Close Up: Metal Gear Solid Vocal Tracks

At first sight it seems Metal Gear Solid Vocal Tracks is another soundtrack CD for Metal Gear Solid V: it was released alongside The Phantom Pain on September 2nd and its cover looks very similar to the OST for MGSV.


But it’s actually more of a tribute to the various vocal tracks featured in the Metal Gear Solid series since MGS1. As such, it doesn’t only contain songs from MGSV, but various classics from previous installments as well. The most prominent vocal tracks from MGS1, 2, 3, 4, PO, Peace Walker and V are bundled on this CD.


But it also has something brand new: covers performed by Donna Burke. The most notable is MGS1’s famous song The Best Has Yet to Come, which for this occasion has been translated to English, whereas the original was sung in Gaelic. For Metal Gear fans who have heard this track countless times, it is a strange experience – but definitely interesting.


The case itself features a render from MGSV with a red V on top. As is the case with the OST, you can remove the transparant layer with the V to have a case with just the artwork.


This artwork is actually the cover of a small booklet included on the case. On the back are the logos of the games from which the vocal tracks originate.


The pages contain a tracklist, artworks by Shinkawa, the song lyrics and some credits.

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On the inside of the case, below the disc is a screenshot of Snake from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

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Original Tracks
1. The Best Is Yet To Come (Vocal: Aoife Ni Fhearraigh) from Metal Gear Solid (1998)
2. Can’t Say Good-bye to Yesterday (Vocal: Carla White) from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)
3. Snake Eater (Vocal: Cynthia Harrell) from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)
4. Love Theme (Vocal: Jackie Presti) from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)
5. Calling to The Night (Vocal: Natasha Farrow) from Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops (2006)
6. Heavens Divide (Vocal: Donna Burke) from Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (2010)
7. Sins of the Father (Vocal: Donna Burke) from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
8. Quiet’s Theme (Vocal: Stefanie Joosten) from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

Cover Tracks (Vocal: Donna Burke)
9. The Best Is Yet To Come / db english
10. Can’t Say Good-bye to Yesterday / db jazz lounge
11. Snake Eater / db trip-hop
12. Love Theme / db tango
13. Quiet’s Theme / db tender

Of course Donna Burke has proven herself to be a talented singer, so all the covers are pleasant alternatives to their originals. You can listen to some of the songs here.


Metal Gear Solid Vocal Tracks is a testament for the great music that has accompanied the games during the past 17 years – each one of them is easily recognizable and worth listening to.

If you’re interested in ordering the CD, you can purchase it from CDJapan by following
this link.
 It’s also available on iTunes.

Metal Gear Solid Vocal Tracks
  • PsychoMantis18

    While absolutely not disappointed by the MGSV soundtrack, I thought this was pretty average.

    • proceeder

      No way!
      Have you listened to “V Has Come to” or the “Return”?!

      • PsychoMantis18

        Yeah, they’re great tracks…??
        You don’t like them…??

        • proceeder

          Well I guess it’s just a matter of taste then. Harry-Gregson William’s own work was really impressive, I agree.

  • Adamska

    As matthewmatosis said, what makes The Best Is Yet to Come so powerful is not knowing the lyrics. The song means whatever you think it means.

    • Tong Ninja

      I agree. 🙂
      The original version was so mesmerising and powerful even though I didn’t understand the lyrics.

      Although it was interesting and weird to see what it sounds like in English after all those years. 🙂
      I rather Donna Burke sing an English translated version than butcher the original version haha.

    • proceeder

      Agreed. Such a waste of music and singing talent when the lyrics are so meaningless like they were in “Sins of Father” or Quiet’s theme.
      Couldn’t they have hired a poet?!

      • Jak

        Uh…Sins pretty much gives away the plot of the game, and Quiet’s them describes her feelings towards Venom.

        • proceeder

          Let me quote:
          “Life”, tasted sweet, IT LET ME LIVE…
          Life let me live?!!

          • BurntFM

            I’m not surprised since Ludvig Forssell wrote the lyrics. There’s always something lost in translation when a non native speaker writes in English.

          • Jak

            Birds in the sky

            Carry these words for me.
            Life tasted sweet,
            It let me live,
            It let me breathe.

            Love hurts so bad,
            But still saved my soul.
            Flowers of a brighter past,
            They bloomed so free,
            Beneath the sun.

            I want to give them to you,
            So you can see,
            What we left there.

