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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☑ 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☑ Yes☑
Ithguleoir Yes☑ Yes☑ Yes☑ Yes☑
Ode to Queen Ayrenn Yes☑ Yes☑ Yes☑ Yes☑
Over the Seas and Far Away Yes☑ 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☑ 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: A Ballad[edit]

Sheet music for Chim-el Adabal: A Ballad
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 Planemeld[edit]

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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 Planemeld is nigh
The Planemeld is nigh
Our world will disappear
The Planemeld is nigh
The Planemeld 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 Planemeld is nigh
The Planemeld is nigh
As Molag Bal commands
The Planemeld is nigh
The Planemeld 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]

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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. Each song has one instrumental variation for flute and lute.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Morrowind Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Mrylav Aralor A male Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside Saint Delyn Waistworks in Vivec City, Vvardenfell
Ralsynilsa A female Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Penitent Pilgrim Inn in Molag Mar, Vvardenfell
Tiras Alvor A male Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, east of the Fighters Guild Encampment in Sadrith Mora, Vvardenfell
Traldrisa Marys A female Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Resting Kwama in Gnisis, Vvardenfell
Volmyni A female Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside, at the Saint Delyn Plaza in Vivec City, Vvardenfell

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 five new songs. Each song has one instrumental variation for flute and lute.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Summerset Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Castyaarne A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Shrewd Brew in Lillandril, Summerset
Endolale A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside Anchors Aweigh Inn in Shimmerene, Summerset
Farilme A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, west of Riverside Market in Alinor, Summerset
Laeriwene A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, east of the Alinor Crest Townhouse entrance in Alinor, Summerset
Lairinque A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside Oleander Coast Winery, north of Alinor, Summerset
Monormil A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside The Gilded Fork in Alinor, Summerset
Orninlusea A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, south of Nyderion's Boarding Home in Shimmerene, Summerset
Salelale A female Altmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, the southeast field of Russafeld, Summerset

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,
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 DLC of Elder Scrolls Online adds six new songs, three of which are sung in Jel.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Murkmire DLC songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Ah-Shehs A male Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings Outside, in front of Bountiful Boughs in Bright-Throat Village, Murkmire He only sings songs in Jel
Dakee-Jat A male Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings At the Daggerfall Marketplace in Daggerfall, Glenumbra He only appears after completing The Sounds of Home
Kalanu A male Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings Outside, at Marshland Market in Lilmoth, Murkmire
Kud-Gei A female Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings At the Davon's Watch Market District in Davon's Watch, Stonefalls She only appears after completing The Sounds of Home
Peek-Neeus A female Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings At the Harborside Market in Vulkhel Guard, Auridon She only appears after completing The Sounds of Home
Pozawulm A female Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings Behind The Stable Steed in Gideon, Blackwood She only sings songs in Jel
Tar-Lurash A female Argonian bard who plays the vossa-satl and sings Outside The Lusty Argonian Footman in Lilmoth, Murkmire

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

Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr[edit]

The Elsweyr Chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds five new songs. Each song has one instrumental variation for qanun.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Elsweyr Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Duzhargo A male Khajiit bard who plays the qanun and sings Inside The Sugar Bowl in Rimmen, Northern Elsweyr He also plays the four bard songs introduced with the Dragonhold DLC
J'luk A male Khajiit bard who plays the qanun and sings Outside, above the Flophouse on the westernmost landing of The Stitches, Northern Elsweyr He also plays the four bard songs introduced with the Dragonhold DLC
Nulaga A female Khajiit bard who plays the qanun and sings Inside Banished Regrets Inn in Riverhold, Northern Elsweyr She also plays the four bard songs introduced with the Dragonhold DLC

Lyrics[edit]

Dancing Among the Flowers Fine[edit]

Dancing among the flowers fine
Singing the song that calls to him
Moonlight serenade at my whim
Dancing among the flowers fine
Sleeping within the dreaming deep
Chasing the butterflies he sends
Hoping that summer never ends
Sleeping within the dreaming deep
Hoping that summer never ends
Sleeping within the dreaming deep
Vistas unfold before me now
Sharing their secrets joyfully
They're bright in hue yet darkly dire
They warm me with softly glowing fire
They're bright in hue yet darkly dire
They warm me with softly glowing fire
Moving within the worlds between
Following all the gemstone birds
Yearning to hear his whispered words
Moving within the worlds between
Yearning to hear his whispered words
Moving within the worlds between

Val Vijah Va Rhook, Baandari[edit]

Dancing through savanna grass
On light feet we glide
Hey, hey, Baandari boy
Tap your heels in stride
Hey, hey, Baandari girl
Swing your tail beside
Val Vijah Va Rhook, Baandari
Carrying our world in packs
Val Vijah Va Rhook, Baandari
Our kingdom on our backs
Home is on the move again
On wagon wheels we go
Hey, hey, Baandari boy
Where the wild winds blow
Hey, hey, Baandari girl
Our caravan in tow
Val Vijah Va Rhook, Baandari
Carrying our world in packs
Val Vijah Va Rhook, Baandari
Our kingdom on our backs
Walker we can teach the steps
We'll be your guiding star
Hey, hey, Baandari boy
Keep close and we'll go far
Hey, hey, Baandari girl
Our vagabond bazaar

