I've seen this city a thousand times
From the glass twenty stories high, and I've watched this city burn
If everything that you've said is true, then there's no hope that someday they will learn
But if I stay here with you
Then I will never know the truth

Do not say this is how it has to be

As I walk through the city streets, and the people watching me pass
There is an evil that holds them here, but they won't try breaking its grasp
But if I stay here with you
Then I will leave them to their doom

Do not say this is how it has to be
You do know better than the fools of this burning city

Even here it is not safe
Even this grave has been defaced
Someone has written on this stone
In some angry hand
Hope rides alone
Hope rides alone
Hope rides alone

Do not say this is how it has to be
You do know better than the fools of this burning city
But as I live, there is no evil that will stand (We have control)
And I will finish what was started by Proto Man (We keep you safe - we are your hope)

(We have control - we keep you safe - we are your hope)
(We have control - we keep you safe - we are your hope)
(We have control - we keep you safe - we are your hope)


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    General CommentWow, what a mess was made of the lyrics. Instead of following my usual format, I'm going to post the correct version first and THEN my comments.

    MEGAMAN:

    I have seen this city a thousand times.
    Through the glass twenty stories high
    I have watched this city burn.
    If everything that you said is true,
    There is no hope someday they will learn.

    But if I stay here with you,
    Then I will never know the truth.
    Do not say this is how it has to be.

    But as I walk through the city streets,
    These frightened people watching me pass,
    There is an evil that holds them here
    And yet they won't try breaking its grasp.

    But if I stay here with you
    Then I will leave them to their doom.
    Do not say this is how it has to be.
    You do no better than the fools of this burning city.

    (VOICE OF DR. LIGHT IN BACKGROUND)/MEGAMAN:
    (You have heard me tell this story...) Even here, it is not safe.
    (Many times before you sleep...) Even this grave has been defaced.
    (No matter how dark this city gets...) Someone has written on this stone
    (Even now, there's hope for man.) In some angry hand:

    Hope rides alone. (x3)

    (LOUDSPEAKERS IN BACKGROUND: We have control, we keep you safe, we are your hope.) ((Repeat until the human choir takes over these words, somewhere around "As I live, there is no evil that will stand..."))

    If you say this is how it has to be
    You'll do no better than the fools of this burning city
    But as I live, there is no evil that will stand
    And I will finish what was started: The fight of Protoman!

    HUMAN CHOIR:

    We have control
    We keep you safe
    We are your hope!

    ((Repeat until end of song. This then blends into the "We are in control!" that begins the next track, "Vengeance".))

    Megaman has had enough with the destruction that has befallen the city. He knows that if he stays with Dr. Light, he will never know the truth. He knows the citizens of the city are terrified, yet they will not rebel against whatever evil keeps them there. Megaman is not willing to accept whatever 'fate' would be if he obeyed Light's request that he not fight. If this were to be the case, Light would be no better than the cowards of the city.

    The "You have heard me tell this story" part are the words Dr. Light had carved on the marker of Protoman's 'grave', where Proto's helmet was placed during "Funeral For A Son" (the second track of the album).

    The "even here, it is not safe" part is Megaman's comments as he is reading the marker. He realizes that there is no sacred place in the city, that all would be destroyed under Wily. He notices that someone has scrawled across the marker the words "Hope Rides Alone".

    The loudspeakers begin blaring the words "We have control, we keep you safe, we are your hope" in an attempt to prevent Megaman from stirring up a rebellion. Whoever is controlling these speakers wants the crowds turned against Megaman.

    But Megaman is determined. He will finish what Protoman has started. He will save mankind. There is no evil that will stop him, and he has rallied some (The human choir that chants the same words "We have control...") to his cause.

    Now for my more liberal interpretations of certain parts of the song...

    The "truth" Megaman wishes to know... possibly about his own purpose, or maybe the truth about Protoman.

    Dr. Light's words "No matter how dark this city gets, even now there's hope for man..." perhaps refer to Megaman, though Light has become bitter since then and refuses now to let Megaman be that hope.

    I like to think that Protoman himself scrawled the words "Hope rides alone" upon his own 'grave'. It's possible, given his return in the very next song... and given the first song's title. I believe what was meant is that there is no one who will help Megaman fight, just as there was no one to help Protoman. ((Also, I applaud the vocalist's ability to hit that note.))
    L33tsaberon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust got back from seeing these guys @ Mayhem, and this was definitely one of the best parts of their set. The song is great to begin with, but was INCREDIBLE to see it live.

    And for the obligatory meaning taken from it:

    If you strip away all the Megaman references, it seems to basically be about standing up for what you believe in, because if you don't, you're no better than the mindless hordes of society who simply accept whatever they're given. Everyone has to have something they believe in so strongly that they're willing to make otherwise unthinkable sacrifices.
    JanosAudronon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSecond best song on the album. I love it :-)
    GoodOmenson October 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHUMAN CHOIR:

    We have control
    We keep you safe
    We are your hope!


    maybe i'm mistaken but isn't that dr wily's robots choir?
    man on tvon February 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@man on tv

    It helps to read the lyric booklet. Especially the italicized parts that explain what is going on in the story. Staging directions, almost.

    As that part starts, it's a loudspeaker. ("words to quell a potential uprising. Words to inspire fear. Words to drive back the idea that freedom is within the grasp of one angry mob headed by one unstoppable leader. One perfect Machine")

    But for the last part, as the chant picks up strength and more voices, it is the human choir that says it. ("The voices of the men and women carry him forward. Megaman has no fear.")
    L33tsaberon February 09, 2008   Link

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