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Rivers in the Desert is a boss theme in Persona 5. It is composed by Shoji Meguro, lyrics by Benjamin Franklin and sung by Lyn. A shortened instrumental version is played during the first round against Shadow Shido, the full version is played in the second round and later against the Holy Grail and Caroline and Justine. This song is incorrectly attributed as the "Final Boss Battle Theme" in the staff roll.

"Desert" being prominently featured in the lyrics is sung as /dɪˈzəɹt/ instead of /ˈdɛzɚt/ in the song even though the former is for the verb which describes "abandoning duty/obligation" instead of the noun "barren land".

Lyrics Edit

  • The following are the official lyrics from "Persona 5 Original Soundtrack".

It's now or it's never, and I've got to
Make my decision
This time it could be my moment
Is this a mirage or a chance to fulfill my mission?

A river in a dry land
The last ace in a lost hand
A heartbeat for a tin man
Oasis in a singed land

I'm keeping my balance, but I'm standing
On razor's edge now
Move quick or my life is over
One strike, just a feint, then...
I'm outta his field of vision
Don't ask why I'm ready but I'm ready to
Strike him down now
A chance at a new start
There's no time for indecision

A river in a dry land
The last ace in a lost hand
When the hope of new beginnings burned our feet
Now we need it:
A heartbeat for a tin man
An oasis in a singed land
Remind us what we're here for:
Creating new life
Creating rivers in the desert

My heart is a furnace,
(It's) Hot as hell in my world of conflict
One goal is what keeps me going
Take back what I lost to...
The bosses of greed and fear, yeah

Don't ask why I'm ready but I'm ready to take
Them down now
The time for a new start
Is constantly drawing nearer

A river in a dry land
The last ace in a lost hand
When the hope of new beginnings burned our feet
Now we need it:
A heartbeat for a tin man
An oasis in a singed land
Remind us what we're here for:
Creating new life
Creating rivers in the desert

When a cool drop of water's all I need
Gotta clear my head of anger and greed
A place to refresh heart and mind,
Can I find
Some time in

Rivers in a dry land
The last ace in a lost hand
When the hope of new beginnings burned our feet
Now we need it:
A heartbeat for a tin man
An oasis in a singed land
Remind us what we're here for:
Creating new life
Creating rivers in the desert

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