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The Readiness is All is a propaganda song of anonymous in-universe origin in Columbia, heard during BioShock Infinite, that was used to indoctrinate children in the ideals of Father Comstock and the Founders. It is heard in the Soldier's Field Welcome Center and in the Duke and Dimwit performance stage on Main Street of Soldier's Field. The song was composed by Jim Bonney and Ken Levine, and performed by Jim Bonney, Jeff Seamster, Ashlee Flagg, Sarah Rosa, and Kayla Belmore.


When the foreign hordes come marching into town,
will you be prepared to stand those buggers down?
They'll do their level best to take all that's rightly yours,
and it's your solemn duty to keep them from our shores!

Chorus 1

The readiness is all!
(When the greenhorn muscles in!)
Oh, the readiness is all!
(To face down an alien!)

If all you see around you are yellow, black, and brown
and they've got their sights on all the pure sweet white girls in your town
Cock your pistols, load the cannons, make sure bayonets are fixed
or else you'll rue the day when the races intermix!

Chorus 2

The readiness is all!
(There are strangers in our land!)
Oh, the readiness is all!
(We must keep the upper hand!)

Chorus 3

The readiness is all!
(When your back's against the wall!)
Oh, the readiness is all!
(When you should be standing tall!)



Bioshock Infinite Soldier's Field Music

Behind the Scenes[]

  • "The readiness is all" is a quote from the William Shakespeare play Hamlet:
Not a whit. We defy augury. There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is ’t to leave betimes? Let be.
  • "Greenhorn" is a term used to describe a newcomer to a country or region or someone who is inexperienced.