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"Kimi ga Iru Kara"
Music

"Kimi ga Iru Kara" (君がいるから?, lit. Because You're Here) is the vocal theme of the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII, performed by J-pop artist Sayuri Sugawara and composed by Masashi Hamauzu. It is also featured in her second single of the same title.

Development[]

I just composed the base of the song to let her know the musical direction, and I left the rest up to her producer/arranger. On the other hand, I arranged the BGM version of it. The song sounds like it is made by a totally different person for its usage and how the arrangements were made. The song sung by Sugawara san might not feel like my sound, but I think the song functions well in the context. I made the BGM version rather freely. I am really satisfied with it and, among all the pieces on the soundtrack, it is my favorite.

Masashi Hamauzu[1]

Lyrics[]

Kanji[]

「泣いたっていいんだよ」
君がふいにそう言ってくれたから
何だか嬉しくて
涙じゃなく笑顔が零れた
不器用すぎる言葉で
君を傷つけてしまった
それでも離れたりしないで
今もこうして支えになってくれてるんだ
きっと…
叶えたい願い
叶えたい夢
届けたい想いすべて
信じ続ける事が奇跡を呼んで
未来に繋がって行くよ
ずっと ねぇずっと 見守っていて欲しい
Dear My Friend
「君なら大丈夫だよ」
別れ際にそう言ってくれたから
感じてた孤独が
その一言で綺麗になくなった
新しい扉を開く
それは誰でも怖くて不安だらけだけど
背中を押してくれた君を
思い出せば力が溢れてくるからね
素直な気持ち
譲れないもの
正直な 言葉すべて
声にして伝える事ができたなら
未来は広がって行くよ
いつも そういつも 心に君がいるから
Dear My Friend
立ち止まっても 忘れそうになっても
何度も何度でも 前を向いて行くと誓うよ
見上げた空 光が差し込んでいる
君に また逢える日まで
素直な気持ち
譲れないもの
正直な 言葉全て
声にして伝える事ができたなら
未来は広がって行くよ
願い
叶えたい夢
届けたい想い全て
信じ続ける事が奇跡を呼んで
未来に繋がって行くよ
ずっと ずっと 見守っていて欲しい
Dear My Friend

Rōmaji[]

"Naitatte ī nda yo"
Kimi ga fui ni sō itte kuretakara
Nandaka ureshikute
Namida janaku egao ga koboreta
Bukiyō sugiru kotoba de
Kimi o kizutsukete shimatta
Soredemo hanare tari shinaide
Ima mo kōshite sasae ni natte kure teru nda
Kitto...
Kanaetai negai
Kanaetai yume
Todoketai omoi subete
Shinji tsudzukeru koto ga kiseki o yonde
Mirai ni tsunagatte iku yo
Zutto nē zutto mimamotteite hoshī
Dear my friend
"Kiiminara daijōbudayo"
Wakaregiwa ni sō ittekuretakara
Kanjiteta kodoku ga
Sono hitokoto de kirei ni nakunatta
Atarashī tobira o hiraku
Sore wa dare demo kowakute fuandarakedakedo
Senaka wo oshitekureta kimi wo
Omoidaseba chikara ga afuretekuru kara ne
Sunaona kimochi
Yuzurenai mono
Shōjikina kotoba subete
Koe ni shite tsutaeru koto ga dekita nara
Mirai wa hirogatte yuku yo
Itsumo sou itsumo kokoro ni kimi ga iru kara
Dear my friend
Tachidomatte mo wasure sō ni natte mo
Nando mo nandodemo mae o muite uku to chikau yo
Miageta sora hikari ga sashikonde iru
Kimi ni mata aeru hi made
Sunaona kimochi
Yuzurenai mono
Shōjikina kotoba subete
Koe ni shite tsutaeru koto ga dekita nara
Mirai wa hirogatte yuku yo
Negai
Kanaetai yume
Todoketai omoi subete
Shinji tsudzukeru koto ga kiseki o yonde
Mirai ni tsunagatte iku yo
Zutto zutto mimamotteite hoshī
Dear my friend

English translation[]

"It's okay to cry."
You said to me so suddenly,
And I was so happy that
I smiled instead of crying.
With words that are too clumsy,
I hurt you.
But even so, you still didn't leave me,
And you're still supporting me like this.
Surely...
Wishes I want to come true,
Dreams I want to fulfill,
All the feelings I want to deliver.
Continuing to believe will call forth a miracle,
And it will lead to the future.
Forever, forever, I want you to watch over me.
Dear my friend
"You'll be alright."
That's what you said to me when we parted.
The loneliness I had felt
Completely vanished with that one phrase
Opening a new door
Is a frightening and uncertain thing for anyone,
But when I remember you, the one who pushed me forward,
I'm overwhelmed with strength.
Honest feelings,
Things I can't give up,
Honest words, all of them.
If I can speak them out loud and tell you with my voice,
Then the future will expand.
Always, always, because you're here in my heart.
Dear my friend
Even if I stop or even if I almost forget,
I swear that I'll keep looking forward over and over again.
I look up at the sky and the light is shining through
Until the day I see you again.
Honest feelings,
Things I can't give up,
Honest words, all of them.
If I can speak them out loud and tell you with my voice,
Then the future will expand.
Wishes,
Dreams I want to fulfill,
All the feelings I want to deliver.
Continuing to believe will call forth a miracle,
And it will lead to the future.
Forever, forever, I want you to watch over me.
Dear my friend

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIII[]

"Kimi ga Iru Kara" plays during the ending FMV. "My Hands" by Leona Lewis replaces the song in the western version.

Behind the scenes[]

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Hope Estheim alludes to the song before he disappears on the final day when he says to Lightning, "As long as you were with me, Light...I didn't have to fear anything. I'm not scared. Not even now. Because you're here."

Spoilers end here.

References[]