Space Battleship Yamato theme full version

As revealed in the Yamato Party 2009 report, the biggest surprise was the addition of two new verses to the famous theme song, which Japanese fans have actually known about for many years, since they were first published in a foldout posterbook that came with the September 1978 issue of Adventure King magazine (shown below). And now we proudly present the entire song for the first time in English.

Click here for a fan-made mix of the 4-verse theme. Then click here for an instrumental version to help you practice your karaoke. It’s only two verses long, so you’ll need to play it twice.

Special thanks to Yamato Party chairman Masaru Enomoto for providing the text and Michiko Ito for translation assistance.


Original Japanese

Verse 1

さらば地球よ 旅立つ船は
宇宙戦艦ヤマト
宇宙の彼方 イスカンダルへ
運命背負い 今とび立つ
必ずここへ 帰って来ると
手をふる人に 笑顔で答え
銀河をはなれ イスカンダルへ
はるばるのぞむ 宇宙戦艦
ヤマト

Verse 2

さらば地球よ 愛する人よ
宇宙戦艦ヤマト
地球を救う 使命を帯びて
戦う男 もえるロマン
誰かがこれを やらねばならぬ
期待の人が 俺たちならば
銀河をはなれ イスカンダルへ
はるばるのぞむ 宇宙戦艦
ヤマト

Verse 3

さらば地球よ 緑の星よ
宇宙戦艦ヤマト
花咲く 丘よ 鳥鳴く 森よ
魚澄む 水よ 永遠に永遠に
愛しい人が 幸せの歌
微笑みながら 歌えるように
銀河をはなれ イスカンダルへ
はるばるのぞむ 宇宙戦艦
ヤマト

Verse 4

さらば地球よ 再び会おう
宇宙戦艦ヤマト
戦いの場へ 旅路は遥か
命の糸が はりつめてる
別れじゃないと 心で叫び
今 紫の 闇路の中へ
銀河をはなれ イスカンダルへ
はるばるのぞむ 宇宙戦艦
ヤマト

Phonetic Version

Verse 1

Saraba Chikyu yo tabidatsu fune wa
Uchu Senkan Yamato
Uchu no kanata Isukandaru e
Unmei seoi ima tobitatsu
Kanarazu koko e kaette kuru to
Te o furu hito ni egao de kotae
Ginga o hanare Isukandaru e
Harubaru nozomu, Uchu Senkan
Yamato

Verse 2

Saraba Chikyu yo aisuru hito yo
Uchu Senkan Yamato
Chikyu o sukuu shimei o obite
Tatakau otoko moeru roman
Dareka ga kore o yaraneba naranu
Kitai no hito ga oretachi naraba
Ginga o hanare Isukandaru e
Harubaru nozomu, Uchu Senkan
Yamato

Verse 3

Saraba Chikyu yo midori no hoshi yo
Uchu Senkan Yamato
Hana saku oka yo tori naku mori yo
Uo sumu mizu yo towa ni towa ni
Itoshii hito ga shiawase no uta
Hohoemi nagara utaeru y_o ni
Ginga o hanare Isukandaru e
Harubaru nozomu, Uchu Senkan
Yamato

Verse 4

Saraba Chikyu yo futatabi aou
Uchu Senkan Yamato
Tatakai no ba e tabiji wa haruka
Inochi no ito ga haritsumeteru
Wakare ja nai to kokoro de sakebi
Ima murasaki no yamiji no naka e
Ginga o hanare Isukandaru e
Harubaru nozomu, Uchu Senkan
Yamato

Translation

Verse 1 (translation by Ardith Carlton)

Farewell, Earth/the ship we’re traveling in is
Space Battleship Yamato
Through space and toward far-off Iscandar
Fate on our shoulders, we begin the journey
Surely we will return
We cheerfully answer the people waving their hands
We depart from the galaxy, going to Iscandar
To a great distance, Space Battleship
Yamato

Verse 2 (translation by Ardith Carlton)

Farewell, Earth/the people we love
Space Battleship Yamato
Carrying out our mission to rescue Earth
Fighting men, burning romance
If we don’t do it, someone must
We’re the ones expected to do it
We depart from the galaxy, going to Iscandar
To a great distance, Space Battleship
Yamato

Verse 3 (translation by Tim Eldred)

Farewell, Earth/the green star
Space Battleship Yamato
A flower blooms on a hill, a bird sings in the forest
Fish in the clear water forever and ever
Wishing our beloved can smile
And sing a song for happiness
We depart from the galaxy, going to Iscandar
To a great distance, Space Battleship
Yamato

Verse 4 (translation by Tim Eldred)

Farewell, Earth/we will meet again
Space Battleship Yamato
We journey far to the field of battle
The thread of life is strained
Shouting in our hearts this is not farewell
Now we enter into the dark purple road
We depart from the galaxy, going to Iscandar
To a great distance, Space Battleship
Yamato

The 4-verse lyrics were later reprinted in two other places, both published in March 1979: Office Academy’s script book for the first TV series and Leiji Matsumoto’s Yamato Part II All-Color manga.

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