"Monster March"

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"Monster March"
Cover of the "Monster March" single
Performed by Lily Sasaki, Tokyo Children's Choir
Composed by Gendai Kano
Arranged by Hitoshi Kosugi
Lyrics by Shinichi Sekizawa
Heard in All Monsters Attack

"Monster March" (怪獣マーチ,   Kaijū Māchi) is the theme song for the 1969 Godzilla film All Monsters Attack, performed by Lily Sasaki and the Tokyo Children's Choir. It was released as a 7-inch vinyl single by Nippon Crown in December 1969, with "Pun Pun Pun" as its B-side. The song is also heard in the film's trailer and the film itself, the latter with different instrumentation and the Children's Choir's backing vocals removed; the first verse plays over the opening credits, and the third verse over a montage sequence shortly thereafter. These versions are labeled on soundtrack releases as "Main Title (Monster March I)" (メインタイトル (怪獣マーチⅠ),   Mein Taitoru (Kaijū Māchi Wan)) and "Monster March II" (怪獣マーチⅡ,   Kaijū Māchi Tsū), respectively.

Lyrics

Japanese lyrics are sourced from the 2021 reissue of the single booklet. English translation is based on the Criterion Collection subtitles where possible.

Japanese Romaji English

ゴー! ゴー! 123 3456
345678 ギャーッ!
怪獣サマの お通りだ
カッコよくなんでも ブッ飛ばせ!
ゴーゴーゴジラは 放射能
ミ ミ ミニラも ポーッポポ
ドッスン ガッタン ドッスン ガッタン
みんなこわしてしまうけど
ごめんよかんべん おれたちも
生きてゆくのは きびしいさ

ゴー! ゴー! 123 3456
345678 ギャーッ!
怪獣サマの もうれつだ
それでもよく見りゃ とぼけ顔
ゴーゴーゴジラは お人よし
ミ ミ ミニラは チョーコチョコ
ドッスン ガッタン ドッスン ガッタン
みんなこわしてしまうけど
悪気でこわして いるんじゃない
でかい体じゃ 仕様がない

ゴー! ゴー! 123 3456
345678 ギャーッ!
怪獣サマが 泣いたとさ
どうして地球は 住みにくい
ゴーゴーゴジラも おどろいた
ミ ミ ミニラも ブールブル
ドッスン ガッタン ドッスン ガッタン
みんなこわしてしまうけど
メガトン スモッグ 排気ガス
これが本当の 怪獣だー!

Gō! Gō! Ichi ni san, san shi go roku
San shi go roku shichi hachi, gyā-!
Kaijū-sama no odōri da
Kakkoyoku nandemo buttobase!
Gō Gō Gojira wa hōshanō
Mi Mi Minira mo pōppopo
Dossun gattan dossun gattan
Minna kowashite shimau kedo
Gomen yo kanben ore-tachi mo
Ikite yuku no wa kibishī sa

Gō! Gō! Ichi ni san, san shi go roku
San shi go roku shichi hachi, gyā-!
Kaijū-sama no mōretsu da
Sore demo yoku mirya toboke gao
Gō Gō Gojira wa ohitoyoshi
Mi Mi Minira mo chōkochoko
Dossun gattan dossun gattan
Minna kowashite shimau kedo
Warugi de kowashite irun janai
Dekai karada ja shōganai

Gō! Gō! Ichi ni san, san shi go roku
San shi go roku shichi hachi, gyā-!
Kaijū-sama ga naita tosa
Dōshite chikyū wa sumi nikui
Gō Gō Gojira mo odoroita
Mi Mi Minira mo būruburu
Dossun gattan dossun gattan
Minna kowashite shimau kedo
Megaton sumoggu haiki gasu
Kore ga hontō no kaijū dā!

Go! Go! 1, 2, 3... 3, 4, 5, 6
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8... Gah!
It's the march of the monsters
They'll destroy everything with style!
Go-Go-Godzilla is radioactive
Mi-Mi-Minilla puffs smoke too
Wham! Bang! Crash!
They pulverize everything
"Sorry, please forgive us
But living ain't easy for us"

Go! Go! 1, 2, 3... 3, 4, 5, 6
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8... Gah!
It's the ferocity of the monsters
But when you look, you'll see innocent faces
Go-Go-Godzilla is good-natured
Mi-Mi-Minilla toddles about
Wham! Bang! Crash!
They pulverize everything
But they don't mean to scare you
They can't help they have big bodies

Go! Go! 1, 2, 3... 3, 4, 5, 6
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8... Gah!
The monsters are crying
Why is Earth such a hard place to live?
Go-Go-Godzilla is shocked
Mi-Mi-Minilla is trembling too
Wham! Bang! Crash!
They pulverize everything
But megaton smog and exhaust fumes
They're the real monsters!

Videos

"Monster March" (single version)
"Main Title (Monster March I)"
"Monster March II"

Trivia

  • The song's title was written in English as "KAIJŪ MARCH" on its vinyl label. However, it is translated as "Monster March" on streaming service listings of the All Monsters Attack soundtrack.
  • Despite the verses from "Monster March" included in the film not featuring the Tokyo Children's Choir's backing vocals, the choir is still credited for those tracks by streaming services.
  • In the American version of All Monsters Attack, Godzilla's Revenge, Ervin Jereb's instrumental piece "Crime Fiction" played over the opening credits instead of "Monster March."

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