Sam Hart Bids “Goodbye to You, Pikachu”

It’s no secret that Sam Hart holds a passion for video games, and his latest digitally interactive inspiration comes from the gigantic Nintendo franchise of Pokemon. Unfortunately, I’m not exactly well informed of the ways of the Pokeverse, so I couldn’t fully grasp an appreciation of this track – but I’m sure many of you will. The whole ordeal kind of reminds me of Jason Seagel’s Dracula production in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

I had a dream about a musical based on the episode of Pokemon where Ash considers making Pikachu evolve into Raichu using the thunderstone. I woke up and wrote this song.

[verse]
nurse joy has put you on the mend
I’m glad to see you well my friend
the battle was fought hard
but the gym leader held the cards

it wasn’t your fault it was mine
I’ve held you back for such a long long time
but now I know
it’s time I let you grow

[chorus]
Pikachu it’s time to say goodbye
to the childlike expression in your shiny eyes
and say hello to the power down below
goodbye to you
hello Raichu

[verse]
this thunderstone will make us strong
we’ll beat the leader and the others
before long we’ll catch ’em all
and hold the world in our pokeball

I know there’s more to evolution
than changing your name
and the friendship that’s between us
will never be the same
the sacrifice of a pokemon trainer’s life

[chorus] x 2


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