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Throughout The Elder Scrolls Online are musical performers called Bards that play and sing a number of different songs. Some of these bards are named, some not, and they can often be found in cities and taverns. These bards will also play purely instrumental numbers on the flute or the lute in between performances. Players can also perform a random bard song by using the /flute and /lute commands or beat a drum with /drum.

Malukah (Wikipedia), a Youtube musician who came to prominence with her rendition of Skyrim's "The Dragonborn Comes", was invited to write the music for (and perform some of) the bardic songs in the game.

Elder Scrolls Online base game[edit]

There are ten songs in the base game of Elder Scrolls Online, performed by Malukah, Kari Wahlgren, Crispin Freeman (younger male voice), and Jim Cummings (aged male voice).

The songs can also be played on flute or lute by the player or bards.

Song Malukah Kari Wahlgren Crispin Freeman Jim Cummings Flute Lute
Battle of Glenumbra Moors ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Chim-El Adabal ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
The Coldharbour Compact ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Hymn to Kyne ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Ithguleoir ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Ode to Queen Ayrenn ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Over the Seas and Far Away ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
The Plane Meld ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Stagger and Sway ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
Three Hearts as One ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes ☑Yes
  • Bards and players can play two other unnamed lute performances besides the ones listed above, and they are also able to play a drum.
Listen to a sample of lute song 1
Listen to a sample of lute song 2

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Battle of Glenumbra Moors[edit]

Listen to a sample (Crispin Freeman)
Who took up arms that winter dawn and to Glenumbra came?
To raise their hand 'gainst tyrants, stand and die in freedom's name?
Who stood upon the field that hour to answer Direnni's call?
Men, Breton-born, all came that morn, to fend the land for all!
Rise, rise! To freedom, rise! Arise, ye Breton sons and daughters.
Ride, ride! To freedom, ride! Truth and glory to the brave!
And when the battle, it was joined, Alessians three to one,
Skies lit bright with magic's light and with magic, it was won.
For all they stood on blessed ground whence all her power came,
The rocks would yield, what might they wield, all in Direnni's name!
Rise, rise! To freedom, rise! Arise, ye Breton sons and daughters.
Ride, ride! To freedom, ride! Truth and glory to the brave!
So children of this Breton land, ye best remember well
All those who for High Rock stood: Brian, Ancois, Rielle
Men of the North fought and stood forth
Till all oppressors fell!


Chim-El Adabal[edit]

Listen to a sample (Malukah)
When Akatosh slew Lorkhan,
He ripped his heart right out,
He hurled it across Tamriel,
And the heart was heard to shout:
Red Diamond! Red Diamond!
The heart and soul of Men.
Red Diamond! Red Diamond!
Protect us till the end.
The laughing heart sprayed blood afar,
A gout on Cyrod fell,
And like a dart shot to its mark
Down in an Ayleid Well.
Magicka fused the Lorkhan blood
To crystal red and strong
Then Wild Elves cut and polished it down
To Chim-el Adabal.
Red Diamond! Red Diamond!
The heart and soul of Men.
Red Diamond! Red Diamond!
Protect us till the end.
When Elves lost Nirn to Man,
Akatosh gave the stone
To Saint Alesh in token of
Her right to sit the throne.
Red Diamond! Red Diamond!
The heart and soul of Men.
Red Diamond! Red Diamond!
Protect us till the end.


The Coldharbour Compact[edit]

Listen to a sample (Jim Cummings)
Poor Gil-Var-Delle we still recall
The God of Schemes consumed it all
To Coldharbour went our Clockwork God
To bargain on the Princes' sod
They came to mock at Tribune small
Schemer, Hunger, Hunter, all
Pariah, Scryer, Destroyer came
Raver and Twilight just the same
From dread Daedra save us
From Daedra keep us safe
Forsake the ones that made us
To fight a wrongful fate
They sneered when Clockwork made his demand
Till Twilight raised a hand
"And what do you offer in return
"To keep us from chastising Nirn?"
Then Clockwork whispered long and low
And what he said, no mortal can know
From dread Daedra save us
From Daedra keep us safe
Forsake the ones that made us
To fight a wrongful fate

Hymn to Kyne[edit]

Listen to a sample (Kari Wahlgren)
In darkness, your light shines through,
Warrior Goddess, for you we strike true.
When hope is lost and war rages on,
Warrior Goddess, hear our blessed song!
With a Nord's death, fallen in battle,
Warrior Goddess, guide us through shadow.
Grant us courage to fight and sharpen our swords,
Warrior Goddess, mother of Nords!