Sweet Moon-Sugar Cane[edit]

The wood elves have their rotmeth brew
Made of meat and bile
The lizards eat their bugs and twigs
And everything so vile
But those of us who walk the sands
Know life's greatest pleasure
Is strictly sweet, a tasty treat
It's moon sugar that we treasure
Fields drenched in moonlight
Dewed with summer rain
Brilliant green and growing tall
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Gifted by the moons
As they wax and wane
Fill our bowls and fill our souls
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
We sprinkle it on fine steak
Glistening so sweetly
We smear it on our salmon
And gobble it up completely
We bake it into our sweet treats
Don't you want a taste?
So eat it quick and wash it down
Because nothing shall go to waste
Fields drenched in moonlight
Dewed with summer rain
Brilliant green and growing tall
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Gifted by the moons
As they wax and wane
Fill our bowls and fill our souls
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Sweet moon-sugar cane!
Sweet moon-sugar cane!

A Cat's Serenade[edit]

(Note: The pronouns in this song will change to match the pronouns of the singer.)

This one weaves a song
She'll sing it to you all day long
Will you love her, will you love her
She'll steal a thousand jewels
She'll even play the fool
Say you love her, say you love her
Well your father will never give his blessing true
But let's be honest dear
That's what you want to hear
No this one will never buy you Mara's ring
But under the starlight
You can grasp her tight
This one weaves a song
She'll sing it to you all day long
Will you love her, will you love her
She'll steal a thousand jewels
She'll even play the fool
Say you love her, say you love her
So many sweetmeats this one could woo
But it's you that she needs
Oh she begs and pleads
In the moonlight she will surely worship you
But come the morning sun
She will most definitely run

Song of Kingdoms[edit]

A song emitted from the Rithana-di-Renada, which can be obtained as a furnishing. Translated by ZOS_Soundmaster, song is originally written in Ta'agra:
Swift paws of Ne-Quin-Al
Rimmen gold rains down
Green Riverhold has farms
Blessed-moons of Dune
Clever-Smile Orcrest in Dessert
Verkarth Strong-Warrior stand
Must-smile drinks for Meirvale
Helkarn has wary eyes
Wise words Alabaster praise
River people of Bruk’ra
Pray Pa’alatiin of reverence
Corinthe carving wood
Green forests of Tenmar
Torval renowns the Mane
Sweet Khenarthia has fish
Senchal ocean traders

The Song of Khunzar-ri[edit]

When the sixteen kingdoms were only sixteen tribes,
A hero ambled forth all tall and tough and wise,
How sleek he is! How fragrant! A five-claw? No, a ten!
He wrestles giants just for fun and charges into senche's den!
Who is he? Khunzar-ri! Khunzar-ri!
Sing it loud sing it clear. Fighter, lover, poet, thief
He's one khajiit to cheer!
Who is he, Khunzar-ri, Khunzar-ri
Sing it proud, sing it strong! Brave and sly, rarely shy.
He never steers you wrong
No dungeon cage can hold him no lock can bar his way,
Some stories claim that he's a god or so they say,
He dragged the light from Jone and Jode down to the growing fields,
And now we have moon-sugar and all the good it yields.
Who is he? Khunzar-ri! Khunzar-ri!
Sing it loud sing it clear. Fighter, lover, poet, thief
He's one khajiit to cheer!
Who is he, Khunzar-ri, Khunzar-ri
Sing it proud, sing it strong! Brave and sly, rarely shy.
He never steers you wrong

Elder Scrolls Online: Dragonhold[edit]

The Dragonhold DLC of Elder Scrolls Online adds four new songs.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Dragonhold DLC songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Rakzzin A male Khajiit bard who plays the qanun and sings Inside The Sweet Breezes Inn in Senchal, Southern Elsweyr He also plays the five bard songs introduced with the Elsweyr Chapter
Tsrarranza A female Khajiit bard who plays the qanun and sings Outside of Salezu's House in Black Heights, Southern Elsweyr She also plays the five bard songs introduced with the Elsweyr Chapter

Lyrics[edit]

The Burning of Senchal[edit]

Though the sun shines down on me
The darkness years ago makes me weep.
And after flames devoured their breath,
I stood above, mourning all that death.
What then became of me?
I cannot say.
As the moons shone down on me,
I chose to follow an ill-made path.
Staring from a starlit sky,
Moons' stark radiance witnessed them die.
What then became of me?
I dare not say.
We must survive, despite the ravages of life, cruel life
With its suffering and injustice
As death surrounds us.
But can we thrive when all hope has fled before us?
All that's left is grief and shallow graves.
The march of darkness goes on.
What can we do? We just survive.
Decades later who are we,
And after that dire crucible of death?
Did we pay too high a price
To walk away, knowing all we know?
What then became of us?
No one should say.
We have survived, despite the ravages of life, cruel life
With its suffering and injustice
When death hounded us.
But can we thrive after what we paid to get here?
Who are we now? We dare not say.
The march of darkness goes on.
What can we do? What have we become?

