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"What Angel Wakes Me"
Music

"What Angel Wakes Me" (目覚めの御使い ~ティターニア討滅戦~, Mezame no Mitsukai ~Titānia Tōmetsusen~?, lit. Angel of Awakening ~Titania Showdown~) is a boss theme from Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers for the fairy king Titania.

It was composed by Masayoshi Soken, with lyrics written by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and vocals by Paula Kaye Gerhold.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[]

"What Angel Wakes Me" plays through the battle against Titania in The Dancing Plague The Dancing Plague. An instrumental variant, "The Garden's Gates", plays in Lyhe Mheg.

"What Angel Wakes Me" is written in 6/8 time, which is often used in dances such as jigs and polkas. After an introductory, instrumental passage, the vocalist, a solo soprano, sings one stanza ("Dancing on the wind") in the key of D and one stanza ("Till down turn the skies") in G, then repeats the same structure (but with slightly modified lyrics in the second stanza). The lyrics in the first stanza allude to wikipedia:A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which the character Titania asks, "What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?" The next few stanzas alternate between A ("La la la la la") and B ("Ring a ling a ling"), followed by F ("Autumn's whisper soaring high") and finally B♭ ("Time wilts and fades").

It is the 57th track in Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack. A remix was released for Pulse: Final Fantasy XIV Remix Album.

Lyrics[]

The lyrics were revealed on the Developer's Blog.[1]

Dancing on the wind up and down again
Round and round the bend
Fa la la la la la
From a flow'ry bed to the clouds ascend
Tumble down again
Fa la la la la la
Yet with each descent do we rise again
To our hearts' content
Fa la la la la la
Fly away my friend for a day and then
We'll begin again
Fa la la la la la
Till down turn the skies
Wonted quiet, wanton silence
For long do we lie
Wond'ring when we'll be
Dancing on the wind up and down again
Round and round the bend
Fa la la la la la
From a flow'ry bed to the clouds ascend
Tumble down again
Fa la la la la la
Yet with each descent do we rise again
To our hearts' content
Fa la la la la la
Fly away my friend for a day and then
We'll begin again
Fa la la la la la
Still down turn the skies
Gentle song gently wand'ring
Along in the night
Joyous cries ring free
La la la la la
Lying lost in thought
Do you love me not?
Follow these
Petals cast aloft
La la la la la
Will you, when I'm gone, remember me?
Ring a ling a ling
Lovers in the spring
How the garden sings
Ever green
Spirits lush, we bring
Ring a ling a ling
Braving anything
Together, we
La la la la la
Learn to play our part
Navigate the dark
Up we reach
Catch a falling star
La la la la la
Lock it in our hearts eternally
Ring a ling a ling
Flying without wings
Kites without a string
Loop and leap
To these crowns we cling
Ring a ling a ling
For we'll all be kings tomorrow
Autumn's whisper soaring high
Lulla lulla lullaby
Baby's breath and butterflies
Sing in our sweet lullaby
Summer child with heavy eyes
Lulla lulla lullaby
Come our lonely angel nigh
Sing in our sweet lullaby
Time wilts and fades
Luster lost in the rain
Bows to the blade
Till the spring calls again

Etymology[]

"What Angel Wakes Me" takes its name from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, specifically the character Titania's first line in the third act, "What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?"

References[]

  1. Ridrina (August 1, 2019). What Lyric Wakes Me. Final Fantasy XIV Developer's Blog. Archived from the original on August 1, 2019.
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