Soundtrack Section: The Best is Yet to Come – Metal Gear Solid

metal gear solidThis week’s song choice is something we have wanted to share for a long time, and what makes it unique is that it was a song recorded specifically for the game, sung in Irish. For a Japanese game like Metal Gear Solid, which found massive success back in 1998, and being Irish, I love this. Maybe I’m biased!

The song was recorded in 1998 at Beech Park Studio in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. It was written and produced by Rika Muranaka and performed by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh. Metal Gear Solid was set on Shadow Moses Island, just off the coast of Alaska. When Snake escaped at the end of the game, Kojima wanted something of an Alaskan folk song to accompany the credits, and this is what Rika Muranaka came up with. Rika was involved in many of the Metal Gear Solid titles, composing “Can’t Say Goodbye to Yesterday” (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty) and “Don’t Be Afraid” (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater).

Below, you can read the Irish lyrics, followed by English translations below.

An cuimhin leat an grá
Crá croí an ghrá
Níl anois ach ceol na h-oíche
Táim sioraí i ngrá
Leannáin le smál
Leannáin le smál
Lig leis agus beidh leat
Lig leis agus beidh grá

Cuimhne leat an t-am
Nuair a bhí tú sásta
An cuimhne leat an t-am
Nuair a bhí tú ag gáire

Tá an saol iontach
Má chreideann tú ann
Tug aghaidi ar an saol is
sonas sioraí inár measc

Céard a tharla do na laethanta sin
Céard a tharla do na h-oícheanta sin
An cuimhin leat an t-am
Nuair a bhí tú faoi bhrón

An cuimhin leat an t-am
Go sioraí sileadh na ndeor
an ormsa nó orainne a bhí an locht

Ag mothú cailte s’ar fán
Cén fáth an t-achrann is sileadh na ndeor
Tá áilleacht sa saol Má chuardaíonn tú e
Tá gliondar sa saol
Creideann sé

beech park studio Dublin
Beech Park Studio, Dublin

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English Translation

Do you remember love
Love from a tormented heart
Not fleeting, as with music at night
But an eternal love
Now tainted
Now tainted
Go now and reclaim it
Go now and love

Recall the times
when you were happy.
Recall the times
when you laughed.

Life is wonderful
Do you have faith in it?
Turn your face to life,
To eternal joy.

What happened to those days?
What happened to those nights?
Do you remember
How you turned to grief? Do you remember
How you turned to sorrow?
Is the blame mine or ours?

Our feelings grew faint
What caused our grief and fighting?
Can there be beauty in life?
If you seek it out.
Can there be happiness in life?
Let’s seek it.
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Original Metal Gear Solid end credits scene

[Source: Metal Gear wikia, Youtube]

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