"Nerv/Seele" as written by Omar Abidi, Daniel Haigh, Charles Robert Simpson and Alexander Westaway....
Suck it up.

When you see the cold your eyes will take a bow,
Oh I'm so sick of this skin it hurts my bones.

How am I supposed to understand the tests that you can beat,
You're taunting me.
I'm not fucking listening to you anymore,
If you take this away from me now.

Suck it up now.

Now, I'm going to cast you over board. Why?

If you're listening don't come back,
Until all the lights, glow away from our house.
I hope you found what I buried there

How am I supposed to understand the tests that you can beat,
You're taunting me.
I'm not fucking listening to you anymore,
If you take this away from me now.

Suck it up now.

Now, I'm going to cast you over board. Why?

Suck it up.

Now, I'm going to cast you over board. Why?


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Nerv/Seele song meanings
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    General CommentAbsolute tune...means so much to me...I just understand the pain and the hurt that is being portrayed here! Amazing!
    BringMeThatHorizonon September 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnerv & seele are the 2 opposing factions in the anime "neon genesis evangelion".
    mickmars2on October 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to be about 2 characters from the neon genesis evangeleon, ikari shinji and his father, ikari gendou.

    spoilers follow, i'm sure.
    the title refers to two organizations from the anime. nerv operates as a sort of police force against large biomechanical beings that terrorize the earth, japan particularly, known as angels. seele is an illuminati-type group that created nerv to serve their own purposes. ikari gendou is the head of the nerv, and gets orders from seele, although he works towards personal goals as well.
    but the lyrics are almost entirely in reference to the relationship between shinji and his father.
    they seem to alternate between gendou's perspectice and shinji's.

    "When you see the cold your eyes will take a bow,
    Oh I'm so sick of this skin it hurts my bones."
    -this is gendou, introducing shinji to the evangelion. the cold is the sorrow and suffering shinji feels while piloting it. the skin Might be him using a metaphor, but it would make more sense to refer to his (gendou's) palm, where a piece of ADAM was grafted on.

    "How am I supposed to understand the tests that you can beat,
    You're taunting me.
    I'm not fucking listening to you anymore,
    If you take this away from me now."
    -this is shinji 'speaking' to his father, and possibly the rest of the NERV crew. it seems to be from the latter half of the anime, where shinji and the other pilots end up doing more tests on the evangelion systems than actual fighting. jealousy and rejection are common themes in the anime, with a big factor being how competitive asuka becomes over her test scores and combat performance. hence the taunting. the bit about "not listening if you take this away now" refers to gendou 'taking' evangelion 01 away from shinji, after shinji attempts to disobey an order to kill his friend suzuhara.

    "Now, I'm going to cast you over board. Why?"
    -this is almost blatantly gendou abandoning shinji as a young child. the point is driven home through the course of the series, and some translations use that exact phrase. "why?" is shinji asking himself/his father why he was abandoned. also repeated innumerable times in the series.

    "If you're listening don't come back,
    Until all the lights, glow away from our house.
    I hope you found what I buried there"
    -Also from the point where gendou kicks shinji out of NERV for not killing his friend, telling him not to return. the line about the lights in their house refers to a few conversations about humans being the only creatures to create their own light. it's implied that's one of the factors that sets humans away from every other species. the house may not actually refer to a house shinji and gendou shared, but rather be it's own metaphor for their short-lived family life. the thing gendou would have buried could refer to either ADAM or LILITH, the progenitors of angels and humans, respectively. ADAM and LILLITH are kept in extremely large underground chambers (known as BIO-FRONTs), one of which operates as a NERV command center.

    "Suck it up"
    -this is a general frustrated line, representing shinji's general mentality when he pilots his eva at the request of his father. it's heavily pressed in the beginning of the series that piloting takes a heavy toll on shinji (the pilot feels pain from any damage an eva receives, and shinji experiences great mental anguish as well, since he doesn't even want to pilot it. it's all at his father's request "because no one else can")

    i greatly enjoy this tune, and particularly how the lyrics are very reflective of the anime/manga series but also great in their own right. just vague enough to be applicable to anyone, but specific enough that attentive fans to see the personalities of the characters being expressed.
    KyngOfHeartson July 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsorry for the double-post >.<
    KyngOfHeartson July 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to be about 2 characters from the neon genesis evangeleon, ikari shinji and his father, ikari gendou.

    spoilers follow, i'm sure.
    the title refers to two organizations from the anime. nerv operates as a sort of police force against large biomechanical beings that terrorize the earth, japan particularly, known as angels. seele is an illuminati-type group that created nerv to serve their own purposes. ikari gendou is the head of the nerv, and gets orders from seele, although he works towards personal goals as well.
    but the lyrics are almost entirely in reference to the relationship between shinji and his father.
    they seem to alternate between gendou's perspectice and shinji's.

    "When you see the cold your eyes will take a bow,
    Oh I'm so sick of this skin it hurts my bones."
    -this is gendou, introducing shinji to the evangelion. the cold is the sorrow and suffering shinji feels while piloting it. the skin Might be him using a metaphor, but it would make more sense to refer to his (gendou's) palm, where a piece of ADAM was grafted on.

    "How am I supposed to understand the tests that you can beat,
    You're taunting me.
    I'm not fucking listening to you anymore,
    If you take this away from me now."
    -this is shinji 'speaking' to his father, and possibly the rest of the NERV crew. it seems to be from the latter half of the anime, where shinji and the other pilots end up doing more tests on the evangelion systems than actual fighting. jealousy and rejection are common themes in the anime, with a big factor being how competitive asuka becomes over her test scores and combat performance. hence the taunting. the bit about "not listening if you take this away now" refers to gendou 'taking' evangelion 01 away from shinji, after shinji attempts to disobey an order to kill his friend suzuhara.

    "Now, I'm going to cast you over board. Why?"
    -this is almost blatantly gendou abandoning shinji as a young child. the point is driven home through the course of the series, and some translations use that exact phrase. "why?" is shinji asking himself/his father why he was abandoned. also repeated innumerable times in the series.

    "If you're listening don't come back,
    Until all the lights, glow away from our house.
    I hope you found what I buried there"
    -Also from the point where gendou kicks shinji out of NERV for not killing his friend, telling him not to return. the line about the lights in their house refers to a few conversations about humans being the only creatures to create their own light. it's implied that's one of the factors that sets humans away from every other species. the house may not actually refer to a house shinji and gendou shared, but rather be it's own metaphor for their short-lived family life. the thing gendou would have buried could refer to either ADAM or LILITH, the progenitors of angels and humans, respectively. ADAM and LILLITH are kept in extremely large underground chambers (known as BIO-FRONTs), one of which operates as a NERV command center.

    "Suck it up"
    -this is a general frustrated line, representing shinji's general mentality when he pilots his eva at the request of his father. it's heavily pressed in the beginning of the series that piloting takes a heavy toll on shinji (the pilot feels pain from any damage an eva receives, and shinji experiences great mental anguish as well, since he doesn't even want to pilot it. it's all at his father's request "because no one else can")

    i greatly enjoy this tune, and particularly how the lyrics are very reflective of the anime/manga series but also great in their own right. just vague enough to be applicable to anyone, but specific enough that attentive fans to see the personalities of the characters being expressed.
    KyngOfHeartson July 10, 2009   Link

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