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Babel soundtrack

Babel (2006)
Product detail
Format: CD
UPC: 88807230191
Label: Concord
Label number: 30191
Running time: not on file
Shipping date: November 21st, 2006
Original score by Gustavo Santaolalla
Product availability
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Album Tracklist
CD 1 (multi-CD album)
1. Tazarine
2. Tu Me Acostumbraste
3. September/The Joker
info: Shinichi Osawa remix
4. Deportation/Iguazu
5. I Won't Be Disappointed/Looped Piano
...see complete tracklist
Oscar-winning score

Soundtrack Q & A
Q: In the scene where Chieko takes off her underwear to flash the guy at the J-pop, what's the song playing while she's coming out of the bathroom? (from Robby in Texas)
A: Yuguchi Aimi's "Smile" (thanks to Brujah, Braziladd more info

Q: What is the song playing when the housekeeper takes children to Mexico by her nephew to her son's wedding? (from curly in istanbul,turkey)
A: "Cumbia Sobre El Rio" by Celso Pina, Control Machete y Blanquito Man (thanks to Isabella, Braziladd more info

Q: What is the name of the song sung by Angelique Kidjo in this movie?
...from sunny in california (answer sunny's question)

Q: What's the song from this movie with "...hey child..." in it? I have heard it before but can't remember the name. It's not on the soundtrack and it's driving me crazy!
...from arlene in NYC (answer arlene's question)

Q: What is the song playing in the rave scene with the Japanese girl? I think it has the word "REMEDY" in it repeatedly. (from David in Phila, PA)
A: The first song in the club is listed as September "The Joker (ATFC's Aces High Remix)." The second song in the rave is harder, and I heard the japanese edition of the soundtrack has it, called "Shibuya Syndicate - Speeders" (thanks to xeo, kentucky or saudi arabiaadd more info
A: You can download the song here (thanks to Vincent Jacobs, Netherlandsadd more info

Q: Who is the singer in the song "Tu me acostumbraste"?? (from poschi in germany)
A: Chavela Vargas is the singer. (thanks to Isabella, Braziladd more info

Q: Who's the singer on "The Visitors" track? (from banabab in LIVING IN CANADA, FROM MOROCCO)
A: Hamza El Din (thanks to Nashman from axeland, islamabad, Pakistanadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in the disco when Chieko goes in with her friends? Me and my husband love it. (from Lina in Prishtina,Kosovo)
A: "September/The Joker" (ATFC's Aces High Remix). (thanks to Chris, Edinburghadd more info
A: Anyone know the song playing before in the disco? It sounds like a song from the 70s. (thanks to r0nz0, austriacoadd more info
A: The song before from the 70s is "September" from Earth, Wind and Fire. (thanks to vicente, portugaladd more info

Q: What is the name of the first song in the end credits? (from filmscore5 in New York)
A: The song is "Bibo no Aozora" from Ryuichi Sakamoto. (thanks to kawaiiren, Merida, Mexicoadd more info

Q: What's the song playing in the background when the japanese girl enters a J-pop restaurant to meet up with her pals? (from AJK300984 in india)
A: "Oh My Juliet" by Takashi Fuji (thanks to meracitha, tijuana, baja california, mexicoadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in the background at the housekeeper's son's wedding? It goes ", sa, sa..." (from Rachael in Vancouver,BC)
A: It's called "Mesa que mas aplauda" by Climax (thanks to alex, Chihuahua, Mexicoadd more info

Q: What is the song that is played in the end credits? I'm thinking of the one that sounds like both "Deportation" and "When Our Wings Are Cut, Can We Still Fly?" by the Kronos Quartet from the 21 Grams soundtrack. (from Zach in California)
A: In the end titles there are two songs. The first one, the one I think you're talking about, is indeed "When Our Wings Are Cut, Can We Still Fly" by Kronos Quartet. (thanks to Selbst, Torinoadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in the credits as well as when she is getting choppered out? It is a Moroccan-type guitar tune that starts out slow and then picks up a bit? (from matt in CAli)
A: That should be "When Our Wings Are Cut, Can We Still Fly?" from Kronos Quartet... which can be found as Track 16 on the 21 Grams soundtrack. I can highly recommend both films and of course this fine piece of music! (thanks to ralf, Vienna, Austriaadd more info
A: OK, the song in the chopper scene and the one in the end credits are two different songs - the first is "Iguazu" by Gustavo, and the second I have no clue. All i know is it's worth the effort to find because it's beautiful!!! (thanks to mighty_max, Ramat-Gan, Israeladd more info
A: The same selection is used frequently in the HBO series "Deadwood." (thanks to Music Watcher, Los Angeles, CAadd more info

Q: What's the song playing in the last scene when the Japanese father finds his daughter on the balcony?  (from Miriam in NY)
A: Track 19m "Bibo No Aozora/04" (thanks to Luke, Californiaadd more info

