Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on February 18, 2013 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on June 13, 2013
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They've-Come-So-Far Song

A song emphasizing how much has happened up until that point in a series.

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You've come such a long, long way; and I've watched you from that very first day.

This is a song meant to emphasize how far the characters have come along and/or how much has happened since the beginning of a story. Often placed before, during, or after an unusually significant event in the story.

While it seems to make the most sense to use in the context of a long series or the like, it can work in a relatively short work such as a movie so long as the events referred to are spread out throughout it.

May or may not include a Fully Automatic Clip Show portraying said previous events.

Contrast Expository Theme Tune, which often describes how the characters initially got to their current situation for works that represent ongoing stories.

Examples:

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic brings us the song simply known as "Celestia's Ballad," where Celestia sings about how far Twilight has come so far in the context of telling her it's time to fulfill her destiny.
  • "It Takes Two" from Into the Woods has the Baker and his wife singing about how their quest has helped them develop character.
  • Seussical either has one, or multiple that apply to different characters. "All For You" is one, relating the sheer hell Gertrude has gone through to get to Horton. However, everything mentioned in the song happened off screen, so it's either a variation or a subversion.
  • Hairspray has the powerful "I Know Where I've Been," which is about the continuing fight against prejudice as much as it is about the progress of the characters and plot.
    • Interestingly, another song called "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" was written for the 2007 film adaptation. However, unlike "I Know Where I've Been," it lacks the narrative significance typically associated with this trope, as it is played over the credits rather than as part of the film.
  • Season three of Reboot ends with a large-scale Gilbert and Sullivan-style musical number that summarizes the entire series up to that point.
  • Enchanted has "So Close", a diegetic song sung at the ball before the big confrontation.
  • Beauty and the Beast has "Something There", in which the two main characters remark on how their view of each other has changed.
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch has "Wig in a Box"
  • The "Adventures in Unova" arc of Pokémon has the following in its theme song...
    It's the next chapter, the ultimate goal
    Ready for battle, brave and bold
    I know we're gonna make it, we will find a way
    We've come so far, we've fought so hard to get where we are
    We belong together, it's always you and me Pokemon...
  • The film The Land Before Time had the closing song 'If We Hold On Together' with its line "you've come so far, don't throw it away..."
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie has "Now That We're Men", when Spongebob And Patrick finally pass through the monster-filled trench...with the monsters singing with them.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • March 29, 2013
    Chauer
    Isn't it too smal to trope?
  • March 29, 2013
    Prfnoff
    It's not Too Rare To Trope if it has enough examples. Here's one:

    • "It Takes Two" from Into The Woods has the Baker and his wife singing about how their quest has helped them develop character.
  • March 29, 2013
    illegalcheese
    I'm pretty sure Seussical either has one, or multiple that apply to different characters. "All For You" is one, relating the sheer hell Gertrude has gone through to get to Horton. However, everything mentioned in the song happened off screen, so it's either a variation or a subversion. Still epic. There are others, I think. I'll check and come back.
  • March 30, 2013
    Koveras
    Would this count? I dunno since the OP obviously intended this to be about insert songs in other media, not standalone songs.

    • Subverted in Linkin Park's song "In the End", where the singer recalls his life and the refrain goes "I tried so hard and got so far but in the end, it doesn't even matter".
  • April 6, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Yeah, I wouldn't quite count that one.
  • April 13, 2013
    MonaNaito
    • Hairspray has the powerful "I Know Where I've Been," which is about the continuing fight against prejudice as much as it is about the progress of the characters and plot.
      • Interestingly, another song called "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" was written for the 2007 film adaptation. However, unlike "I Know Where I've Been," it lacks the narrative significance typically associated with this trope, as it is played over the credits rather than as part of the film.
  • May 4, 2013
    KevinKlawitter
    Season three of Reboot ends with a large-scale Gilbert and Sullivan-style musical number that summarizes the entire series up to that point.
  • Contrast Expository Theme Tune, which often describes how the characters initially got to their current situation for works that represent ongoing stories.
  • May 5, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
  • May 6, 2013
    Duncan
    Enchanted has "So Close", a diegetic song sung at the ball before the big confrontation.
  • May 6, 2013
    TonyG
    Beauty And The Beast has "Something There", in which the two main characters remark on how their view of each other has changed.
  • May 6, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
    Hedwig And The Angry Inch has "Wig in a Box"
  • May 6, 2013
    chicagomel
    Possibly the current Pokemon theme song.

    "It's the next chapter, the ultimate goal

    Ready for battle, brave and bold

    I know we're gonna make it, we will find a way

    We've come so far, we've fought so hard to get where we are

    We belong together, it's always you and me Pokemon"

    The film The Land Before Time had the closing song 'If We Hold On Together' with its line "you've come so far, don't throw it away..."
  • May 8, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Examples Are Not Recent. Please be more specific than "current."
  • May 8, 2013
    Chicagomel
    Sorry..,Adventures in Unova arc. season 17 in the US,IIRC
  • May 9, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ So it's basically the theme song for the Adventures in Unova arc? Just making sure...
  • May 10, 2013
    Xanderiskander
    ^ That's Right. You can find it easily searching it on youtube.
  • May 17, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    I didn't need to find it, I was just looking for clarification.
  • June 6, 2013
    Wildstar93
    The Spongebob Squarepants Movie has "Now That We're Men", when Spongebob And Patrick finally pass through the monster-filled trench...with the monsters singing with them.
  • June 10, 2013
    Goldude
  • June 13, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I don't think so... this is more about the scope of the movie or series, while World Of Cardboard Speech seems more like something about overcoming adversity. I think.
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