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The world your word is we are not alone…in our confusion over the Gatchaman Crowds opening song lyrics.

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Earlier this season, in a feverish spurt of writing, I quoted what I knew of the lyrics to the opening song of Gatchaman Crowds, “Crowds,” by White Ash. They were in tune with the themes that Gatchaman Crowds had addressed thus far, and I presumed that the official lyrics would be very similar, albeit with a few changes. Those lyrics are quoted below:

The words you wove is, “We are not alone.”
Instead of retreating in fear, go! Together like birds,
I have to fight them and go to the distance.
Towards the grinding sound
You go there, we fly there,
The words you wove is, “We are not alone.”
Weak yet strong, we are all ourselves in this world.
I have to fight them and go to the distance.
These feelings free me,
You go there, where they call,
go! The crowds are calling my name.

I later found out, upon the official release, that these lyrics were utterly wrong. In fact, not only were they completely wrong, but the entirety of the official song lyrics listed sounded more like the made-up words of “Jabberwocky” than anything intelligible . My tongue firmly in cheek, I suggested that the lyrics were a clever addition to the series’ thematic focus on communication, or lack thereof.

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