Champions Vs Shadows #2: Round 2

by Various Artists

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Arcade Anthem - Write a song about a classic videogame & include an audio sample from the game. The sample shouldn’t just be tacked on, it should be an integral part of the music. As an added challenge, you need to collaborate with someone else on your team. (2 minimum length) (they had 8 days)

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released August 2, 2016

Album art by Matt Schubbe

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Track Name: Governing Dynamics - Dark Energy
<GMan: Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise, and… shine.
The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.>

Did I fall asleep
Dreaming in my private train
When the revolution came
Swimming with the currents I can’t see...

Mechanical voices over the the air
Like the world I knew I lost somewhere
I can still see the shapes but I don’t want to stare
Can’t escape the terrible feeling
Unseen puppeteer’s got their strings on me

Dark Energy is animating us
Manipulating us to satisfy it’s needs
More hands to sow the seeds

<Dr. Breen: I find it helpful at times like these to remind myself that our true enemy is.. Instinct.
Instinct coddled us, kept us safe in those hardscrabble years. But inseparable from instinct is its dark twin, superstition. Instinct would inflict a fatal injury on our species. Instinct tells us that the unknown is a threat, rather than an opportunity. Instinct creates its own oppressors, and bids us rise up against them. Instinct, therefore, must be expunged, and like a cornered beast, it will not go down without a bloody fight. We should thank our benefactors from giving us respite from this overpowering force.>

Dark Energy is animating us
Manipulating us to satisfy it’s needs
Dark Energy’s disintegrating us…

<GMan: All the effort in the world would have gone to waste, until… well, lets just say your hour has come again. So, wake up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up, and smell the ashes.>
Track Name: Heather Zink - Ms. Pac-Man
Here we go 'round always running from something
'specially Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Sue
Here we go 'round always running toward something
'specially power pills, pretzels, and fruit

I'm a girl...don't you know I was the first?
I'm a girl...not afraid to go headfirst,
these ghosts and maze my only curse.

Dizzy going 'round the maze
A lifetime of getting chased
I know I will win this race
One of these days

Here we go 'round always running from something
'specially Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Sue
Here we go 'round always running toward something
'specially power pills, pretzels and fruit

I'm a girl...see my lipstick and my bow
I'm a girl...and I still kick ass, don't ya know?
Don't need Pac-Man to rock & roll

Dizzy going 'round the maze
A lifetime of getting chased
Even Pac-Man chases me
He wants a family

One day we will settle down but for now I'll keep going 'round

I'm...

Going down in history as gamers' first lady, Ms. Pac-Man!
Track Name: Ben Taggart - Ballad Of The Mushroom Kingdom (Shadow)
There was freedom once, in the land of the mushroom kin.
And one who dared to bring it back again!
A champion of freedom,
To the folk who need one.
A hero, who loves his mushroom friends.

A monarch's greed spells end to liberty,
When oppression reigns from sea to shining sea.
When people loose their rights,
Nothing left to do but fight!
And follow the one who sets them free.

Along comes Bowser, man of the people,
A dragon who fights for Liberty!
Along comes Bowser, fighting for the people,
Rejoice, all ye mushrooms and be free!

Now Bowser had what he felt was a cunning plan,
And he went to recruit throughout the land.
The Goombas heard his cry,
And the Koopas said they'd try
To raise freedom's banner 'gainst the Man.

So they snatched that tyrant princess from her throne,
And told her to leave the 'shrooms alone.
But that princess had her pride,
And she forced him to hide
Her deep in a castle made of stone.

Along comes Bowser, man of the people,
A dragon who fights for Liberty!
Along comes Bowser, fighting for the people,
Rejoice, all ye mushrooms and be free!

But that princess had foul minions at her beck and call.
And the plumber named Mario was worst of all.
With no care for mushroom life,
He sowed pain and strife,
Goombas and Koopas feared for their lives, one and all.

Now Bowser knew well the plumber's wrath,
So those rebels threw blocks in his path.
Eight castles they did hold,
With seven decoy monarchs bold,
To test Mario and see how many lives he hath.

Along comes Bowser, man of the people,
A dragon who fights for Liberty!
Along comes Bowser, fighting for the people,
Rejoice, all ye mushrooms and be free!

And every time he found his way into a stony hold;
Gathering along his way his coveted coins of gold;
Consuming blooms and mushrooms that the people held so dear,
The rebels thanked him mockingly:
"Thank you, Mario! But our princess is in another castle! HA HA HA!"

Along comes Bowser, man of the people,
A dragon who fights for Liberty!
Along comes Bowser, fighting for the people,
Rejoice, all ye mushrooms and be free!

Along comes Bowser, man of the people,
A dragon who fights for Liberty!
Along comes Bowser, fighting for the people,
Rejoice, all ye mushrooms and be free!