Ithguleoir[edit]

Listen to a sample (Crispin Freeman)
We all remember Annine Praul,
Went out to sea one day;
Ithguleoir bit off her head,
Beneath the sea of gray, beneath the sea of gray!
And what about Therese's son,
A brave and handsome boy;
Ithguleoir et him up,
His mother's pride and joy, his mother's pride and joy!
Oh how we mourn our good man Thom,
Who swore he'd catch the dreadful beast;
Ithguleoir et him whole,
And then he ate the priest, and then he ate the priest!

Ode to Queen Ayrenn[edit]

[verification needed — Transcribed by ear, needs confirmation of official title and actual wording]

Listen to a sample (Crispin Freeman)
This song's for our queen, our beautiful elf
Who would not be held up there on a shelf
She sang and she danced, and she studied the past
But her time as princess, it would not last
Ayrenn, Ayrenn,
Where have you been?
No time for court intrigue
And now you rule as queen
She ran from the dresses, she ran from the pomp
She could not right stomach more High Elven wrong
Our future leader sailed from our shores
To High Rock, Skyrim, and more
Now what did she do while she was away?
She met sword-dancers and taught them to sway
Fought bears, ran dungeons, drank mead with the Nords
Not once was she ever bored
When push came to shove and her father lay dead
She aimed for the Isles to put a crown on her head
And we welcomed her back
With a cheer and a dance
Now let's all at once, now eagles advance!
Ayrenn, Ayrenn,
You are a great queen
We toast to your health
By moon, stars, and green


Over The Seas[edit]

[verification needed — Transcribed by ear, needs confirmation of actual wording]

Listen to a sample (Malukah)
Our land-bound mates can till their fields
Or fight behind their masters' shields
But a seaman's free to sing and play
Over the seas and far away
Over the seas and over the Lane
For Ayrenn, Edhelorn or the Mane
The lords command and we obey
Over the seas and far away
A sailor lives a happy life
Free of land-bounds' toil and strife
The soil he tills will be his grave
Over the seas and far away
Over the seas and over the Lane
For Ayrenn, Edhelorn or the Mane
The lords command and we obey
Over the seas and far away
Buck up, ye hearties, I foretell
We turn to port with loot to sell
Our coffers fill with gold today!
Over the seas and far away
Over the seas and over the Lane
For Ayrenn, Edhelorn or the Mane
The lords command and we obey
Over the seas and far away

The Plane Meld[edit]

[verification needed — Transcribed by ear, needs confirmation of official title and actual wording]

Listen to a sample (Malukah)
Of all the Daedric princes
There's one with shocking gall
His goal: The domination and enslavement of us all
The God of Schemes
The Prince of Pain
The Captain of Corruption
He tills the land of Tamriel
And sows the seeds of destruction
The plane meld is nigh
The plane meld is nigh
Our world will disappear
The plane meld is nigh
The plane meld is nigh
Our doom is drawing near
Chains of darkness grip the land
And draw it ever near
To his nightmare, Coldharbour
Where hope bows down to fear
Tearing souls of innocents
Into eternal pain
While his daedric minions
Sing praises of his name
The plane meld is nigh
The plane meld is nigh
As Molag Bal commands
The plane meld is nigh
The plane meld is nigh
Our doom is now at hand


Stagger and Sway[edit]

Listen to a sample (Crispin Freeman)
O my sweet love, she waits for me,
Through storm and shine, cross land or sea.
I run to her and together we,
Sway as we kiss
Sway as we kiss
Her graceful shape I heave up high
And in one hand I hold her nigh
Her waiting lips are never dry
Sway as we kiss
Sway as we kiss
Come the morn she goes
The taste of her remains
And in my mind, I see us sway
Sway as we kiss
Sway as we kiss


Three Hearts As One[edit]

[verification needed — Transcribed by ear, needs confirmation of actual wording]