Q: What are the chords in the last track (with the policeman in the bar and the father on the balcony with his daughter)? It's a little tricky working it out on the guitar. It sounds or feels a little like Merry Chrismas Mr Lawrence by Sakamoto. Very beautiful. (from pete in australia)
A: Yes it's a Sakomoto. "Bibo no Aozora / 04". Sorry don't know the chords (thanks to Bona, Australiaadd more info
A: I've got a working version of the chords you can try, I don't think it's totally right, but I'm going to keep working on it
First piano riff
Am G F

F Em Dm

F Em Dm (one octave up, though)

Then the part at the end of the cycle is Em and then C
Try that out. I think it needs some tweakin, because I seriously doubt that the chords would be that simple for a song like that. (thanks to Dan, Syracuse, NYadd more info

Q: Also wanting to know the J-pop entry song, help please! (from Kimberly in TX)
A: Yuguchi Aimi's "Smile." you can watch the music video on (thanks to Evan, Philippinesadd more info

Q: Hey all, I know that "Cumbia Sobre El Rio" is a song by Celso, but when you listen to the track, a few words/lines appear to have been said by Gael. I just want to know if this is true. (from zee17 in London, UK)
A: It's not Gael Garcia Bernal... actually it is Blanquito Man, from Molotov. (thanks to trinchabife, Santa Cruz de la Sierraadd more info

Q: Is the song from the DVD's main menu on this album? If so, what is the name of it? It sounds like "Iguazu," but is a different song. (from mike in michigan, usa)
A: It's the same song as the one at the end of the movie in the credits. (thanks to mighty_max, Ramat-Gan, Israeladd more info
A: click here for video (thanks to Lut, Vancouveradd more info

Q: What is the very fast paced acoustic song in the middle of the movie? I'm pretty sure it is playing when the tour bus leaves the couple (Pitt, Daines) in the village. It seemed like a pretty long number with varying paces of acoustic guitar.
...from lafelkins in oakland, ca, us (answer lafelkins's question)

Q: I've checked out a few different versions of "Bibo no Aozora," but none of them match the song that plays on Babel's DVD Menu. Can anyone specify what version, or exactly what the songs name is?
...from Sabih in Houston, Tx (answer Sabih's question)

Q: What is the name of the song played in the DVD menu screen? It has guitars and is a very beautiful track with no lyrics. It sounds like morrocan guitars or something along those lines. And it's not "Bibo no Aozora" as I have just purchased that and it wasn't it. (from Lise in new zealand)
A: It is "Bibo no azoro." The part you hear starts half way through song, so fast forward. (thanks to john, sydney,australiaadd more info
A: It is such an amazing song, I know exactly which track you mean. It is "Bibo no Aozora," but be careful... there are two versions on the soundtrack. It's on the 11:25 min version, not the 7:15 min version. That should make it clear for you. The 11:25 minute song is an amalgamation of three different tracks and the track your after starts around the 4:15 min mark. Enjoy! (thanks to Dan, sydney, australiaadd more info
A: "Endless Flight" and is from Argentinian genius artist Gustavo Santaolalla. (thanks to renumac, Caracas, Venezuelaadd more info

Q: What's the ambient/drone music being played when the Japanese girl and her friend go to the fountain place and hook up with those guys? It lasts till the subway ride, right before they go into the nightclub. (from Eddie in Cairo,Egypt)
A: The song is called "September" by EARTH, WIND, & FIRE. (thanks to Shizuka, Los Angeles, CA/Americaadd more info
A: It's not "September" by Earth Wind & Fire. It's an ambient instrumental piece with heavy base going at the background, which lasts till the Club and is slowly amalgamated into the Club Track. Must be some other track! (thanks to Sumedh, Mumbai, Indiaadd more info
A: Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Only Love Can Conquer Hate" (thanks to Brad, Canadaadd more info

Q: What's the name of the song playing when the two boys and their father are being held up by the police on the mountain side?
...from Christian Ivan in San Diego, CA. (answer Christian Ivan's question)

Q: What's the song playing when Santiago picks up his aunt? It is the first song playing (not "cumbia sobre el rio"). (from melo_21 in California)
A: Pipe Bueno - Para que regreses (thanks to lonely_animal, indadd more info

Q: What does the chanting in the track "Prayer" (sometimes called "Chieko Cries") mean?
...from WonderingWhat in Danville, Illinois (answer WonderingWhat's question)

Q: There are bits of ambient music, especially in the Moroccan scenes - are these Hamza El Din also, or someone else?
...from Daniel in Portland Oregon (answer Daniel's question)

Q: What's the name of the song playing inside the car of the Mexican housekeeper's driver? She comes to pick her up and take her to Mexico and there's a Mexican (?) song playing...
...from TheMastermind in Romania (answer TheMastermind's question)

Q: What song do the musicians play for the bride??
...from IDk in Chicago,il (answer IDk's question)

Q: Who is playing so amazingly in "Deportation/Igauzu"?
...from Boledim in Serbia (answer Boledim's question)

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