"Sins of the Father" is a song from the game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It was first featured in the E3 2013 trailer. In The Phantom Pain, the opening was heard during the montage for Venom Snake and Ocelot's journey from Cyprus to Afghanistan early in the game, and bars of it were also heard whenever Snake smokes a phantom cigar. The latter half is also played during the car scene at the end of Mission 30: Skull Face, with the song playing in full during the credits for Chapter 1 around the time Eli receives the English strain of the vocal cord parasite from Tretij Rebenok. It is also featured as a cassette tape, acquired after completing Mission 31: Sahelanthropus. It will also be a BGM track that will be made available in the Version 1.02 update for Metal Gear Online 3, named "MGSV:TPP SINS OF THE FATHER."


The lyrics were written by Ludvig Forssell, performed by Donna Burke and composed by Akihiro Honda. The version of the song shown during the trailer was edited to fit the footage and better provide clues as to the game's themes. During the 2014 Tokyo Game Show, a different verse of the song was heard, matching previously shown notes.


Lyrics Donna Burke used in the recording of "Sins of the Father" with notes Ludvig Forssell gave her for when she practiced. This verse was not heard in the E3 2013 trailer when the song debuted.


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


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