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Crow in the Shadows

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Crow in the Shadows
Sample of "Crow in the Shadows" from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Crow in the Shadows" is a theme from Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe that plays in dark areas. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]


A Noddy lurks in the shadows.

"Crow in the Shadows" is an eerie theme in E-flat minor and 4/4. It features generally muffled synthetic instrumentation and has abundant semitones. The melody is a static variation of "Exploring the Cave", played twice and modulating to C minor. Nises intensify and build up until near the end, where the sound becomes more clear. The second section has yet another static phrase with alternating thirds and seconds, while the counterpoint features a descending variation of "Four Adventurers: Cookie Country" in C minor. As the latter continues, the higher melody jumps down and reaches a suspense, after which it is replaced by more chaotic replies. Concluding the theme is a low sequence of dissonant intervals played by lone flutes, after which the music halts. Percussion picks up again briefly before the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, "Crow in the Shadows" plays in the dark areas of Raisin Ruins - Stage 4, White Wafers - Stage 5, Egg Engines - Stage 4 and Dangerous Dinner - Stage 2.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラヤミノカラス
kurayami no karasu
Crow of Darkness
Traditional Chinese 黑暗烏鴉
hēi'àn wū yā
Crow of Darkness
Simplified Chinese 黑暗乌鸦
hēi'àn wū yā
Dutch Kraai in de schaduwen Crow in the shadows
French Un corbeau dans les ténèbres A crow in the darkness
German Krähe in den Schatten Crow in the Shadows
Italian Corvo nell'ombra Crow in the darkness
Korean 어둠의 까마귀
eodum-ui kkamagwi
Crow of Darkness
Brazilian Portuguese O que espreita pelas sombras What lurks in the shadows
Spanish Algo acecha entre las sombras Something lurks in the shadows