Demon from the East[edit]

Kingdoms stretch across the sands
Peace warms our joyful lands,
A heart that shines through the dark
Wrapped in the threads of time.
A demon rises from the East
Followed by a crimson beast,
Oh the earth is torn and scorched
Our people know but fear now.
A warrior raises sword to the sun
Calling warriors to follow,
Alkosh guides threads yet unspun
His champion goes forth.
His champion goes forth.
Soldiers come from foreign shores
To join us in our dreadful war,
Taking stride by the warrior's side
And prepare for battle.
Crimson beast nobly bestows
A horn to defeat his vile foe,
Its call forces fiends to fall
Victory seems so close now.
The warrior makes one last stand
Against the dreaded demon,
Ice and blood staining peaceful sands
Nighttime fills the sky.
Chains and spells bind the demon tight
Locking it away in darkness,
Soldiers celebrate in new dawn's light
And peace reigns once more.

The Gambler's Art[edit]

Hello, my friend, come take a seat,
grab something sweet, and join us for some fun.
The tickle felt in this one's ear
as you drew near says you've got a tidy sum.
The clink of coins from your jaunty loins
Sing of riches to be won.
Let down your mane, join in our game.
We've only just begun!
Place your wager, raise the stakes
Build a tower from your drakes.
Draw your fortune, toss your wealth
Risk it all, you'll have your health.
And if you wind up on the street
At least you lived like true Khajiit.
I see, my friend, that you have pluck
but you're short on luck—that hand was hard to beat.
And if you find you're feeling cross
about this tragic loss, there's a cause for your defeat.
You took your chance on a furtive glance
At cards that couldn't compete.
But this cat's eyes, they tell no lies
Next time be more discreet.
Take a gamble, oops you're done.
Now you're broke, tuck tail and run!
Don't make a scene or swear and roar.
Tossed out, to hoots and howls galore
Next time your money's on deceit
Have the good sense to try and cheat.

Song of Alkosh's Champion[edit]

Halls loom ahead of me
My heart is yet untried
I know it is my destiny
To walk the path with pride.
Guiding winds push behind
Darkness lies ahead
The threads begin to unwind
I must swallow my dread.
Khenarthi's winds will guide me
To brave the path with pride
Lorkhaj's steps will bind me
To follow in his stride.
Alkosh will purify me
To mend the sands of time
His mask will sanctify me
A champion of pride.
I ride the winds cunningly
And never break my stride
I face the darkness valiantly
The lanterns are my guide.
When the threads are all spun
When I've earned my right
I'll stand before the Endless One
And bow before her might.
Khenarthi's winds will guide me
To brave the path with pride
Lorkhaj's steps will bind me
To follow in his stride.
Alkosh will purify me
To mend the sands of time
His mask will sanctify me
A champion of pride.
Holy mask and Path of Pride
Path of Pride, Path of Pride.
I shall mend the sands of time …

Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor[edit]

The Greymoor Chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds five new songs. Each song has two instrumental variations for flute and lute.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Greymoor Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Brankelvi A female Nord bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, at a campfire by the road leading north out of Dragon Bridge, Western Skyrim
Gjargrydd A female Nord bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Bottomless Pit in Dusktown, Blackreach: Greymoor Caverns
Ifmor A male Nord bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, in the Courtyard Marketplace in Solitude, Western Skyrim

Lyrics[edit]

A Threnody to Lost Love[edit]

Deep within my mind
The storms, they gather inside me
Deep within my mind
The tides rise far too high
Hiding in my mind
The sorrow whispers freely
Fear is so unkind
Shouting through my tears
Please don't find me
I can't be free
Please come find me
Your death haunts me
Your death haunts me
Deep within my soul
The fires burn inside of me
Deep within my soul
Pain rips through all I am
Lurking in my soul
Loneliness beseeches me
I'm no longer whole
Screaming through my tears
Please don't find me
I can't be free
Please come find me
Your death haunts me
Your death haunts me
Your death haunts me

Nord War Song[edit]

Take your fill of golden mead,
Let it spill like blood across your blade.
The horns of battle call upon the strongest,
Only in war are warriors made.
Hone your axes til they gleam,
Like a light upon the frozen snow.
Relish in the sweet, sweet sound,
As it nestles in the breast of your foe.
No true Nord fears death,
They hold it in high regard!
Take courage, those with hearts so bold,
A place awaits you in Sovngarde!
There's a cry in every warrior's heart,
A triumphant, hearty, mighty toll.
Ysgramor's courage steadies your hand,
His strength imbues your soul.
No true Nord fears death,
They hold it in high regard!
Take courage, those with hearts so bold,
A place awaits you in Sovngarde!