Listen to a sample (Malukah)
We tilled Skyrim's ground despite frozen toil
We tended the kwama beneath Morrowind soil
We hunted the wamasu in Black Marsh's glades
We Three hearts had no need for blades
Then they came from the seas, folded steel in their hands
They burned down our homes and ravaged our lands
Akaviri brought nothing but bloodshed and lies
Our families were slain before our eyes
With Three separate people they shared a cruel joke
A choice between death or the yoke
But then our Three people knew what must be done
To end the oppression, all Three became One
Forged by war the Ebonheart rose
And drove the Akaviri back to the sea
When the enemies begged for the mercy they lacked
Three voices as one shouted "Blood for the Pact"
Forged by war our story be told
No shackles can hold us
Whether moonstone or gold

Notes[edit]

  • While some of these songs are about the members or events of specific alliances, bards in other alliance zones may be found singing these songs. For example, bards in Ebonheart Pact zones may be heard singing "Ode to Queen Ayrenn".


Elder Scrolls Online:Morrowind[edit]

The Morrowind chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds six new songs, performed by Gideon Emery and Cindy Robinson. These also can be played on flute and lute. [verification needed — both instruments? all songs?]

Lyrics[edit]

Red Mountain Drinking Song[edit]

It sleeps like a giant, our tower of stones,
Red Mountain, Red Mountain, all rumbles and moans.
It tosses and turns, pray it won't wake,
And then without warning the ground starts to shake!
As the world ends, the ground starts to shake! So—
Heft a flask and say a prayer,
Red Mountain's about to explode.
Have a drink but be aware,
It's doom the mountain forebodes.
Lift a glass and curse the day,
Red Mountain's about to burst.
Drink all your cares away,
Who wants to die with a thirst?
Die with a thirst!
Knock back a fiery flin, amid the smoke and ash.
Drain the flask of whiskey we'll be drunk in a flash!
Let's guzzle sujamma amid the fire and fumes
Tip back the jar of liquor let inebriation bloom!
As the world ends, let inebriation bloom! So—
Heft a flask and say a prayer,
Red Mountain's about to explode.
Have a drink but be aware,
It's doom the mountain forebodes.
Lift a glass and curse the day,
Red Mountain's about to burst.
Drink all your cares away,
Who wants to die with a thirst?
Die with a thirst!

Six are the Walking Ways[edit]

Six are the walking ways, enigma, enemy, teachers
Begat by precursor gods, come we now their creatures
Embody splendor in your name, and wisdom in your features
By the sword I mean the night
By the word I mean the dead
By the sword I mean a sigh
By the word I mean the end
Six are the guardians, three fore and three incarnate
Here to test your hero's ways, and show that you can learn it
The truest works we shall behold are those made by the silent
By the sword I mean the night
By the word I mean the dead
By the sword I mean a sigh
By the word I mean the end
By the sword I mean the night
By the word I mean the dead
By the sword I mean a sigh
By the word I mean the end

The Cliff-Strider Song[edit]

While cliff-racers spread their wings, so broad,
And lesser birds bend their knees, so awed,
You snarl, and hiss, and spit, and screech!
I hear the guars grunting each to each,
"What a terror! What savage speech!"
Oh to be like you.
Your temper flares at the smallest offense,
You snatch our guars and mangle our fence!
You nest in our lofts, spray dung on the wall,
Tear up our roofs like a mid-summer squall,
Frighten our children and make the babes bawl,
Promise you'll never change.
Cliff-strider, stride so high,
On fiery crags, you touch the sky!
Cliff-strider, stride so high,
Screech loud as thunder, may you never die!
You're vengeful and petty like my mother-in-law,
You stink like you've got old fish in your craw,
Your shrieks shatter glass, and rattle my ears,
Your rotten-fig smell brings grown mer to tears,
You piss on our pillows, they smell bad for years,
You're Vvardefell's pride and joy!
Cliff-strider, stride so high,
On fiery crags, you touch the sky!
Cliff-strider, stride so high,
Screech loud as thunder, may you never die!

Armiger Marching Song[edit]

Step light, stride far,
O ye Buoyant Armigers,
To glory days and triumphant nights,
March on through your bloody fight!
Sing proud, sound roars,
O ye Buoyant Armigers,
Raise voices in courageous cheers,
Give those heathens cause for fear!
Stand tall, spoil wars,
O ye Buoyant Armigers,
Best their warriors by the score,
Take a bow and best a dozen more!
Set bones, sum scars,
O ye Buoyant Armigers,
Wear the badge of those who lead,
A few new nicks as proof of deeds!
Stand tall, spoil wars,
O ye Buoyant Armigers,
Best their warriors by the score,
Take a bow and best a dozen more!

