"Civilizations" (シヴィライゼーションズ ～ラケティカ大森林：昼～, Shiviraizēshonzu ～Raketika Daishinrin: Hiru～?, lit. Civilizations ～Rak'tika Greatwood: Day～), known informally as "La-hee", is the daytime theme of the Rak'tika Greatwood in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.
"Civilizations" is the 59th track on the Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack album. It plays during the daytime in the Rak'tika Greatwood. Because of the presence of the Lightwarden, Eros, in the Qitana Ravel, when the Warrior of Light first arrives in the Rak'tika Greatwood, the Greatwood is in a state of eternal day, and so "Civilizations" is always playing in the area until Eros is slain and night is restored. After this point, "A Hopeless Race" also plays in the Greatwood.
"Civilizations" prominently features a female vocalist. The lyrics are in the Ronkan language, and has not been officially translated. However, in the quest La-hee, Qhoterl Pasol asks the Warrior of Light has to awaken a doll by saying "la-hee", the first lyric of "Civilizations". According to Qhoterl Pasol, "la-hee" means "wake up" in Ronkan, and was frequently used as a greeting in the fallen Ronkan Empire. Furthermore, Qhoterl Pasol recalls a legend that users of the Echo can hear the voices of the long-dead Ronkans when the wind blows.
Masayoshi Soken performed a comical version of "Civilizations" at the 2021 Digital Fanfest. After asking the audience, "Do you know 'La-hee'? I will play 'La-hee'. Music, start!" he played "Civilizations" on two otamatones while singing the lyrics with an incredibly raspy voice, as Keiko looked on in amusement or horror.
Behind the scenes
Every time the music for Rak'tika comes up, everyone starts spamming 'la-hee'.
"Civilizations" was composed by Masayoshi Soken.
"Civilizations" received an unusually large amount of attention from fans after the release of Shadowbringers, and the phrase "la-hee" became a meme among the fanbase. PC Gamer compared "Civilizations" to the infamous song "Baby Shark" in how obnoxious it could be, attributing this trait to how the catchy "la-hee" hook repeated every time the player completed a cutscene or teleported. According to Koji Fox on a community livestream, "Civilizations" was so popular that it became too difficult to moderate Twitch chat whenever the stream began playing "Civilizations" because chatters would then all spam "la-hee". As such, he asked the DJ to stop playing "Civilizations".
After the 2021 Digital Fanfest, Alex Moukala released a funk mix of Soken's otamatone performance.
- May 15, 2021. Soken La Hee. Twitch. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
- James Davenport (August 16, 2019). Final Fantasy 14 is full of amazing music, but this one song reaches Baby Shark levels of psychic terror. PC Gamer. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
- March 20, 2020. La-Hee got banned. Twitch. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
- Alex Moukala (May 15, 2021). La Hee is funky (ft. Masayoshi Soken). YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.