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"Endwalker - Footfalls"
Music

"Endwalker" is the main theme of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker. It was first revealed on May 14, 2021 as part of the full opening trailer of Endwalker.[1]

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

"Endwalker" is the edited main theme version while "Endwalker - Footfalls" is the version used in the full-length opening trailer. Both versions will first be released as part of the Endwalker 7-inch Vinyl Single.

The main theme was revealed with the full trailer of Endwalker. The trailer follows the Warrior of Light walking on the Moon while the Scions of the Seventh Dawn fight against the impending destruction of Hydaelyn orchestrated by Fandaniel. The trailer's narration is Emet-Selch's description of the Final Days of Amaurot, which is paralleled by the conflict between the Scions and Fandaniel.

The main theme begins with an initial, moody segment featuring the main vocalist referring to his "heart of ember", and an instrumental section with electric guitar. The song starts to pick up in energy and hope with the introduction of background vocals, some of which are taken from the Dravanian passage of "Heavensward". This passage transitions into the main vocalist singing the chorus of "Storm of Blood". As the main vocalist wails, the lyrics become layered at this point, and the next instrumental section (a leitmotif of "Torn from the Heavens") is more symphonic, featuring string instruments rather than the guitar. After more background vocals praising the ideal of hope, the main vocalist sings the chorus of "Shadowbringers" before arriving at the climax of the song, in which the main vocalist belts out lyrics vowing to "forge ahead" no matter what enemies he faces. The background melody also features a remix of "Torn from the Heavens", so that every expansion of Final Fantasy XIV to date is featured in the main theme. According to Masayoshi Soken, the main theme uses chords that most guitar players do not use.[2]

Music video[]

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ENDWALKER 7-inch Vinyl Single Music Video (FINAL FANTASY XIV)

The Primals published a music video for their release of the 7-inch vinyl single of "Endwalker". The music video stars Juri Morine, who plays a woman who starts the video sitting around in her home, which has a moogle statue and goobbue plush. Throughout the video, The Primals perform "Endwalker" in a field, and the protagonist departs from home, walking towards the field and mouthing the lyrics to herself. After she meets a woman on a bridge who is smoking a pipe similar to Yotsuyu goe Brutus's, the protagonist walks through a rocky field reminiscent of the moon, and walks off into the sunset, analogously to the Warrior of Light's exit in the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker trailer.

Lyrics[]

Endwalker - Footfalls[]

The official lyrics of "Endwalker - Footfalls" were released on the Developers' Blog.[3][4]

English[]

Heart of ember, autumntide
Cooling swiftly, bleeding light
Smold'ring softly, biding time
Marching forward, left behind
Fire as shadows clash
Forgotten footfalls engraved in ash
Fire will be repaid
'Fore our echoes begin to fade
Fade away... Fade away...
Heart of ember, autumntide
Burning brightly, hot and white
Kindred severed neverwhere
Sorrow's silence, we needn't bear
Stories sown along the way
Tales of loss and fire and faith
Dys an sohm in [Our slumber disturbed]
Rohs an kyn ala na [All my brothers wake]
Mah morn [Death comes]
Dys an sohm in [Our slumber disturbed]
Sahl djahs afah an [Vengeance will be ours]
Storm of blood, born from blood, of our fallen brothers
Thunder stilled, oaths fulfilled, now we yearn for freedom
Born in blood (still we forge ahead), stained in red (unto tomorrow)
Bound by love (so we forge ahead), purpose fed (unto tomorrow, bring us tomorrow)
Courage thrives (ever forge ahead), hand in hand (unto tomorrow, welcome tomorrow)
Souls aligned (that we forge ahead), forge ahead (yeah, we forge ahead, yeah, we forge ahead)
Forward
Our song of hope, she dances on the wind higher, oh higher
E'er our vows endure, and remain forever strong
Standing tall in the dark do we carry on
On wings of hope, you rise up through the night higher, oh higher
Carrying our song, cradled fast within your arms
That its chorus might ring for all
One brings shadow, one brings light
Two-toned echoes tumbling through time
Tumbling down to the never
Every step we take
Echoes in our wake
Winding 'round our fate
To forge ahead
Should we lose our way
Tire of all this pain
We won't be afraid
To forge ahead
Fearless hearts ablaze
(When the world comes crumbling down)
No more time to waste
(Know I'll be there)
No, it's not too late
(Though our fleeting moment has gone)
To forge ahead
(You're not--you're not alone YEAH)
As we ride again
(As you turn your eyes to the stars)
To another end
(Oh, I'll be there)
Where it all begins
(With my chorus guiding you)
Forge ahead
(Forge ahead)

