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"Kiss Me Good-Bye" is a theme for Final Fantasy XII. It is the only song Nobuo Uematsu exclusively wrote for the game and was arranged by Kenichiro Fukui. It was sung by Angela Aki who also wrote the lyrics and played the piano. The English version is used in all of the game's versions; however, a Japanese version was commercially released on CD in Japan along with the English variant. The Japanese version was arranged by Motoki Matsuoka and Aki.

Additionally, the release Selections from Final Fantasy XII Original Soundtrack included a DVD with a music video of the song's Japanese version.

Development[]

Uematsu and Square Enix team approached Angela Aki, asking if she would be interested in singing Final Fantasy XII's theme. Aki was deeply moved when she heard the song Mr. Uematsu wrote, and Uematsu wanted Aki to write the lyrics. The first thing in her mind upon hearing the melody was a scene of a new journey after good-bye, so she structured the lyrics based on it.[1]

"Kiss Me Good-Bye" was the first song written specifically for the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack. After composer Hitoshi Sakimoto joined the project, he considered the sound of "Kiss Me Good-Bye" when composing other tracks for the game.[2]

Lyrics[]

The official lyrics were released on the single and Final Fantasy XII: Original Soundtrack.

English version[]

You say my love is all you need to see you through
But I know these words are not quite true
(So) here is the path you're looking for, an open door
Leading to worlds you long to explore
Go if you must move on alone
I'm gonna make it on my own
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
Follow your heart and find your destiny
Won't shed a tear for love's mortality
For you put the dream in my reality
As time goes by I know you'll see this of me
I loved you enough to let you go free
Go, I will give you wings to fly
Cast all your fears into the sky
Kiss me good-bye, love's mystery
All of my life I'll hold you close to me
Won't shed a tear for love's mortality
For you put the dream in my reality
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
You put the dream in my reality

Japanese version[]

Japanese
あなたは迷っていても
ドアは開いているよ
二人の世界だけでは
満たされないのでしょう?
羽をあげるから信じて飛べばいい
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
あなたを失っても
愛した記憶が強さに変わるから
確かな物を探して
誰もが恋するが
揺るがない愛は自分の中にある
Kiss me good-bye さようなら
新しい私に変わる
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
新しい二人に変わるなら
Kiss me good-bye 泣かない
あなたを愛せたから
あなたを愛せたから
Rōmaji
Anata wa mayotteitemo
Doa wa aiteiru yo
Futarinosekai dakede wa
Mitasarenai nodeshō?
Hane o agerukara shinjite tobeba ī
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
Anata o ushinatte mo
Aishita kioku ga tsuyosa ni kawarukara
Tashikana mono o sagashite
Daremoga koisuru ga
Yuruganai ai wa jibun no naka ni aru
Kiss me good-bye sayōnara
Atarashī watashi ni kawaru
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
Atarashī futari ni kawarunara
Kiss me good-bye nakanai
Anata o aisetakara
Anata o aisetakara
Unofficial English translation
Even if you have lost your way,
The door is open
Just by a world of the two of us,
We can't be fulfilled, right?
I will give you wings, so believe and you can fly
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
Because even if I lose you,
The memories that I loved will turn into strength
Searching for a certain thing,
Everyone falls in love, but
An unwavering love is inside of me
Kiss me good-bye, farewell
I will change into a new me
Kiss me good-bye, love's memory
If we change into a new couple,
Kiss me good-bye, do not cry
Because I could love you
Because I could love you

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XII[]

"Kiss Me Good-Bye" plays during the game's ending. Its lyrics do not allude to the plot directly, but its tone fits the cast's ending, leaving the past and moving on in their lives.

It is the 19th track of disc 4 on Final Fantasy XII: Original Soundtrack.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

A year after the Battle above Rabanastre, Penelo writes a letter to Larsa, now the Emperor of Archadia. "Kiss Me Good-Bye" plays in the background as Penelo's voice recites the letter. She is happy that Rabanastre returned to the peaceful place it used to be when she was a child. Penelo laments on Ashe's coronation looming near and how she must distance herself from her old friends due to her position. Penelo knows Ashe misses Basch and hopes the two will have a chance to catch up soon. Basch has assumed his late brother's position as Judge Magister, now serving Larsa.

Penelo writes how she and Vaan had looked after the Strahl after Balthier and Fran went missing, but one day found the airship gone with a letter on its place, as Balthier had reclaimed it. Penelo and Vaan had delivered Balthier's message to Ashe, containing the ring she had given to him as a "down payment" for helping her until he would find the treasure he seeks. Balthier has seemingly found his riches, as he has given Vaan a new airship and asked him to join him on a new adventure, fulfilling Vaan's life-long dream of becoming a sky pirate. Penelo is accompanying him, finishing the letter with "every good sky pirate needs a partner, right?"

Spoilers end here.

Live performances[]

VOICES: Music from Final Fantasy[]

"Kiss Me Good-Bye" was performed live during the concert by Angela Aki and the Prima Vista Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Sachiko Miyano and Kenichiro Fukui.

It was also recorded and released in the album.

Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy The Journey of 100[]

An orchestral arrangement of "Kiss Me Good-Bye" was conducted by Arnie Roth and performed by Susan Calloway and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Sachiko Miyano and Kenichiro Fukui.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[]

Yuji Sekiguchi arranged and performed a solo classical guitar arrangement of "Kiss Me Good-Bye".

Distant Worlds III: more music from Final Fantasy[]

A recording of "Kiss Me Good-Bye" appears on this album, performed by Susan Calloway and the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and conducted by Arnie Roth.

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