When I first played Final Fantasy VII as a 13-year-old, a part of me really did love Tifa. She was tough and smart, and she really cared for Cloud. I remember envying Cloud during that flashback with he and Tifa sitting by the well in Nibelheim. I wanted a girl to ask me to be her hero. I think most boys have the heroic capacity; we are all just waiting for a girl to ask. But Cloud blew it! When he first sees Tifa again in Midgar, he is distant and acts like he’s too cool. Well, this song’s lyrics are what Cloud should have said—what I would have said if I found my childhood love working in a bar in the Sector 7 Slums. True fans of this classic will catch all the lyrical references and recognize the bits of music I borrowed from the game for the intro and outro. And don’t miss the chocobo’s wark! I devote this song to the many awesome Tifa/FF7 blogs I read during my research: awyeahtifa, nibelheimsweetheart, lockhartsenpai, barmaid-tifalockhart, sweettifalockhart, badass-barmaid, finalheaven, cloudxtifa, clotiheaven, victoryfanfare, finalfantasyviiforever, a-false-memory, and just-use-a-phoenix-down. Thanks for the inspiration, bloggers! Free downloads of this track are here, and you can stream it/follow us on YouTube here. Enjoy everyone! — Kavalier Calm
Tifa, a girl like you don’t belong in a place like Midgar.
Don’t you know the ceiling is going to fall in on this bar?
Run away with me, and I’ll take you to Costa del Sol and Gold Saucer.
Oh, if you want, we can start a chocobo farm.
Tifa, darling, how long you gonna work this dive?
I can give you a better life.
I can be your cloud, your cloud 9, your lucky number 7.
I can be your final heaven.
I know you’re tough as nails and pack quite a punch.
But Shinra’s gonna come down hard on Sector 7 and AVALANCHE.
I want you to look into my mako eyes and know the truth:
I’ll use this here Buster Sword to protect you.
I’ve reached my limit, so here comes the break.
Don’t tell me I lost my chance; I was just a boy when we sat by that well.
I want to make good on the promise I made beneath those stars.
I’m your hero, and I’m here to rescue you, Lockhart.
I’ll do everything in my power to care for your premium heart.
Question to the Listeners: Are you a bigger Tifa or Aerith fan?