“Uraniwa ni Zombies ga!” lyrics

July 21, 2009 at 1:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 45 Comments
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Hi everyone… I’ve got something for you today… I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for the lyrics to the Japanese version of the Plants vs. Zombies song (“Uraniwa ni Zombies ga!”), so I decided to post them here for you :)  I also wanted to try and answer some of the questions I’ve been receiving about the song since it was first released:

What came first, the Japanese or the English version?
The English version came first. I decided to make a Japanese version afterwards because I thought it would be fun, and being half-Japanese, I always look forward to the chance to represent both sides.

How did you come up with the tune for this song?
When I was composing the music for the pool level in Plants vs. Zombies, I found that I was really partial to one of the subtle background melodies… I thought it would be cool to take that melody and spin it into its own song.

Why do the English and Japanese lyrics have slightly different meanings?
When I set out to make the Japanese version, my goal was to try as best I could to maintain the original melody and meaning behind the lyrics in the English version, but give it its own flavor as well. For those of you who speak both English and Japanese, you know that one sentence in Japanese is quite a bit longer than its English equivalent (which is one of the reasons those old Godzilla dubs are so hilarious). So I worked with my Dad to come up with lyrics that fit a more “children’s song” style… that way the song felt like its own song (rather than just a translation), and it really matched the sunflower. It also solved the problem of matching the melody despite the disparity in sentence length (but as such, the meanings of some of the sentences were changed).

Who is voicing the Japanese zombies, and why do they not sound like typical zombies?
My Dad is the voice of the Japanese zombies (George is the voice of the English ones). Originally we were going to have the Japanese zombies just sound like regular zombies… but as I was reading through the lyrics, as a joke I started reading them as if I were one of those highly energetic Japanese gameshow hosts. It was such a weird combination that we all started laughing and decided to have my Dad use this kind of voice instead. I thought it was so hilarious, because you’re expecting growling-zombies, but instead you hear a voice like a Japanese gameshow host saying things like, “oh, please let me have your tricycle” which is so weird and awesome.

Are you the sunflower in both versions?
Yes :)

Can you please post the lyrics to the Japanese version?
No problem… here they are. Enjoy!

“Uraniwa ni Zombies ga!”
by Laura Shigihara

Himawari

(chorus)
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie wa dete ita

(verse 1)
Zombie wa kowai gaikotsu
Hanabira zenbu o toritagaru
Sono ato atama wo tabetagaru
Tadano Himawari
Dakedo watashi wa tsuyoi!
Noumiso ga suki
Zombie wa kirai

(pre-chorus 1)
Softball de asonda yo!
Helmetto wo kabutta zo!
Screen door wo motta zo!
Oretachi Zombie, Zombie, Zombie da!

(chorus)
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie wa dete ita

(verse 2)
Uraniwa de asobitai
Atama wo taberu no yamenasai
Noumiso niwa cholesterol ga ippai
Shinda node kankei nai kedo
Solar power de tatakau yo
Shokubutsu wo mamoru tame

(pre-chorus 2)
Sono sanrinsha choudai
Atama ni butter ga kuttsui jata
Noumiso taberu zo!
Oretachi Zombie, Zombie, Zombie da!

(chorus)
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie ga yatte kita
Zombie wa dete ita

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  1. Thank-you so much! I’ve been looking for these lyrics everywhere. The Japanese zombies are so funny, they do sound like those crazy gameshow hosts on Japanese variety tv. What great idea!

    • No problem :) I’m glad you liked the Japanese zombies… I can’t listen to it without cracking up, partially because it’s my Dad, and partially because it’s so unexpected :P

  2. Hi Laura/Shigi, we love your songs! Do you think you could tell us the meaning behind the Japanese lyrics? Also, any chance of releasing a PvZ soundtrack? I know so many people who would want to buy one. Anyways, keep up the great work!

    • Thank-you, I’m really happy to hear that! No problem, I’ll post the translation below. As for releasing a PvZ soundtrack, I would really love to (I even have a few unreleased tracks that I’d want to include on it)… but I have to wait and see if Popcap will let me do it. I’ll definitely keep you posted though!

