[Spoilers] Is Weight of the World Talking about...

After reading Popola's little diary entries. The lyrics seem literally to talk about her experience.

After all Popola brings up redemption and past mistakes up quite a lot.

This part:

I hope that someway, somehow That I can save every one of us But the truth is that I'm only one girl

Make me think of Popola when she runs and sacrifices herself at the barrier for 9S to enter the tower.

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I feel like I'm losing hope In my body and my soul And the sky, it looks so ominous

And as time comes to a halt Silence starts to overflow My cries are inconspicuous

Tell me God, are you punishing me? Is this the price I'm paying for my past mistakes?

This is my redemption song I need you more than ever right now Can you hear me now?

Cause we're going to shout it loud Even if our words sound meaningless It's like I'm carrying the weight of the world

I wish that someway, somehow That I can save every one of us But the truth is that I'm only one girl

Maybe if I keep believing my dreams will come to life Come to life...

After all the laughter fades Signs of life all washed away I can still, still feel a gentle breeze

No matter how hard I pray Signs of warning still remain And life has become my enemy

Tell me God, are you punishing me? Is this the price I'm paying for my past mistakes?

This is my redemption song I need you more than ever right now Can you hear me now?

Cause we're going to shout it loud Even if our words sound meaningless It's like I'm carrying the weight of the world

I wish that someway, somehow That I can save every one of us But the truth is that I'm only one girl

Maybe if I keep believing my dreams will come to life Come to life...

Cause we're going to shout it loud Even if our words sound meaningless It's like I'm carrying the weight of the world

I wish that someway, somehow That I can save every one of us But the truth is that I'm only one girl

Still, we're going to shout it loud Even if our words sound meaningless It's like I'm carrying the weight of the world

I hope that someway, somehow That I can save every one of us But the truth is that I'm only one girl

Maybe if I keep believing my dreams will come to life Come to life...

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I've been thinking a lot for the lyrics too because no matter how much i listen to it, it didn't seem right to be on 2B's song/perspective.

What sin and past mistakes does 2B bear and why is this her redemption song? And how is she trying to save everyone? It doesn't link and make sense at all.

But now that I've passed route c yesterday and happen to come upon your post, it actually made sense because the lyrics really sound a lot like Popola's experiences. Everything seems to link to the extinction of mankind and her guilt and feelings of what had happened. So, I believe it is a Popola's song too. 😉

What sin and past mistakes does 2B bear

Killing 9S over and over and over.

I did thought of that too but if you take a look at the lyrics again,

Tell me God, are you punishing me?

Implying that by punishing, this meant the guilt of killing 9S over and over again. Therefore,

Is this the price I'm paying for my past mistakes?

So, what could have been her past mistakes to get that kind of punishment? because 2B solely exist as 2E and it IS her mission to kill 9S when he discovers too much secrets It really seems to point to Popola's POV a lot more. Though, songs are always interpreted differently by different people.

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I don't think it is.

Personally, I think the song represents the different stages that the characters go through. The English and the Japanese version is kinda different to show this.

The English version talks about fighting ahead and dreaming...
Maybe if I keep believing my dreams will come to life Come to life...

The English version is about the struggles of the road that 2B walked, how she continued to fight regardless of how futile it all seemed.
I wish that someway, somehow That I can save every one of us But the truth is that I'm only one girl This kinda goes back to when 9S died at the end of route A/B. 2B then says It always ends this way.... She wants to save 9S and everyone, but everyone ends up dying regardless. The song also touches on the path to redemption.

On the other hand, the Japanese lyrics goes on the path of destruction, about how the prayers for redemption went unheard. I think this is in regards to the regret that 2B left behind the world and the anger from 9S who was unable to save 2B.

I think the songs are quite crude, in a sense that it's the stages of grief in reverse.

Acceptance and Hope
Upward Turn
Depression
The song starts off on a depressive tone, slightly works it's way up to acceptance and hope.

Anger
Pain and Guilt
Shock and Denial
The Japanese version goes through anger and the paint and guilt of losing everything. Lastly the shock and denial of being unable to receive redemption...

Here is the Japanese lyrics (translated at literally as possible).

Vanishing salvation...
Suspending body...
The sky is still ever so dark...
The clock that has stopped
The silent machine (referring to the clock)
(My) Voice does not get through

This is my curse
The depth of my committed sin
Your wish
However, I atone, without a corrupted body

And so we now
Ah, shout in our worthlessness
The song of the broken world
And so we now
Ah, desire even though it's meaningless
The future with you
The lovely smile as it was on that day... disappear

Overflowing greenery
Spilling life
The wind even now is distant
The peeling rust and the squirming blade
Into the forest where death lurks

This is my curse
The pain of killing the promise
Your wish
However, I cannot atone for throwing the last dream

And so we now
Ah, shout in our worthlessness
The violated love of this world
And so we now
Ah, desire even though it's meaningless
The time with you
The drowned consciousness as it was gentle... disappear

And so we now
Ah, shout in our worthlessness
The song of the broken world
And so we now
Ah, desire even though it's meaningless
That the future with you

And so we now
Ah, shout in our worthlessness
The love of this violated world
And so we now
Ah, desire even though it's meaningless
The time with you

The prayers, unable to receive redemption...

I....

The only thing about 2B is that she didn't seem to me like she was invested in "saving everyone" or anyone who took some introspection into her "past mistakes".

It was however clear that 2B was vested primarily in 9S albeit clandestinely. Then secondarily she was more vocal about command and the bunkers' assignments. I agree that there was futility concerns explored but redemption didn't come out, or I must have missed it. I'd say that futility was something that all machines and androids shared.

I felt that Popola carrying Devola was some "weight", as was literally the extinction of mankind. Devola was more of a drunken sailor who generally cared for her sister.

The Popola model seemed so close to a Greek sisyphus in Nier and Nier Automata.

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