Annie Rosen - Ode to Pac​-​Man (from "Pac​-​Man")

from Song Cycle: The History of Video Games by Materia Community

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Pac-man is truly one of the most bizarre icons of our age. It is universally recognized as a symbol of computer games, and yet it defies coherent narrative description. “There’s this maze, you see, with little white dots of food, only there are also ghosts who will eat you - or be eaten - in a kind of digital pseudo-spiritual ecosystem… um… where are you going?” In this piece, based on themes from both “Pac-man” and “Ms. Pac-man”, some of the zaniness of the game is brought to life, while also giving it that vague sense of deeper meaning that “Pac-man” deserves.


A simple yellow mariner, a traveller, a connoisseur,
Always eating, every beeping high and low.
A noble hero seeking the power pellet's glow.

With foes on every side,
With foes on every side,
My foes are Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.

In a labyrinth, in a fruited land
A garden of eden,
A garden of eden,
A place to hide,
A place to hide
From Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde!

A simple yellow mariner, a traveller, a connoisseur
Always eating, we are seeking,
We are Pac-man, it's Pac-man, yes Pac-('Pac-man' noise') - man, and I!


from Song Cycle: The History of Video Games, released November 4, 2016
UPC 00191061943112
Ⓟ 2016 Materia Collective LLC

Annie Rosen: Vocalist
Evan Witt: Arranger, Piano, Lyricist
Toshio Kai: Composer

• "Pac-Man Intro Theme"
Kai Toshio (Composer)

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