      For the most part, the Japanese and English version have the same meaning, but the wording is altered to match the style of a Japanese children’s song (and for the sake of rhyming and fitting the melodic structure)… here is the translation:

      Himawari
      Sunflower

      (chorus)
      Zombie ga yatte kita x3
      The zombies have come
      Zombie wa dette ita
      The zombies have left

      (verse 1)
      Zombie wa kowai gaikotsu
      A zombie is a scary skeleton (undead creature)
      Hanabira zenbu o toritagaru
      Who wants to bite off all of my petals
      Sono ato atama wo tabetagaru
      And then eat the head
      Tadano Himawari
      I’m just a sunflower
      Dakedo watashi wa tsuyoi!
      But I am strong!
      Noumiso ga suki
      You like brains
      Zombie wa kirai
      But we hate zombies

      (pre-chorus 1)
      Football de asonda yo!
      I used to play football!
      Helmetto wo kabutta zo!
      I used to wear a helmet!
      Screen door wo motta zo!
      I have a screen door! (it sort of means “I’m ready with my screen door!”)
      Oretachi Zombie, Zombie, Zombie da!
      We are the zombies!

      (chorus repeat)

      (verse 2)
      Uraniwa de asobitai
      I want to go play in the backyard
      Atama wo taberu no yamenasai
      Please don’t eat my head
      Noumiso niwa cholesterol ga ippai
      Brains have a lot of cholesterol (this is true… ounce for ounce brains have more cholesterol than virtually any other food)
      Shinda node kankei nai kedo
      You’re dead, but it doesn’t really matter
      Solar power de tatakau yo
      Because we will use this solar power to fight
      Shokubutsu wo mamoru tame
      and to defend the plants

      (pre-chorus 2)
      Sono sanrinsha choudai
      Would you please give me your tricycle? (this grammar is similar to how a child would ask for something… like, “hey, give me your favorite toy”… except since a zombie is saying it, it is threatening)
      Atama ni butter ga kuttsui jata
      I’ve got butter on my head
      Noumiso taberu zo!
      I’m gonna eat your brains!
      Oretachi Zombie, Zombie, Zombie da!
      We are the zombies!

      (chorus repeat)

  3. I would love a PvZ soundtrack.

    also on the JP lyrics are you missing the “sunflower” at the beginning?

    • Hi Patrick, thanks for pointing that out! I made sure to go back and add “himawari” (sunflower) to the beginning of the lyrics ^_^ And I would really love to release a PvZ soundtrack… I kept all the original .wav files for this purpose, but I’m waiting to see if Popcap will give me permission to release one.

  4. Please please please make a sequel to this ridiculously cute and funny game! I honestly can’t get enough of it! That music video is a little bit of hilarious creativity, I was completely surprised when I got the end! :)

  5. Hi Laura! I loved the game, and I’m absolutely crazy about your song! I downloaded both versions, and I listen to them on repeat :) Even my boyfriend, who hasn’t even played the game yet, is hooked on Zombies On Your Lawn. Thanks so much for the cutest song ever :)

  6. i love your musics! i hope i can listen to more of your works in the future!

  7. thanks for the lyrics, i’ve been wanting to sing the japanese song as it should, hahaha… :D

    keep up the good job!

  8. Ah thanks for posting the lyrics and translations. The song is awesome, I’m listening to it on repeat lol. I like the Japanese version better, your dad makes a good zombie. ^_^

  9. Hi Laura, I just wanted to say your work from PvZ is brilliant. It really adds an immersive factor to the game. I just finished PvZ and I have to say it did a decent job distracting me from work. I’m a big fan & promoter of video game music, from the classics to today’s and I can’t wait to see more of your work in the future, Good Luck!.