Old Nord Drinking Song[edit]

I climbed Shearpoint Mountain,
Drinking my store of mead.
My vision got so blurry,
I couldn't hardly read.
I found a warm dry cave,
Never saw a sign or warning.
Curled up with an old frost troll,
Which surprised us both come morning.
Mead, mead, mead, mead!
It's all you really need.
It's sweet and it's strong,
So good it can't be wrong,
Mead, mead, mead, mead!
Gave that troll a bottle,
She drank it down right quick.
She danced around me happily,
Then hit me with a stick.
The old troll was snoring,
When I woke hours later.
She'd drunk up all my mead,
But I couldn't really hate her.
Mead, mead, mead, mead!
It's all you really need.
It's sweet and it's strong,
So good it can't be wrong,
Mead, mead, mead, mead!
It's all you really need.
It's sweet and it's strong,
So good it can't be wrong,
Mead, mead, mead!

Frelytte and Pular: A Love Song[edit]

Sweet Frelytte the Fair
Hair the color of hay,
Like spun gold and honey
Bright sun at midday.
She loved a boy named Pular
And he loved her, too.
As fiercely as ice entombs lakes,
As surely as spring melts through.
Her mouth as red as snowberries,
His hands calloused and true.
He left to hunt an ice wraith, saying
"I'll become worthy of you."
After four nights of waiting,
Frelytte rode into the snow.
The mountains howled with darkness,
The moon sank ever so low.
But soon her horse grew tired,
The cold did lull her to sleep.
She curled up beneath a tree,
Until the storm buried her deep.
Pular returned triumphantly,
He'd killed the wraith as he foretold.
He stopped at the base of a tree,
Where he saw a tuft of gold.
He brushed away the snow, found her
Pale as cream and cold as death.
But Divines smiled on their love,
And when he kissed her she drew breath.
"I've slayed the beast," Pular proudly cried,
And Frelytte wept tears of joy.
Hand in hand, they ran home to marry,
Theirs was a love that winter could not destroy.

The Pale Man[edit]

A stranger came upon our hold,
Ghostly for all to behold.
Mute and shivering by our fire,
What conjured a visage so dire,
A voice so hollow, could barely be heard,
Murmured warning with just a few words.
The Pale Man comes,
On cold wind and dark clouds
The Pale Man comes,
To snatch away your loved ones
The Pale Man comes.
No sooner was the warning sound
The first snows touched the ground.
Shrinking from the howling winds
And praying as the sunlight dims.
We barred our doors against the night,
Gathered close and huddled tight.
The Pale Man comes,
Wrapped in a cloak of snow
The Pale Man comes,
His touch will chill you to the bone,
The Pale Man comes.
As the frightful storm wore on
We stretched out to wait for dawn.
There would be no rest
Awaiting our unwanted guest.
Clutching hard our swords
At the clatter of the boards.
The Pale Man comes,
He passes like a ghost
The Pale Man comes,
Vanishing without a trace.
At last our night did end
Without the visitation portend.
As our vigilance began to fade
I turned to where the stranger laid.
But they were nowhere to be seen
Nothing remained, just an icy sheen.

Elder Scrolls Online: Markarth[edit]

The Markarth DLC of Elder Scrolls Online adds four new songs, performed by Anna Graves and Kellen Goff. Each song has two instrumental variations for lute and one instrumental variation for flute.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Markarth DLC songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Carinoch A male Reachman bard who plays the lute and sings Inside Understone Keep in Markarth, The Reach
Tisnevere A female Reachman bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Hunter's Repose in Markarth, The Reach

Lyrics[edit]

Hail to the Ancient Spirits[edit]

Hail Hircine, Lord of the Hunt
Master of wood and hill
All things that live must chase or flee
In death alone fall still
Hail Namira, Spirit Queen
Skein-weaver, silent midwife
Each beginning must have its end
Dark mother of death and life
Hail to the ancient spirits
Teachers, testers, weal and woe
Hard lessons, but needful too
For this world is full of foes
Hail Molag Bal, the Prince of Pain
Brutal master, lord of troubles
Giver of strength to slay and strive
For men are meant to struggle
Hail to the ancient spirits
Teachers, testers, weal and woe
Hard lessons, but needful too
For this world is full of foes
Hail to the ancient spirits
Hail to the ancient spirits

Reach Hunting Hymn[edit]

The chase begins like a song
Paws pounding through the leaves
Wings tearing against thorns
The shadow of the elk looms
The shadow of the elk looms
The endless forest beckons
Your fear smells sharp and thrilling
To be hunted is to be alive
To be tested and worthy
Run, little rabbit, run
Your skin would make such a prize
Feel the tear of teeth at flesh
The Hunting Grounds await you
The Hunting Grounds await you
The endless forest beckons
Your fear smells sharp and thrilling
To be hunted is to be alive
To be tested and worthy
To be tested and worthy

