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Climbing Trees

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Climbing Trees
Sample of "Climbing Trees" from Kirby Mass Attack.
Debut appearance Kirby Mass Attack (2011)
Composer(s) Shogo Sakai
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"Climbing Trees", named "Meteor Shower" in the British English version, is a stage theme from Kirby Mass Attack that plays in the shooter section of Volcano Valley - Stage 10. It was composed by Shogo Sakai.


Child Ships and the Kirbys' spaceship clash.

"Climbing Trees" is a dramatic and impetuous theme in G minor and 4/4. It begins with a double intro featuring a descending string arpeggio in the dominant with xylophone tremolo and low sixteenth notes circling around the dominant tone (structurally resembling the intro of "The Skull Gang"), leading into a brief timpani segment adding to a march-like character. The melody is somewhat unstable, as it revolves around the tonic triad in first inversion, the tonic itself only appearing briefly, accentuated by the xylophone and frantically alternating with the dominant tone instead in the likes of "Green Grounds" or the third section of "Air Ride: Frozen Hillside". The motif moves upwards in a sequence, then turns to a descending string and xylophone passage of alternating thirds. The melody finally resolves by changing the direction of the opening notes of the motif towards tonic. Cymbal crashes appear between these resolving phrases.

The first section repeats with some changes, notably, the flute joining the melody a tenth apart. Rather than ending in the tonic with cymbal crashes, rising triads from "Woods Wayfarer" burst through with newly added trumpets. With the circling sixteenth notes in the background, the strings lead a function-based melody slowly up, while the trumpets respond to each note with their own loud chord. The intro then repeats as the track loops.


  • The American English name of this track, as well as the Canadian French and Latin American Spanish names, has no relation to the only situation where this track plays, which is in outer space and has nothing to do with climbing trees. The Japanese name of this track was likely not mistranslated either, as while it does have き that could be "tree", nothing else in the name leads to any word related to climbing. Since in the game's Music Player the song that comes after this one is "Tree to Tree", and its Japanese name is きをつたって (Walking Along the Trees), perhaps "Climbing Trees" was one of the translations considered for that track, and it was erroneously given to the track that came before it, namely this one.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いんせきらっか
inseki rakka
Falling Meteorites
Canadian French Grimper dans les arbres Climbing on trees
European French Pluie de météorites Meteorite rain
German Meteoritenhagel Meteor shower
Italian Pioggia di meteoriti Meteor shower
Korean 운석 낙하
unseog nagha
Falling Meteorites
Latin American Spanish Subiendo árboles Climbing trees
European Spanish Lluvia de meteoritos Meteorite shower