SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 (2012) Lyrics for the "Anthem of the Cosmo Navy"!

by on Apr.04, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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“Everybody, all together now: Today’s a good day to die!”

Near the end of the ten minute preview clip from Episode 1 of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199, Captain Kodai and the crew of the Yukikaze sing a song as they fly into the jaws of death to allow Admiral Okita safe passage to Earth. This is a new composition from Akira Miyagawa (son of the original Yamato composer, Hiroshi Miyagawa), while drawing from old IJN marches, it also appears to recall similar lyricss from “We’re Space Pilots” the anthem from Ishiro Honda’s GORATH (1962), composed by Kan Ishii. Even though the melodies are completely disparate, this is probably not a stretch, really, since YAMATO: 2199’s director, Yutaka Izubuchi, and other members of the staff, are hardcore fans of the old skool Toho Visual Effects Films.

While the title of this song has yet to be publicly announced, I’m going to temporarily dub it, “The Anthem of the Cosmo Navy” (with all due respects to Akira Miyagawa), and I’ve translated the lyrics, which appear below:


O’er the gelid waves of the galactic stream,
Plot course for the fixed star of Centauri!
Our glorious cosmoship crosses o’er the void far
Beyond the twinkling stars!
Set Sail! We’re Casting Off! Anchors Aweigh!
Stand on your bearing, steady as she goes, weather your helm!
We are Pilots!
We are Pilots of the Cosmos!

While another translation of “Pilot” is “Sailor” or “Bluecoat”, the latter of which I almost went with (as everyone is wearing a blue coat), I wanted to keep this translation closer, more or less, to the spirit of song from GORATH — and I’d like to ask Mr. Izubuchi and Mr. Miyagawa if they had Honda’s film in mind when this song was penned. Speaking of which, just for contrast, here’s the “We’re Space Pilots” song from GORATH:



I leave this little planet with no regrets
Because the unknown is my dream, my dream
This vast universe will be mine, all mine
To soar across the limitless void
Is my greatest hope, my one desire
We’re Space, we’re Space
We’re Space Pilots

Sudden Clouds won’t fill our hearts
We carry the hopes of tomorrow, the hopes of tomorrow
This vast universe will be mine, all mine
Where a man can show his courage
Free to open new vistas of heaven and earth
We’re Space, we’re Space
We’re Space Pilots

Stay tuned to this blog and the official Star Blazers website for more news and information on SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 as they develop — and soon, we’ll be off to outer space, singing like it’s 2199!

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