Ai no Uta
Ai no Uta ~ Pikmin CM Song - Single (愛のうた ~ ピクミンCMソング - Single?, lit.: "Song of Love") is a single by a Japanese image group called Strawberry Flower. This is their debut single whose A side, Ai no Uta, was featured in Japanese commercials for Pikmin, and can be sung by the Pikmin in Pikmin 2 when 20 of each of the 5 types of Pikmin are in the player's group. This CD single remained in the top ten for several weeks. Unexpectedly, the single actually outsold the game itself. About three months after Ai no Uta was released, the group continued with another single, Pikmin Dance, featuring three dance versions of their 2001 song, Ai no Uta. The CD comes with a disc, and a lyric book, containing exclusive artwork and lyrics for both Ai no Uta and Namida ga Afureta.
The title of the A side translates to Song of Love, so-named because the song expounds on the emotions the Pikmin feel in relation to their involvement in the game, and also their devotion to their given task of helping the game's protagonist, Captain Olimar. The B side, Namida ga Afureta, translates to The Tears Overflowed, and is phrased more from Olimar's perspective of the Pikmin as well as how he feels about them – which in turn seems difficult for him to express. In this song, the sorrowful space captain deeply regrets never telling the Pikmin that he loved them before departing back to his home planet of Hocotate. The third track is an instrumental version of Ai no Uta.
Ai no Uta is also a music track available in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, played in the Distant Planet stage, along with a French version. The French version present in Brawl is incomplete, though a full version does exist.
Ai no Uta lyrics
ひっこぬかれて、 あなた だけ に ついて ゆく。
Hikkonukarete, anata dake ni tsuite yuku.
Pulled out again, we'll follow you alone.
Nous sommes les Pikmin, venus pour vous aider, vos nouveaux amis
French version translation
We are the Pikmin, we came to help you, (we are) your new friends.
Namida ga Afureta lyrics
なみだ が あふれた
The tears overflowed