Dr. Wily: Tonight, the streets are red
The lights are blue and blinding
No sign of the good doctor
But the sirens wail and whine and
Tell us who you've found

I can almost hear the hounds

What kind of man
Builds a machine to kill a girl?
No, he did not use his hands
Like a smart man, he used a tool
But just the same
Can you question who's to blame?
Choir: What was her name?
Wily: Doesn't matter. Now listen:
The Good Doctor has to pay!

When I say he was a monster
When I set fire to his name
It doesn't matter where you hear it from
Whether truth or lies, it gets said all the same

Whatever's on the table plays!

There is a flame that I've been fanning
There is a fire waiting to catch
There's a Hell that has been building
From the moment we first met
If there ever was a time
If there ever was a chance
To undo the things I've done
And wash these bloodstains from my hands
It is past and long forgotten
These are the paths that we must take
'Cuz you and I, Tom, we are men
And we can bend, and we can break
But if you think that you can run
If you think that you can stand
Well, you forget who turned this city on
You forget who plugged this city in

They'll not switch it off again
One by one, they're tuning in


Lyrics submitted by TheLetterD

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    General CommentFor this song being the anthem of an evil genius destroying his partner and realizing his fascist regime, it's very upbeat. Love that brass.
    fischjuon September 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the corrections, Jake! I also added a couple others ("Tear all through the town" corrected to "Tell us who you've found," "I guess my man, he used a tool" corrected to "Like a smart man, he used a tool"), and italicized speaking roles.

    OK, meaning! And, of course, beware of the spoilers. This, I believe, is Wily's master stroke in taking over the world: having killed Emily, he pins the crime on Light (who blames himself anyway for ever having trusted Wily in the first place). He accomplishes this through, of course, a smear campaign; the swing-ish big-band sound evokes a sinister glee at getting everyone to go along with his "song and dance" routine.

    It's a tough call, but I think "who turned this city on" refers to the general citizenry, considering the later line, "They'll not switch it off again" (emphasis added). Without that last bit, I'm pretty much evenly split on whether Wily means just himself, or the populace - they've grown dependent upon the machines, and now that Wily has shown Light to be "the bad guy," the crowd has turned against him and there's no going back (Light can neither run from them, nor stand against them, and they're all "tuned in" to Wily's message).

    Other thoughts?
    TheLetterDon September 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI essentially see "The Hounds" as Wily sort of reaching the top of his game so to speak. He's managed to convince the city that Light is responsible for the death of Emily. I sort of imagine him dancing through the streets as he sings it, gathering a crowd of followers as he goes.
    The first verse is essentially his convincing of the townsfolk that Light committed the crime, while the second verse directly addresses Light.

    Wily admits the fact that he may not be the most pure individual in the world ("wash these bloodstains from my hands", etc) but at this point the City is more of a robotic utopia as opposed to the much more dystopian city from later in the story. The people feel safe under the protection of Wily's robots, and are well served by their utility. Wily has gained the citizens' trust and favor by "plugging the city in."

    So, LetterD, I'm pretty much in complete agreement. Rwiqqum is correct that Wily holds power over the machines, but he also holds power over the City and its Citizens at this point. He's just rubbing it in Light's face that he has cunningly managed to gain the total power he has always desired.
    jakelearon September 17, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionReally small correction, but 'It is past and long forgotten' should be 'It is past and been forgotten'.
    Frylock2314on June 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think the first two lines, "streets are red" and "lights are blue" could refer to Protoman and Megaman, even though Wily really couldn't be aware of Light's plans to build robots in retaliation.

    Also, Wiley's pronunciation of "To undo the things I've done" sounds a lot like "undue". Maybe Wiley does feel bad about the things he's done to Light and Emily, but he has some reason to feel that he has done the right thing too.
    thamaon July 27, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Can you curse him in her name? (?)"
    Should be "Can you question whose to blame?"

    "The good doctor is to blame!"
    Should be "The good doctor has to pay."

    jakelearon September 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think you're right for the most part, except for the "who turned this city on." I think it's far more literal than that. He turned the city on, "plugged this city in," by creating the machines. He says "If you think that you can run, if you think that you can stand Well, you forget who turned this city on
    You forget who plugged this city in." He helped create the machines, and he already holds that power over them.
    rwiggumon September 16, 2009   Link

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