Reach Witch Chant[edit]

Give heed, blood kin
Hear us sing out
Our time falls short
As shadows grow long
Mighty spirits
With wide eyes wait
Wolf fangs stay sharp
To save the pack
Give heed, Great Beast
Hear us sing out
With sinew tough,
And muscle tight
Through us give strength
And our spirit shall pour
Upon the dirt
For your reward
Give heed, Black Fly
Hear us sing out
Filled with nothing
Know our hunger
Decay's vigor
And Void's might
They empty our chests
Of soul or need

Red Eagle's Song[edit]

Remember, remember, child of the Reach
Faolan's bloody story
Remember, remember, child of the Reach
Red Eagle's final glory
Shrieking eagles cried his name
As he rose from mother's womb
A child born with the blood-elk's eye
Whose rage spelled diamond's doom
Despair, despair as Hestra came
South-born hag of White-Stone Tower
With bands of iron spears and shields
She turned the king-hearts black and sour
He warred and howled as seasons passed
Slaying the Empire's daughter and son
But Reachfolk fell by arrow and spear
Till clan-friends he had none
At last he traded his Eagle's heart
To the ravens who covet our power
In his breast they planted the briar seed
That grows from the corpse's flower
Thousands fell to his flaming sword
As the blood-sun rose and set
Despite the bite of a hundred arrows
He fought till death he met
Let all remember Faolan's rage
For it dwells in the heart of us all
Any who covet the sacred Reach
Will suffer our spears and fall!

Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood[edit]

The Blackwood Chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds five new songs, performed by Colby West and Jenna O'Gara. Each song has two instrumental variations for flute and lute.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Blackwood Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Audania Decanius A female Imperial bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Kaladas Inn in Leyawiin, Blackwood
Haderus Vano A male Imperial bard who plays the lute and sings Outside The Egg and Hammer Inn in Gideon, Blackwood
Marana Pera A female Imperial bard who plays the lute and sings Outside The Happy Crow in Farmer's Nook, Blackwood

Lyrics[edit]

Across the Niben Bar[edit]

From Cyrodiil to Topal Bay
The Niben's back is wide
Good ships along Leyawiin-quay
Await the morning tide.
In Aleswell we took on ore
At Weye, Colovian red
Timber we shipped in Bravil-port
Then sailed for Blackwood Head.
One, two! One, two! Cast far, cast true!
Hey leadsman, call your mark!
Shoal-water lurks in foggy murk
Across the Niben Bar!
In Torval we bought sugar cane
In Southpoint furs and dyes
Then sold it all at Daggerfall
And drank in Stros M'Kai!
The Gold Coast has silk and wine
We turn for home again
In Leyawiin-town my sweetheart pines
To see her sailing-man!
One, two! One, two! Cast far, cast true!
Hey leadsman, call your mark!
For nereids dwell beneath the swells
Across the Niben Bar!
One, two! One, two! Cast far, cast true!
Hey leadsman, call your mark!
For sailors roam upon the foam
Across the Niben Bar!

Imperial Deception Song[edit]

Golden goblets overflow with wine
A sultry dancer with eyes so fine
A circlet of rubies crowns her head
Tangled blankets as you fall in bed
Hot grease drips into the blazing fire
Grapes dangle as mouths open with desire
Blue velvet and golden trim abound
So many sordid delights surround
But what is the cost of such wonderful things?
No amount of gold can hide the rot it brings
Fangs lurk beneath brightly painted lips
As innocence falls like arrows from our ships
We dance until our tired feet bleed
Gorge upon all the delicacies and mead
The lovely deception will tarnish the gold
When we finally realize how much we've sold

The Liberation of Leyawiin[edit]

Thunder rolls as Sai Sahan
Nears Leyawiin as war rages on
Leovic's warriors are on the attack
While traitors strike Sai's back
Arrows seeking, and swords swinging
Death knells will soon be ringing
His face grim, drawing strength from within
His sword swings for Leyawiin
Traitors behind and Longhouse before
Both seek the swordmaster's death in this war
Sai Sahan fights to cheat such a fate
Alone now he battles through the gate.
Inside the walls, Sai draws a breath
Facing two armies, he deals out death
With only sword and wits to defeat them
He fights for Leyawiin's freedom.
Traitors behind and Longhouse before
Both seek the swordmaster's death in this war
Sai Sahan fights to cheat such a fate
Within the city he seeks to liberate.
The forces converge, but Sai's blade is unstilled
Leovic flees, Sai's task is fulfilled
He stands on a mountain of traitors' corpses
Defender victorious against lost causes
And the people of Leyawiin are free!

