My father worked the mines until the day it took his life.
It stole him from his only son and it stole him from his wife.
And I swore upon his grave, someday I would make things right.

So I learned how to bend steel. I learned how to make it move,
and I watched as it withstood all the hell we put men through.
With hands of iron, there's not a task we couldn't do.

They've waited so long for this day,
Someone to take the death away,
No son would ever have to say,
"My father worked into his grave."

Tom, listen to yourself, then listen carefully to me.
If you replace the working parts, you get a different machine.
The man who turns the wheels, they will follow
Anywhere he leads.

We've spent our whole lives searching
For a way to make a better world.
Giving everything to them, asking nothing in return.
Well here it is: our chance to take back everything we've earned.

Tom: They've waited so long for this day (Albert: They've waited so long for this day)
Someone to take the death away (There is no price they wouldn't pay)
No son would ever have to say, (For someone else to lead them)
"My father worked into his grave." (Don't turn your back on me!)

What will I become with the things I will create?
I never said that men should bow. I never said that men should break
I only want what's best.
The one I love, she works so hard, she works her fingers till they bleed.
Some of the pain that she endures would bring a strong man to his knees.
I only want to help.

(You are a fool.) You underestimate the character of man.
(They are weaker than you think) You think that they'll surrender if you bind their working hands.
But they are strong (Just wait and see.)

We will build cities in a day (Man would cower at the sight)
We will build towers to the heavens (Man was not built for such a height)
We will be heroes! (We will BUILD heroes!)

They've waited so long for this day,
Someone to take the death away,
No son would ever have to say,
"My father worked into his grave."
Men sleep tonight with hands of bone. They will awake with hands of steel.
And with these hands we will destroy. And with these hands we will rebuild.
And we will stand above our city, rising high above the streets.
From tops of buildings we will look
at all that lies beneath our feet.

We will raise our hands above us,
cold steel shining in the sun,
and with these hands that will not bleed,
my father's battle will be won.

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    General CommentFor the last stanza, I hear:
    And we will stand above the city
    Rising high above the streets
    From tops of buildings, we will look
    At all the lives beneath our feet
    We will raise our hands above us
    Cold steel shining in the sun
    With these hands that will not bleed
    My father's battle will be won
    At first, I thought Wily sang the last stanza, too. But the lead singer is just one guy, and in their first album, Light's voice crosses into the higher end of his range during Unrest in the House of Light, so I don't think Wily is singing at the end.

    Also, I recommend including speaking roles, but that's just me.

    At any rate, as for meaning: This is pretty standard establishment stuff, setting the tone of the story and laying out the character of Light as a public-spirited genius, and hinting at Wily's megalomania. Light wants to build robots so that people won't have to suffer for their bread; Wily wants to be paid in loyalty for "solving" the problem of manual labor for everyone. It also gives motivation to Dr. Light, and explains why he started building robots in the first place (which is how he met Wily), which is completely absent from the video games.
    TheLetterDon September 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like Light is kind of gunning for a dictatorship. As insane and egomaniacal as Wiley is later shown to be, Light definitely appears to have plans to build a society of men who are at least part-robot. Wiley's robots are thoughtless killing machines, but Light gives them an amount of thinking potential, even free will.

    It definitely sounds like Light has some plans for the city. While Wiley keeps the populace under control by keeping them divided, and in fear of the robots, it sounds like Light intends to unify the entire population, even to turn them into robots. This frightens Wiley, who doesn't believe that mankind is strong enough to handle that kind of power, and should be left in the control of a single man instead ( the same power that would eventually drive him insane).

    What I thought was strange was Dr Wiley's line "We will BUILD heroes!" He only builds robots to enforce the law, and to hunt down humans who would oppose him, while Light is the one who first builds Protoman and Megaman.
    thamaon July 27, 2010   Link

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