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    Metal Gear Solid 2:  The Sons of Liberty
    Music and Lyric Guide
    Version 1.0
    November 20, 2001
    By A Norwood, a.k.a. Einherjar2001 (on GameFAQs boards)
    CONTACT INFO: AIM- Lamerd00d
    		    E-Mail- norwood3@swbell.net
    NOTE:  I am sorry about updating this FAQ so late.  With school 
    and the Holidays, it had to be put on the back burner.  Sorry!
          11/20   Created FAQ
    12/22   Corrected Lyrics, Added Note about problems with             
       Dolby 5.1, Permission-to-use lists, and other stuff	
       This is a FAQ regarding the lyrics to the Ending Theme of 
    Metal Gear Solid 2: The Sons of Liberty, entitled "Can't Say 
    Goodbye to Yesterday". 
      If you're really into game music like I am, then you probably 
    paid close attention to the great music found in the Metal Gear 
    Series.  Even since the days of the NES (man, I feel old), 
    Konami always has had excellent, high-quality music in  MG.  Now 
    with the PS2, the option for Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 and the 
    power of DVD, game developers have the opportunity to completely 
    immerse gamers in excellent sound and music to complement the 
    incredible graphics.
    -Einherjar's Take-
    	This was a good ending piece.  Well written, and performed 
    well.  Although I don't particularly care for jazz, I liked this 
    song.  Carla White (the singer) had an excellent voice that 
    really brought out the lyrics, and made the song work.
    	However, this song is nothing compared to "The Best is Yet 
    To Come" from Metal Gear Solid---I want to make that clear.  
    TBIYTC totally wipes the floor with this song, and it shows.  
    This song had no overtones or any kind of bond with the gamer, 
    like TBIYTC did.  In Metal Gear Solid, it was the first thing 
    you heard when starting the game, and the last thing you heard 
    when you beat it; its sad first notes found dozens of places in 
    the game, but not overdone (it was at it's best when Snake kills 
    Sniper Wolf-totally fit the scene).  The player went through the 
    game hearing this sad song, and then hearing it in its' entirety 
    when beating it.  Excellent use of the song, and clearly making 
    it the better of the two.
    	However, "I Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday" is an excellent 
    song in itself.  If you don't care for a good song, or just want 
    to stare at the credits for 5 minutes with no sound, by all 
    means, turn Dolby 5.1 on (basically, Konami made a mistake 
    implementing Dolby 5.1, and so if you have it turned on, the 
    song doesn't play in the ending).
    -FAQS- (this section may grow if needed)
    Q: What is this "Can't Say Goodbye" song of which you speak?  I 
    get to the ending and don't hear *ANY* music!
    A: Turn off Dolby 5.1.  Konami messed up this feature for the 
    song, and as a result, if you have 5.1 turned on, no music 
    plays!  You MUST turn it off in order to hear anything during 
    the credits. To do this, just go to the options menu, turn it 
    off, and save.  In game, log-in to a node and turn it off.  
    Voila!  You'll hear music when you get to it.
    Q:  Where can I find the Metal Gear Solid 2 Soundtrack?
    A:  I have found that GameMusic (http://www.gamemusic.com) is an 
    excellent source of soundtracks.  The Metal Gear Solid 2 
    soundtrack is out of stock (at time of writing), however. :-(
    Q:  I can't get past "xxxx" part; what's up with the ghosts and 
    cameras; what are you theories on the Patriots; what is up with 
    Raiden's flaming homosexual tendencies, etc.  Since you have a 
    FAQ you obviously must be a game master!
    A:  This is simply a lyrics and music FAQ.  Believe me, even as 
    fanatic as I am about this game, I  don't want the duty of 
    helping others with gameplay.  Besides, I got Pig as my codename 
    (that tells you how good I am, hehehe).  There are many others 
    you can get help from; either   
    Here: (http://cgi.gamefaqs.com/boards/gentopic.asp?board=28489) 
    ALERT: Possible Spoilers, though.
