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"The Only Thing I Know for Real" is the boss theme for Samuel Rodrigues in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

The lyrics describe how he has forgotten the reasons why he fights, but that he can't stop himself because he feels as though it is the only way he knows how to live. The lyrics references Raiden and Sam’s final duel, and his involvement in Desperado Enforcement LLC.

The demo version of this song is "heavier" than the main game's Maniac Agenda Mix; voice, drums and battery are most pronounced, like Locked & Loaded. Unlike most of the boss themes, the lyrics are lost in the second phase of the fight, when Sam is forced to rely on his cybernetic arm and martial arts skills. Some of the lyrics mention a “mountain,” which is his goal to realize why he fights. The lyrics, “Because the mountains don’t give back what they take” references him losing his arm before the events of the main game. The lyrics, “It’s only the cold wind I feel” could be referencing the Winds of Destruction.


Memories broken
The truth goes unspoken
I’ve even forgotten my name

I don’t know the season
Or what is the reason
I’m standing here holding my blade

A desolate place
Without any trace
It’s only the cold wind I feel

It’s me that I spite
As I stand up and fight
The only thing I know for real

There will be blood-shed
The man in the mirror nods his head

The only one left
Will ride upon the dragon’s back

Because the mountains don’t give back what they take
Oh no
There will be blood-shed
It’s the only thing I’ve ever known

Losing my identity
Wondering have I gone insane
To find the truth in front of me
I must climb this mountain range
Looking downward from this deadly height
And never realizing why I fight

Official lyrics from Platinum Games

Credits and original composition

Written by: Logan Mader & Jamie Christopherson
Lyrics by: Logan Mader & Jamie Christopherson
Recorded by: Logan Mader
Produced by: Logan Mader & Jamie Christopherson
Mixed by: Logan Mader
Remixed by: Maniac Agenda
Vocals: Tyson Yen
Guitars: Bill Hudson, Johnny Death, & Logan Mader
Drums: Ralph Alexander
Bass: Logan Mader
Programming: Logan Mader & Jamie Christopherson