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Z Fighters in the first "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" animation

"Cha-La Head-Cha-La" is the opening theme for the first 199 episodes (54-184 if totaled up in the edited English dub) of Dragon Ball Z in the Japanese version, followed by "We Gotta Power" for the remaining 92 episodes.

Overview

"Cha-La Head-Cha-La" was released in Japan on May 1, 1989. The song was written by Yukinojō Mori, the music was composed by Chiho Kiyooka, with arrangement by Kenji Yamamoto, and it is performed by Hironobu Kageyama. It used three different animations during the ending of Dragon Ball Z, and it is also used as the opening theme of all the Dragon Ball Z movies until Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming.

The song was redone and re-recorded by Hironobu Kageyama in 2005. A cover version of the song was made and performed by the Japanese pop-rock band FLOW for the opening of the 2013 movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,[1][2][3] and released on a double A-side CD single with an insert song for the movie, "HERO - Song of Hope", on March 20, 2013.[4] FLOW's songs are also featured on the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods - Original Sound Track CD released on March 27, 2013.

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Battle of Gods - Original Sound Track and FLOW's double A-side CD singles

The song has also been in the 2011 video game Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, as the game's opening theme and an optional song to use during Vs. mode.

Lyrics

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Japanese Transliteration English (Translated)
SONG
光る雲を突き抜けFly Away(Fly Away) Hikaru Kumo wo Tsukinuke FURAI AWEI (FURAI AWEI) Breaking through the shining clouds, I fly away (fly away)
体中に 広がるパノラマ Karadajuu ni Hirogaru PANORAMA The panorama spreads throughout my body.
顔を 蹴られた地球が怒って (怒って) Kao wo Kerareta Chikyuu ga Okotte (Okotte) Kicked in the face, the Earth gets angry (angry),
火山を爆発させる Kazan wo Bakuhatsu Saseru Making a volcano explode.
溶けた北極(こおり)の中に Toketa Koori no Naka ni If, within the melting polar icecaps,
恐竜が居たら 玉乗り仕込みたいね Kyouryuu ga Itara Tamanori Shikomitai ne If there's a dinosaur, I want to train it to balance on a ball.
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA CHARA HECCHARA Cha-La Head-Cha-La
何が起きても 気分はへのへの河童 Nani ga Okite mo Kibun wa Henoheno Kappa No matter what happens, I won't be bothered one bit
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA CHARA HECCHARA Cha-La Head-Cha-La
胸がパチパチするほど Mune ga PACHIPACHI suru hodo As long as my heart beats loud,
騒ぐ元気玉 Sawagu Genki Dama The Genki-dama roars
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA CHARA HECCHARA Cha-La Head-Cha-La
頭空っぽの方が 夢詰め込める Atama Karappo no Hou ga Yume Tsumekomeru I'd rather empty my head, so I could stuff it with dreams.
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA CHARA HECCHARA Cha-La Head-Cha-La
笑顔ウルトラZで Egao URUTORA ZETTO de With a smile that's Ultra-Z,
今日もアイヤイヤイヤイヤイ…Sparking! Kyou mo AIYAIYAIYAIYAI...SUPĀKINGU! Even today goes Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi... Sparking!

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Japanese

光る雲を突き抜けフライアウェイ(フライアウェイ)
体中に 広がるパノラマ
顔を 蹴られた地球が怒って (怒って)
火山を爆発させる

溶けた北極(こおり)の中に
恐竜が居たら 玉乗り仕込みたいね

チャラ ヘッチャラ
何が起きても 気分はへのへの河童
チャラ ヘッチャラ
胸がパチパチするほど
騒ぐ元気玉…スパーキング!

空を 急降下ジェットコースター(コースター)
落ちて行くよ パニックの楽園(その)
景色 逆さになると愉快さ(愉快さ)
山さえ お尻に見える

悩む時間はないよ
何処かに潜む「吃驚!」に逢いたいから

チャラ ヘッチャラ
頭空っぽの方が 夢詰め込める
チャラ ヘッチャラ
笑顔ウルトラゼットで
今日もアイヤイヤイヤイヤイ

チャラ ヘッチャラ
何が起きても 気分はへのへのカッパ
チャラ ヘッチャラ
胸がパチパチするほど
騒ぐ元気玉…スパーキング!

