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Sadness was the price to see it end. It's been two years since they told me that.

Marlene, in the prologue of Advent Children

"The Promised Land" (約束の地 ~The Promised Land~, Yakusoku no Chi ~The Promised Land~?), composed by Nobuo Uematsu, is the opening theme of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Lyrics[]

The Latin translation and the original Japanese of the lyrics were officially released on the soundtrack in the following format.

Latin
Cur in gremio haeremus?
Cur poenam cordi parvo damus?
Stella nobis non concessit
Parvus pulsus
Cor mortem ducens
Venarum pulsus in terram fluens
Vita mollis in stellam redeunt
Animam sacrificare necesse est?
Cur in gremio haeremus?
Cur veniam petimus?
In terra fatali?
Original Japanese
何故、私達は寄り添うのでしょう
何故、小さな心に罪を与えるのでしょう
星は私達を許さなかった
小さな鼓動
死に至る心
大地に流れる脈
溶ける命は星へと帰る
犠牲となる魂は必要なのでしょうか
何故、私達は寄り添うのでしょう
何故、私達は許しを請うのでしょう
この約束の地で

The following is a transcription of the lyrics from the track.

Latin
Cur in gremio haeremus?
Cur poenam cordi parvo damus?
Stella nobis non concessit
Non concessit
Stella nobis non concessit
Non concessit
Venarum pulsus in terram fluens
Parvus, parvus pulsus
Cor mortem ducens
Vita mollis in stellam redeunt
Animam sacrificare necesse est?
Cur in gremio haeremus?
Cur veniam petimus?
In terra fatali?
English translation
Why do we cling together?
Why do we give punishment to lesser hearts?
The Planet did not forgive us
Did not forgive us
The Planet did not forgive us
Did not forgive us
The pulse of veins flows through the earth
A faint, faint pulse
Of a heart drawn to death
A gentle life returns to the planet
Is it necessary to sacrifice souls?
Why do we cling together?
Why do we beg for forgiveness?
In the Promised Land?
  • The above English lyrics are freely translated.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children[]

"The Promised Land" was arranged and conducted by Kenichiro Fukui and the chorus was G.Y.A. The lyrics were written by Tetsuya Nomura and translated into Latin by Taro Yamashita.

It is notably played while Marlene Wallace is narrating the events of Final Fantasy VII. It is played again near the end of the film when Aerith calls down healing rain from the Lifestream. It is the second track on disc one of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[]

"The Promised Land - Cycle of Souls" is an instrumental arrangement by Shotaro Shima. It can be heard during certain sequences in Final Fantasy VII Remake.[1] It is the eleventh track on disc one of Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack.

References[]

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