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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 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 developer 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]

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 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.


A full transcript of the lyrics were posted on the Final Fantasy XIV Developer's Blog on November 19, 2014:[3]

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


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


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