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I'll Always Be Watching You.

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I'll Always Be Watching You.
Various arrangements of "I'll Always Be Watching You".
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Debut appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"I'll Always Be Watching You"[Japanese title] is the main staff credits theme for the cutscene "Kirby's Curtain Call" from Kirby Star Allies. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Composition[edit]

Four friends pose for a picture.

"I'll Always Be Watching You." is a sweet and cheerful theme in G major and 4/4. It begins with a peaceful piano and guitar quotation of the second section of "Twinkle☆Stars". The percussion picks up from here, and a lively major variant of "Twinkle☆Traveler" akin to "Sudden Happy Ending" is played by a low clarinet. It is followed by an intermission based on the first section of "Friendly Field", and then this variant of "Twinkle☆Traveler" plays once again. The percussion's pace slows down, preparing a transition to the second section of "Twinkle☆Stars" (similar to its version in "Caverna's Great Maze" in phrasing). Violins and a flute join in a sixth above, and eventually they conclude with another, now resolving iteration of "Twinkle☆Traveler". Violins reprise the "Twinkle☆Stars" section with a gentle piano backing, now omitting "Twinkle☆Traveler".

In true Kirby fashion, the second section of "Green Greens" follows from a vibraphone. The previous instruments gradually join back. The strings pick up with an rhythmically altered iteration of the first section of "Twinkle☆Stars". Just then, the brass plays a major version of "Song of Supplication" as a violin holds a high counterpoint. Other instruments repeat the motif of "Song of Supplication" as it gradually retreats to the background, giving way to the following motif. "Twinkle☆Traveler" continues and attempts to modulate, which it eventually does to E-flat major. The second section of "Twinkle☆Stars" starts, but is cut short by the second phrase of "Kirby's Triumphant Return", which promises to return as characteristic bells play a brief transitional passage. "Kirby's Triumphant Return" and "Twinkle☆Traveler" alternate in quick succession as the music slows down and eventually ends in a E-flat major fanfare.

Other appearances[edit]

The Sound of Kirby Café 2 features a light pop-style remix of this track titled きらめき星、うまれて (A Sparkling Star is Born), arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Etymology[edit]

The Japanese title of this theme is a reference to a quote from Kirby seen in early advertising material for Kirby's Dream Land (back when the game was called Twinkle☆Popo and Kirby was called Popopo): 「君を見ていると、ずっと昔からおともだちだった気がするよ。」 (Looking at you, I feel like we've been friends for a long time.)

Names in other languages[edit]

I'll Always Be Watching You.[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ずっと、きみていると。
zutto, kimi wo miteiruto.
I'll Always Be Watching You.
Lit. "For a long time, looking at you." See #Etymology. Despite being structured like one, the title is not actually a complete sentence.


A Sparkling Star is Born[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きらめき星、うまれて
kirameki-boshi, umarete
A Sparkling Star is Born

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