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Kingdom Hearts Theme Song

Alright, now we welcome a new category—Games.

For our first game, Kingdom Hearts. Kingdom Hearts is an action-adventure series of role-playing games developed by Japanese game publishing company, Square Enix, and Disney Interactive Studios.

As a Japan-USA collaboration, the games have Japanese and English theme songs for its different geographical releases. One thing about the game and its music though, as it virtually explores worlds created by Disney from their films, it includes a lot of songs that have previously been used in Disney movies. Examples of these songs include “Winnie The Pooh” and “Mickey Mouse Club March.”

All the other songs in the series was composed by Yoko Shimomura with orchestral music arranged by Kaoru Wada.

However, the game has its main theme song. For Kingdom Hearts, the first release and first game in the series, the theme song is “Hikari” and “Simple And Clean” (Japan and U.S. releases respectively). “Hikari” means “light” and the songs are not direct translations and have different meanings. Both songs were written and performed by world-famous Japanese pop star Hikaru Utada.

For Kingdon Hearts II, the theme songs are “Passion” for the Japanese release, and “Sanctuary” for its English counterpart. Again, both songs were written and performed by Hikaru Utada—it is said that the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura only had Hikaru in mind for the series’ theme songs.

Kingdom Heats theme song lyrics (“Simple And Clean”)

I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately
Like, is any of this for real? Or not?

You’re giving me
Too many things
Lately
You’re all I need (oh)
You smiled at me
And said

‘Don’t get me wrong, I love you,
But does that mean I have to meet
Your father?
When we are older you’ll understand
What I meant when I said
‘No, I don’t think life is quite that simple.”

When you walk away
You don’t hear me say
‘Please, oh baby, don’t go.’
Simple and clean is the
Way that you’re makin’ me
Feel tonight
It’s hard to let it go

Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings
The future doesn’t scare me at all
Nothing’s like before

Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings
The future doesn’t scare me at all
Nothing’s like before

Watch & listen (“Simple And Clean”)

Watch & listen (“Hikari”)

Kingdom Hearts II theme song lyrics (“Sanctuary”)

In you and I there’s a new land
Angel’s in flight
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
My sanctuary, my sanctuary, yeah
Where fears and lies melt away
Music inside
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
What’s left of me what’s left of me now

I watch you fast asleep
All I fear means nothing

In you and I there’s a new land
Angels in flight
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
My sanctuary my sanctuary yeah
Where fears and lies melt away
Music inside
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
What’s left of me what’s left of me

snwod dna spu ynam os
My heart’s a battleground
snoitome eurt deen I
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
snoitome eurt deen I

You show me how to see
That nothing is whole and nothing is broken

In you and I there’s a new land
Angel’s in flight
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
My sanctuary my sanctuary yeah
Where fears and lies melt away
Music inside
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I
What’s left of me what’s left of me now

My fears and lies
Melt away
wonk uoy naht noitceffa erom deen I

Watch & listen (“Sanctuary”)

Watch & listen (“Passion”)

Official Releases

These are the official soundtracks released so far for the game: