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"Here's to You" is a song that was originally composed by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, with lyrics written and sung by Joan Baez. It was released in 1971 for the film Sacco e Vanzetti. The song's lyrics reference the deaths of Italian-born U.S. anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti during the 1920s, in particular how they were believed to have been wrongly executed by a United States court ruling due to their anarchist views, rather than whether they had actually committed the crimes they were accused of.

"Here's to You" is played during the end credits of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Harry Gregson-Williams re-arranged the song with vocals sung by Lisbeth Scott. This version is much slower than the slightly up-tempo pacing of the original. The song is the second in the Metal Gear series not to be written in-house at Kojima Productions. However, unlike the first such song, "Way to Fall", it was commissioned by Hideo Kojima specifically for the game.

Morricone and Baez's original arrangement of the song was featured in the opening of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, where it is played on the cassette tape player belonging to Chico. Skull Face also plays the music while torturing Paz Ortega Andrade, sarcastically saying it was her favorite song. The original arrangement of the song can be acquired by the player on a cassette tape, which can be found as METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES in Paz's cage.

Lyrics

Here's to you, Nicola and Bart
Rest forever here in our hearts
The last and final moment is yours
That agony is your triumph

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