"Here's to You" is the second vocal song for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. It is the second Metal Gear song 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.
The music for the song was originally composed by famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone with lyrics written and sung by Joan Baez. It was released in 1971 for the film Sacco e Vanzetti. Morricone won the Nastro d'Argento trophy for his composition. The song's lyrics were referencing the deaths of the Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti during the 1920s, in particular how they were wrongly executed by a United States court ruling due to their anarchist views than whether they had actually committed crimes.
For Metal Gear Solid 4, 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, and is played during the credits.
Morricone and Baez's original arrangement of the song was also used in the trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, where it is played on the tape player belonging to Chico. Skull Face when torturing Paz Ortega Andrade, played the music. In addition, according to Skull Face, this was Paz's favorite song. This song is also played during the credits of the main game. The original arrangement of the song can be acquired by the player on a cassette tape.
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