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Live & Learn

From Sonic Retro

CutsUnleashed CD JP front.pdf
" Live & Learn "
Main Theme, Sonic Adventure 2
Album: Cuts Unleashed SA2 Vocal Collection
Arrangement and Music by: Jun Senoue
Lyrics by: Johnny Gioeli
Vocals: Johnny Gioeli
Guitar: Jun Senoue
Bass: Takeshi Taneda
Drums: Katsuji
BPM: 172
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Live & Learn is the main theme of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It is performed by the band Crush 40, headlined by Hardline frontman Johnny Gioeli (vocals) and long time SEGA music producer Jun Senoue (guitars). It is also used for the final boss battle between Super Sonic, Super Shadow, and The Finalhazard.

This song marked the second time that Crush 40 had created a main theme for a Sonic-related game, the first being Open Your Heart, the main theme from Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) and Sonic Adventure DX (GameCube).

There are two main versions of the full vocal song:

  • Album Version - The version that appears on just about every album release. It has an opening sound riff and a couple extra "Yeah, yeah, yeah..." vocal bits at the end.
  • Original Soundtrack Version - The OST version is basically the same as the album version, except it has the opening sound as well as the extra "Yeah, yeah, yeah..." parts omitted. This is the version that is actually used in the game for the final boss battle.

A shorter instrumental version of the song plays during the title screen and remixed instrumentals are used during option screens. Another instrumental piece is also used during Sonic and Shadow's transformation into Super forms (this version is called "EVENT #11"). These versions are entitled "SA2 Ver. A, B, and C".

It is used in the Japanese version of Sonic X during the fight with Biolizard. It was taken out of the 4Kids version due to their way of dubbing anime.

In the game Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow powers up with the seven Chaos Emeralds to become Super Shadow and fight Devil Doom. The music that plays as a prelude to his transformation is the main theme of that game, I Am... All Of Me, but upon his change, the music transitions to a remix of Live and Learn.

Lyrics

Can you feel life movin' through your mind
Ooh, looks like it came back for more
Yeah yeah yeah
Can you feel time slippin' down your spine
Ooooooh, you try and try to ignore
Yeah

But you can hardly swallow
Your fears and pain
When you can't help but follow
It puts you right back where you came

Live and learn
Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
Live and learn
From the works of yesterday
Live and learn
If you beg or if you borrow
Live and learn
You may never find your way

Whooooa, yeah

Can you feel life tangle you up inside?
Yeah, now you're face down on the floor
Oh

But you can't save your sorrow
You've paid in trade
When you can't help but follow
It puts you right back where you came

Live and learn
Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
Live and learn
From the works of yesterday
Live and learn
If you beg or if you borrow
Live and learn
You may never find your way

Hey, whoa, whoa,
Oh yeeeeeeeeeeeah!

There's a face searching far, so far and wide
There's a place where you dream you'd never find
Hold on to what if?
Hold on to what if?

Live and learn
Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
Live and learn
From the works of yesterday
Live and learn
If you beg or if you borrow
Live and learn
You may never find your way

Live and learn
Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
Live and learn
From the works of yesterday
Live and learn
If you beg or if you borrow
Live and learn
You may never find your way

Live and learn
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Live and learn
Yeah yeah yeah yeah