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"Nuclear" is a song by Mike Oldfield written in 2014 for his album Man on the Rocks, featuring vocals from The Struts frontman Luke Spiller. It was written because Oldfield's grandfather suffered from trauma relating to World War I.[1] Hideo Kojima used the song for the E3 2014 trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain because listening to the lyrics instantly had him think of Big Boss, having gotten Man on the Rocks a few months prior.[2][3] It was also included in the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Collector's Disc. After the trailer was released, Konami released a behind the scenes video detailing how the trailer was made. Said documentary was later unofficially given English subtitles via Reddit's Metal Gear Solid page.[4] A single of the song was released on April 16, 2016.

Lyrics

Standing on the edge of the crater
Like the prophets once said
And the ashes are all cold now
No more bullets and the embers are dead
Whispers in the air tell the tales
Of the brothers gone
Desolation, devastation
What a mess we made, when it all went wrong

Watching from the edge of the circus
For the games to begin
Gladiators draw their swords
Form their ranks for Armageddon

I'm nuclear
I'm wild
I'm breaking up inside
A heart of broken glass
Defiled
Deep inside
The abandoned child

Standing on the edge of the underworld
Looking at the abyss
And I'm hoping for some miracle
To breakout to escape from all this
Whispers in the air tell the tale
Of a life that's gone
Desolation, devastation
What a mess we made, when it all went wrong

I'm nuclear
I'm wild
I'm breaking up inside
A heart of broken glass
Defiled
Deep inside
The abandoned child

I'm nuclear
I'm wild
I'm breaking up inside
A heart of broken glass
Defiled
Deep inside
The abandoned child

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