Brave Little Scrib Song[edit]

There's a kwama we all know,
Who's as bold as any Dunmer,
You can see by Torchbug's glow,
Little Scrib, she's such a wonder.
Play, play! Life's an adventure!
Run, run! As fast as you dare!
Sing, sing! Imagine the pleasure!
Everything's fun ... when you don't have a care!
Mean Old Torchbug, full of tricks,
His voice crackling like fire,
Advice he shares conflicts,
Sends Little Scrib into trouble dire.
Play, play! Life's an adventure!
Run, run! As fast as you dare!
Sing, sing! Imagine the pleasure!
Everything's fun ... when you don't have a care!
Brave Little Scrib with the heart so pure,
Always in search of adventure,
She says "Maybe tomorrow."
He says "If you insist,
But that treasure, you'll miss."
Play, play! Life's an adventure!
Run, run! As fast as you dare!
Sing, sing! Imagine the pleasure!
Everything's fun ... when you don't have a care!

Song of the Word[edit]

The words you hear are based on meat—don't let the sophists fool you
Fear not upon the walking way—just let hysteria rule you
In their own world, the mad have laws—but only if they're written
The wise can write them different rules—for by the word they're smitten
Use no words for apologies—if you seek absolution
Action is the walking way— and words are no solution
The wise avoid apology—when ravers must be beaten
So sing not with the dusty tongue—no word is true till eaten

Notes[edit]

  • Both "Six are the Walking Ways" and "The Song of the Word" use and paraphrase lines from The 36 Lessons of Vivec. "Six are the Walking Ways" is from Sermon 6, while "The Song of the Word" is from Sermon 27.
  • The refrain of "The Cliff-Strider Song" is a reference to Aldos Othran's cliff racer song in Oblivion.

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset[edit]

The Summerset chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds six new songs.

Lyrics[edit]

Charge of the Welkynar[edit]

When Summerset, o Summerset, our fair and pretty land,
Is threatened from beyond the clear and shining sea,
The Welkynar, our Gryphon Knights, take wing and make a stand,
With courage, strength, and bravery, they keep the Altmer free!
Charge, o Gryphon Knights,
Fly on and fight our foes!
Charge, o Welkynar,
Take wing with swords and bows!
From Alinor to Shimmerene and every point between,
The Welkynar ride the winds and defend our gleaming isle,
Whether commoner, or noble, or merchant, or queen,
The Gryphon Knights protect us all, always with a smile!
Charge, o Gryphon Knights,
Fly on and fight our foes!
Charge, o Welkynar,
Take wing with swords and bows!
Charge, o Gryphon Knights,
Fly on and fight our foes!
Charge, o Welkynar,
Take wing with swords and bows!

Folly of Man[edit]

Listen 'round, I've a warning to sound,
About an overgrown weed.
I don't mean to forebode, but this little ode,
Is a lesson you best heed.
Now, our story unfolds, upon a pitiful mold,
T'was made to thrive on rot.
This unsightly staph, was a trickster's last laugh,
Long after his battle was fought.
The Sundering, if you were wondering,
When the heavens dropped out of the sky.
They hit with a thud, and gave birth to the mud,
Making up this mortal sty.
It was a hell of a mess, but I digress,
My story's about the swine.
What took root in this land, were seeds called Man,
That sprung up like fungus from grime.
Their lives may be short, and lacking import,
But keep an eye to their blundering.
It's tempting to jest, about this simple pest,
That's until you've seen their plundering.
For when Men bound, to the Doom Drum's sound,
You'll learn what the Corpse-God wrought.
Trinimac didn't know, with his final blow,
Just how badly he'd been caught.
I don't mean to forebode, but this little ode,
Is a lesson you best heed.

Praise Be (Ancestor Song)[edit]

Praise we now Mara
O Goddess of Love
Bless us with children
Our mother above
Praise we now Xarxes
Who transcribes our story
Honor the scrivener
Archivist of glory
Clap hands in praise
Exalt the Divines!
Clap hands and praise
Our ancestral lines!
Our lines!
Praise we now Y'ffre
O first Ehlnofey
God of the forest
Earth Bones showed the way
Praise we now Stendarr
Apologist of Men
Lord of compassion
For the lesser of ken
Clap hands in praise
Exalt the Divines!
Clap hands and praise
Our ancestral lines!
Our lines!
Last praise Auri-El
Forefather of all
Formed us to be like him
Wise, noble, and tall
Clap hands in praise
Exalt the Divines!
Clap hands and praise
Our ancestral lines!

