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For the rest of the animated shorts, see My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts.
My Past is Not Today
Episode My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts
Character(s) Sunset Shimmer
Sung by Rebecca Shoichet
Staff Jayson Thiessen (collaborative writer)
Brian Lenard (collaborative writer)
Michael Vogel (collaborative writer)[1]
Katrina Hadley (storyboards)[2]
David Corman (production)[3]
Ken Chu (animation director)[4]
Music by Daniel Ingram
Lyrics by Daniel Ingram[5]
Length 2:19
Album My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Shorts Transcript My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts
BMI Work No. 20683451
International versions
My Past is Not Today
(Soundtrack Version)
Episode My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts
Length 2:16
Album My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Shorts Transcript My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts
International versions

My Past is Not Today is a song featured in the My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks animated encore short of the same name, which leads up to the third Equestria Girls film installment, Friendship Games.[3] The short and song were uploaded to the Hasbro Studios Shorts YouTube channel on April 1, 2015[6] before being made private and separately reuploaded on April 3, 2015,[7] both times alongside Life is a Runway and Friendship Through the Ages; Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page uploaded it on May 3, 2015,[8] and the Hasbro Studios Shorts YouTube channel uploaded a sing-along version on May 4, 2015.[9] The song marks Sunset Shimmer's first solo. At the end of the short, Sunset takes on a phoenix-like appearance, which was a visual metaphor according to Ishi Rudell[10][11] and is reminiscent of her rock star dress from both her Time to Shine doll and the chapter book Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine.

On the back of a printed insert bundled in the Barnes & Noble Special Edition of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine, a letter to Rarity from Sunset Shimmer includes a draft of the song My Past is Not Today. It serves as the second track on the soundtrack album My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, under the title My Past Is Not Today.

Animated short synopsis

At dusk, Sunset Shimmer is seen singing on the roof of Canterlot High School. Then, a flashback of her demonic transformation from the first film occurs. Through further flashbacks, Sunset discards the photos of her as Princess of the Fall Formal as seen in Principal Celestia's office. She sings about how difficult it was for her to make friends. Sunset decides to let her past go by letting her leather jacket blow away in the wind. She is soon surrounded by a yellow magical aura. As she starts to float, she takes on a phoenix-like form.

Lyrics

Sunset faces her demonic reflection EG2
[Sunset Shimmer]
Power
Was all I desired (I desired, all I desired)
But all that grew inside me
Was the darkness I acquired
When I began to fall
And I lost the path ahead
That's when your friendship found me
And it lifted me instead
Like a phoenix burning bright
In the sky
I'll show there's another side to me
You can't deny
I may not know what the future holds
But hear me when I say
That my past does not define me
'Cause my past is not today
Ambition
Is what I believed
Would be the only way
To set me free
But when it disappeared
And I found myself alone
That's when you came and got me
And it felt like I was home
Like a phoenix burning bright
In the sky
I'll show there's another side to me
You can't deny
I may not know what the future holds
But hear me when I say
That my past does not define me
'Cause my past is not today

References

  1. Ishi Rudell (2015-03-31). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "“@Chevistian1: @ishiH3Art Who Wrotte The 3 Shorts” collaboration... @goldenrusset @isitlunchyet_t @WheelOfCheese @dannyimusic @mktoon". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 1.
  2. Katrina Hadley (2015-03-31). "Check out this brand new...". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daniel Ingram (2015-04-06). "Here's the last of the...". Facebook. Retrieved on 2015 April 6.
  4. Ishi Rudell (2015-04-07). "@JustGame4It I can't take credit...". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  5. Ishi Rudell (2015-03-31). "'@jasonbres: @ishiH3Art Who wrote the lyrics to each of the songs?'". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 31.
  6. gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/4eTef5Iqe0Y. Retrieved on 2015 April 1.
  7. gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/XqnbYUG6Bn8. Retrieved on 2015 April 3.
  8. If anypony ever doubted that you can’t change for.... Facebook (2015-05-03). Retrieved on 2015 May 3.
  9. MLP: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks Playlist "My Past is Not Today" SING-ALONG. YouTube (2015-05-04). Retrieved on 2015 May 4.
  10. Ishi Rudell (2015-04-01). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "@Marimo0Marimo the Phoenix transformation was just a visual metaphor 😉". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 3.
  11. Ishi Rudell (2015-04-02). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "@nhSnork think of them more like music videos. No sunset shimmer does not have the power to turn into a Phoenix. That was more of metaphor.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 3.

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