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"Sonic - You Can Do Anything" is the opening theme from the Japanese and PAL versions of Sonic the Hedgehog CD.


"Sonic - You Can Do Anything" was composed and produced by Masafumi Ogata and performed by Keiko Utoku with additional vocals by Casey Rankin (who also wrote the song's lyrics). It was replaced by the song "Sonic Boom" when Sonic the Hedgehog CD was released in America and parts of Europe. In the 2011 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the instrumental version of the song was included in all versions while using the Japanese soundtrack option. The full original song with Utoku's vocal performance was included in Sonic the Hedgehog CD Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition, released in 2011, and was reinstated in Sonic Origins.

Though most strongly associated with Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the composition for this piece first appeared in the Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 1992, which was in development concurrently with the Sega Genesis version of Sonic 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog CD but was released before either of these titles. This was roughly a year before the composition was used again in "You Can Do Anything" in Sonic the Hedgehog CD. It played in Green Hills Zone.


Masafumi Ogata himself rearranged the song for the Sonic the Hedgehog - Remix album as "Brand-new World", with new vocals performed by "yasu" and Momo Michishita. After the original composition's use in Sonic the Hedgehog CD, it was incorporated into the theme for Mecha Green Hill Zone by Kojiro Mikusa in the 1993 title, Sonic Chaos, and was rearranged by Masayuki Nagao for the Invincible theme in the 1994 title, Sonic Drift. Jun Senoue used a portion of the composition for his own invincible theme (titled "Invincible ...No Fear!") in Sonic Adventure in 1998 and Sonic Adventure 2 in 2001.

The composition was rearranged by Richard Jacques for the Ocean View course in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. This arrangement also includes the composition for "Super Sonic Racing" from Sonic R. Snippets of the song were used for jingles relating to the Sonic League in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The arrangement from Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was remixed by Senoue and Jacques for Team Sonic Racing's version of Ocean View in 2019. This arrangement was also used in Sonic Racing. None of these arrangements, nor the original use of the composition in the 8-bit version of Sonic 2, include vocals.


Due to the strong accent of the lead singer and the quiet vocals during the rap portion of the song, there is a debate on what the true lyrics are. To complicate matters further, there are 2 different versions of this song, in which the female vocals vary slightly, affecting the way one line in particular is interpreted. The following is the most commonly accepted set of lyrics

10 - 10 Here we go again!
9 - 9 Don't fall behind!
8 - 8 Say, don't be late!
7 - 7 Destination heaven!
6 - 5 Stay alive!
4 - 3 Now it's you and me!
2 - 1 We're gonna have fun
Say, blast off! Hey!
Excalibur - It's not that far
What do ya make? - Give & Take
Goin' home - Time Zone
Check out egg - He's never alone
Leather'n Lace - Getting in Place
What do y' get? - Say, fast jet!
Doom Room - Cosmic zoom
Heads up, Jake - It's Sonic boom!
Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior - Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior
Your hour is near at hand,
You've got the power to save the land!
Take a little chance - Slip on through
You gotta survive no matter what you do
You gotta do for you
Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior - Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior
The power is in your mind
To save the planet and conquer time!
Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior
Deep in space and time
Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior
Forever in your mind!
Nothing can survive, the will to stay alive
'Cause if you try, you can do anything!
Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior
Always takes a chance
Toot, toot, Sonic Warrior
Never says he can't!
Nothing can survive, the will to stay alive
'Cause if you try, you can do anything!

Discrepant lines

  • "10-10 Here we go again" is often misheard as "10-10 you can go again"
  • "8-8 Say, don't be late" is misheard as "8-8 say don't delay"
  • Depending on which version of the song is listened to, it may sound as though the line "To save the planet and conquer time" is actually "To shake the planet and conquer time", however this is most likely a result of the lead singer's accent. Humorously, some believe the line to be "To shave the planet and conquer time".

Alternate remixes

Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"Ocean View: Lap Music" Jun Senoue, Richard Jacques 1:23

Connection to game

  • To save the planet and conquer time - Sonic has the ability to travel through time in the game.
  • 'Cause if you try, you can do anything - Sonic can do anything he sets his mind to.
  • Always takes a chance - Sonic's attitude to live life to the fullest.
  • Never says he can't - Sonic's optimistic nature, never lets anything get him down.
  • Check out Egg - He's never alone - Eggman having Metal Sonic and his other Badniks on his side.


  • The song is erroneously called "Toot Toot Sonic Warrior" by fans on occasion.
  • This song was originally planned to be in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but did not make it into the final game.
  • The Game Over music from the Japanese and European versions of Sonic CD appears to be a heavily distorted and eerie portion of this song.
  • There exist two different recordings of "Sonic - You Can Do Anything", primarily changing the guitar track and the intensity of Keiko Utoku's vocals. The latter is used for the original Mega CD introduction sequence while the former appears in the uncut opening in Sonic Jam.