            When all hope bleeds out,
            What remains is doubt,
            Should have left it all for you for tomorrow.
            As your time draws near,
            Will you live in fear?
            Could have left it all for you,
            But we let go.
            like, you chose a single line. If the rest doesn’t scream “hey, that makes sense”, I -really don’t know how to help your comprehension.
            Blind, in the deepest night
            Reaching out, grasping for a fleeting memory
            All the thoughts, keep piercing this broken mind
            I fall, but I’m still standing motionless

            Far, in the distance
            There is light, a light that burns, these scars of old
            All this pain, reminds me of what I am
            I’ll live, I’ll become all I need to be

            Words that kill, would you speak them to me
            With your breath so still, it makes me believe
            In the Father’s sins
            Let me suffer now and never die, I’m alive

            Pride, feeds their blackened hearts
            And the thirst, must be quenched, to fuel hypocrisy
            Cleansing flames, is the only way to repent
            Renounce, what made you
            Words that kill, would you speak them to me
            With your breath so still, it makes me believe

            The Sins never die, can’t wash this blood off our hands
            Let the world fear us all, it’s just means to an end
            Our salvation lies, in the Father’s sins
            Beyond the truth, let me suffer now

            In my heart I just know that there’s no way to light up the dark in his eyes

            This too-like yeah, I’m sure you can cherry pick another phrase you don’t like, but it’s a fantastic allusion to the game’s themes.

            But no, weeb out and praise a song for being in a language you don’t speak.

  • Plissken

    Too bad the instrumental version of Quiet’s Theme by Donna Burke isn’t on here, the one from the red band trailer.

    • Jak

      …and from in game, during the rain scene.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Little Off-Topic: How comes this MGS3 Easter Egg from Just Cause 2 is not that talked about on either Metal Gear not Just
    Cause Forums?

  • Ishmael

    the db tender version of quiets theme is fantastic, reminds me a lot of this:

  • FoxTamerMGO

    Calling to the night is my favourite <3

    • Aleezy

      That was the music I picked in SNE all the time.

  • Tong Ninja
    • Gatsu

      Nice haha! Quiet vs Quiet ftw !

      • Tong Ninja

        Real Quiet vs Phantom Quiet (if you know what I mean 😉 )

        I watched this latest stream live yesterday and it was pretty funny. She was perving on Quiet with the binoculars at one point XD. Anyway she was really excited about seeing herself in game.

        Also at one point in the stream, she was talking about how Kojima Productions asked if they could scan her bare feet as well as her face/body …. for ‘reference material’. (Kojima has a foot fetish? XD)

  • John Rhogan

    I like Donna Burke’s covers of the Metal Gear songs, especially for Can’t Say Goodbye & the Snake Eater theme song.

    Of course, I also love Sins of the Father. Now that I can listen to it in its entirety.

  • Darkchronos

    Playing on PS3, took a shower with Quiet but she didn’t let me out. Happy finishing incoming ^^.

    • Andrea Feletti

      Here’s the famous ‘thing’ that can only be achieved in video games…

    • Nekkedsnake

      how’d you get inside Quiet’s cell?? i was trying since there’s a door there but couldn’t get inside XD

      • César H. Sandoval

        It’s a bug/glitch, It happened to me as well.

        No real way to get in or out by yourself, you need to restart the game.

  • Kojimaphile

    Should I get the music off iTunes, or should I buy the CD?

    I’ve already spent $200+ on MGS alone this year, and I was honestly disappointed that the case is just a regular CD case. The “V” thing is cool, and there is no such thing as having too much Shinkawa in your collection, but the main attraction for me is the music.

    • Jak

      Buy it, I’ve spent nearly a grand on MGS stuff this year.

      • Kojimaphile

        Funny story: after I posted this, I looked at the price, shrugged and ordered it. Then my card got declined. So… maybe? I have to get this sorted out with my bank.

        I’m genuinely curious though – what have you purchased to make it nearly a grand?

        • Kol Leqejza

          why are you sharing such intimate stuff like this on the internet?

          • Kojimaphile

            How is that “intimate”?

          • Kol Leqejza

            in this world it’s doublethink.

          • Kojimaphile


        • Jak


          -PAK – GZ Snake, Venom, SkullFace, Solidus, Quiet, will also be getting the Ocelot, Sneaking suit Venom and DD (fuck Man on Fire and Third Child, I’ll get them when they inevitably drop to fifty bucks). Tho barring GZ and Solidus, those were on store credit and not “real” purchases.