May Disaster Turn Away[edit]

The ground shakes, the sky quakes,
The forests are ablaze.
Darkness falls, and chaos spreads,
Betrayal fills the days.
May disaster turn away from us,
Send your earthquakes to our neighbors.
May death and destruction pass us by,
Let fire and flood fill another's chambers.
Storms strike from distant clouds,
Infernos rage, death amasses.
Blackness looms, discord ahead,
Betrayal like a sword blade flashes,
When open wide the gates of Oblivion.
May disaster turn away from us,
Send your earthquakes to our neighbors.
May death and destruction pass us by,
Let fire and flood fill another's chambers.
Lord of Destruction, Prince of Disaster,
Give our people their space.
God of Bloodshed, King of Betrayal,
Go visit your troubles some other place.
May disaster turn away from us,
Send your earthquakes to our neighbors.
May death and destruction pass us by,
Let fire and flood fill another's chambers.

On Topal Bay[edit]

I found my love on Topal Bay,
Where the river meets the sea.
We oft watched wavy waters churn,
From Leyawiin's towers three.
Hie, hie, the mist in the morning!
Hie, hie, the fog rolls in!
Hie, hie, the storms come without warning,
Along the coast of Topal Bay!
I made my wealth on Topal Bay,
As a sailor on the sea.
And with the gold that filled the hold,
My love I gave this ring to thee.
Hie, hie, the mist in the morning!
Hie, hie, the fog rolls in!
Hie, hie, the storms come without warning,
Along the coast of Topal Bay!
I lost my love on Topal Bay,
As she strolled along the sea.
She never saw the river troll,
And never had a chance to flee.
Hie, hie, the mist in the morning!
Hie, hie, the fog rolls in!
Hie, hie, the storms come without warning,
Along the coast of Topal Bay!

Elder Scrolls Online: The Deadlands[edit]

The Deadlands DLC of Elder Scrolls Online adds 5 new songs. Each song has one instrumental variation for flute and lute.

Bards[edit]

To listen to The Deadlands DLC songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Alain Caria A male Breton bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, in the Fargrave Foodstuffs plaza in Fargrave City District, Fargrave
Tirasie Mirel A female Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Bearer's Rest in Fargrave City District, Fargrave

Lyrics[edit]

A Supplicant's Song[edit]

Free us from Mehrunes Dagon, we plea
Chaos he spawns upon us with glee
Spare all from hardship and grant calm repose
Share with us safety from all he'd impose.
Help us stay sheltered from Dagon's harsh fires
Shield us from the wicked harm he inspires
We serve as pawns within his many games
Guard everyone from his destructive aims.
Blunt all the edges of Dagon's dire blades
Staunch the dread bleeding from his grave crusades.
His followers revel in such ghastly strife
Please put an end to his spilling of life.
Aid us when Dagon's disasters unfold
Grant all succor beyond our stout threshold
Keep us unfettered from ambition's chains
Else all will perish from ruinous pains.

Dremora Never Die[edit]

Far from our homes, we still drink our fill
The ale here is strange, an immortal swill!
Our friends here don't drink, nor do they eat
To exist without any fun is quite the feat!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
We don't know if they're fauna or flora!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
They'll be here long after we're no more, ah!
It must be so boring, but we're here to assist,
Us death-fearing mortals who live in their midst,
What good is a drink when you can't get drunk?
To frolic with mortals, to what depths they have sunk!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
We don't know if they're fauna or flora!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
They'll be here long after we're no more, ah!
Don't judge them too harshly, it's all in good fun,
The company here is second to none!
Unchanging and sleepless and up to no good,
Our immortal friends are just misunderstood!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
We don't know if they're fauna or flora!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
Their presence is hard to ignore, ah!
Drink, drink, drink to Dremora!
They'll be here long after we're no more, ah!

Fargrave's Song[edit]

Where spirits stay late
In the shining night's slate
And coals glow to light the brave.
Red footprints lead straight,
through a tavern's doorway.
A chorus here sings of Fargrave!
Where giant's bones rest far from the Ashpit,
And the roads outside are dark and unlit,
It's the greatest of cities discovered by clan,
Reaching it may take an entire life's span.
All are welcome in Fargrave!
Some think it's Apocrypha, they are quite wrong.
This city of cities we immortalize in song.
With profits for all and mercy for none
Prosperity's work will never be done.
The bazaars never close in Fargrave!
Where spirits stay late
In the shining night's slate
And coals glow to light the brave.
Red footprints lead straight,
through a tavern's doorway.
A chorus here sings of Fargrave!
More vibrant than Meridia's Colored Rooms,
And with all the Daedra, there's very few tombs.
Our trade and our commerce fill every last street,
You'll remember each stranger and friend you meet,
When you cross into Fargrave!
The stars of the Void shine far away,
While Daedric merchants haggle by day.
The Plaza of Portals leads everywhere,
And the Bearer's Rest has drinks to spare.
There's always a party in Fargrave!
A chorus here sings of Fargrave!

