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Open Your Heart

From Sonic Retro

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" Open Your Heart "
Main theme, Sonic Adventure
Album: Sonic Adventure Songs With Attitude ~Vocal mini-Album~
Arrangement and Music by: Jun Senoue & Kenichi Tokoi
Lyrics by: Jun Senoue & Takahiro Fukada
Guitar: Jun Senoue
Vocals: Johnny Gioeli
BPM: 158

"Open Your Heart" is the main theme of Sonic Adventure, and also the song played in the first stage of the battle against Perfect Chaos. It was performed by Crush 40. The songs lyrics are somewhat character driven as it embodies the epic final battle between Super Sonic and Perfect Chaos.

The song was composed by Jun Senoue, who had been working as the head music director for Sonic related videogames for a number of years. The earliest version of the song featured Japanese metal singer Eizo Sakamoto on vocals, subsequently performing a lip-synched edition on stage at the game's unveiling at the Tokyo International Forum in 1998. Shortly before first release and subsequent localization, Hardline frontman Johnny Gioeli was brought on board as the lead vocalist and Crush 40 was born (although they would not officially adopt that name until a few years later). Also involved in the song are Naoto Shibata (Bass) and Hiro Homma (Drums), from the Japanese bands Loudness and Anthem. Jun Senoue took lead guitar duties for the band.

There are actually many different versions/variations of the song. They include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Album Version - The version that appears on just about every CD release. Has an extended intro and outro that sounds like a destructive storm.
  • Game Version - The version that actually appears in the Sonic Adventure (and DX version) videogame. Basically the same as the Album version, but doesn't have the opening and closing storm sounds. It also has an extra vocal bit at the beginning of Johnny Gioeli yelling "Alright!!".
  • Original Soundtrack Version - The version that appears on the Original Soundtrack (OST) 2CD set. It's the same as the Game Version, but has a bunch of the extra vocal bits cut out.
  • Perfect Chaos Version - The version that is played during the first half of the final boss battle with Perfect Chaos. Vocals-wise, it is just the first verse then the chorus and then loops back to the first verse.
  • MJZ Remix - A laid-back remix that can be unlocked in the videogame Sonic Gems Collection.
  • Transmutor Vs. Razed In Black Remix - A remix that appears on the Sonic Adventure REMIX album. Very fast paced and techno-based. Some have dubbed it the "Sonic Boom Remix" since the words "Sonic Boom" are said numerous times.
  • Chris Vrenna & Mark Blasques Remix - Another remix appearing on the Sonic Adventure REMIX album. This one stays more true to the original song vocal-wise (although it contains some original lyrics), while still adding a techno twist to it.
  • Bentley Jones Remix - A remix of the song by Bentley Jones was released on True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • K-Klub Remix - A remix featured in True Colors: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Part 2.
  • The Best of Crush 40 version - A version which appears on The Best of Crush 40 - Super Sonic Songs. This one modifies Johnny Gioei's voice. It also eliminates his yelling "Alright!" and the beginning and "Yeahhhh!" at the end.
  • SSBB version - A shortened version which consists of the first verse and guitar solo before looping to the beginning.
  • Crush 40 vs. Circuit Freq RMX - A remix of the game version featured in Sonic Generations.
  • Demo Version - The original version of the song that features Japanese metal singer Eizo Sakamoto as vocalist.


Lyrics

Thunder, rain, and lightning
Danger - water rising
Clamour - sirens wailin'
It's such a bad sign

Shadows of dark creatures
Steel clouds floating in the air
People run for shelter
What's gonna happen to us!?

All the steps we take, all the moves we make, all the pain at stake
I see the chaos for everyone - who are we, what can we do?
You and I are same in the way that we have our own styles that we won't change
Yours is filled with evil and mine is not - there is no way I can lose

Can't hold on much longer - But I will never let go
I know it's a one-way track - Tell me now how long this will last
I'm not gonna think this way - Nor will I count on others
Close my eyes and feel it burn - Now I see what I've gotta do

Open your heart - it's gonna be alright

Ancient cities blazing
Shadows keep attacking
Little children cryin'
Confusion - hopeless anger

I don't know what it can be, but you drive me crazy
All your cunning tricks make me sick - you won't have it your own way

Can't hold on much longer - But I will never let go
I know it's a one-way track - Tell me now how long this will last
I'm not gonna think this way - Nor will I count on others
Close my eyes and feel it burn - Now I see what I've gotta do

Open your heart...and you will see!


Alright!
Yeah

If it won't stop, there will be no future for us
Its heart's tied down by all the hate - gotta set him free

I know it's a one-way track - Tell me now how long this will last
Close my eyes and feel it burn - Now I see what I've gotta do

Gotta open your heart, dude!

Can't hold on much longer - But I will never let go
I know it's a one-way track - Tell me now how long this will last
I'm not gonna think this way - Nor will I count on others
Close my eyes and feel it burn - Now I see what I've gotta do

Open your heart - it's gonna be alright! Yeah!
Open your heart!
Open your heart!
Yeah, yeah~

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