"Aerith's Theme" (エアリスのテーマ, Earisu no Tēma?) or "Aeris's Theme", is Aerith Gainsborough's eponymous theme originating from Final Fantasy VII. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

It contains elements of "Aria di Mezzo Carattere" from Final Fantasy VI. Elements of "Aerith's Theme" independent of "Aria di Mezzo Carattere" are also present in "Yuna's Theme" from Final Fantasy X.

Game appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" plays three times: during Elmyra Gainsborough's flashback where she tells the party of Aerith's childhood; during the fight with Jenova∙LIFE and during the preceding scene; and when the party remembers Aerith's sacrifice before raiding the Northern Cave. A short phrase of the theme is heard in the scene where Cloud sees Aerith's hand reach out for him from the lifestream in the ending.

"Flowers Blooming in the Church"
Music

"Flowers Blooming in the Church" is an arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" that plays as the background theme for the Sector 5 Slums Church and Aerith's house in the Sector 5 Slums, as well as in several in-game cutscenes involving Aerith.

"Aerith's Theme" is the nineteenth track of the Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack third disc; while "Flowers Blooming in the Church" is the twelfth track of the album's first disc.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children[edit | edit source]

The piano arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" from Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII is the eleventh track of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Original Soundtrack.

"Water" is a new theme based on "Aerith's Theme", and plays at various parts of the film that focus on her, such as when her voice is heard on Cloud Strife's cellphone. It is the ninth track of the original soundtrack.

A new original arrangement of this theme is included in the remaster to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Advent Children Complete, titled "Aerith's Theme - ACC Long Version". This theme was released in the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Reunion Tracks album as its eleventh track.

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-[edit | edit source]

"A Flower Blooming in the Slums (from Final Fantasy VII Aerith's Theme)"
Music

"A Flower Blooming in the Slums (from Final Fantasy VII Aerith's Theme)" is an arrangement of the theme by Takeharu Ishimoto, and is the twenty-second track of the first disc of the Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Original Soundtrack. It features the piano and an acoustic guitar performance by Hirokazu Ogura. It plays during several cutscenes involving Aerith, including her appearance in the ending cutscene.

An orchestral version, accompanied by the acoustic guitar, is also included on the ending theme, where it is known as "Fulfilled Desire", by Kazuhiko Toyama.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[edit | edit source]

A number of versions of "Aerith's Theme" appear on Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack.

"Chance Meeting in Sector 8"
Music

"Chance Meeting in Sector 8" is track 12 of the first disc. "Flowers Blooming in the Church" is track 18 of the third disc. "Aerith's Theme - Home Again" is the 21st track of the third disc. "A Certain Gaudiness" is track 20 of the fourth disc and plays in Wall Market if the player obtains the best dress for Aerith. "Aerith and Marlene - A Familiar Flower" is track 20 of the fifth disc. An arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" is featured in "Credits," the 13th track of the seventh disc.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

The original version from Final Fantasy VII is included in the music player. It is the seventh track of the Memories of FFVII album that is available by default.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[edit | edit source]

The original PlayStation version of the track is obtainable as a battle music from a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy event (2018/01) in the arcade version.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

Aerith's Theme was selected for numerous special events and can be found in the Concert Hall often. The most notable uses were the 2016 Valentine's Day celebration in which the globally released song Valentine Medley (レンタイン・デー) featured Eyes On Me from Final Fantasy VIII, "Eiko's Theme" from Final Fantasy IX, "Celes's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI, and "Theme of Love" from Final Fantasy IV, with Aerith's Theme having more playtime than the other songs, playing for 1:29 seconds.[1]

During the December 2016 event titled "Awakening Cloud", a heavy-metal version of Those Who Fight Further became the home menu song for the duration of the event. The track featured a brief medley of Cloud's Theme and Aerith's Theme. [2]

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" was selected as the theme for the Final Fantasy VII series play's respective Event Music Sequence.

The theme appears on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" is a Battle Music Sequence, while "A Flower Blooming in the Slums (from FFVII 'Aerith's Theme')" appears as a Field Music Sequence from Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. "Aerith's Theme (Piano Version)" from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a bonus FMS available as downloadable content.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[edit | edit source]

Icon for "Aerith's Theme".

"Aerith's Theme" appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. It can be unlocked by purchasing it from the songs store for 5 sound medals.

Difficulty
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Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks[edit | edit source]

Orchestral version of "Aerith's Theme"
Music

"Aerith's Theme" is one of three tracks arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by an orchestra for this best-of album of Final Fantasy VII music. It is the final track of the album.


Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

A piano arrangement by Shirō Hamaguchi was included in the Piano Collections album of Final Fantasy VII as the eleventh track. This version also appears in the exclusive PlayStation 4 theme for those who buy the remastered version of the original Final Fantasy VII.

