"The Chosen One" is the Semi-Hero ending theme from Shadow the Hedgehog. It was performed by A2.

Background

The song "Broken" by Sins Of A Divine Mother was originally meant to be the Semi-Hero ending theme. However, Sega was unable to contact the singer and songwriter, Wiley Beecher, so it could not be used for the game. Two of the members of Sins Of A Divine Mother, Odyssey and Kyle Keiderling, created the new band A2 (later renamed to Mona Lisa Overdrive). They then wrote "The Chosen One" as a replacement track.[1]

Lyrics

I can't remember
Anything at all
I've been turning it all around
I'm sorry
Oh so sorry
Is this what I have become?
Wish I may
Wish I might
be someone else tonight
Sometimes I wish I was never born at all
And I'll try to save the world
'Cause in the end I know
I'm the chosen one
I'm the chosen one
I can't remember
What I used to be
Something's turning me upside down
You made me
And I love you
But I can't change the things I've done (I'm the chosen one)
Wish I may
Wish I might
be someone else tonight
Sometimes I wish I was never born at all
And I'll try to save the world
'Cause in the end I know
I'm the chosen one
I'm the chosen one
The chosen one
(instrumental)
Wish I may
Wish I might
be someone else tonight
Sometimes I wish I was never born at all
And I try to save the world
'Cause in the end I know
I'm the chosen one
The chosen one
The chosen one
I'm the chosen one
I'm the chosen one

Connection to Character

  • I can't remember anything at all - Because of his troubling past, Shadow has no recollection of anything in his life.
  • I can't remember what I used to be - Shadow isn't able to remember his purpose, or his allegiance.
  • You made me and I love you - When he was created by Professor Robotnik and quickly befriended Maria, he loved them like family.
  • But I can't change the things I've done - Through his life of turmoil, darkness and mystery (especially referring to events in the game), Shadow has done some regrettable things to get where he is now.
  • Is this what I have become? - This line is an assessment of Shadow's life, and a possible turning point for him.
  • And I'll try to save the world - Regardless of the troubled hedgehog's thoughts, Shadow knows he is the hope of the planet, and he must put his own priorities aside.
  • I'm the chosen one - Shadow being chosen to save the world and be the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Wish I may, Wish I might be someone else tonight - Shadow wishing that he wasn't who he was.
  • Sometimes I wish I was never born at all - Shadow wishing that he was never created to go though this mess.

References

  1. Stritix (28 June 2015 - reuploaded). Interview With A2. SoaH City. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020.

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