Ballad of the Goddess

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"Ballad of the Goddess"
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Game(s) Skyward Sword
A Link Between Worlds
Instrument(s) Goddess's Harp
Learned in Sealed Temple
Song
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The "Ballad of the Goddess" is a song featured in Skyward Sword. The melody and lyrics of this song have been passed down for generations in Skyloft.[1] The ballad is heard many times throughout the game.

The Ballad of the Goddess is first heard sung by Zelda on the day of the Wing Ceremony, preformed on the Goddess Harp as well as sung with Hylian lyrics.[2]

Link learns the song from the old woman in the Sealed Temple after obtaining the Goddess's Harp. The woman tells him that the lyrics of the song can be used to locate the Sacred Flames, which Link must find to strengthen his blade.[3] Link can learn the lyrics from Gaepora, which reveal that the two large windmills in Skyloft must face the Light Tower. Link must then search for the remaining sail to activate the windmills. Once that is done, Link must play the Ballad on top of the tower to reveal a path into Thunderhead and the Isle of Songs contained inside it.

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English Lyrics

Oh youth, guided by the servant of the goddess, unite earth and sky, and bring light to the land.

Oh youth, show the two whirling sails the way to the Light Tower...and before you a path shall open, and a heavenly song you shall hear.

Hylian Lyrics (phonetics)

/en daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ/
/tʏe ʃʊtʊ keuænu sale̞/
/en daʃeʋu nobe̞ dʊʃʊ/
/tʏe ʃʊtʊ nobe̞ dezu dotʃe̞/

Trivia

  • Zelda's Lullaby can be heard by playing the Ballad of the Goddess backwards, and vice versa, although the latter case is somewhat less obvious.
Theory Warning hide
This relationship between the two songs may have been more than a simple aesthetic choice. Skyward Sword, the first game to feature the Ballad, is the first game chronologically in the Zelda Timeline, and the incarnation of Zelda seen in this game would go on to found the Royal Family of Hyrule as its matriarch. It is therefore logical to assume that the Ballad continued to be handed down along her line, eventually becoming the melody referred to as Zelda's Lullaby (though the circumstances under which the song was reversed are unclear).

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The "Ballad of the Goddess" is "Zelda's Lullaby" in reverse

References

  1. "You learned the Ballad of the Goddess! It's a mysterious melody that has been passed down from ancient times." — N/A (Skyward Sword)
  2. "The “Ballad of the Goddess." Based on my projections, this is likely the song Zelda sang on the day of the Wing Ceremony." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  3. "Clues to finding the sacred flames have been woven into the lyrics of a song precious to your people, the Ballad of the Goddess. These clues are your best hope of finding your way to the flames." — Old woman (Skyward Sword)


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan 女神の詩 (Megami no Uta) Song of the Goddess
Spanish Spain Balada de la Diosa Ballad of the Goddess
Latin America Cántico de la Diosa
French French-speaking countries Chant de la Déesse Song of the Goddess
German Germany Hymne der Göttin
Italian Italy Melodia della Dea
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