Way back in 2012, when Destiny was still in the midst of development, Paul McCartney tweeted something unexpected: He was working on music with Bungie, the studio making the game.

It recently became clearer what McCartney's involvement entailed: According to the New York Times, McCartney collaborated with Bungie composers Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori on the game's score, and also wrote and recorded a theme song.

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Now that Destiny is out, we can hear that single in all its overproduced, cheesy/endearing glory, as captured during the game's credits sequence and shared by Kilo Juliett:

The song's called "Hope for the Future," or at least, I'm assuming that's what it's called. As I round the 20-hour mark in Destiny, I can confirm that shooting a thousand aliens in the face does, in fact, kinda give me hope for the future. A future free from the scourge of aliens.

I've taken the liberty of transcribing the lyrics:

"Hope For The Future"

Some hope for the future
some wait for the call
to say that the days ahead
will be the best of all

We will build bridges
up to the sky
heavenly light surrounding you and I

From out of the darkness
our future will come
if we leave the past behind
we'll fly beyond the sun

We'll be together
sharing the load
watching in wonder as our lives unfold

Hope for the future
It's coming soon enough
How much can we achieve?

Hope for the future
It will belong to us
if we believe
if we believe

Hope shines brightest
in the dark
where nothing's ever seen

Lighting undiscovered places
no one's ever been

[Guitar Solo]

Some hope for the future
some wait for the call
to say that our destiny
will be the best of all

And we will build bridges
up to the sky
heavenly light surrounding you and I

Hope shines brightest
in the dark
where nothing's ever seen

Lighting undiscovered places
no one's ever been

Hope for the future
Hope for the future
Hope for the future

You'd never guess that's the theme song from a first-person shooter about moon wizards, would you? I like the post-chorus, and also the part where he says the name of the game.

Photo credit: AP