Maritime Memory is a slow pop song, in fitting with the atmosphere of the credits sequence in which it plays. The song mostly acts as a much slower and calmer remix of City of Color, with Callie and Marie singing the same melody, albeit with a different backing and slightly different lyrics. The main verses and chorus of City of Color remain mostly the same, with the first verse, bridge and outro sampling Splattack! in its backing. Approximately halfway through the song, it changes to a slow electric cover of the Calamari Inkantation with an older man rapping over it, and he continues as the Squid Sisters sing along with it. Finally, the chorus of City of Color returns, changing up a key before the song ends.
According to the booklet contained in Splatune, it was revealed that the song can only be sung at the age of seventeen, the fragile period of time between a girl and a woman. It also revealed how the rap was performed by an old man who stumbled into the recording session, saying "though my clothes may be tattered, my heart is pure and nothing escapes my razor-sharp gaze." The staff hurried him out but realised that they liked the addition to the song and kept his part in.
Maritime Memory Lyrics
Tyurirurimyohe wiru-wini yuwari
Tyuriruratche wiru-wini yuweni
Nyoehiniherahe nawenoni shumeri
Nyoehiniherahe nawenoni nyuenu
Mya weni marei mirekyarahire
Kire hyari yoriherahe nyurahera
Nyoehiniherahe nawenoni nyumeri
Nyoehiniherahe nawenoni yuweni
てゅりるりみょへ ういるうぃに ゆわり
てゅりるらっちぇ うぃるうぃに ゆうぇに
にょえひにへらへ なうぇのに しゅめり
ふぃはな みふぁ にゅえのうぇに
にょえひにへらへ なうぇのに にゅえぬ
みゃ うぇに まれぃ みれきゃらひれ
きれ ひゃり よりへらへ にゅらへら
ふぃはな みふぁ にゅえのうぇに
にょえひにへらへ なうぇのに にゅめり
ふぃはな みふぁ にゅえのうぇに
にょえひにへらへ なうぇのに ゆうぇに
Maritime Memory (Live)
During live Squid Sisters concerts, an extended version of Maritime Memory is used. Although each performance is different due to the live bands, they retain the same strong structure. When the Calamari Inkantation section is due to play, it instead plays with no vocals or melody, and the second half of the main song's verse and chorus are repeated before continuing as normal. After this section, the outro is played before the final chorus, while the actual outro itself is extended slightly. Two recordings of this version from their first and second live concerts can be found in Splatoon Live in Makuhari -Shiokalive-.
Samples and interpolations
- Main article: Shooting Starfish
While walking around in Inkopolis Square in Splatoon 2, a low-pitched cover of Maritime Memory can be heard in the background during certain times, with its slower pace seemingly differentiating it from City of Color.
- Maritime Memory began a tradition of credits songs sampling other songs from their respective games by the artists that sing them. Maritime Memory samples Calamari Inkantation and City of Color, while Fresh Start (from Splatoon 2) samples both Bomb Rush Blush and Tide Goes Out, and Into the Light (from the Octo Expansion) samples Color Pulse.
- The old man heard halfway through the song is strongly implied be Cap'n Cuttlefish. In addition to their voices sounding very similar, the Splatune booklet reveals it was an old man with tattered clothes, matching his description. The mentioned phrase of "though my clothes may be tattered, my heart is pure and nothing escapes my razor-sharp gaze" matches a self-written description of the Cap'n, from Live from Squid Research Lab. Later, both Splatoon 2 and the Octo Expansion reveal his newfound hobby of rapping, and the Octotune booklet contains a report from Cap'n Cuttlefish in which he does state that he rapped on a song.
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