    Q:  Where can I get an mp3 of "xxxxx" song, or can you get me "I 
    Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday" on mp3?
    A:  Nope, aside from legal issues doing this, you should really 
    get the soundtrack.  It's really good, and it's worth the money.  
    ADDENDUM:  Please don't email me or IM me about this.  I've 
    gotten swarmed with messages about it, and I'm getting really 
    sick of it.  If you absolutely MUST, try Kazaa or Morpheus 
    Q:  Your lyrics are wrong!  Mine are right!
    A:  By all means, send your version to me. However, if it 
    doesn't seem to fit in with the song, or it doesn't sound right, 
    I won't change it.  I give credit for anyone who helps me 
    correct the lyrics, so go right on ahead and tell me if I'm 
     Q:  Why did you decide to create this FAQ, and how did you get 
    the lyrics?
     A:  I decided to create this FAQ to attempt to repay GameFAQs 
    for the many years of help I've had.  This is my first FAQ, and 
    if this one is successful, I might do more.  I obtained the 
    lyrics by basically listening to the song five or six times in 
    the ending (I now 0wN Solidus in about thirty seconds, hehe), 
    and there is definitely room for inaccuracies.  Contact me if 
    you find any typos or mistakes (sometimes that girl's voice was 
    hard to understand, particularly near the end).
    -----------------Song Information---------------------
    Theme Title:  "Can't Say Goodbye To Yesterday"
    Written/Produced by Rika Muranaka 
    Performed by the Felix Farrar Orchestra
    Recorded at the Manhattan Center Studio
    Vocal: Carla White
    Sax: Don Braden
    Trombone: Robin Eubanks
    Piano: Onaje Allangumba 
    Bass: Kenny Davis
    Drums: Eugene Jackson
    Song:  "Can't Say Goodbye To Yesterday"
    I stare at the stars, and the sky up above
    And think what am I made of?
    Am I full of sorrow, am I hurt and pain?
    Or am I filled with Love?
    I walk by myself on the streets below
    And ask every child I know--
    Do you think tomorrow will bring sun or rain?
    Which one of these will show?
    I Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday, my friend
    I keep holding on 'till the end.
    Out of the darkness, there is no other way
    Than the light leading to yesterday.
    It's there that I'll find inner peace, not war
    And dreams that I let slip away.
    I will find the joyfulness, I'm looking for
    Way back in yesterday.
    Why can't each of us in the world ever see
    The best things in life are free?
    Little sounds of laughter; a warm heart; a smile;
    A kiss from you to me...
    I fall to my knees,
    I cry and I cry,
    Love, do not pass me by!
    Happily ever after,
    Please stay a while; make time refuse to fly.
    I Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday, my friend,
    'Cause I know how good it has been..
    Facing forever
    Here I stand, come what may;
    Bring the old, bring the new yesterday!
    It's there that I'll find inner peace not war,
    And dreams that I let slip away
    I await the joyfulness; I'm looking for
    Way back in Yesterday......
    Thanks to Shinobu Anata and Lex for their helpful lyric 
    Thanks to Konami, Hideo Kojima, and Team for making a killer 
    Thanks to GameFAQS and CJayC For Making such a great site!
    This FAQ Copyright 2001, A. Norwood.
    This FAQ may not be stored or presented on any other servers 
    other than GameFAQs (http://www.gamefaqs.com) and its' 
    Metal Gear(r) , Metal Gear Solid(r), and Metal Gear Solid(r) 2: The 
    Songs of Liberty(tm) are all registered trademarks and trademarks 
    of Konami and Konami Computer Entertainment Japan.  No ownership 
    by myself is implied.  In the same vein, I do not claim 
    ownership of the lyrics to "Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday", nor 
    to any of the music (presumably owned by Konami or other entity) 
    mentioned in this FAQ.  If there is any dispute regarding my 
    FAQ, feel free to contact me, and I will promptly attempt to 
    resolve the problem.
    CONTACT INFO: AIM- Lamerd00d
    		    E-Mail- norwood3@swbell.net