The Fool of Fargrave[edit]

Nobody really knows her
She doesn't even know herself
She's the hermit of the hovels
In this place of many portals and planar trade
The mortals hold out empty palms
And she fills them without a thought
In a city built on commerce
She doesn't care about profit or loss
She's the woman in the mask
A puzzle without solution
Living a life of seclusion
The fool of Fargrave feels your pain
Nobody really knows her
She doesn't even know herself
She's the darling of the alleys
Trapped behind a curious mask she can't remove
The mortals weep and cry out
They're hungry and hurting too
She does whatever she can to aid them
And never seeking favor or coin
She's the woman in the mask
A puzzle without solution
Living a life of seclusion
The fool of Fargrave lends a hand

When the Spires Fell[edit]

Thunder peeled and the sky split wide
The beast arrived with his fiends
Ripped a hole where the temple stood
But we refused to fall to our knees
Slammed down with a boom and a shriek
Clouds of dust filling our lungs
Crying gets you nowhere
Keep your heads down and hold your tongues
Storms keep roiling overhead
And the beast stalks around outside
But as long as I stay in Wretched Spire
I can keep my hopes alive
Hear this, you wretched listeners
Though this town may protect from strife
No one can say how long we'll last
Standing on the edge of life
Storms keep roiling overhead
And the beast stalks around outside
But as long as I stay in Wretched Spire
I can keep my hopes alive
The spire's bell no longer tolls
No answers found in any tome
Outcasts all, hide from Dagon's sight
Pray we can find our way home
Pray we can find our way home

Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle[edit]

The High Isle Chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds five new songs, performed by Tamar Greene and Rebecca Reidy. The Gonfalon Maid song is also sung by a man on a boat as he passes through Gonfalon Bay, performed by Billy Kametz, which can be viewed [here]. Each song has an instrumental variation for the nyckelharpa.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the High Isle Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Bienena Marcien A female Breton bard who plays the key harp and sings Outside, west of the jousting arena at Castle Navire, High Isle
Portic Boulat A male Breton bard who plays the key harp and sings Inside The Ancient Anchor Inn in Gonfalon Bay, High Isle

Lyrics[edit]

The Gonfalon Maid[edit]

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

A Gonfalon maid went upon the lea
To where sunny flowers stood
For she loved the sun, and she loved the green
And she danced merrily beside the wood
She danced beside the wood
The lad she loved went down to the shore
A sailing man for to be
For he loved the wind, and he loved the spray
And he roamed upon the roiling sea
He roamed upon the sea
Oh, how long she waits upon
Upon the strand
Oh, how long today, oh
Oh, how long, how long he's hoped
To claim her hand
Oh, how long she waits, oh
And hard it was that they never met
Until he came home to stay
He built their house between hills and sea
He built it along Gonfalon Bay
Along Gonfalon Bay
Oh, how long she waits upon
Upon the strand
Oh, how long today, oh
Oh, how long, how long he's hoped
To claim her hand
Oh, how long she waits, oh

Ballad of the All Flags Navy[edit]

When sickness came unto our shores
From across the Abecean Sea
The good folk shook, the bad folk sighed
And told this tale to me
Dead, dead, so many dead
From Daggerfall to Dune
It was the slug plague they said
And blamed the Sload for our ruin
Our rulers cried out that all was lost
But not the Anvil King
He boarded his ship and raised the sails
And sailors began to sing
The All Flags! The All Flags!
Twas led by the Anvil King
Of its ships and sailors we sing!
We sing! The All Flags!
They fell in line from far and wide
The heroes heeded his call
Breton, Redguard, Elf, and more
Their fleet headed into a squall
They sailed the stormy sea as one
To crush a terrible foe
They braved red skies and thunderous waves
As deadly storms did blow
The All Flags! The All Flags!
Twas led by the Anvil King
Of its ships and sailors we sing!
We sing! The All Flags!
They closed on the enemy isle
Just as fog rolled in
Whatever horrors they might face
They knew that they must win
The allied fleet besieged the Sload
With terrors of their own
Unyielding until the isle did crack
The slugs reaped what they'd sown
The All Flags! The All Flags!
Twas led by the Anvil King
Of its ships and sailors we sing!
We sing! The All Flags!

Dirge of the Stormy Seas[edit]

When lightning strikes far from shore
And the fates still my crew till they shout no more
I hope to be on the prow standing tall
Spitting in the face of life's final call
We fought and we loved folks on shore
When we're gone, many drinks they'll pour
For the water's deep and stormy sea cold
As life sinks into the blackness below the hold
So raise a toast with a mug in your hand
To those we've lost and ones waiting on land
Our bodies may be consigned to the foamy depths
But it's better than hearing our beloved's sad breaths
We set sail without knowing what's in store
So we sing and we drink and we chance explore
For when life's over and work's at end
I'm pleased to call these sailors my friends

Blessings of Y'ffre[edit]

