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When It Falls is a song from the American web cartoon series RWBY, and is featured as the theme for the Volume 3 opening. It is sung from the perspective of either Salem or Cinder Fall as they plot the destruction of Beacon.

The song is performed by Casey Lee Williams, the singer of most of the songs in RWBY, and the singing voice for series deuteragonist Weiss Schnee. The song was written by her father and series composer Jeff Williams.

LyricsEdit

Maybe red's like roses?
Maybe it's the pool of blood
The innocents will lay in
When in the end you've failed to save them?
Their dying eyes
Are wide and white like snow
And now they know
The cost of trusting you's obliteration

Mirrors will shatter
Crushed by the weight of the world
The pillars collapse in shame

There'll be no rest
There'll be no love
There'll be no hero in the end
Who will rise above
And when it ends
The good will crawl
The shining light will sink in darkness
Victory for hate incarnate
Misery and pain for all
When it falls

Swallowed by the darkness
Soon the moon is bathed in black
The light of hope is taken
And discontent is the contagion

The blinding eyes
That burn a yellow flame
The embers that remain
Will light the fuse of condemnation

Kingdoms in tatters
Hung on the brink of a war
The peace will succumb to flames

This is not a tragedy
It's not an accident
You placed your faith in fools
And now you'll smother in lament

They play the part of allies
Claiming peace their only goal
But once the fight for power starts
They'll eat each other whole

Their iron gloves point fingers
They'll wage a war of blame
And mankind will wilt in pain

There'll be no rest
There'll be no love
There'll be no hero in the end
Who will rise above
And when it ends
The good will crawl
The shining light will sink in darkness
Victory for hate incarnate
Misery and pain for all
When it falls

Maybe red's like roses?
Maybe it's the pool of blood
The innocents will lay in
When in the end you've failed to save them?
Their dying eyes
Are wide and white like snow
And now they know
The cost of trusting you's obliteration

Mirrors will shatter
Crushed by the weight of the world
The pillars collapse in shame

There'll be no rest
There'll be no love
There'll be no hero in the end
Who will rise above
And when it ends
The good will crawl
The shining light will sink in darkness
Victory for hate incarnate
Misery and pain for all
When it falls

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song appeared on the RWBY: Volume 3 Original Soundtrack.
  • An instrumental piano and string version was performed by the Videri String Quartet for the score of the Volume 3 episode "Battle of Beacon". This version was also included on the soundtrack.

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TriviaEdit

  • The lyrics make reference to the four primary colors of RWBY, and may indirectly refer to each member of Team RWBY.
    • "Maybe red's like roses?" is a direct allusion to "Red Like Roses", which is the theme of Ruby Rose.
    • "Are wide and white like snow". White is the color associated with Weiss Schnee, whose name also literally translates to "white snow" in German.
    • "Soon the moon is bathed in black". Black is the color associated with Blake Belladonna, and "Blake" means "black" in Old English. The "Black" Trailer, in which Blake Belladonna debuted, also opened with a shot of the Moon.
    • "The blinding eyes / That burn a yellow flame". Yang Xiao Long is associated with the color yellow and fire.


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