  10. Thanks for the lyrics, but could you please post them in Japanese kana? I wanna keep improving my Japanese and how could I do that better than by singing along with that song :D

  11. Hi Laura :)

    I’m a new player of Plants vs. Zombies, now addicted to the game XD

    Love your song so much, it made me smile :)

    Oh btw, I copied your Japanese lyrics of your song into my blog entry. Don’t worry, I place a link within the post :) http://oh-wheezers.blogspot.com/2009/08/zombies-on-your-lawn-by-laura-shigihara.html
    :)

  12. Hi Laura!
    ummm not really related to PVZ but i got here because of the song Faster which you sang. I Really liked the song but there are some parts i don’t understand the lyrics or rather my hearing is probably the problem. = ) I didn’t know where to paste this so… Thanks a lot! Just hearing your voice after one song I was already enchanted and became a fan. I’m so looking forward for this thanks a lot! More power to you! I also tried your game btw. It was also great!

  13. Isn’t there a Se No! in the Japanese version? And i the Japanese lyrics it says Softball instead of Football XD.

    Anyhow i really really love both songs and theyre stuck in my head all the time. Im gonna put them on my mp3 player since they were free to download :3, you ahve a nice voice :3

  14. Hi Laura! Love the PvsZ soundtrack, great work :)
    I was wondering if you could provide us with an instrumental mp3 version of “Zombies on Your Lawn”? I’d love to sing it at my next karaoke party :D Or is this something I need to ask PopCap to release?
    I look forward to your next soundtrack work~!

  15. Thats is the best song!

    is really fun!
    my hobbies are memorize Japanese songs and later i cant forget this songs XD

    you are mi IDOL!! LAURA!!!

  16. I second choco’s comment, an instrumental/karaoke version of this song would be amazing!

  17. I think it doesn’t sound like “sunflower” at the very beginning in the English version, although the Japanese version is Himawari. Could you tell me the first word in the lyric? It sounds so cute!

  18. It really is Sunflower. Maybe you hear something a little different, maybe its because of the inhaling at the beginning or that it might sound a little more like Sungfrower?

    Well I Wouldnt know I hear Sunflower from the start and just listened to the first word 10 times to find out what made you think its something else ‘^^

  19. I heard ‘Im flower’ instead of ‘Sunflower’,LOL^V^
    i really enjoy it. My sist is going crazy cuz I make her hear that song again,again,n again. Laura,could u give the musical score of it? Thanx.

  20. Dear Laura,
    I love your song! I think that it’s very sweet. I’m trying to find the lyrics for Look Up At The Sky, but I can’t find it anywhere! Also, it would be nice to have the lyrics to your other songs.

    Keep Up the Good work!

    Musically yours,

    Crystal

  21. Could you post the lyrics to your other songs? I love Call Me Home~ ^__^

  22. The very first time I heard the song after completing the game, I thought it sounds like those cheerful ending themes in Japanese anime. I find the Japanese version to sound much cuter and definitely more hilarious with the “oretachi zonbi, zonbi, zonbi da!” :D

  23. Ok, I’m sooo late to Plants vs. Zombies, but I just bought it this morning, and the music video is so hilarious, can’t wait to hear the Japanese version which will force my to re-learn my basic Japanese. :D

  24. I clicked Credits out of curiosity and was treated with the biggest WTHLOL ever. The game was addicting enough, and this theme song propels it soundly into classic and memorable territory. It’s just so damn funny and good :)

  25. i like your song!
    hehe..
    is there any karaoke version of this soundtrack?
    it would be nice!!^^
    want some……XDD
    thx^^

  26. please sing it too~~ i wanna hear you sing it :D:D

  27. Thanks for the lyric i’m very like sing japanese version then english version n_n

  28. i really2x like your song!!! also the japanese!!! how could i download that song. i try limewire but no found japanese. please help me Laura Shigihara…

    • Google Plants vs. Zombies the songs are available as a free download from the Plants vs. Zombies website.

      That’s where I got em <3. Isn't it nice to be legal for once

  29. I’ve been playing Plants vs. Zombies for such a long time for now, and decided to say “Thank You” to Laura Shigihara, for such a wonderful soundtrack.

    I hope PopCap would let you release a OST CD for Plants vs. Zombies.

    Another thing I would adore is the Instrumental track for “Zombies on your lawn”. I love singing, and would love singing this song!

    Anyway, Thanks a lot for your work!

