Shared December 4, 2018
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"Kids Run Through the City" from Final Fantasy VI has always felt like it should be a lullaby to me, especially after hearing Risa Ohki sing it on the Final Fantasy Vocal Collections I: Pray arrangement album many years ago.
For my rendition, I decided to go for a more bare, subdued arrangement using harp, piano, a couple vocal layers, and some tenor recorder. I sang, wrote the lyrics, and performed all the instruments myself.
The source has a lot of personal meaning to me -- I sang this melody to my son every night when he was a baby. (Until, of course, he turned 2-going-on-20 and decided he didn't want to be sung to at bedtime anymore!)
I wrote the first draft of lyrics and initial concept of my arrangement in 2016, and then I recently had an opportunity to bring it to life for the Hometown Heroes album. The two years in between initial concept and completion gave me additional perspective and parenting experience, inspiring me to refine the lyrics to their current state.
Final Fantasy VI has another relevant element to it that I feel many other games don't have: one of its main characters finds love and happiness in the role of a mother. So, as I wrote the lyrics, I also imagined this being something that Terra Branford would sing to her children in Mobliz.
In making this arrangement, I wanted to pay homage to one of my all-time favorite video games while also composing a personal message to my child that I hope other parents or parental figures may find relatable. Enjoy!
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Arranged, performed, and produced by Earth Kid
Originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Featured on Overclocked ReMix's Hometown Heroes album: http://hometown.ocremix.org/
Baby of mine,
it's okay to cry
Mama will stay here by your side
Let me sing you a song
while I hold you tight
I'll be here to kiss you goodnight.
Our day was short
Somehow time flew by
I know it's hard to say goodbye
But tomorrow will come
and we'll start a new day
and see what adventures await.
If you wake up in the darkness
and cry out from loneliness,
I'll sing our song until your tears dry
You're never alone, my little light.
Little one, if you stumble and fall,
if you begin to lose hope,
Don't ever forget, I'm here if you need me
I'll hold your hand until you let go.
And when you wake up in the morning,
we'll set out on a journey
Toward the future, toward new skies
Hand in hand, loved by sunlight.
I'm with you always,
sweet baby of mine
Rest for now, let's say goodnight
Baby, I love you - goodnight.
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