The Meaning Behind The Song: Vs. Zinnia by Man on the Internet
As a fan of both Pokémon and music, I am always excited to discover new songs that capture the essence of the games I love. One such song that has resonated with me is “Vs. Zinnia” by Man on the Internet. This song, featured in the album “Pokemon Musical Bytes,” not only showcases incredible vocals but also dives deep into the story behind the character Zinnia and the Draconid people.
The lyrics of “Vs. Zinnia” paint a vivid picture of a world in chaos and the desperate need for a savior. The first verse sets the stage for an ancient time when the earth was shaking and disaster struck. However, hope was delivered by the lord of the sky, who granted the people’s wishes and stopped the fighting. The chorus emphasizes the importance of a stone and the glittering stars that bring hope in times of darkness.
In the second verse, we learn of Zinnia’s ancestry and the cyclical nature of their story. The impending doom of the falling sky becomes a reality, but Zinnia had a plan before the protagonist intervenes. The bridge speaks of the Draconid people, their determination to survive, and their belief in their lord Rayquaza, the legendary dragon.
The third verse delves into Zinnia’s perspective, as she looks to the sky and realizes the weight of her responsibilities. She is willing to sacrifice her own life to bring peace to the world and allow the departed to find serenity. The chorus repeats, emphasizing the significance of the stone and the lore keeper who will save them all.
The post-chorus reveals Zinnia’s recognition of the protagonist’s worthiness and hints at the sacrifices she has made for the stone she holds. Finally, in the fourth verse, Zinnia expresses her longing to be reunited with her brethren once again, signaling her hope for a peaceful world where only whispers of her efforts remain.
The song concludes with the chorus and an epic outro, summoning Rayquaza, the dragon, to aid in the fight against disaster and save humanity. The lyrics speak of offering one’s life and borrowing the might of departed spirits to save the world.
In his Behind the Lyrics video, Alex Beckham, the creator of “Vs. Zinnia,” explains his decision to focus on the backstory of the Draconid people rather than Juno’s version of the Zinnia lyrics. He wanted to depict Zinnia’s character, driven by her desire to protect her people, through a mix of ballad and character song elements. Beckham believes that Zinnia’s passion and determination shine through the song, showcasing her willingness to act even in the face of uncertainty and potential sacrifice.
Beckham also acknowledges the existence of multiple dragons and dragon-types in the Pokémon world but justifies referring to Rayquaza as “the dragon” due to the Draconid people’s worship and cultural significance placed upon it.
“Vs. Zinnia” is undoubtedly one of the longest songs in the Pokémon Bytes series, and Beckham’s decision to incorporate Zinnia’s emotions and thoughts elevates the song beyond a mere retelling of a story.
As I continue to listen to “Vs. Zinnia,” I am reminded of the power of music to evoke emotions and tell stories. The song captures the essence of Zinnia’s character and her determination to save the world, making it a standout track in the Pokémon Musical Bytes album.
Whether you are a Pokémon fan or simply appreciate well-crafted music, “Vs. Zinnia” by Man on the Internet is worth a listen. Its captivating lyrics and powerful vocals will leave a lasting impression, immersing you in the world of Pokémon and the lore of the Draconid people.
Release Date: June 23, 2019