  30. Hi Laura , I’ve been playing Plants vs Zombie . I love you’re song , so cute . I like to sing you’re song (^^)

    Anyway , Thanks so much

  31. hi laura… i been playing plants vs and zombie and i like the song you sang in there.. but call me home song is much better.. i really really like your voice.. its so sweet like an angel..thanks for singing that wonderfull songs…

  32. wow… zombies on your lawn has a japanese version..
    Laura S. your awesome

  33. Hey, Laura! A friend of mine just showed me the ending video of PvZ yesterday, and I went crazy with Zombies on Your Lawn! This music is so addictive! And your voice is sooooooooo beautiful! Love it so much!

    Today I’ve found the japanese version, and is super cute!

    Now I’m gonna search for more of your work ^^

    Hope you can release the entire soundtrack!

  34. The game is still a highly addictive waste of useful time and songs are really cute. I don’t speak a work of Japanese but seem to prefer that version of the song. Your voice sounds real great there. Wonder if there are more songs in your repertoire.

  35. Hi Laura,

    I just started my PvZ not long ago and find it additive. I searched over the web and found your song. It is beautiful!
    I am learning Japanese and have tried to retype your lyrics into Japanese character. I would deeply appreciate if you could take a couple minute to correct my typing.

    Thanks for the great song!

    Ouzo

    裏庭(うらにわ)にゾンビ(zombie)が!
    by Laura Shigihara

    向日葵(ひまわり)

    (chorus)
    ゾンビ(zombie)がやって来(き)た。
    ゾンビ(zombie)がやって来(き)た。
    ゾンビ(zombie)がやって来(き)た。
    ゾンビ(zombie)はでっていた。

    (verse 1)
    ゾンビ(zombie)は怖(こわ)い骸骨(がいこつ)。
    花(はな)びら全部(ぜんぶ)を獲(と)りたがる。
    その後(あと)頭(あたま)を食(た)べたがる。
    只(ただ)の向日葵(ひまわり)。
    だけど私(わたし)は強(つよ)い。
    脳(のう)みそが好(す)き。
    ゾンビ(zombie)は嫌(ぎら)い。

    (pre-chorus 1)
    フットボール(football)で遊(あそ)んだよ!
    ヘルメット(helmet)を被(かぶ)ったぞ!
    スクリーン(Screen)ドア(door)を持(も)ったぞ!
    俺(おれ)たちゾンビ(zombie)、ゾンビ(zombie)、ゾンビ(zombie)だ。

    (chorus repeat)

    (verse 2)
    裏庭(うらにわ)で遊(あそ)びたい。
    頭(あたま)を食(た)べるのやめなさい。
    脳(のう)みそにはコレステロール(cholesterol)がいっぱい。
    死(し)んだので関係(かんけい)ないけど。
    ソラ(Solar)パォワル(power)で戦(たたか)うよ。
    植物(しょくぶつ)を守(まも)るため。

    (pre-chorus 2)
    その三輪車(さんりんしゃ)ちょうだい。
    頭(あたま)にバター(butter)がくっついじゃた。
    脳(のう)みそ食(た)べるぞ!
    俺(おれ)たちゾンビ(zombie)、ゾンビ(zombie)、ゾンビ(zombie)だ。

    (chorus repeat)

  36. esta super jenial no sabia ke abia japones XD (y eso ke soy otaku ¬ ¬) no parare de cantarla XD arigatou gosaimasta!!!

  37. I don’t know how many Juggalos you’ve met in your life, but you can count this one as a fan! I think I like the Japanese version just slightly better, mostly because of your Fathers non-threatening tone for the Zombies. You yourself have a marshmellowy-ness to your voice that is very fitting for the silliness of the subject matter. Good job and keep it coming. ß*)

  38. can I hear the video please?

  39. the song it’s very nice.. hhehe
    i like !

  40. Himawari

    (chorus)
    Zombie ga yatte kita

    What is the phrase that comes in between? It starts out Himawari…. Say noh? then Zombie Ga yatte kita…. is that something like let’s go or let’s begin?

  41. I LOVE this song! ^_^


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