“The Best Is Yet To Come” lyrics (Metal Gear Solid OST)



After a rather ignoble post by the Rage Mage, how about something a little more wholesome?

So this comes as a surprise to me, but the most popular post we featured in 2016 was a piece on “I Was Born For This”, the closing song from the soundtrack to Journey. Coming to understand the translations for the Old English, the Japanese, Latin, Greek, and French lyrics in the song were something that a lot of readers evidently responded positively to. Next to the home page, it’s the most viewed page on this blog.

Therefore, in the interests of supply and demand, I decided to share the translation for another powerful song, the haunting, pining, elegant “The Best Is Yet To Come” from the soundtrack to Metal Gear Solid. Its meaning is strangely gentle, and sad, for the closing of this chapter in the life of a man like Solid Snake. Yet this song of loneliness, memory and the future  is appropriate for him.

We’re already talking about an OST that is morose, brooding, dark, and atmospheric but in the case of the song at hand, this is something which first enchants and then impacts at the end of the game. The song serves as a bookend to the game playing over its opening sequence and ending credits. It was sung by Irish vocalist Aoife Ní Fhearraigh.

Below are the original Gaelic lyrics and their translation:


An cuimhin leat an grá
(Do you remember love)
Crá croí an ghrá
(The heartbreak of love?)
Níl anois ach ceol na h-oíche
(Nothing now but music of the night)
Táim sioraí i ngrá
(I am forever in love)
Leannáin le smál
(A lover with a fault)
Leannáin le smál
(A lover with a fault)
Lig leis agus beidh leat
(Allow it and you will have it)
Lig leis agus beidh grá
(Allow it and love will be)

Cuimhne leat an t-am
(Can you still remember)
Nuair a bhí tú sásta
(When little things made you happy?)
An cuimhne leat an t-am
(And can you still remember)
Nuair a bhí tú ag gáire
(When simple things made you smile?)

Tá an saol iontach
(Life can be so simple)
Má chreideann tú ann
(If you can only see)
Tug aghaidi ar an saol is
(Whatever happened to those days?)
Sonas sioraí inár measc
(Whatever happened to those nights?)

Céard a tharla do na laethanta sin
(Can you still remember)
Céard a tharla do na h-oícheanta sin
(When little things made you sad?)
An cuimhin leat an t-am
(And can you still remember)
Nuair a bhí tú faoi bhrón
(When simple things made you sad?)

An cuimhin leat an t-am
(Is it just me or is it just us)
Go sioraí sileadh na ndeor
(Feeling lost in this world?)
An ormsa nó orainne a bhí an locht
(Why do we have to cause this pain?)

Ag mothú cailte s’ar fán
(Why do we have to weep tears?)
Cén fáth an t-achrann is sileadh na ndeor
(Please tell me we’re not alone)
Tá áilleacht sa saol Má chuardaíonn tú e
(In this world fighting the wind)
Tá gliondar sa saol
(Life can be simple if you can only see)
Creideann sé
(The best is yet to come)



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15 replies »

  1. I love this theme. Every time I hear this song, I not only think about the ending of the game, but rather that after despair, good things really will happen or come! This song may sound sad, but it can also be a song of motivation! 🙂 Thank you for posting this information!

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  2. I love this song!!! All of the ending credit songs from the MGS series really are quite fabulous. I did think this game was sad and poignant, as Snake seemed to become disillusioned to so many different things, including what he thought he knew about himself and his father. The music captures this perfectly, and I always feel a twinge of nostalgia when I hear it, so thank you 🙂 Nice article!

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