Are the lyrics of Yoko Kanno’s song [*Moon*](https://musicbrainz.org/work/f2f35022-c7ce-497a-9b5c-c204088d60e2 "The work "Moon" in MusicBrainz") meaningless (as in using [pseudowords](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoword), [gibberish](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibberish), [scat singing](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scat_singing) or similar)? Or are the lyrics in some kind of language? Maybe a [fictional language](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictional_language) constructed by Yoko Kanno (AKA Gabriela Robin), possibly also used in her other works that use similar lyrics? Or maybe puns/wordplays, as described as special case for Japanese music in [Word Salad Lyrics](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WordSaladLyrics), "based on alternate translations of the kanji used" or "similar-sounding words"? ### What I found ### I found many claims that it’s not in any kind of language, but none of them are from authoritative sources, and none of them cover the possibilities that it could be a fictional language or Japanese wordplays. * Xah Lee claims on his [page about *Moon*](http://xahmusic.org/music/Turn_A_Gundam-Moon_song.html): > As with many of Yoko Kanno's songs, the lyrics is meaningless vocalizations, not of any language. * From [Gabriela Robin’s article](http://yokokanno.wikia.com/wiki/Gabriela_Robin) in a wiki about Yoko Kanno: > Her very characteristic is to often write lyrics in a specific language she seems to be the only one capable of translate. * From [Yoko Kanno’s article](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/YokoKanno) in TV Tropes (but not in particular about *Moon*): > [Word Salad Lyrics](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WordSaladLyrics): When she writes lyrics, this can happen. And sometimes what sounds like word salad is actually a nonsense language. * In the thread [What language is this song?](http://loadingreadyrun.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11700) in the LoadingReadyRun forum, various languages are suggested, and some claim that it’s just gibberish. A source (supposedly a fan page, which I can’t locate) is quoted: > Her non-sensical lyrics have been known to drive the unknowing fan searching for translations from different linguists, but to no avail.