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"Maybe" is a song by The Ink Spots that plays during the intro and credits of Fallout, as well as on Galaxy News Radio in Fallout 3, Diamond City Radio in Fallout 4, and Appalachia Radio in Fallout 76.

Background

Black Isle Studios intended to use "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" by The Ink Spots for the Fallout theme song. The Ink Spots were chosen because they captured the 40s and 50s sound and were also the favorite band of Tim Cain's grandfather. However, Interplay could not license the song because of negotiation issues; EMI (the license holder) responded very slowly and also asked for a large amount of money. Instead of waiting for a reply to reduce the cost, the team quickly went through the back catalogue of music and chose "Maybe" instead. Tim Cain felt this fit the tone of Fallout much better, especially in regard to the ending, as the song's lyrics are about someone wondering if another will miss them when they are not around anymore.[1]

The song was recorded for the Decca Records label on June 11, 1940, and was released that same year. The New York session personnel included Charles Fuqua (tenor vocals/guitar), Bill Kenny (tenor vocals/cymbal), Ivory Watson (baritone vocals/guitar), Orville Jones (baritone vocals/bass).[2]

Lyrics

Maybe you'll think of me when you are all alone.
Maybe the one who is waiting for you.
Will prove untrue, then what will you do?

Maybe you'll sit and sigh, wishing that I were near.
Then maybe you'll ask me to come back again.
And maybe I'll say "Maybe".

Maybe you'll think of me when you are all alone.
Maybe the one who is waiting for you.
Will prove untrue, then what will I do?

Maybe you'll sit and sigh, wishing that I were near.
Then maybe you'll ask me to come back again.
And maybe I'll say "Maybe".

Notes

  • In Fallout 2, a man named Martin sings a quarter of the song in Vault 8's command center.
  • In Fallout 76, the song is slowed down slightly for its use in Appalachia Radio.

Video

Galaxy News Radio - Maybe

References