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"Dragonsong" is the main theme of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, arranged by Tsutomu Narita, and sung by Susan Calloway. The lyrics were written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and Kazutoyo Maehiro.

The lyrics relate to the history of Ishgard: from the story of Hraesvelgr and Saint Shiva to the Dragonsong War.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

This song plays in the beginning of the final battle against Nidhogg during The Final Steps of Faith The Final Steps of Faith and The Minstrel's Ballad: Nidhogg's Rage The Minstrel's Ballad: Nidhogg's Rage trials.

It is the 55th track in Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

"The Heavens' Ward" is an arrangement of the song, composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Kenichi Kuroda, that accompanies the eponymous Heavens' Ward.

"Contention" and "Misconception" are two other instrumental arrangements. The former was arranged by Kuroda and Soken while the latter was arranged by Ken Ito and Soken.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[]

A number of arrangements are used again in Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate). "The Heavens' Ward" plays during the first phase against the knights of the Heavens' Ward in the Chancel. During the fourth phase, "Contention" plays in the fight against Nidhogg's eyes in the Final Steps of Faith. "Dragonsong" itself plays during the fight against both Nidhogg and Hraesvelgr in the sixth phase.

Lyrics[]

The lyrics were released on the Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack along with the Japanese translation. With the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the lyrics were revisited on the Developers' Blog.[1][2]

English
Children of the land do you hear
Echoes of truths that once rang clear
Two souls intertwined
One true love they did find
Bringing land and heavens near
But flames that burned full bright soon fell dark
Memories dimmed by shadowed hearts
In the waxing gloom
Did wane the lovers' moon
Watching as their worlds drift apart.
One soul's cry
A passion welling within
Sacrifice
A final plea to her kin
Yet this bond of hope
By treachery was broke
Scattering her words to the wind
Swelling overlong
Seas of blood are a song
And death an afterthought
To those who fight for naught
A throne lying empty
A reign incomplete
Alone for eternity
A pain without cease
Children of the land answer this
Why must you turn to empty bliss
Tell me why break trust
Why turn the past to dust
Seeking solace in the abyss
Tell me why create
A circle none can break
Why must you let go
The life you were bestowed
This I fear I'll never know
Never know...
Japanese translation
我が子らよ、聞こえるだろうか
遠い日に響いていた、真実の谺が――
結ばれし、ふたつの魂が
真実の愛を見出し
そして、対立せし者たちをも結びつけた
しかし、明るく燃える灯火も、やがて輝きを失い
闇に包まれた心が、記憶を消し去ってゆく
満ちる暗闇の中
恋人たちの月は欠け
ふたりの世界が引き裂かれるのを見届けながら
ひとつの魂が叫びを上げる
熱き想いを秘めて
犠牲
それは、彼女が同胞に託した最期の願い
しかし、その願いは
裏切りにより打ち砕かれた
そして、真実は風の中に散っていく
長きに渡り満ちる
血の海は、ただの詩(うた)
死に重みはなし
ただ戦い続ける者たちには
主なき玉座
捨てられた治世
永遠の孤独
終わりなき痛み
我が子らよ、答えてほしい
何故、忘却を選ぶのか
何故、他者を裏切るのか
何故、過去を塵に還すのか
何故、闇に救いを求めるのか
教えてほしい、なぜ創るのか
壊し得ぬ輪廻を
なぜ捨てるのか
与えられた生命を
わたしには、その答えを知る術はない
知る術はない......

Live performances[]

Distant Worlds IV: more music from FINAL FANTASY[]

An orchestral arrangement conducted by Arnie Roth and performed by the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and Susan Calloway is included on this album.

Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album[]

A concert performance of "Dragonsong" for the Eorzean Symphony was recorded and appears on this album. It was conducted by Hirofumi Kurita and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mih Khetto Chorus, with vocals provided by Susan Calloway.

Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2[]

A concert performance of "Dragonsong" for the Eorzean Symphony was again recorded and appears on this album. It was conducted by Hirofumi Kurita and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nikikai Chorus Group, with vocals provided by Susan Calloway.

It is also in the Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2 (Concert version).

Arrangement album appearances[]

Journeys: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~[]

An arrangement of "Dragonsong" by Keiko appears as an extra track in this album, with Keiko as the pianist and the vocals provided by Susan Calloway.

References[]

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