Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Is Pretty Silly

Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Is Pretty Silly

Way back in 2012, when Destiny was still in the midst of development, Paul McCartney tweeted something unexpected: He was working on music with Bungie, the studio making the game.

It recently became clearer what McCartney's involvement entailed: According to the New York Times, McCartney collaborated with Bungie composers Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori on the game's score, and also wrote and recorded a theme song.

Now that Destiny is out, we can hear that single in all its overproduced, cheesy/endearing glory, as captured during the game's credits sequence and shared by Kilo Juliett:

The song's called "Hope for the Future," or at least, I'm assuming that's what it's called. As I round the 20-hour mark in Destiny, I can confirm that shooting a thousand aliens in the face does, in fact, kinda give me hope for the future. A future free from the scourge of aliens.

I've taken the liberty of transcribing the lyrics:

"Hope For The Future"

Some hope for the future

some wait for the call

to say that the days ahead

will be the best of all

We will build bridges

up to the sky

heavenly light surrounding you and I

From out of the darkness

our future will come

if we leave the past behind

we'll fly beyond the sun

We'll be together

sharing the load

watching in wonder as our lives unfold

Hope for the future

It's coming soon enough

How much can we achieve?

Hope for the future

It will belong to us

if we believe

if we believe

Hope shines brightest

in the dark

where nothing's ever seen

Lighting undiscovered places

no one's ever been

[Guitar Solo]

Some hope for the future

some wait for the call

to say that our destiny

will be the best of all

And we will build bridges

up to the sky heavenly light surrounding you and I

Hope shines brightest

in the dark

where nothing's ever seen

Lighting undiscovered places

no one's ever been

Hope for the future

Hope for the future

Hope for the future

You'd never guess that's the theme song from a first-person shooter about moon wizards, would you? I like the post-chorus, and also the part where he says the name of the game.

Photo credit: AP


Comments

    At least now it makes sense why they fired Marty.
    He let this happen.

      Either that or they had to stop paying him so they could afford this.

    I like it...

      Me too, but I'm a pretty big Macca fan.
      Still has that Phil Spector sound that I'd prefer it didn't have...

    Sort of fits with Destiny's running theme of every little moment trying to be epic but instead just feeling a tad too hollow.

      Agreed. Lyrics are trite, and it sounds a little unspired all around. Now THIS is how you do a theme song. The movie Oblivion was alright, if just a tad bland. But you couldn't accuse M83's score of the same. This song pops into my mind whenever I hear a theme song done wrong, as a perfect counterpoint...
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=822P87a773c

      Last edited 11/09/14 10:22 pm

        Yes. Yes it is. Up vote several billion.

        It's been my wife's ringtone ever since we saw it.

          How it never won or was even nominated for best original song for anything is a mystery to me. It's honestly one of the greatest songs ever penned, and definitely made for headphones :)

    God I hope he didn't write those lyrics.

      The thought of it is so depressing...

    I thought it was rather good to be honest. Haven't played the game though, so i can't say whether it fits the 'themes', but by itself the song is fine.

    Urgh, tacky! Just like the Beatles. Traveling Wilburies are the only thing related to that band I've ever enjoyed.

    I didn't love that. Thought it had potential, but then the cringe took over.

    I really enjoyed the song 'New' from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkbbP0ozyMs
    nice to hear he's still knocking them out once in a while.

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