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The Failure Song
Episode The Crystal Empire - Part 1
Character(s) Twilight Sparkle
Professor Bill Neigh (speaking part)
Sung by Rebecca Shoichet
Cathy Weseluck
Tara Strong and Jayson Thiessen[1] (speaking part)
Music by Daniel Ingram
Steffan Andrews (orchestration)
Lyrics by Meghan McCarthy
Length 1:44
Album Songs of Ponyville
Season Season 3
Episode Transcript The Crystal Empire - Part 1
BMI Work No. 16149378
International versions
The Failure Song
(Music Video Version)
Length 1:44
Season Season 3
International versions

The Failure Song is a song featured in the episode The Crystal Empire - Part 1. It features a duet between Twilight Sparkle and Spike. This is the first time Spike has been clearly heard singing in the series, though he accompanies a choir in The Heart Carol, and his past-generation counterparts respectively sang in the first and third generations of My Little Pony.

The song was unveiled at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con on July 13, 2012, without the sound effects present in the episode. It is followed by The Success Song. Previous alternate titles of this song include "Failure Success Song",[2] likely a reference to both this song and its repeat, and "I Wasn't Prepared for This",[3] which was Daniel Ingram's preferred title, taken from Meghan McCarthy's lyrics. "The Failure Song" was also the working title.[4] This song, under the title Twilight's Failure Song, serves as the ninth track on the album Songs of Ponyville. It also serves as the first track of side A on the vinyl album Magical Friendship Tour.

The introduction of this song can be heard if one fails at a level in My Little Pony: Puzzle Party.


Twilight 'My heart is pure' S3E01

"My heart is pure."

[Twilight Sparkle]
I was prepared to do my best
Thought I could handle any test
For I can do so many tricks
But I wasn't prepared for this
Levitation would have been a breeze
Facts and figures I recite with ease
Twilight Sparkle: The square root of five hundred and forty-six is twenty-three point three six six six four two eight nine one zero nine.
Professor Bill Neigh: She is correct!
[Twilight Sparkle]
I could ace a quiz on friendship's bliss
But I wasn't prepared for this
Will I fail, or will I pass?
I can't be sure...
She can't be sure...
[Twilight Sparkle]
My mind is sharp, my skills intact
My heart is pure...
Her heart is pure...
[Twilight Sparkle]
Oh, I've taken my share of licks
I've made it through the thin and thick
But no I wasn't
Oh no, she wasn't
[Twilight Sparkle]
Oh no, I wasn't
Oh no, she wasn't
[Twilight Sparkle]
No I wasn't
[Twilight Sparkle and Spike]
Prepared... for this!


  1. Daniel Ingram confirming chalupatime's guess (2012-07-13). Retrieved on 2012 July 14.
  2. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Season 3 - Failure Success Song - The Hub (2012-07-16). Retrieved on 2012 September 22.
  3. Daniel Ingram stating what he would like the song to be titled (2012-07-13). Retrieved on 2012 July 13.
  4. Daniel Ingram acknowledging the song's initial release (2012-07-13). Retrieved on 2012 July 13.

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