Suteki da ne[edit | edit source]

"Pure Heart ~ Aerith's Theme"
Music

"Aerith's Theme" is featured as a B-Side to RIKKI's Suteki da ne single. It is a vocal arrangement, and renamed "Pure Heart ~ Aerith's Theme". The track was voted in by fans to be arranged and included to the single's B-side and the lyrics are written by Emiko Shiratori, who sang the theme song for Final Fantasy IX. Uematsu had been aware of "Aerith's Theme's" popularity among the fans, so he wasn't surprised by their choice. However, in his opinion compositions other than "Aerith's Theme" would have been easier to make into a song.[3]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Japanese
Nagaku tsuzuku kono michi no mukou ni
Shinjirareru mono ga kitto aru
Kaze no naka no tabibito no you ni
Kita no sora o mezashite ikeba
Kiekaketa atsui omoi
Mou ichido mune no naka de
Kagayaki yureru
Namida nante koboshitakunai no
Yowai jibun ni makenai tame ni
Kazaranai kokoro dake ga
Motte iru me ni wa mienai
Ooki na tsubasa
Te o hiroge utainagara
Yuukyuu no toki ni dakare
Inochi o tsunagu
Nagaku tsuzuku kono michi no mukou ni
Shinjirareru mono ga kitto aru
English translation
Straight on this long, continuing road
There is surely something to believe in
Like a traveler in the midst of the wind
I have my eyes on the northern sky
The passionate feelings
That were beginning to vanish
Once again sway in radiance in my chest
I don't want the tears to spill
As so not to lose to my weaker self
In eyes holding only an unadorned spirit
There are great
Unseen wings
I open my arms while singing
To embrace the perpetuity of time
To be tied to life
Straight on this long, continuing road
There is surely something to believe in

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[edit | edit source]

A classic guitar arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" by Yuji Sekiguchi is present as the fourteenth track of the album.

SQ Chips[edit | edit source]

The song appears in the 8-bit arrangement album featuring tracks from several Square Enix games. It is the eighth track in the album.

Final Fantasy Orchestra Album[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.

Live performances[edit | edit source]

20020220 music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The version of "Aerith's Theme" included in the concert album 20020220 music from Final Fantasy features an orchestration arrangement produced by Nobuo Uematsu and Shirō Hamaguchi.

Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy-[edit | edit source]

The orchestral arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" from 20020220 was part of the performances of this concert tour throughout the USA in 2005. It was the eleventh song of the line-up.

More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, preformed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arnie Roth at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.

Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The orchestral version of "Dear Friends" from 20020220 was included in the sequel to Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, arranged and performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the twelfth song of the line-up and track of the concert's recording.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this live orchestra concert recording.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.

Compilation album appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best Collection[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks version of "Aerith's Theme" is the thirteenth track of this compilation.

Potion: Relaxin' with Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks version of "Aerith's Theme" is the thirteenth track of this compilation.

Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme"'s original version was released as the eight track of this collection of themes present in the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour.

Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited Edition[edit | edit source]

"Aerith's Theme" is included on the third disc of this collectors' edition.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Nobuo Uematsu has noted that he did not compose "Aerith's Theme" with her death in mind, so it was not "designed to make you cry". His intent was to write "a kind of sad but beautiful tune" that conveyed "she wasn’t a very happy character. She was really innocent and pure but had a tragic kind of life".[4]

Among many fans there exists the belief that "Aerith's Theme" may have been inspired by or based upon the Final Fantasy VI "Aria di Mezzo Carattere". The reason for this stems from many similarities between the songs: the musical scales in which both tracks are written, D-major, similar chord changes, and them sharing several notes in their central melodies.

"Aerith's Theme" has appeared on the Classic FM's Hall of Fame in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. It was 16th in 2012, 3rd in 2013, and 7th in 2014.

"Aerith's Theme", along with other Final Fantasy themes such as "Melodies of Life", "Zanarkand", Love Will Grow", "Blinded By Light", "FINAL FANTASY XIII - The Promise", "Don't Be Afraid, "Force Your Way", "Steiner's Theme" and many others are used as background music on Filipino channel ABS-CBN programs as well as other Filipino channels and radio stations.

Aerith's ultimate passive in Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is called "A Flower Blooming in the Slums" as a reference to the Crisis Core version of "Aerith's Theme", which is named the same.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

"Aeris's Theme" music box.

One of, if not the, rarest pieces of Final Fantasy merchandise is the limited edition Final Fantasy VII music box that plays "Aeris's Theme". It has a gold plaque that says "Aeris's Theme" and its limited number. Only 100 pieces were ever produced by Sankyo Orpheus Japan. This music box has 50 notes whereas most music boxes have only 18 and the box is made out of curubixa wood.

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