OC ReMix #2699: Final Fantasy VI 'The Impresario' [Medley] by Jake Kaufman & Tommy Pedrini



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• Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
• ReMixer(s): Jake Kaufman, Tommy Pedrini
• Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
• Song(s): ‘Aria de Mezzo Carattere’, ‘Grand Finale?’, ‘Overture’, ‘The Wedding’
• Posted: 2013-07-01, evaluated by djpretzel

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Lyrics:

INTRO:

Look into the sins of your past
Love as if today were your last

Better times have slipped away, I’m lost beneath the waves
Nothing left to save…

EXPOSITION:

SAVAGE CRIME! IT WAS NOT YET HER TIME!
FOR WHOM THE TOWER PEALS ONE FINAL MOURNING CHIME!
FOR THE SURVIVORS…..

SCENE I (present time, evening):

Speak to me, before my fate is reckoned
Comfort me, they’ll arrive at any second
Six o’clock, and I got no doubt the gang is out for

BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!
OUR OWN, KILLED IN THE FIGHT!
YOU’LL DIE TONIGHT!

SCENE II (flashback to two days ago):

O, (THERE HE IS!)
Maria, (WHY IS HE ON OUR BLOCK?)
Morte mia (TRACK HIM DOWN, MAKE HIM BLEED! WE’LL TAKE HIM!)

I’ll be waiting patiently (WE’LL BEAT HIM DOWN, TAKE HIM TO THE GROUND)
Come on out and dance with me, (THE DEVIL)
The night is young,
And so are we!

[guitar solo]

O Maria, cara mia,
And I know the deck’s stacked against us,
Even though it feels so right…

Forbidden is our love,
Our families, divided from above.
Your brothers will see through the lie;
Tomorrow… they won’t ask why…

SCENE III (yesterday):

[piano intro]

O Maria…
Far away now…
Will I ever see your smile?
As night turns to day,
I beg you to stay,
I’m down, down on my knees here…

I’m the darkness, you’re the starlight,
And I’m burnin’ up in here, I (MY HEART WILL)
Die every day, when you hide away
I don’t wanna fear… (THEIR RIVALRY)

So even though they may discover us,
I’m never givin’ you up
And if they try to tell me what to do…

(I LOVE HER!)
I’ll kill them! (I LOVE HER!)
I’ll kill them! (LEAVE US ALONE!)
Down to the last!
No!
O (COME GET ME)
Maria, (UPSET ME)
I need her, for my own (COME CAST A STONE)

[guitar/piano solo… commence headbanging]

SCENE IV (this morning):

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS
LAUGHING AT THE TRUTH,
EASY FORTUNES,
FOOLISH IN YOUTH, HA-HA-HA
AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE,
YOU’LL BOTH BE ON THE RUN,
AND WE’LL FIND YOU

JUST WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN?
YOU ARROGANT MAN!
TI AMMAZZO, TI AMMAZZO, TI AMMAZZO!
INTRUSO!
(HE WAS WITH THE WHORE!)
CRETINO!
(SHOW HIM TO THE DOOR!)
FOLLOW HIM! CORNER HIM! MURDER HIM!
BEAT HIM DOWN! BEAT HIM UP!
SEND HIM TO HIS GRAVE!

Maria……….

DRACO, LOVE,
WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO LIVE THIS LIE!

Then I will die
Sooner than see you gone
I’m gonna go down swingin’,
Ears are ringin’…..

[guitar solo]

SCENE V (this afternoon):

But I’m alive!! (AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! HE’S STILL BREATHING)
MAKE HIM DEAD!
(HIT HIM IN THE HEAD!)
TAKE HIS LIFE!
(SOMEONE GET A KNIFE!)

Suddenly, (GET HIM!)
In a flash, (KILL HIM!)
I was up,
On my feet (STAB HIM!)
With a knife (DRILL HIM!)
Spun around
With a slash (PRESS HIM!)
In a split (GRILL HIM!)
Second of
Murderous (END HIM!)
Clarity, (SPILL HIM!)
I could see,

One by one, they stood before me!

Then, from the ground, came the most awful sound,
And I saw her then,
Maria lying there
Someone had stabbed her and
Her time was at an end,
And then I ran and ran and ran and RAN!

[guitar solo]

BLOOD ON THE STREET,
NOW YOUNG DRACO SHALL MEET WITH HIS FATE!!

ENDING (return to present time):

O Maria,
Now it’s clear…
Broken through the pain and the fear
Before too long,
I’ll be with… you…..

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36 thoughts on “OC ReMix #2699: Final Fantasy VI 'The Impresario' [Medley] by Jake Kaufman & Tommy Pedrini”

  1. This track periodically will just pop into my head and I always have to come back to listen to it. It’s way too good

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  2. 1:16 – This part is the best!
    3:43 – Wait, this part is the best!
    7:16 – Ok, this is the best part!
    Fuck it, it's all good.

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  3. Stuff like this makes me wonder what the "full version" of a video game soundtrack is in the head of the composer. I mean, back then, composers were limited by the console…so what was in their heads vs what they were able to accomplish with the hardware of the time?

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  4. I really must admit that in terms of the arrangement itself this piece is really rather genius. The way the section which goes with “Blood is on your hands” is integrated with rock in particular is nothing short of inspired.

    I have mixed feelings about the lyrics though. Not because they’re badly written, but because it tries so hard to become it’s own homage to Romeo and Juliet that it kind of forgets what the sequence meant in the context of the game.

    Romeo and Juliet used cliché love tropes to serve a greater purpose and to comment on young love (as well as many other things) while Draco and Maria was a simple love story in and of itself. Look at the Impresario. He’s so OTT and pretentious that it’s only natural he’d (or… whoever wrote the piece in the game) write something as clichéd as The Dream Oath.

    The reason this part of the game works so well though is because of Celes’ involvement in the performance and how it contributes to her character arc. However, seeing as this is a retelling of what the in-game composer himself intended (given the title) then we can safely ignore what happened in the game (Ultros appeared and was generally a dick) and take the story on it’s own terms. And the above rock interpretation differentiates so much from the original text that I really do struggle what to make of it.

    Does it mean that Kaufman and Pedrini thought The Dream Oath was Uematsu’s own version of Romeo and Juliet? Did they believe the original piece would be improved by making it more like Shakespeare? Perhaps, you may very well sensibly suggest, they did what they did because they thought it’d make for a pretty cool sounding song. Which I very much admit it is.

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