The Star-Eyed Bride of Alinor[edit]

Eyes of polished amber, hair swept like a comet's tail
Soul alight with love and joy under pregnant golden sails
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
Lost in storm and spray
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
That cruel fate took away
White swan feathers fluttered from her ivory bridal gown
And unsung vows slipped from her lips, eager to be found
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
Gone beneath the waves
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
The sea became her grave
The clouds they gathered overhead, ripping sail from mast
The hull creaked like a coffin's hinge as the captain yelled 'hold fast!'
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
She never made it home
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
Drowned in brine and foam
Lightning crashed upon the sea, wind howled with the swells
I strained to reach her glistening hand, but into the depths she fell
Upon the beach I wander still, to gaze out at the sea
Hoping to see her shining face smiling back at me
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
Whose last words were my name
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
I still weep from the shame
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
Lost in storm and spray
My star-eyed bride of Alinor
That cruel fate took away
That cruel fate took away.

The Tale of Syrabane[edit]

Gather round and hear the tale
Of Archmage Syrabane
Through his mercy and his might
He stopped the Thrassian Plague
He knew war was the only way
To stop the plague at hand
So he called for aid
All throughout the land
Oh, Syrabane, oh Syrabane
Ye mer of godly fate
Oh Syrabane, oh Syrabane
The youngest of the Eight
Man and Mer took up the call
They knew they could not fail
Together they combined their might
The All Flags Navy sailed
With Bendu Olo at his side
Slinging sword and spell
He beat back the tide
The Coral Kingdom fell
Oh, Syrabane, oh Syrabane
Ye mer of godly fate
Oh Syrabane, oh Syrabane
The youngest of the Eight
Now good mer, remember well
The tale of Syrabane
For when dark times came to pass
He knew to ask for aid

Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire[edit]

The Murkmire zone of Elder Scrolls Online adds three new songs.

Lyrics[edit]

Hear the Hist Speak[edit]

Sitting beneath its swaying leaves
Hearing its words within the breeze
Speak, hear the Hist speak
Hear the Hist speak its words to me
Below the roots forever spread
Collecting souls of our dead
Speak, hear the Hist speak
Hear the Hist speak its words to me
From its sap we gain our life
By its judgement we end strife
Tribe and Hist, sky and sun
All connected, all are one.
All connected, all are one.
Sitting beneath its swaying leaves
Hearing its words within the breeze
Speak, hear the Hist speak
Hear the Hist speak its words to me
Hear the Hist speak its words to me


Ku-Vastei[edit]

A heart that holds its hesitation
A fear that leads to a stagnation
Something must now clear the way
That which will be Ku-Vastei
Wise eyes always look ahead
Clearing all their doubt and dread
They who see past yesterday
They who will be Ku-Vastei
Ku-Vastei, Ku-Vastei
That which sparks the needed change
Ku-Vastei, Ku-Vastei
One who sees the needed way
Scales of shadow, nothing speakers
Their dark words will be our teachers
Those who herald word of root
Mind the Hist and then dispute
Spells that come from words of power
Sun and rain that grows the flower
Sorrow leading to great mirth
Death that then becomes rebirth
Ku-Vastei, Ku-Vastei
That which sparks the needed change
Ku-Vastei, Ku-Vastei
One who sees the needed way
One who sees the needed way.

Shunatei[edit]

Shunatei, shunatei
The belly of regret
These feelings of despair
That I cannot forget
Shunatei, shunatei
Why do you last?
Why do I cling
To my troubled past?
Despair over lost ones
Those I must avenge
Hatred and sadness
A thirst for revenge
They blind me from reaching the path ahead
And so I am lost to my dread
Shunatei, shunatei
The belly of regret
These feelings of despair
That I cannot forget
Shunatei, shunatei
It strikes me blind
If I move ahead
I can't look behind
I will become like the river below
I will clear the rubble of my hate and woe
I will release these dark thoughts that cloud my mind
I'll leave what has been behind
Shunatei, shunatei
You haunt me no more
For my heart is the bird
That has learned to soar
Shunatei, shunatei
I will ascend
For all that has begun
One day must end