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Fast-Flowing Waterworks (theme)

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Fast-Flowing Waterworks
Sample of "Fast-Flowing Waterworks" from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Debut appearance Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Composer(s) Yuki Shimooka[1]
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"Fast-Flowing Waterworks" is a theme from Kirby and the Forgotten Land that plays in the stage with the same name. It was composed by Yuki Shimooka.[1]


Carried away by the waterworks.

"Fast-Flowing Waterworks" is a melancholic theme in A minor and 4/4. It starts off with a percussive intro remarkably similar to that of "Steel Beat". The melody is played by an instrument with percussive and plucked string properties with a supporting breezy synth. Backed by marimba broken chords, it retains the character from the intro. Its motif consists of two simple phrases: the first opens with a rising fifth and circles down to the melodic minor subdominant, while the second mirrors the motion and returns to tonic. After it plays twice with subtle harmonic variations, a viola bridges to a repetition of this first section by woodwinds, where the marimba now provides a counterpoint based on the motif and a mandolin joins the accompaniment. While not significantly varying the rhythm and melody itself, the following second section introduces true (F) major notes, as well as lead violins and later accordion and accompanying piano. It repeats, brighter than before but less tonally stable.

As the music seems to resolve the instability through F major's dominant, it suddenly shifts back to A minor, with the nostalgic atmosphere striking fully from the lead accordion and responses from the violin. The accompaniment gains new harmonic minor properties. Brass comes in a low rising passage, followed by a dominant string response readying a climax. The brass takes the lead with a sad and powerful variation of the main motif, seconded by the strings and backed by virtuosic piano accompaniment. The brass passage from prior repeats, and its latter section is replaced by a resolution based on the main motif. The marimba continues alone, eventually joined by chords with inverted attacks. The track then loops from the melody.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 地下水道ちかすいどうながされて
Chika Suidō ni Nagasarete
Washed Away in the Underground Waterworks
Traditional Chinese 順流地下水道
Shùnliú Dìxiàshuǐdào
Downstream Underground Waterways
Simplified Chinese 顺流地下水道
Shùnliú Dìxiàshuǐdào
Dutch Wildwaterleiding Wild water pipeline
French Tourbillons d'épuration Treatment whirlpools
German Stromschnellen-Wasserwerk Rapids-Waterworks
Italian Rapide nell'acquedotto Rapids in the waterworks
Korean 지하 수도에 휩쓸려서
Jiha Sudoe Hwipsseullyeoseo
Swept Away in the Underground Waterworks
Spanish Depuradora de Aguas Rápidas Treatment Plant of Rapid Waters