Transliteration

Hikaru Kumo wo Tsukinuke FURAI AWEI (FURAI AWEI)
Karadajuu ni Hirogaru PANORAMA
Kao wo Kerareta Chikyuu ga Okotte (Okotte)
Kazan wo Bakuhatsu Saseru

Toketa Koori no Naka ni
Kyouryuu ga Itara Tamanori Shikomitai ne

CHARA HECCHARA
Nani ga Okite mo Kibun wa Henoheno Kappa
CHARA HECCHARA
Mune ga PACHIPACHI suru hodo
Sawagu Genki Dama...SUPAAKINGU!

Sora wo Kyuukouka JETTOKOOSUTAA (KOOSUTAA)
Ochite Yuku yo PANIKKU no Sono he
Keshiki Sakasa ni naru to Yukai sa (Yukai sa)
Yama sae Oshiri ni Mieru

Nayamu Jikan wa nai yo
Dokoka ni Hisomu "Bikkuri!" ni Aitai kara

CHARA HECCHARA
Atama Karappo no Hou ga Yume Tsumekomeru
CHARA HECCHARA
Egao URUTORA ZETTO de
Kyou mo AIYAIYAIYAIYAI

CHARA HECCHARA
Nani ga Okite mo Kibun wa Henoheno KAPPA
CHARA HECCHARA
Mune ga PACHIPACHI suru hodo
Sawagu Genki Dama...SUPAAKINGU!

English (Translated)

Breaking through the shining clouds, I fly away (fly away),
The panorama spreads throughout my body.
Kicked in the face, the Earth gets angry (angry),
Making a volcano explode.

If, within melting polar icecaps,
If there's a dinosaur, I want to train it to balance on a ball.

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
No matter what happens, I won't be bothered one bit
Cha-La Head-Cha-La
As long as my heart beats loud,
The Genki-dama roars... Sparking!

Swooping through the sky in a Jet Coaster (Coaster),
I fall in the paradise of panic.
The scenery turns upside-down and I'm pleasant (pleasant),
Even the mountains look like rear-ends.

There's no time to worry,
Cause there's a "Surprise!" somewhere, and I want to find it!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
I'd rather empty my head and stuff it with dreams.
Cha-La Head-Cha-La
With a smile that's Ultra-Z,
Even today goes Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
No matter what happens, I won't be bothered one bit.
Cha-La Head-Cha-La
As long as my heart beats loud,
The Genki-dama roars... Sparking!

English remake

There are two known English versions of this song. One was done by Hironobu Kageyama (the same artist of the original Japanese version) and had a very faithful, if rather literal, translation. The other English version was created for the Philippines broadcast of the series that was similar to the other English version, being that it used the same lyrics, but rerecorded the background score using instruments different from that of the original version. Another version was made for the OVA Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! Animetal USA also sampled part of the song with their own English lyrics in their album "Animetal USA W":

Come slide down rainbows in the sky, Let's Fly away!
Like a bird, you're free to see the boundless face of the Earth!

Let the wind blow you like a kite,
and glide away!
Far beyond the clouds,
You'll find another place!

If the road ahead seems so cold and gray,
When the night turns to day,
Don't you be afraid, go fly away!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
No time to hesitate,
Go on and search the Earth!
Within it lies a magic surprise!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
Be cool, don't be afraid, you've got power
To get you through the darkest night!

Cha-La!

Zooming round and round
The endless sky like a coaster!
Hold on tight, or you may find yourself trapped in a maze!

When that happens,
You may think you won't ever find your way
As the paths that you may take
All seem the same!

If the road ahead seems so cold and gray,
When the night turns to day,
Don't should be afraid, go fly away!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
No time to hesitate,
Go on and search the Earth!
Within it lies a magic surprise!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
Be cool, don't be afraid, you've got power
To get you through the night!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
No time to hesitate,
Go on and search the Earth!
Within it lies a magic surprise!

