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Time Travellin’ (Chrono Trigger 25th Anniversary Tribute)

“It is unknown, whose memories these are. It may be something beyond our comprehension.” – Robo

For the 25th Anniversary of my favorite videogame “Chrono Trigger, I wanted to pay tribute to this timeless classic the best way I know how. This game holds a special place in my heart, not only for it’s amazing soundtrack (composed by Yasunori Mitsuda), but also for it’s epic storyline about traveling through time, changing fate, and saving the planet.

This can’t be the way the world ends…” – Marle, after seeing the Day of Lavos

When I was a kid, the only planets I was worried about saving were in videogames like this one. But as I got older, I realized that our world truly was in danger, and that there were evil forces at play trying to destroy it. The games of my childhood became all too real. That’s why it is important now more than ever that we work together to address issues such as the Coronavirus pandemic, climate change, pollution, global warming and continue to fight for our right to exist as a species. As Carl Sagan put it 30 years ago, when Voyager 1 left our planetary system and took one final glimpse of this ‘pale blue dot’ we call home:
“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
In other words, it is up all to us. The fate of the world depends on it.
As far as time travel goes, I think we all have certain moments that we wish we could travel back to or change. In the game Chrono Trigger, there’s a campfire scene in which Robo theorizes that memories are actually a form of time travel. I believe this to be true: for me, things like music, art and videogames have the power to do exactly just that. When I listen to my favorite songs or play my favorite games, it’s as if a portal is opened up and I’m instantly transported to another time and space (just like Chrono and his trusty companions). So if you’re listening out there, I hope this song can help do the same for you.

Lyrics

Verse 1
Once upon a time I knew this guy named Chrono, real spiky hair
He was from the 90’s , and wore Nike Airs
One day he woke up and he headed to the street fair
Leene Square, little did he know who he would meet there
Marle, she was descendent of a princess
She dropped her pendent, when he picked it up he caught her interest
Meanwhile, this girl name Lucca
His next door neighbor, her favorite gun – bazooka
Was workin on some kind of transportation device
I should have know better than to go and take her advice
But yo, she asked for a couple of volunteers
Marle steps up, and she magically disappears
Into thin air, or maybe a black hole
If I don’t go after her, I’ma look like an asshole
So, I step up to the platform and press the button
I don’t know where I’m headed, but f*ck it here goes nothin’
Chorus
Time Travellin’
Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
Time Travellin’
When I was dead broke man I couldn’t picture this
Verse 2
I look around, now I’m somewhere in the Middle Ages
And when I fight my time is measured by these little gauges
I made it through the forest, now I’m at the castle gates
but then I get ambushed by the guards, isn’t that just great?
I gotta find a way, up out of this mess
I’m on trial for kidnapping the princess
Told you I was clean, what you want me to take a piss test?
I wish that I could hear what they’re saying, but it’s just text
So, now I’m locked up…man f*ck that
I’m breakin’ out of here its time to get my stuff back
I look around and find a hole in the wall
Climbing up the side of the castle, man I hope I don’t fall
Then get confronted by the Chancellor – no Warhol
Now where’s my sword, I’m gettin’ kinda bored ya’ll
I hear a “roar” as he heads for the door
Turn around to face the dragon hope you’re ready for war
I’m time travellin’
Chorus
Verse 3
So we defeat the dragon and then try to escape
Get chased through the forest then we end up finding a gate
No time to waste, I’m bout to transcend time and space
Activate the portal, disappear without a trace
Yo, next thing you know – we chillin in a strange dome
Used to play this game every day when I came home
Its kinda cold but I figure I’ll take my chances
So I set set off on my journey hoping maybe I can find some answers
Then Lucca discovers this videotape
Of how he world ends and suffers from a grizzly fate
Damn I guess we’re a just little bit late
But wait, look at the date,
Theres still a chance that it could have been saved
Met this robot, who said he wanted to roll
Because none of the other robots had a heart or a soul
Its time to save the planet, yeah that’s part of the goal
Everyday after school, man you already know
I’m time travellin’
Chorus

Credits

Written, performed and produced by Amerigo Gazaway
Chrono Trigger original soundtrack composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
“Secret Of The Forest “cover version by Guido (sample)
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