
Sore ga minna no sainou! (Sainou!)

Hana mo arashi mo norikoe
Koko ni iru yo (Hi! Hi!)
Moshimo chikara ni naretara
Ureshii na
Warau waraeba waraou,
Warai tobasou (Yes! Yes!)
Itsuka kanashii koto sae
Takaramono

Watashi-tachi no kobushi wa
Yuruginai kokoro da yo ne
Kedo na oyatsu wa betsubara nayamu toko ya
Ichigo daifuku takoyaki-san (Oishisou-kuru!)
Nannara ryouhou ari ni suru (Sou suru-kuru!)
Mayotte komatte chakuchiten nashi desu
Kyou mo oshaberi saikou (Saikou!)

Iku yo! Sakamichi wagamichi
Nobori kudari (Go! Go!)
Nanigenai ashiato ni mo
Hana wa saku
Utau utaeba utaou
Namida fuite (Sing! Sing!)
Tsurai toki koso egao wa
Okurimono

Issho ni sugoshita jikan ga na (Tanoshii-kuru!)
Kimochi no ribbon musunda no (Heartful!)
Harete mo ame demo minna de ikimashou
Sore ga gonin no yuujou! (Yuujou!)

Hana mo arashi mo norikoe
Koko ni iru yo (Hi! Hi!)
Dakara yakusoku wa iranai
Asu ga aru
Warau waraeba waraou,
Happy no mahou (Hai! Hai!)
Hikari yori tooku todoke
Egao-tachi (Smile-kuru!)

Smile, and the world smiles back!
It’s a simple happy spell! (Yeah! Yeah!)
Cast it, and soon your smile will spread
Further than you can see! (Just smile!)

By the way your shoulders sag,
We know you’re feeling down!
Like, ya think yer hidin’ it, but we can see!
Even if you brush your tears aside (Are you alright?)
Because you don’t want to worry us all (We can tell!)
Just a gaze in your eyes tells us all we need to know
That’s what friends can do! (We can do that!)

We’ll stick together,
Through good times and bad! (Hi! Hi!)
And if our song can spur you on,
We’d want nothing more
Smile, and the world smiles back!
Just smile your cares away! (Yes! Yes!)
Cause one day all the sadness you bear
Will have made you who you are

Every blow we land
Is a sign of our strength of will
But sometimes, ya know, I just can’t resist…
Strawberry treats, or yummy meats… (So tasty!)
Well, why not have both? (Yeah, I’ll do that!)
Worry all you like, but sometimes there’s no answer
But what’s more fun than talking about it? (It’s fun!)

So come on, let’s follow our paths
Through winding hills and valleys
No matter how trivial the path we walk,
I know great things will come of it
So sing, and the world will sing back!
Just wipe your tears away! (Sing! Sing!)
Because it’s when you’re feeling down
That you really need a smile!

All this time we’ve been friends (It’s been fun!)
Has helped tie our hearts together (Heartful!)
So come sun or rain, we’ll keep on going!
That’s how strong our friendship is! (Our friendship!)

We’ll stick together,
Through good times and bad! (Hi! Hi!)
No words need to be said,
We’ll share our future together!
Smile, and the world smiles back!
It’s a simple happy spell! (Yeah! Yeah!)
Cast it, and soon your smile will spread
Further than you can see! (Just smile!)

The second verse is hilariously bad. It actually manages to derail itself twice in the course of six lines. I considered the idea of trying to spin a working narrative out of it – as I usually do with songs – but in this case I think it is a fitting tribute to just how stupidly this song is written to leave that verse in all its disconnected stupid splendor.

So you might be thinking, hey, who the fuck hired this lyricist. Well, she’s been working on Precure since the start. Like, “she did the original Futari wa OP” start. Itsumo Tonari de? That was her. All the good PC5 character songs? Yup. Heart Goes On from HeartCatch? Yeah, that was her. Oh, and all the amazing openings from the All Stars films. Also her.

What is it about Smile that inspires such bad from otherwise capable people? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.

The answer to which is “Yonemura”.

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