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
Be cool, don't be afraid, you've got power
To get you through the darkest night!

AH, HA, AH, HA! Cha-La!

2nd English remake

Penetrate the clouds shining Fly Away (Fly Away)
Panorama that spread throughout the body
Earth was kicked in the face angry (angry)
Detonate a volcano

In the (ice) melting Arctic
Wish there was a dinosaur charged Tamanori

Chara Hetchara
Kappa mood to the in any event to
Chara Hetchara
My heart is so パチパチ
Energy to make noise ... sparking ball!

Dive roller coaster (coaster) in the sky
I went down to the paradise of panic (it)
Once the pleasant landscape upside down (the pleasant)
Visible in the ass even mountain

I do not have time to worry
Because I want to meet! "Surprised" lurking somewhere

Chara Hetchara
Head towards the empty dream packable
Chara Hetchara
Georgette ultra smile
Aiyaiyaiyai Yai today

Chara Hetchara
Kappa mood to the in any event to
Chara Hetchara
My heart is so <untranslated>
Energy to make noise ... sparking ball!

3rd English Remake

Breaking through the shining cloud
I'm gonna fly away, fly away
Spreading through my body, feel the power through my soul

Kicked in the face, this earth is mad
As a fire brigade, fire brigade
Can't you feel it building up for her to blow

If there ever was a dinosaur
In a mound of icicles
I would wanna train it to ride a ball

Chala Head Chala
No matter, if ever anything could happen
Nothing can stop me now
Chala Head Chala
Oh, my heart just keep sparking up like a ball of flame
Oh yes, it make me fired up, sparking

I feel it, freedom in the sky
My roller coaster, coaster
Coming down to panic, chaos that spread over the ground

Take the scenic route down and upside down
I'm like a melting star, melting star
And the world seems faster as she's turning round

There's no time for me to mope and cry
I got to get started now
Adventures are so much the meaning of life

Chala Head Chala
Got so much space in my burning heart now
I'll take it up with all the world
Chala Head Cha La
Smiling away, away today, I'm ultra Z
Ai, Ai, Ai, Ai

Chala Head Chala
No matter, if ever anything could happen
Nothing can stop me now
Chala Head Chala
Oh, my heart just keep sparking up like a ball of flame
Oh yes, it make me fired up, sparking!

Brazilian Version

O céu resplandece
Ao meu redor (ao meu redor)
Vou voar e as estrelas
Brilham entre as nuvens sem fim

Só a verdade vai cruzar
Pelo céu azul (pelo céu azul)
E a verdade vai crescer dentro de mim
Como um vulcão que entra em erupção
Sua lava vai espalhar
Verá toda a fúria do dragão

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
Não importa o que aconteça
Sempre tenho a força e o poder

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
Vibrante o meu coração
Sente emoção e tem amor pra dar

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
Não pense em nada só me escuta
Sonhos dentro do coração

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
Não importa o que aconteça
Tudo vai ficar melhor.

Latin American Spanish Version:

El cielo resplandece a mi alrededor (alrededor)
Al volar, destellos brilla en las nubes sin fin.

Con libertad puedes cruzar hoy el cielo azul (el cielo azul)
La verdad, huye a un golpe de pronto en ti...

Como si un volcán hiciera erupción...
Derrite un gran glaciar...
¡Podras ver de cerca, al gran Dragón!

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
No importa lo que suceda,
¡Siempre el animo mantendre!

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
Vibrante mi conazón siente emoción,
¡Hare una Genki-Dama!

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
No pienses nada, solo escucha,
los sueños que hay en tu corazón...

CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
No importa lo que suceda,
¡Sonreiré, el día de ho-ho-ho-ho-hooooy!

Trivia

  • Aya Hirano, who is Dende's voice actress in Dragon Ball Kai, performed her own rendition of "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" whilst in the character of Konata Izumi from the popular anime Lucky Star. One of the show's quirks was to have Konata (an otaku) perform a different anime opening for each episode's ending theme, with Dragon Ball Z's being the most "mainstream".
  • A different version of this song appears in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

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