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I Burn
RWBY I Burn cover
Artists
Composer

Jeff Williams

Vocalists
Statistics
Album
Track#
  • 1 (Single)
  • 5 (Vol. 1 - "Yellow" Trailer)
  • 7 (Vol. 1 - Album)
  • 10 (Vol. 1 - Remix)
Time
  • 5:30 (Single)
  • 3:12 (Album)
  • 3:07 (Remix)
Genre
  • Rock (Album)
  • Dance (Single and Remix)
Versions
Single
Album
Remix

"I Burn" is Yang Xiao Long's music theme. Three different versions of the song exist: the one featured in the "Yellow" Trailer, a hard rock version featuring a rap verse, and a club/dance remix of the hard rock version minus the rap verse.

It is also used as the ending song for the episode "Welcome to Beacon" of RWBY.

Composition

The single version features remixed versions of previous trailer songs, "Red Like Roses", "Mirror Mirror," and "From Shadows," as well as a shorter version of the "I Burn" album version.

The remixes of the previous trailer songs, as well as the I Burn song remix, are primarily influenced by electronic dance music, with synthesized instruments, heavily auto-tuned vocals and four-to-the-bar bass drums.

The album version of the song drops most of the electronic influence in favor of a hard rock sound. The song starts off with heavily distorted guitar chords which accompany the first verse. After the first verse and chorus, sung by Casey Lee Williams, a rough, atonal guitar solo with heavy use of artificial harmonics is played.

After the second verse and chorus, the bridge leads into two rap verses performed by Lamar Hall. His raps are far more rebellious in content, with a few instances of vulgar language, such as "Human Torch can’t fuck with me" and "Shit will never be the same.".

After the rap verses, Jeff Williams plays a cleaner, more melodic guitar solo before Casey takes back over, singing the song's chorus twice before the song ends.

The chorus, the first solo, and the bridge after the second chorus are in the key of C# minor, whereas the verses and the second solo are in the key of E minor.

Lyrics

Single

Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest.
White is cold and always yearning, burdened by a royal test.
Black the beast descends from shadows.
Yellow beauty burns gold.

Mirror, tell me something,
Tell me who's the loneliest of all?
Fear of what's inside of me,
Tell me can a heart be turned to stone?

Born with no life,
Into subjugation.
Treated like a worthless animal,
Stripped of all rights,
Just a lesser being,
Crushed by cruel ruthless Human rule.

When it started,
All we wanted was a chance to live our lives.
Now in darkness,
Taking everything we want and we will rise.
We'll rise.
We'll rise.

From shadows,
We'll descend upon the world.
Take back what you stole.

From shadows,
We'll reclaim our destiny,
Set our future free.
And we'll rise.
And we'll rise.

Above the darkness and the shame.
Above the torture and the pain.
Above the ridicule and hate.
Above the binding of our fate.

Come at me,
And you'll see,
I'm more than meets the eye.
You think that,
You'll break me,
You're gonna find in time,
You're standing too close to a flame that's burning,
Hotter than the sun in the middle of July.
Sending out your army, but you still can't win;
Listen up, silly boy, 'cuz I'm gonna tell you why...

I burn!
Can't hold me now,
You got nothing that can stop me.
I burn!
Swing all you want.
Like a fever I will take you down.[1]

Album/Remix

Come at me,
And you'll see,
I'm more than meets the eye.
You think that,
You'll break me,
You're gonna find in time,
You're standing too close to a flame that's burning.
Hotter than the sun in the middle of July.
Sending out your army, but you still can't win;
Listen up, silly boy, 'cuz I'm gonna tell you why...

I burn!
Can't hold me now,
You got nothing that can stop me.
I burn!
Swing all you want.
Like a fever I will take you down.

Reign supreme?
In your dreams;
You’ll never make me bow.
Kick my ass?
I'm world-class,
And Super Saiyan now.

You’re starting up a fight that you just can’t finish;
Watch the little hearts while they scrape you off the floor.
Bringing out your rockets? Well, shoot 'em up, baby,
High as you can go, but I’m the one who’s gonna soar.

I burn!
Can't hold me now,
You got nothing that can stop me.
I burn!
Swing all you want,
Like a fever I will take you down.

It doesn’t have to be this way;
Let’s kiss and make up, then you’ll learn
You can fight your life away;
I get what I want, so don’t bother and just watch me burn.

Hotter than the sun,
Feel my fire;
Pyromaniac: my desire.
Thought that you could see the truth,
'Til I just burned down the booth.
(Explicit:) Human Torch can’t fuck with me;
(Clean:) Human Torch can’t mess with me;
Johnny Blaze: Suspect B.
Strike 'em quick, lightning fast;
(Explicit:) Melt them bitches down to ash.
(Clean:) Melt them britches down to ash.

Gasoline, kerosene;
Strike the match, ignite the scene.
(Explicit:) Shit will never be the same;
(Clean:) Things will never be the same;
Feel the fury of my flame.
Beg for mercy: it won’t help;
Embrace the ending you were dealt.
(Explicit:) Seems you fucks will never learn;
(Clean:) Seems you chumps will never learn;
Now sit back and watch me burn.

I burn!
Can't hold me now,
You got nothing that can stop me.
I burn!
Swing all you want,
Like a fever I will take you down.

I burn!
Can't hold me now,
You got nothing that can stop me.
I burn!
Swing all you want,
Like a fever I will take you down.

Trivia

  • For the CD release the Lamar Hall version of the song was censored and the corresponding version on iTunes was subsequently censored as well.
  • Both the album version and the remix version of the song make reference to the Super Saiyan state from the anime and manga series Dragonball. The reference stems from Yang's fiery Semblance that appears when she is enraged.
  • The album version also features reference to the Human Torch from the Marvel comic book universe, as well as Johnny Blaze, the alter ego of the Ghost Rider.
  • An instrumental version of I Burn is used as background music in RWBY Volume 2: Production Diary 4.

References

Soundtracks
Singles
Red Like RosesMirror MirrorFrom ShadowsI BurnThis Will Be the DayRed Like Roses Part IIGoldI May FallWingsRWBY: Chapter 1Time to Say GoodbyeShine
Soundtracks
Ruby RoseThe Shining Beacon (Pt.2) • The First Step (Pt.2) • The Emerald Forest (Pt.2) • Players and PiecesThe Badge and the Burden (Pt.2) • Jaunedice (Pt.2) • Forever Fall (Pt.2) • The StrayBlack and White
Unreleased
All Our Days • CaffeineDie • Dreams Come True • Sacrifice

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