Ai Otsuka’s Planetarium – Cover Version by Babbles


This cover version of Ai Otsuka’s (大塚愛) song Planetarium  is the first in a serious of videos I am working on with one of the students at Lam Woo—Babbles. Babbles is a young singer-songwriter (about to enter Form 4, or Grade 10).  She mainly performs cover versions of songs by Japanese artists like YUI, but also writes her own original songs.

Her YouTube channel is:

Planetarium (プラネタリウム) is from the Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) OST (aka Boys over Flowers).

We recorded the song using a Yamaha electric piano. It is quite old and the keys have become very noisy, so the piano and vocal parts were recorded separately. Magix Audio Cleaning Lab was used to get rid of the background street/city noise and the vocal and instrumental tracks were mixed using Sonar Home studio.

I’ve uploaded her piano track for anyone who is interested in recording their own cover version. You can download it here:

The song lyrics (from Channel Ai Forum ~ posted by
enlightened0ne) are shown below.

プラネタリウム – Planetarium –

夕月夜 顔だす 消えてく 子供の声
遠く遠く この空のどこかに 君はいるんだろう
夏の終わりに2人で抜け出した この公園で見つけた
あの星座 何だか 覚えてる?

会えなくても記憶をたどって 同じ幸せを見たいんだ

行きたいよ君のところへ 今すぐかけだして行きたいよ
泣かないよ 昔 君と見たきれいな空だったから

あの道まで響く 靴の音が耳に残る
ちっとも変わらないはずなのに せつない気持ちふくらんでく

行きたいよ君のそばに 小さくても小さくても
1番に君が好きだよ 強くいられる
願いを流れ星に そっと唱えてみたけれど
泣かないよ 届くだろう きれいな空に

会えなくても記憶をたどって 同じ幸せを見たいんだ

行きたいよ君のところへ 小さな手をにぎりしめて
泣きたいよ それはそれは きれいな空だった
願いを流れ星に そっと唱えてみたけれど
泣きたいよ 届かない思いをこの空に…

yuutsukuyo kaodasu kieteku kodomo no koe
tooku tooku konosora no dokoka ni kimi ha irun darou
natsu no owari ni futari de nukedashita kono kouen de mitsuketa
ano seiza nandaka oboeteru?

aenakutemo kioku wo tadotte onaji shiawase wo mitai nda
ano kaori to tomo ni hanabi ga patto hiraku

ikitai yo kimi no tokoro he ima sugu kakedashite ikitai yo
makkura de nanimo mienai kowakutemo daijoubu
kazoekirenai hoshizora ga ima mo zutto koko ni aru nda yo
nakanai yo mukashi kimi to mita kirei na sora datta kara

ano michi made hibiku kutsu no ne ga mimi ni nokoru
ookina jibun no kage wo mitsumete omou no deshou
chittomo kawaranai hazu nanoni setsunai kimochi fukurandeku
donna ni omottatte kimi ha mou inai

ikitai yo kimi no soba ni chiisakutemo chiisakutemo
ichiban ni kimi ga suki da yo tsuyoku irareru
negai wo nagare boshi ni sotto tonaetemitakeredo
nakanai yo todoku darou kirei na sora ni

aenakutemo kioku wo tadotte onaji shiawase wo mitai nda
ano kaori to tomo ni hanabi ga patto hiraku

ikitai yo kimi no tokoro he chiisana te wo nigirishimete
nakitai yo soreha soreha kireina sora datta
negai wo nagare boshi ni sotto tonaete mitakeredo
nakitai yo todokanai omoi wo kono sora ni…

Evening approaches and the voices of night-smiling children fade
I know that you are somewhere under this sky, far, far away
At summer’s end, we snuck away together, we found this park
I kind of remember that constellation

Even if I don’t meet you, I can search for memories
Of the same sort of happiness.
Both the smell and fireworks going “bang”

I want to go to where you are
I want to start running there soon
I can’t see anything in the inky darkness
Even if I’m scared I’ll be okay
The wisdom of this clear sky
Is here now all the time.
I didn’t cry when I saw you in the past
Because the sky was clear.

Daily, from that road over there, I can only hear one sound.
Maybe you’ll stare at your big shadow.
It is not in the least expected to change.
A sad feeling expands inside you.
This is the “you’re not there” kind of feeling.

I really want to go and be next to you
Even though I am really, really small
I love you the most
I can be strong
I suddenly try to make a wish on a falling star
Maybe I’ll reach the point where I don’t cry
In a clear sky.

Even if I’m not with you, I can search for memories
Of the same sort of happiness.
Like the smell, together with fireworks going “bang”

I want to go to your place (The place that is with you…)
A small hand clenching yours,
I want to cry; that is a beautiful sky.
I suddenly try to make a wish on a falling star
Under this sky, I don’t think that I want to cry.

~Posted by


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