Ode to Joy

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Ode to Joy
Composer Friedrich Schiller
Released 1785-??-??

Ode to Joy was a poem originally written by Friedrich Schiller, but was later made famous by Ludwig van Beethoven when he used it in his Symphony No. 9 In D Minor. Because the song is public domain, numerous television shows, movies, and video games have used this song.

Ode to Joy is normally supposed to play in the key of D, but some games have altered it.

Games

Pengo (ARC)

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Pengo (ARC)
Output - Namco WSG.svg
Arranger Akira Nakakuma
Released 1982-09-26
Length 0:12
Loops No


Binary Land (FC)

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Binary Land (FC)
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Arranger Masaaki Kikuta
Released 1985-12-19
Length 0:05
Format NSF
Loops No

Plays when the player finishes a stage.

Canvas Croquis (ARC)

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Canvas Croquis (ARC)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1985-??-??
Format UNK


Nazo no Murasamejou (FDS)

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Nazo no Murasamejou (FDS)
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Nazo no Murasamejou - FDS - Ending.png
Arranger Koji Kondo
Released 1986-04-14
Length 0:26
Format NSF
Loops No

The song plays as soon as you defeat the final boss and the following ending cutscene displays. The sky turns blue and there is text displayed on the silhouette of the castle that reads フタタビ ヘイワガ... (There is peace once again...). The choral singer provided by the Disk System's RP2C33 gives an hauntingly eerie sound, probably due to the modulation used. It plays in the key of G major.


Oishinbo: Kyukyoku no Menu 3bon Syoubu (FC)

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Oishinbo: Kyukyoku no Menu 3bon Syoubu (FC)
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Arranger Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada
Released 1989-07-25
Format NSF

The song plays at the "The End" screen. Unfortunately, instead of showing credits, the game stays on this screen until you reset. This version of the song plays in the key of A♭.

Die Hard (PCE)

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Die Hard (PCE)
Arranger Kenji Yoshida
Released 1990-09-28
Format HES

The song plays once you finish the game. Though it is played in the key of D just like the original, the song adds drums as well as a funky style to it.

Die Hard (NES)

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Die Hard (NES)
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Arranger Junichi Saito
Released 1991-07-19
Length 0:28
Format NSF

The song plays when the terrorists successfully open the vault and are attempting to escape. The song was used numerous times in the movie, but it only plays once in the game. This version of the song plays in the key of G♭.

Pengo (GG)

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Pengo (GG)
Arranger Akira Nakakuma
Released 1990-10-06
Length 0:12
Loops No


Airmania! (AMI)

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Airmania! (AMI)
Arranger Wally Beben, Ian Davenport
Released 1991-??-??
Length 3:28
Loops Yes


Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 (GEN)

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Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92 (GEN)
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Arranger John Hancock
Programmer Donald Campbell
Released 1992-07-??
Length 0:15
Format VGM
Loops No


The Hunt for Red October (SNES)

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The Hunt for Red October (SNES)
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Arranger John Spence
Released 1993-??-??
Length 1:30 (Ending), 0:55 (Game Over)
Format SPC
Loops Yes

This game contains two variations of the song. When you beat the game and are treated to the credits, the game plays the song in D, but resorts to a 4/4 time signature without the triplets in the background. When you get a game over, the game plays an even shorter loop of the song but in the key of D♭ minor.

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The Super Aquatic Games (SNES)

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The Super Aquatic Games (SNES)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1993-??-??
Format SPC


Sid Meier's Civilization II (W16)

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Sid Meier's Civilization II (W16)
Arranger Mark Reis, Roland Rizzo, David Evans
Released 1996-03-??
Length 0:45
Loops No



Wii Music (WII)

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Wii Music (WII)
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Arranger Kenta Nagata, Tohru Minegishi, Mahito Yokota
Released 2008-10-16
Length 1:02
Loops No

A rendition of Ode to Joy is located in /Sound/MusicShared/rp_Music_sound.brsar, but isn't played anywhere during the game, leaving it unused.

Lyrics

German

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt*;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder*
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Wem der große Wurf gelungen
Eines Freundes Freund zu sein;
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen
Mische seinen Jubel ein!
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle
Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!

Freude trinken alle Wesen
An den Brüsten der Natur;
Alle Guten, alle Bösen
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur.
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben,
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben
und der Cherub steht vor Gott.

Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen
Durch des Himmels prächt'gen Plan
Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,
Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.

Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen.
Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen?
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?
Such' ihn über'm Sternenzelt!
Über Sternen muß er wohnen.

English

Joy, beautiful spark of Divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter, drunk with fire,
Heavenly one, thy sanctuary!
Thy magic binds again
What custom strictly divided;
All people become brothers,
Where thy gentle wing abides.

Whoever has succeeded in the great attempt,
To be a friend's friend,
Whoever has won a lovely wife,
Add his to the jubilation!
Yes, and also whoever has just one soul
To call his own in this world!
And he who never managed it should slink
Weeping from this union!

All creatures drink of joy
At nature's breasts.
All the Just, all the Evil
Follow her trail of roses.
Kisses she gave us and grapevines,
A friend, proven in death.
Ecstasy was given to the worm
And the cherub stands before God.

Gladly, as His suns fly
through the heavens' grand plan
Journey, brothers, on your way,
Joyful, like a hero to victory.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss to all the world!
Brothers, above the starry canopy
There must dwell a loving Father.
Are you collapsing, millions?
Do you sense the creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy!
Above stars must He dwell.

Guitar Tabs

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