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A Red Apple (A Cue aun Tu Oi) is the ending song of Gravity Rush 2, but it also appears throughout the game in more condensed form and has heavy significance to the game's plot.

Description Edit

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This article contains spoilers about part of Gravity Rush.
The song is referenced in Gravity Rush by the apple that the player hits down before the game starts, which is located in Eto. The opening credits theme also contains the refrain from the song, albeit without the lyrics, which morphs from a simple piano track to a full on accordion version.

The song was first sung by Kat when she is accidentally mistaken for a singer on the Bismalia Fortress. Her memory returns enough to remember a few words from the song, and from this she is able to sing the entire first verse before being caught by security forces and attacked.

It then becomes extremely popular throughout Jirga Para Lhao and Hekseville, despite everyone only knowing the first verse.

When Kat returns to Eto, she remembers that the song was actually from a music box that her grandmother used while reading bedtime stories. She finds a key to the music box that was dropped from outside through an open window, but it's broken - the box is repaired by Alias when she is able to escape the castle

The song once again appears during the battle against The Darkness, where the first verse is sung by the entire city of Hekseville to compel Kat to come to her senses and destroy The Darkness, and refuse the deal it attempted to make with her.

Lyrics Edit

Only the first verse was officially translated to English. The rest only appears in Japanese in the game's soundtrack booklet. Credit for the translation goes to nyancatimusprime from Reddit.[1]

A red apple

Fell from the sky

Across the clouds

A gentle sun shines

On the ones we're waiting for

A red apple

A seed of hope

A beacon that shines

On me in the empty sky

Soaring once again without fear

The morning bird's song - never to be heard again

The line of burdened people goes on

They travel beyond, to the promised land

Thousands of minds surpassing their frail bodies

A dream of liberation

Don't say a word

Soaring; falling

Wherever you go, fly high

A red apple

Fell from the sky

Across the clouds

A gentle sun shines

On the ones we're waiting for

The smiles of parents - never to be seen again

A dog accompanies the people who keep on walking

They travel beyond, to the serene land

Thousands of minds surpassing their frail bodies

Disaster is far away

Don't say a word

Soaring; falling

Wherever you go, fly high

A red apple

Fell from the sky

Across the clouds

A gentle sun shines

On the ones we're waiting for

A gentle sun shines

On you

Meaning of lyrics Edit

The song is most likely from the perspective of someone who lives in Eto. As the game says that Eto is a place where the denizens lower on the World Pillar fled to escape The Darkness as it pulled the world pillar closer. The singer is looking across the clouds atop the pillar and being reminded of "the ones they are waiting for".

The "line of burdened people" are most likely people holding their belongings and waiting to be loaded onto the Ark or some other mode of aerial transport to travel up the pillar. Since time travels slower on the bottom of the pillar than the top, people in Eto would likely face a long and agonizing wait for their loved ones, by which time they would be a lot older than the people arriving.

It's unclear what "thousands of minds surpassing their frail bodies" means, but it may be related to how the people in Eto live longer than normal. Or it could just be that Eto has religious significance and going there is akin to "ascending to heaven" for the people below.

Trivia Edit

  • The "red apple" in the song's chorus is based on the apple that fell on the head of Isaac Newton and inspired him to create the Theory of Gravity. In this universe, however, it is more of a general representation of knowledge.

References Edit

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/gravityrush/comments/5x96f0/apb_calling_all_japaneseenglish_students_im/

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