Take This Life
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Take This Life is the final track in the original soundtrack for Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series. The song is one of few lyrical tracks written specifically for the Halo franchise (along with Blow Me Away from the Halo 2: Original Soundtrack), with lyrics written by 343 Industries' Frank O'Connor and sung by Jillian Aversa. The song was intended to feature in the credits for The Fall of Reach, though was ultimately cut from the final film, only appearing on the official soundtrack release.
Take this life,
You never asked me who I was,
But saw me for what I had to be.
You’ll move on –
I’ll never know a mother’s love again,
The world just goes around, but every day I’m falling,
You never asked me who I am,
Take This Life was first conceived when composer Tom Salta was playing Doctor Halsey's theme on piano, used in the track More Than Luck. Playing the melody, he realised it could be turned into a full song - imagining it to tell the story of Halsey and the children of the SPARTAN-II program. Taking the piece to 343i audio director Paul Lipson, Lipson saw the potential and played the piece for franchise director Frank O'Connor who proceeded to write lyrics for the song. Salta then worked with singer Jillian Aversa to tweak the lyrics into a more song-like structure. Because of this, the song is unique in that it has a canon significance within the Halo universe, depicting an insight into the SPARTAN program through the eyes of the children apart of it.
The song was intended to appear in the end credits for the film but didn't make the cut, resulting in the track only appearing in the official OST release.