THE IIID EMPIRE

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Lyrics
Japanese Rōmaji Translation

洗脳が嘆きを歌う
波打つ民衆歌う
国家繁栄国家繁栄国歌
OBLATE に包んだ爆弾

自由 愛情 暴動 権力
魔人婦穴 密売都市
政権 貧困 独裁 核
自由はあるだろ已の中

勝利以外 結果は滅亡
監理+結果は絶望
国家繁栄国家繁栄国歌
OBLATE に包んだ T.I.

SPARK SUBLIMINAL VISION
L&P 愛と平和消減
自由と言う名の爆裂都市

花火奇麗な夜空 子供は笑い喜ぶ

渦巻く歓声 実行 銃弾
減り込む ONE TWO 頭蓋 ONE TWO THREE
渦巻く銃声 耳を突いた
弾ける看守 笑い叫ぶ

渦巻く感情 反乱 重罪
打ち抜く ONE TWO 子供 ONE TWO THREE
渦巻く洗浄 人は叫ぶ
覚醒 覚醒 覚醒 覚醒

SPARK AND SPARK

Sennō ga nageki o utau
Namiutsu minshū utau
Kokka Hanei Kokka Hanei Kokka
OBLATE ni tsutsunda bakudan

Jiyū Aijō Bōdō Kenryoku
Marifuana Mitsubaitoshi
Seiken Hinkon Dokusai Kaku
Jiyū wa aru daro onore no naka

Shōri igai Kekka wa metsubō
Kanri kekka wa zetsubō
Kokka Hanei Kokka Hanei Kokka
OBLATE ni tsutsunda T.I.

SPARK SUBLIMINAL VISION
L&P ai to heiwa shōmetsu
Jiyū to iu na no bakuretsu toshi

Hanabi kirei na yozora Kodomo wa warai yorokobu

Uzumaku kansei Jikkō Jūdan
Merikomu ONE TWO Zugai ONE TWO THREE
Uzumaku jūsei Mimi o tsuita
Hajikeru kanshu Waraisakebu

Uzumaku kanjō Hanran Jūzai
Uchinuku ONE TWO Kodomo ONE TWO THREE
Uzumaku senjō Hito wa sakebu
Kakusei Kakusei Kakusei Kakusei

SPARK AND SPARK

Brainwash makes us sing a sorrowful song.
People in waves, they sing along.
For the country to prosper. For the country to prosper. It's the country's song.
It's a bomb that's just covered up.

Freedom Love Riot Power
whores and prostitutes
City of illicit sales
Politics Proverty Dictatorship Nuclear.
Is there such thing as freedom inside us?

Other then Victory the result is destruction
Being Supervised + the result equals despair.
For the country to prosper. For the country to prosper. It's the country's song.
It's TI that's just covered up.

SPARK SUBLIMINAL VISION
L&P Love and peace is vanished
It's a city of destruction, and it's called Freedom.

Beautiful Fireworks light the night as children smile with joy.

Cheering voices all around.
Execute Firearm Penetrates inside
ONE TWO in the cranium ONE TWO THREE
Sounds of firearm swirl like the whirlwind as it strike the ears.
The prison guard jumps and screams in laughter.

People's emotions swirl in a whirlwind.
Rebellion Felony Shoot away
ONE TWO Children ONE TWO THREE
Cleanse away. People scream
Awakening Awakening Awakening Awakening

SPARK AND SPARK

These lyrics were translated by Emi Yamada and You Masuda.

Trivia

  • This song holds the record for the most consecutive years it was performed live. Beginning in 2003, it was performed at least once each year until 2016, for a total of 14 years.
    • Had 朔-saku- been performed in 2012, it would be the song to hold this record with a total of 19 years, from 2004 to 2022.

Title

  • The working title of this song was やも殺し (Yamogoroshi).
  • On VULGAR, the title of this song is written as "THE Ⅲ D EMPIRE". On later releases it's often written as "THE ⅢD EMPIRE".
  • Among Japanese fans, this song is also called 第三帝国 (Daisan Teikoku), which means "Third Reich".
  • On a rehearsal and venue setlists, the remake's title can be found written as "THE IIID EMPIRE(Best Ver)" or "THE IIID EMPIRE(Best Ver.)".

