Behind the Notes: Ballad of the Goddess

Welcome back to another issue of Behind the Notes. Today we will be looking at a song that represented the Zelda franchise’s 25th anniversary, Ballad of the Goddess. Ballad of the Goddess is a song that plays many times through out the course of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. 

The song has multiple variations, though it does feature lyrics, entirely in Hylian. When translated, the lyrics are as follows;

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.

The song directly references Link’s quest, stating how he must travel through both Earth and Sky, to save the world. Along with this, it gives directions on how Link can enter the Light Tower, which he does so later on in the game.

The instrumental version of the song, as seen in the video above, is grand and powerful, meanwhile still capturing the beauty of the piece. The song is in F Major, commonly used in symphonies, which feature slow and calm parts as well as powerful and grand parts, similar to as the song does here.

Another thing that truly sparked attention towards the song is how it is a reversed version of another popular Zelda song, Zelda’s Lullaby. Using a combination of the reversed melody and basic symphonic style, the composers of the song not only created a great song, but a song that has so many memorable points, that it is sure to stick with the player for a while.

That is all for this week’s Behind the Notes, but let me know in the comments below what you would like us to analyze next week!

Video by GilvaSunner

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He is a Hylian who has a knack for Nintendo. When he is taking a break from exploring Hyrule he can be found honing his tennis skills, taking part in musical theatre, or surfing the internet.