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Stairs of Light

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Stairs of Light
Original Title (ひかり)階段 (かいだん)
Composer(s) Yasunori Mitsuda
Vocals Tetsuko "Techie" Honma
Language Japanese
Length 3:44
Used in Xenogears
Other versions The Sky, the Clouds, and You

Stairs of Light is track 6 on the CREID album. It is a vocal version of The Sky, the Clouds, and You with Japanese lyrics. It was also included as track 6 on the album Colours of Light (a compilation of Mitsuda's vocal works).

The lyrics were written by Junko Kudo and sung by Tetsuko "Techie" Honma, and are as follows:

Kokoro no mannaka o parade ga yokogiru
Kakato o uchinarashite kimi ga kuru
Oboetate no melody karappo no hiroba ni
Barairo no hikari o tomoshite sugiru

Nigiyaka na yume wa sugu ryoute o surinukete
Chiisa na kaze ni maiagaru kamifubuki

Miokuru namida yori deatta tokimeki o
Kokoro no naka ni taisetsu ni oitemiru

Kimi ga nokoshitetta kutsuato syncopation
Asamoya no mukou made tsuzuiteru
Dokoka shiranai machi dareka no yume no naka
Atatakai hikari o tomoshi ni itta

Miokuru kanashimi yori deatta yorokobi o
Hikari ni mukete hitotsu zutsu tsumiagaru

Kaidan wa sora e to rasen ni nobiteyuku
Akai amagumo tsukinukete niji ni naru

Kimi ga doko ni ite mo tooi kuni ni ite mo
Mimi o sumaseba kikoeru yo sono uta ga

A translation of the lyrics into English is as follows:

A parade crosses the dead center of my heart
You come, clicking your heels

A melody, just earned, to an empty plaza
Lighting a rose-colored lamp and moving on

Lively dreams soon slip through your two hands
And confetti dances up in a tiny wind

Rather than tears of farewell, try carefully placing
The excitement of meeting inside your heart

The syncopation you left behind in your footprints
Continues on through the morning mist

In a town somewhere, in someone's dreams
It's gone to light a warm lamp

Rather than the sadness of farewells, the joy of meeting
Piles up bit by bit, facing the light

A staircase rises in spirals to the sky
And, piercing the red rainclouds, becomes a rainbow

No matter where you are, though you may be in a distant land
If you listen hard, you can hear it... that song