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"Fist Bump" is the main theme of Sonic Forces and is composed by Tomoya Ohtani. It is performed and written by Douglas Robb of Hoobastank.[2] It is a rock song similar to earlier songs in the Sonic Adventure series, and tells of the friendship between Sonic and the Avatar.

Background

A piano version was arranged by Yutaka Minobe and performed by Koji Igarashi. A short version also plays when Double Boost is active during Tag Team stages and during the stage, Null Space, and the instrumental plays when Sonic turns into Super Sonic. An alternate instrumental version plays during the game's first stage, Lost Valley, as well as when Classic Sonic gets the Invincibility power up, during the final phase of the Death Egg Robot, and Sonic Forces: Speed Battle during the levels.

Lyrics

I can't do this alone
Even though I am strong
Need something more than me
Someone to push me to victory
Let's see what we can do
Together, me and you
Can't be afraid to try
Kiss your fears goodbye
No looking back
You and I, we're on the attack
Full speed ahead
Running to the sunset
Such a different feeling
Both of us believing
We can make it better
Together we can show the world what we can do
You are next to me and I'm next to you
Push me on through until the battle's won
No one’s gonna give a thing to us
Into each other we put our trust
Standing united, after the fight
All alone, we will never be
The two, of us, are holding the key
We see, today, a world we couldn't see
Before I say goodbye to you
One more last fist bump...
I know you have been afraid before
But you don't have to be anymore
No more emptiness to feel inside
When we work together no one can break up our stride
No looking back
You and I, we're on the attack
Full speed ahead
Running to the sunset
Such a different feeling
Both of us believing
We can make it better
Together we can show the world what we can do
You are next to me and I'm next to you
Pushing on through until the battle's won
No one’s gonna give a thing to us
Into each other we put our trust
Standing united, after the fight is done
We can show the world what we can do
You are next to me and I'm next to you
Pushing on through until the battle's won
No one’s gonna give a thing to us
Into each other we put our trust
Standing united, after the fight
It's a brand new day
We have turned the page
I never knew how much I needed
Somebody to help me this way
All alone, we will never be
The two, of us, are holding the key
We see, today, a world we couldn't see
Before I say goodbye to you
One more last fist bump...

Connections to game

  • I can't do this alone /Even though I am strong /Need something more than me /Someone to push me to victory - Despite his strength, Sonic can't beat Eggman alone this time.
  • Can't be afraid to try, Kiss your fears goodbye - Sonic encouraging the Avatar to be brave.
  • You are next to me and I'm next to you - Sonic and the Avatar supporting each other.
  • The two, of us, are holding the key - Together, Sonic and the Avatar have the power to save the world.
  • I know you have been afraid before - The Avatar has been terrified by Infinite before.
  • But you don't have to be anymore, No more emptiness to feel inside - The Avatar doesn't have to fear anything as Sonic is working with him.
  • When we work together no one can break up our stride - When Sonic and the Avatar work together, nothing can stop them from moving forward.
  • It's a brand new day, We have turned the page - The Eggman Empire is history, and the Resistance are moving on to the future.
  • I never knew how much I needed, Somebody to help me this way - Sonic realizes that he needs the help of his friends to save the day.
  • Before I say goodbye to you, One more last fist bump... - Sonic and the Avatar's farewell as they go their separate ways, and Classic Sonic and Tails goodbye as Classic Sonic returns to his own dimension.

Trivia

  • Part of the theme for Egg Reverie Zone in Sonic Mania has a very similar melody to the chorus of this song. This is fitting considering that the ending of Sonic Mania leads to Sonic Forces.
    • Tee Lopes, the composer of Sonic Mania's soundtrack has also released an unofficial remix of "Fist Bump" in his official youtube channel, shortly after official version was first revealed.
  • The verse "Standing united, after the fight is done" has the same melody of Seaside Hill's music, from Sonic Heroes.

References

  1. 大谷 智哉 Tomoya Ohtani on Twitter (31 August 2017). Retrieved on 1 September 2017. ““Fist Bump” full version is 4m24s include 〇〇 solo. #sonicForces”
  2. Frank, Allegra (6 July 2017). Sonic Forces recruits Hoobastank for its perfectly on-brand theme song. Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved on 6 July 2017.

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