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"The War Still Rages Within" is the ending credits song for the game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a description of today's society, his development and the way people act.
The lyrics of the song is a reflection of the rapid action in which we move (the humans), the ideas implemented and their impact. In contrast to all other songs of the album MGR:R - Vocal Tracks, "The War Still Rages Within" is a slow and quiet song, a metaphor to the steep path we have followed until the end of the game, battle after battle, without stopping, with lack of time to make decisions and not questioning our actions, interpreting the busy life around us today and the low value of the decisions made for personal gain.
It is an uplifting message, to not surrender, urging that within us still there is hope, and the battle continues (to rectify to the right path and be aware of our environment).
Looking down on the cars on the highway
The stream of tail lights
Everybody advancing together
Do so willingly sacrifice rights
When people accept they’re cogs in the system
Give up free will, conform
Individual pieces of dust swirl together
Become a full storm
Looking down on the burgeoning city
The skyscrapers rise
Even men with the greatest intentions
Start believing their own lies
We can borrow from the future
But eventually someone’s got to pay
The only way out of the cycle
Is to strike out and pave your own way
We all fight our own fight
Will you fuel the desire to win
Always struggling with the truth
Of the life that might have been
But no matter how jagged your path is
You’ll always come back to the road
When the dust of battle settles
The war still rages within
Credits and original composition
Written by: Jamie Christopherson, Pete Crossman, James Chapple, David Kellt, Graeme Cornies
Lyrics by: Jamie Christopherson
Produced by: Jamie Christopherson
Mixed by: Jamie Christopherson
Vocals: Graeme Cornies
Guitars: Graeme Cornies, David Kelly, Andrew Syniwiec, Aaron Kaplan
Programming: Pete Crossman, James Chapple, David Kelly, & Jamie Christopherson