"Change the World", alternatively "If Possible", is a song in Death Note: The Musical.
It is the only song in the musical to not feature at all on the Death Note: The Musical Original Soundtrack.
When Light Yagami first finds the Death Note, this song begins. Light reads the instructions and thinks it's a joke, but when a newscaster announces that the criminal Kurou Otoharada has taken hostages at a kindergarten, Light writes down his name. Light sings to the Death Note itself, asking it to give him the power to enact justice if it's possible to do so. Otoharada's death is announced after the song ends. Light is horrified, which leads directly into the song Death Note.
The song is reprised after Light kills Haley Belle and the FBI agents, showing that Kira doesn't just target criminals. The Task Force must face the decision of whether or not to stay on the case despite the risk, and they perform this song, thinking of the family they would leave behind. At the end of the song, Hideki Ide leaves.
The song was originally written in English, but an English-language version has not been released. The original English title of the song is "Change the World".
It's gotta be a joke, of course
Some fed-up cop who left the force
Or some civilian psychopath
Whose righteous wrath may be the source
But what would happen if it's true?
Imagine all that I could do
For with such power, I could change
And rearrange the world anew
If there's the slightest chance it's true
I'll write his name, what else can I do?
Now maybe justice sure and swift
Will become my clear-cut gift
To a system ripe for saving
Now let the Death Note play its part
And become a work of art
For the justice we're all craving
Reprise English lyricsEdit
What can I do? What can I say?
How can I go when I should stay?
I have a family I must face
How can I place them in harm's way?
I have a family, just like you
But also Kira to pursue
I can't stop now and walk away
I've got to stay and see it through
Why should we make our families pay,
Risking all for some cliché,
'Stead of food upon the table?
I have a son who needs his dad
Not a widowed mom too sad
To provide more than a fable
I have a daughter of my own
Who, although she's almost grown,
Is the reason I am staying
For, if not us, then who, I ask
Will be equal to the task
And will pay a price worth paying?
We all must do what we must do
And to our truest selves be true
This will no doubt be my last case
So face to face, let's see it through
The choice is ours, you heard the boss
Go on and leave, it's no big loss!
Okay, I will, the choice is mine!
This fine a line I will not cross!
The Japanese version of the song is titled "Dekiru Mono Nara" (できるものなら), which translates as "If Possible", "If You Can", or "If I Could".
- According to the official song list provided by Ivan Menchell, the song was intended to be reprised a second time in Act 2 between Mortals and Fools and Stalemate. However, this second reprise was not part of the production.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ivan Menchell provided the song titles on Twitter. March 17, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ivan Menchell provided the English reprise lyrics on Twitter, October 23, 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ivan Menchell provided the English lyrics on Twitter, October 26, 2017.