The Waltz of Princess Kagami, known in Japan as just simply The Ball of Princess Kagami (カガミ姫の舞踏会 Kagami-hime no Butōkai ), is a song written and sung by Kagami Ochiai. Susumu Takajima provided the instrumentals for the song. Ochiai wrote this song as a love letter for Susumu Takajima to help cope the entire Drillimation community after Hiroshi Takajima's death, despite being released nine days after the fateful day.
The song was remixed by Koji Kondo and Mahito Konda for Super Mario Galaxy. The major difference is there are three remixes that were used as Rosalina's theme and the vocals were removed.
The Waltz of Princess Kagami is written in the key of D Major at a speed of 100BPM. As suggested by the title, it is a waltz tune with a 3/4 speed.
The song was first recorded and performed in Nagasaki on July 11, 1997. Ochiai performed the song again at Susumu Takajima's inauguration as president of Drillimation Studios in March 1998. The song was performed once again at the wedding of Susumu Takajima and Kagami Ochiai on March 8, 2003.
The song's lyrics are written in Japanese, but Susumu Takajima translated the song into English, where subtitles can be viewed on the official music video on YouTube and VidSpace.
|Japanese (Hiragana)||Japanese (Romaji)|
|Okujō de, soko ni jo|
Kumo ga yure o mite
Toshi o keika, ai wa konai
Sawagi wa, uchū de kaishi sa
Japanese (Le Fashionistas)
It is a translation of the English lyrics.
Up upon the roof-tops, there sat a girl
Sitting, and watching, all the clouds twirl
But through and through
I always knew:
I didn't know how to love
Years and years have passed, my love never came
But I'm forgotten, because I'm in space
I may seem so lonely
In space oh so empty
But I now have my love
Come on Driller please come
Give me the dance of my life
But soon you will make me much bright
Ten million times!
Now a commotion has started in space
Hearthcliffe, that monster, has broken the peace
With all my fuel gone
Who will help me along
All I have is my love
Behind the scenes
- Kagami Ochiai confirmed in an interview that this song is influenced by Princess Serenity from Sailor Moon, and the fact that Kagami Ochiai is, in fact, a princess living a long distance away from Susumu Takajima at that time.