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The album art for Shi No Barado.

Shi No Barado is Area 11's first official single, and their first attempt to break in to the UK Single Charts. It is also the 6th track on All The Lights in the Sky It was officially released on the 28th of April 2013.[1] The single charted at number 12 in the Indie charts and number 1 in the Indie breakers charts.

The single features Beckii Cruel on vocals. The song was available for a long time before the release of the single since it was released. It is confirmed to be inspired by the anime Death Note.

Lyrics

English

Area 11 - Shi no Barado (Feat05:20

Area 11 - Shi no Barado (Feat. Beckii Cruel)

I saw your face in the LEDs

My revenge was your gift to me
It’s something that I can never repay,
but I will try anyway.

I sent a message I know you’d see
A promise written on a TV screen
Now fate lead you down the path to me
and I’m begging you on my knees

Cause baby when our eyes met
I could never look away
You’re all I ever wanted
There’s nothing left to say
Cause baby you can use me
I will do what you want me to
And baby you can kill me
When I’m no use to you

My body will be your fortress
I will keep you safe from pain
My eyes will be your weapons
My losses are your gains

Together we can burn this to the ground
Rebuild it into something right
Cause you are bigger than the planet Earth
And I am your satellite

Cause baby when our eyes met
I could never look away
You’re all I ever wanted
There’s nothing left to say
Cause baby you can use me
I will do what you want me to
And baby you can kill me
When I’m no use to you

I’m not afraid and I’m not alone
Because you’re with me in my dreams
(You’re with me tonight)
I won’t give up on this perfect love
Even when my memories fail me
(Even when my memories fail me)
Cause I see you through burning eyes
I write your name down in my heart
Oh baby I’m just using you
My love you know I want you to
Look into the skies

Cause baby when our eyes met
I could never look away
You’re all I ever wanted
There’s nothing left to say
Cause baby you can use me
I will do what you want me to
And baby you can kill me
When I’m no use to you

Baby when our eyes met
You’re all I ever wanted

Japanese

LED kimi wo mita
Rebenji ha kimi no mono
Shikaeshi nante dekinai
Demo yatte miru kedo

Kimi ni messeji wo okutta
Terebi ni deta yakusoku
Meguri au unmei
Hizama zuite onegai suru

Baby me to me ga atte
Zutto mitsumete itai
Anata ga hoshii
Iu koto nani mo nai
Watashi wo riyou shite
Nan demo suru kara
Watashi wo koroshite
Watashi de dame nara

Kimi otsuyoku mamoru
Kimi wo kizu tsukenai
Kimi wo mimamoru
Kimi no tame nara

oh!

Kimi to nara nandemo dekiru
Hajime kara staato shiyou
Kimi ha chikyuu yori ooki
Watashi ha kimi no sateraito

Baby me to me ga atte
Zutto mitsumete itai
Anata ga hoshii
Iu koto nani mo nai
Watashi wo riyou shite
Nan demo suru kara
Watashi wo koroshite
Watashi de dame nara

Watashi ha kowakunai
Kimi to yume de au
(Konya isshou)
PERFECT LOVE akiramenai
Kioku ga nakunattemo
(Kioku ga nakunattemo)
Kimi wo mitsumeru kara
Namae wo kokoro ni kaki tomeru
Kimi ha benrina onna
Watashi no aisuru hito
Sora wo miagete mite

Baby me to me ga atte
Zutto mitsumete itai
Anata ga hoshii
Iu koto nani mo nai
Watashi wo riyou shite
Nan demo suru kara
Watashi wo koroshite
Watashi de dame nara

Baby me to me ga atte
Zutto mitsumete itai
Anata ga hoshii
Iu koto nani mo nai
Watashi wo riyou shite
Nan demo suru kara
Watashi wo koroshite
Watashi de dame nara

Baby me to me ga atte
Anata ga hoshii

Versions

As well as the initial single there are five other versions available;

All versions (except for Multi Language) were made available for purchase on the 28th of April via the website shinobarado.com , which has both UK and US links to download each version of the single from both iTunes and Amazon.

The tracklist for the main single is as follows, the four alternate versions have only a single track on them, those being the tracks they were named for. 'The Legendary Sannin' is a re-recording of the original.

  1. Shi no Barado [feat. Beckii Cruel]
  2. The Legendary Sannin
  3. Shi no Barado (Off-Vocal) [feat. Beckii Cruel]
250 hard copies of the single were made for the album to sell at gigs that they were playing at. Limited edition shirts and the rest of the CDs were later sold on there Bandcamp which sold out in under 2 hours. Fans were able to ask the band to sign their CDs or shirts.
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A signed copy of the Shi No Barado CD

Video

Area 11 - Shi no Barado (feat05:51

Area 11 - Shi no Barado (feat. Beckii Cruel)

The music video for the single was released on 27th of April 2013 on YouTube[2]. The video was filmed partly in a studio, in Beckii Cruel's house on the Isle Of Man and in various outside locations on the Isle of Man

More information about behind the scenes and the filming of the video can be found in a video on Beckii's Youtube Channel.

Artwork

大きな男の子のシングル

The back cover of the single, with the Single of the Big Boys Japanese text present.

The artwork for Shi No Barado was designed by Adam Davis

The back of the cover has the following Japanese writing on it: 大きな男の子のシングル

This translates as, "Single of the Big Boys". Beckii Cruel has confirmed this translation. Sparkles* explained the lengthy story behind this joke on Soundrop.
Single of the Big Boys Story

Sparkles* telling the Big Boy Story.

The front left hand corner has 6134 scribbled out then next to it, "61646d696e/68306d756e6375317573". Using hexadecimal code this translates as admin/h0muncu1us. Homunculus was listed as a suggested track on the All the Lights In The Sky planning board before release.

It has been suggested that the 6134 could be 'help' when typed in on a calculator and the turned upside down. This could be a cry of help from someone (Possibly Cassandra.) trapped inside a computer.

Trivia

  • Shi No Barado means Ballad of Death, translation confirmed by Beckii.
  • Included in the Shi No Barado CD copy is a short summary of Area 11's story, up to the creation of the single. Including the creation of "Gaijin rock" and the introduction of Beckii as guest vocals for the band.
  • It could be significant that in the Japanese version of the song only the gender neutral personal pronoun Watashi is used. This could, of course, simply be because it fits the rhythm.
  • In the English version, the final line is sung by Sparkles*, but by Beckii in the Japanese.
  • Sparkles* has said that he and Beckii are singing from the same point of view, that of the female character from Death Note. From this point of view she is in love with the main character but he doesn't care at all.
  • Sparkles* did the filming in the Isle of man and even delayed his flight home by one day in order to film on a day that wasn't rainy.

References

  1. Area 11 Discography
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7KVtgoAbX8

Commentary Track

ATLITS Commentary - 06 Shi no Barado (feat05:19

ATLITS Commentary - 06 Shi no Barado (feat. Beckii Cruel)

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