Japanese translation[]

暮れゆくころ、燃え尽きかけの心
疾く冷まし、炎は消して
穏やかに燻り、時を待つ
進んでいながらも、取り残されているかのように
死にゆく者が散らした火花
灰に刻まれた忘れられし足跡
いつかまた炎は灯るだろう
人々の声が聞こえなくなる前に
消えていく......失せていく......
そして結実のころ、まだ微かに燃えている心
熱く白く、明るく盛りだす
絆はもはや断たれることなく
悲しみの静寂を纏う必要もない
旅しながら蒔いてきた、物語の種
冷たい哀しみと、焦がすような歓び、温かな信頼が実った
我らの眠りは妨げられた
我が血族が目覚める
死は来たれり
我らの眠りは妨げられた
復讐は我がものなり
斃れた我らが同胞より生み出されし血の嵐
雷が収まり、誓いが果たされた今、自由を目指さん
血だまりに生まれ(なお前へ)紅蓮に染まる(そして明日へ)
愛によって結束し(ゆえに進まん)決意せよ(明日へ!未来へ!)
勇気はみなぎる(さらに前へ)手を取り合い(来たるべき明日へ)
心をひとつに(そして進まん)前へ進もう(そう、前へ!)
前へ!
希望の唄は風に乗り、天高くへ舞い上がる
約束はいつまでも消えず、確かに残り続けるだろう
困難の中でも、胸を張って生きてゆけ
希望の翼に乗り、あなたは夜空へ舞い上がる
その腕に抱き、私たちの唄も運んでいって
すべてに響き渡るように
一人は影を、もう一人は光をもたらす
二色の残響が時を転がり落ちていく
――永久に転がり落ちていく
足跡を一歩刻むたび
この背に響く声
『私たちの命運も巻き込んで
 前へ進め』と
道を見失い
痛みに疲れ切ったときには
『決して恐れずに
 前へ進め』と
果敢な心が燃え上がる
(世界が崩れ落ちるときにも)
もうぐずぐずしている暇はない
(お前のそばにいる)
遅すぎるなんてこともない
(私たちは過ぎ去ったけれど)
ただ前へ進め
(君は決して、独りじゃない)
再び乗り出そう
(あなたが星を見上げたとき)
別の終わりへ
(きっとそばにいる)
新たな始まりでもあるその場所へ
(この唄が導くから)
ひたすらに進め
(前へと、進んで――)

Behind the scenes[]

The main theme was composed by Masayoshi Soken, with lyrics written by head of localization Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and head of the writing team Natsuko Ishikawa. Main vocals were provided by Sam Carter, the lead singer of the band Architects, while background vocals were provided by Amanda Achen. The instrumentation was performed by The Primals.[5] Carter said that he was "[r]eally proud to have been a part of this" after the trailer was released.[6]

A fragment of the main theme was released with the teaser trailer[7]. The lyrics of this version were muted and muffled, and only three minutes of the six-minute long theme were released at the time.

The main theme received praise from music critics who do not typically review video game music. Rock magazine Loudwire wrote that the main theme was "epic" and describe Carter's performance as a "full-belting vocal giving listeners a broad view of his range".[8], while Rock Sound said that the trailer looked "absolutely stunning" and praised the builds, emotions, and "spiraling melodies" of the main theme.[9]

References[]

  1. Square Enix (May 14, 2021). FINAL FANTASY XIV: ENDWALKER Full Trailer. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  2. Alex Moukala (March 25, 2021). Final Fantasy XIV's Composer Reacts to our Cover!. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  3. https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/blog/003250.html
  4. https://jp.finalfantasyxiv.com/blog/003236.html
  5. Square Enix (14 May 2021). FINAL FANTASY XIV DIGITAL FAN FESTIVAL 2021 - Day1. Twitch.tv. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021.
  6. Sam Carter (May 15, 2021). Sam Carter Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  7. Square Enix (February 5, 2021). FINAL FANTASY XIV: ENDWALKER Teaser Trailer. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  8. Chad Childers (May 16, 2021). Architects’ Sam Carter Sings New ‘Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker’ Theme. Loudwire. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  9. Jack Rogers (May 17, 2021). Architects’ Sam Carter Has Leant His Vocals To The Theme For ‘Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker’. Rock Sound. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
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