Lyrics

  • 魔人婦穴 (Marifuana) refers to marijuana (normally written as マリファナ (marifana)). Kyo uses so-called ateji to censor it. In the VULGAR band score, the word is censored with ✕✕✕✕.
  • The kanji 国家繁栄 are often said to be read as kōkuhai, being an ateji for coke (コーク (kōku)) high (ハイ (hai)). However, according to the band score's sheet lyrics, Kyo sings こっかはんえい (kokka hanei), which is the correct pronounciation of the kanji.
  • While "L&P" most likely means "love and peace", the meaning of "OBLATE" and "T.I." in the context of this song is unclear.

Appearances

Release Title Release Date Song Title Notes
Audio
VULGAR 2003.09.10 THE IIID EMPIRE Regular version.
THE FINAL 2004.03.17 THE IIID EMPIRE [LIVE] Recorded on October 26, 2003 at 大阪厚生年金会館.
DECADE 2003-2007 2007.12.19 THE IIID EMPIRE Remastered version.
VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES 2018.01.02 Remade version.
Video
BLITZ 5DAYS DVD-BOX 2004.03 THE IIID EMPIRE Filmed on July 5, 2003 at 赤坂BLITZ.
TOUR04 THE CODE OF VULGAR[ism] 2004.10.06 Filmed on April 25, 2004 at Zepp Tokyo.
TOUR05 It Withers and Withers 2006.05.03 Filmed on November 5, 2005 at 新木場STUDIO COAST.
Filmed on November 6, 2005 at 新木場STUDIO COAST.
DESPAIR IN THE WOMB 2007.02 Filmed on July 31, 2006 at 日本武道館.
Filmed on August 1, 2006 at 日本武道館.
IN WEAL OR WOE 2008.04 Filmed on August 4, 2007 at Wacken Open Air.
Filmed on December 22, 2007 at 新木場STUDIO COAST.
TOUR08 THE ROSE TRIMS AGAIN 2009.04.29 Filmed on October 18, 2008 at 新木場STUDIO COAST.
TOUR09 FEAST OF V SENSES 2009.09 Filmed on February 26, 2009 at 京都MUSE.
UROBOROS -with the proof in the name of living...- AT NIPPON BUDOKAN 2010.05.26 Filmed on January 9, 2010 at 日本武道館.
TOUR12-13 IN SITU-TABULA RASA 2013.09.25 Filmed on February 1, 2013 at 新木場STUDIO COAST.
DUM SPIRO SPERO AT NIPPON BUDOKAN 2014.07.16 Filmed on March 8, 2014 at 日本武道館.
TOUR16-17 FROM DEPRESSION TO ________ [mode of VULGAR] 2017.03 Filmed on July 2, 2016 at 新木場STUDIO COAST.
VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES 2018.01.02 THE IIID EMPIRE (Best Album Edition) Remade version music video.
THE FINAL DAYS OF STUDIO COAST 2022.9.14 THE IIID EMPIRE Remade version.
Filmed on January 26, 2022 at USEN STUDIO COAST.

Navigation

Dir En Grey – DiscographyPromotional Versions
Albums GAUZE (1999) PoemsMACABRE (2000) Poems鬼葬 (2002)VULGAR (2003)Withering to death. (2005)THE MARROW OF A BONE (2007) Liner NotesUROBOROS (2008) PoemsDUM SPIRO SPERO (2011) PoemsARCHE (2014)The Insulated World (2018)PHALARIS (2022)

UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)

Mini-Albums MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles JEALOUS (1998)-I'll- (1998)脈 (2000)【KR】cube (2000)太陽の碧 (2000)ain't afraid to die (2001)embryo (2001)かすみ (2003)朔-saku- (2004)GLASS SKIN (2008)激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009)LOTUS (2011)DIFFERENT SENSE (2011)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)人間を被る (2018)The World of Mercy (2019)落ちた事のある空 (2020)朧 (2021)
Cassette Tapes 業 / 蒼い月 (1997)1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館 (1997)1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD (1997)
VHS 「楓」~if trans~ (1997)「楓」~if trans~ TOUR 1998 Mechanism For Leave-the scene of the tragedy- (1998)「楓」~if trans~ Mechanism For Leave-UnknownDespaira Lost- ~裁きの血舞台~ (1998)妄想統覚劇 (1998)妄想格外劇 (1998)
Other Releases (2011)
Cover Songs 親愛なるDEATHMASKINSANITYワルシャワの幻想EASY MAKE,EASY MARKNATIONAL MEDIA BOYS
List of all covered songs on setlist.fm
Features 葬送絶彩 feat. 京Witch Huntアンプサイ
Other Songs INWARD SCREAMSE新曲2藍紫色刹那