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"Why Can't I Be a Turtle?" (カメになりたい, Kame ni Naritai?, lit. I Want to Be a Turtle) is a song in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. It was composed by Mitsuto Suzuki and Nozomi Toki and arranged by Suzuki. The lyrics were written by Motomu Toriyama and translated into English by Ben Sabin and Ryan Patterson.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade[]

"Why Can't I Be a Turtle?" playing near a poster.

"Why Can't I Be a Turtle?" plays during The Happy Turtle Ad Campaign questline. It plays on a jukebox near the Happy Turtle Newsletter 4 located through the tunnel in the northern end, west of Seventh Heaven in the Sector 7 Slums.

There are two versions of "Why Can't I Be a Turtle?": "カメになりたい (Japanese Ver.)" and "カメになりたい (Global Ver.)". Both are simply titled "Why Can't I Be a Turtle?" in English.

The Japanese Ver. was sung by non. The Global Ver. was sung by EvE.

Both versions of "Why Can't I Be a Turtle?" are the 12th and 21st tracks of disc 3 on Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Original Soundtrack.

Lyrics[]

The official lyrics were released on Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Original Soundtrack.

Japanese Ver.[]

Japanese
夜明け持ちのカウンター
となりのキミがつぶやく
わたし カメになりたい
わたし カメになりたい
アタマも シッポも
甲羅に隠して
わたし カメになりたい
わたし カメになりたい
甲羅のなかなら きずつかないから
甲羅のなかなら さみしくないから
わたし カメになりたい
わたし カメになりたい
だけど
夜の海 命が生まれるとき
キミとボク 愛しあうために
アタマを出す
キミとボク かめ かめ かめ
かめ かめ道楽
Rōmaji
Yoake mochi no kauntā
Tonari no kimi ga tsubuyaku
Watashi kame ni naritai
Watashi kame ni naritai
Atama mo shippo mo
Kōra ni kakushite
Watashi kame ni naritai
Watashi kame ni naritai
Kōra no nakanara kizutsukanaikara
Kōra no nakanara samishikunaikara
Watashi kame ni naritai
Watashi kame ni naritai
Dakedo
Yoru no umi inochi ga umareru toki
Kimitoboku aishi au tame ni
Atama o dasu
Kimitoboku kame kame kame
Kame kame dōraku

Global Ver.[]

At the bar, waiting for dawn to break,
I hear you mumbling from a seat away.
"Why can't I just be a turtle now?
Why can't I just be a turtle now?"
"Wanna tuck my head and tail—
All my limbs—inside a shell
Just like every turtle's made to do.
Just like every turtle's made to do."
"Nestled tight inside my shell, no one could hurt me anymore.
"Nestled tight inside my shell, I wouldn't need friends anymore."
"So I wanna be a turtle now.
So I wanna be a turtle now."
I do too.
Night blankets the sea. The tide rolls up just like a velvet sheet.
That's when you and me feel the heat of our instincts.
We'll get wet and wild.
Just the two of us all alone in our world.
Our world—at the Happy Turtle.
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