          -Nendoroid Solid Snake (will def be getting Venom and Raiden)
          -Revoltech Mini Cyborg Ninja
          -Figma Tanker Snake
          -TPP CE

          I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting a few things, but that’s off the top of my head. Still trying to track down a reasonably priced PAK Ninja (I stupidly only got Solid at the time, regret it), and a 3A Rex. Prob gonna get the Sentinel Sahelanthropus too.

          Honestly, after being a fan for a couple decades, I’ve finally hit that nexus between having a decent job and there being a deluge of merch I want, so I’m going apeshit. After the current product lines wind up around next march or so, I’ll probably cool it a fair bit (tho would love it if PAK went back and did more from 1 and 2).

          • Kojimaphile


            I honestly don’t like the quality of PAK but I’m considering the Sentinel Sahelanthropus. And if the full-sized replica arm is ever sold separately in the US, that would be really nice to have. I have yet to buy any MGS related action figures/statues/whatever.

            I bought:
            -TPP CE
            -a digital copy of the game (I wanted to play the game ASAP)
            -CE of the strategy guide.
            -Essential Collection (I didn’t own the first one physically and I really wanted it)

            I plan on buying some of the costume DLC (inb4 “Sheep!”) and I might buy the first print of the Legacy Collection for that art book. I also want to buy the version of the steelbook that has two disc spots, because mine only has one and it ruined my dream of putting Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain both in there! >:c There is also a small crack on it out of the box, so it was a tad disappointing all around.

          • Jak

            I’ll definitely get the full sized arm if it ever comes out here.

            I’m hit and miss with the PAKs-the Venom is probably my favourite figure they’ve ever done, but the GZ one just seems overly stiff and plasticky. Still, they’re they deepest line of MGS figs besides the Kubricks and McFarlane ones, so it’s been fun hunting them down

  • PrinceHeir

    Yay it included Portable Op’s Calling to the Night 🙂

    • César H. Sandoval

      Still the best MGS song imho.

  • Nekkedsnake

    I’ve been listening to the MGS Saga songs at work all week. great stuff. Especially the MGSV OST

  • BurntFM

    I’m not a big fan of these covers. I admire the effort but these didn’t resonate with me as much. Specially after hearing the story on how Rika Muranaka came up with The Best is Yet to Come, there’s a sort of magical element to the original that can’t be recreated.

    • Tong Ninja

      Well they are just covers after all. They were never meant to surpass the original versions, only pay homage to. 🙂

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica
    • FMercenary

      Really like the aura of Ground Zeroes more, it’s pretty dark and serious and it always made me feel threatened.

  • kuaikukia

    A nice cover piano version for quiet’s theme

    • Gatsu

      This sounds great!

  • Steel Wolf

    I think the covers are ok compared to the vocal tracks, since donna burke is much of a “wailer” in the sense of pulling strong notes and is really suited to a number of tracks. Also, you really shouldn’t sing the best is yet to come in English, kinda ruins the song IMO

  • Maik O’Bannon

    Will they ever load the soundtrack cds on spotify?does anybody know?

  • Gatsu

    Hey everyone, how have y’all been :)?

    This is a nice collection of songs, but I find it really weird to listen “The Best Is Yet To Come” in English. I’m not sure if I like it. Anyway Donna’s cover versions are good, although different from the normal songs, but I guess cover versions always sound different :P…

    • Tong Ninja

      I’m okay so far! 🙂
      I think people are still feeling the Phantom Pain and other side effects after finishing TPP …. haha

      One of my friends works at a shipping dock. He was telling me how he can’t look at shipping containers the same way anymore after playing TPP for 200 or so hours … he says looking at all the shipping containers at his work gives him a sudden urge to fulton them all! Poor guy! XD
      I think he suffers from the fulton pain??

      • Gatsu

        Good to hear :), I took little break from disqus so hopefully everything’s been okay with others too. It’s understandable that people feel stuff like that :D, I kinda feel it too but maybe not so much as some others.

        I was planning to play TPP nonstop when it released, but there’s just so many other games I want to play/finish before Fallout 4 release .

        Fulton Pain indeed, lol!

  • Mr.Pony

    Quick heads up for all playing TPP on PC. The latest patch is somehow removing the golden arm and Sniper wolf costume, also some users have been reporting that the silver arm is missing too.

  • Bartolomeo OP Snake Eater

    Kojima left -

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