|Red Like Roses|
The music starts off with an acoustic guitar playing a distinctive, sad-sounding melody over arpeggiated guitar chords. The verse follows, providing the same melancholy feel and played at the same slow tempo.
After the verse, the music's tempo picks up considerably, in sync with the action of the battle. An extended Spanish-tinged acoustic guitar solo plays over strings and heavy percussion, lending a rather romantic and exciting feel to the piece.
The music then rests momentarily, before continuing with a faster tempo, in a reprise of the opening melody in a fast-paced string arrangement.
Musically, the intro and first part of the verse are in B minor, with a key change to D minor occurring halfway through the first verse (at the line "Black the beast..."). The majority of the solo stays in the key of D minor, but the song momentarily returns to its original key at the beginning of the 'reprise' section, before again changing to D minor.
The verse and reprise sections are in 4/4 time (at different tempos), with the solo in 6/4 time.
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.
- This is the theme that plays during the "Red" Trailer.
- The lyrics indirectly describe the 4 main characters as Red, White, Black and Yellow.
- Red Like Roses Part II, another song on the RWBY soundtrack, is a thematic follow-up to this song, specifically the Red verse. The song plays as Ruby decapitates the Nevermore in the eighth episode.