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"Oblivion" (忘却の彼方 〜蛮神シヴァ討滅戦〜, Bōkyaku no Kanata ~Banshin Shiva Tōmetsusen~?, lit. Beyond Oblivion ~Savage God Shiva Showdown~) is a boss theme from Final Fantasy XIV for the primal Shiva.

It was composed and arranged by Masayoshi Soken and sung by Square Enix's localization division members Ayumi Murata (main vocalist) and Akane Ikeya (featuring).[1] The lyrics were written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox.

Soken made a comment about Murata on the Developers' Blog; "If anyone has two sides it would have to be the vocalist I got to sing for the track. Normally, she's a polite, humble, little lass from the Localization team with a cute smile and an apology in her pocket for every time she insists she's not worthy. But beware all ye who might put a mic in her hand, for once unleashed, there is no stopping her inner demon."[2][3]

The song was performed by "Ashley" Ashelyn Summers in a live concert at Fan Festival 2014 in Las Vegas.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

This song plays after Shiva uses her signature attack Diamond Dust in The Akh Afah Amphitheatre The Akh Afah Amphitheatre. In contrast to the orchestral music of the first phase, this song is a punk rock ballad performed by an unnamed member of the English Localization team. According to Soken, the battle team requested the battle music switch genres to convey the two different sides of the Lady of Frost.

It is the 43rd track in Before the Fall: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[]

"Return to Oblivion" is an arrangement by Soken of both "Footsteps in the Snow" and "Oblivion". It plays as the third phase boss theme against Shiva (with Ryne's body as the vessel) in Eden's Verse: Refulgence Eden's Verse: Refulgence.


A full transcript of the lyrics were posted on the Final Fantasy XIV Developers' Blog on November 19, 2014:[4][5] The lyrics were released again on Before the Fall: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack, with a different Japanese translation.

Staring at death, I take a breath, there's nothing left
Now close my eyes, for one last time, and say goodbye
Lying naked while the snow falls all around me
Drifting closer to the edge but She won't have me
Wake up in sweat, full of regret, try to forget
These memories, lurking beneath, lost in a dream
Unchosen paths, a broken past, forespoken wrath
The pain won't cease, I'll find no peace, no sweet release
Fragile creatures, we are taught to fear the Reaper
Ever running, we are dead before we meet Her
These voices telling me let it go (let it all go)
I try and try but I can't say no (try and say no)
This endless nightmare has just begun (nowhere to run)
My heart is dragging me down into oblivion
The endless lies, I've cast aside, locked them in ice
Steeled is my soul, my blood grown cold, I've gained control
Fearless creatures, we all learn to fight the Reaper
Can't defeat Her, so instead I'll have to be Her
These voices screaming to let it go (never let go)
This time I'm screaming back no no no (go on say no)
My mind's made up, yeah my fear is gone (Where have you gone?)
Open my eyes now here I come, oblivion
For the last time (I won't say goodbye)
For the last time (I won't say goodbye)
For the last time (I won't say goodbye)
For the last time
Japanese translation

Live performances[]

Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album[]

"Oblivion" was orchestrated for chamber music by Takahiro Tsuji for the Eorzean Symphony concert. It was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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

The Primals: Zepp Tour 2018 - Trial By Shadow[]

"Oblivion" and "Oblivion (Never Let it Go Version)" were performed by the Primals in a live concert.

"Oblivion (GUNN Vocals)" also appears as an extra track in the album.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV: From Astral to Umbral Arrangement Album[]

A band arrangement of "Oblivion" performed by the Primals appears in this album, with vocals provided by Ayumi Murata and Akane Ikeya. It was arranged by Soken and GUNN.

Final Fantasy XIV: Duality ~Arrangement Album~[]

"Oblivion Never Let it Go Version" is an arrangement performed by the Primals which appears as a bonus track in this album, with vocals provided by Ayumi Murata.

The Primals[]

An arrangement of "Oblivion" appears in the Primals' debut album. "Oblivion Never Let it Go Version" also appears in the album again.

Journeys: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~[]

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

Pulse: Final Fantasy XIV Remix Album[]

A remix of "Oblivion" arranged by Masayoshi Soken appears in this album. The vocals were provided by Ayumi Murata and Akane Ikeya.


"Oblivion" is a state of complete forgetfulness, especially the permanent lack of consciousness following death.


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