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

Fill us with nature's glory
And guide us on our path
Dance free with exultation
A fear in no one's wrath
Stone's firmness set below us
Her waters spring forth free
Blue skies alight with sunfire
Bound into blessings three
Blessings of Y'ffre
Blessings of Y'ffre
Blessings of Y'ffre
Peace settle deep within you
A blessing from the stone
Lean wisely into changes
Let waters bless your home
Life's answers seek your questions
Sky's blessing as you roam
Let nature lead you onward
Three boons upon you sown
Blessings of Y'ffre
Blessings of Y'ffre
Blessings of Y'ffre

The Glittering Sapphire Tourney[edit]

Gather round, ye lads and lasses
Listen far and wide!
For 'cross the isles
And for a while
We've had a source of pride!
Noble are the knightly orders
Three in name there are
Through epic poems
Their deeds are known
In lands both near and far!
Oh the Orders of the Systres
They lie so close at hand
Let's take a count and raise a glass
To our merry bands!
The Albatross, it sails the waves
While Iron sallies forth
The Oaken Knights know ancient ways
And none of them are coarse!
Listen here, give me your ear
The Sapphire Tourney comes!
From every nook
By sea, on foot
And not a one is glum!
Aspirants head to old Navire
Hailing from near and far
To joust and ride
And sing with pride
With hopes they'll be a star!
Oh the Orders of the Systres
They lie so close at hand
Let's take a count and raise a glass
To our merry bands!
The Albatross, it sails the waves
While Iron sallies forth
The Oaken Knights know ancient ways
And each a fearsome force!
Whomever wins the tourney
On the final day
Be they Sir or Dame
They'll live with Fame
And bask in the hurrays
Noble is the Closer
Who fought, and bled, and won!
It could be you
Come tell us true
But this quick verse is... done!
Oh the Orders of the Systres
They lie so close at hand
Let's take a count and raise a glass
To our merry bands!
The Albatross, it sails the waves
While Iron sallies forth
The Oaken Knights know ancient ways
Now, quick, where is my horse?

Elder Scrolls Online: Firesong[edit]

The Firesong DLC of Elder Scrolls Online adds 5 new songs. In addition, Bittding can be heard drunkenly singing a version of To See My Systres while fishing the lava flows near the Llanshara Wayshrine.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Firesong DLC songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Colbois Ephine A male Breton bard who plays the lute and sings Outside, on the stairs west of the Vastyr Market Center in Vastyr, Galen He doesn't sing "Rescue Me" or "The Storm and the Sunflower" until after the quest The Siege of Vastyr
Luce Gemain A female Breton bard who plays the lute and sings Inside The Jaded Ornaug Tavern in Vastyr, Galen She doesn't sing "Rescue Me" or "The Storm and the Sunflower" until after the quest The Siege of Vastyr

Lyrics[edit]

Rescue Me[edit]

Far from our shores in a becalmed sea
Lost are we
Tragedy
We ration grog
Until Kynareth sets us free
No smiles are left as we drift alone
Far from home
Into the unknown
Our navigator's mind has flown
Cursed by the visions that he's shown
The skies glow red, there's mold on our bread
Despair dogs every mind
We're tangled in fate, is it far too late
To flee this desperate bind?
With little left to guide our way
Far astray
We all pray
Hope remains that we'll find our bay
And be home in time for feast day
The skies show red, our captain is dead
Despair locks every mind
We're lost to fate, it is far too late
To flee this desperate bind
Forgive me, Kynareth, hear my plea
Set me free
I am all that's left of this journey
Rescue me
Rescue me
Please Kynareth rescue me

Song of Vastyr[edit]

We tap our toes along the streets
And we never think to fear
A dance is always welcome
In the city of Vastyr!
From sparkling docks to Castle Morn
All good people far and near
You'll never be without a friend
In the city of Vastyr!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Galen's shining gem!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Rise above the waves!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Hear its melody!
Vastyr, Vastyr! City with a song!
Go have a drink at the Jaded Ornaug
And your worries disappear
Druids, and nobles, and peasants are all welcome
In the city of Vastyr!
Along the Systres lovely coast
To our shores we hope you veer
Smiling and laughing and dancing away the night
In the city of Vastyr!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Galen's shining gem!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Rise above the waves!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Hear its melody!
Vastyr, Vastyr! City with a song!
From sturdy walls and vendor's stalls
To the ships docked in our pier
You'll find no better place
Than the city of Vastyr!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Galen's shining gem!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Rise above the waves!
Vastyr, Vastyr! Hear its melody!
Vastyr, Vastyr! City with a song!

Spirit of the Volcano[edit]

Our mountain's song brings smoke and flame
The ground gives way and fires consume
Fear not the heat you can't tame
Ill omens are not to blame
Now listen close to her trembling words
The ground quakes as her song is heard
Waves crash and boil at her feet
This mountain won't bend in defeat
Volcano spirit weaves life, weaves life from her loom
Where fires burst, flowers now bloom
Where earth once cracked, the isle grows
Clear skies cut through thick smoke's plume
At dawn's break we sing her praise
And new life grows from molten bed
As birds emerge from the haze
Her spirit will last beyond our days
Volcano spirit weaves life, weaves life from her loom
Where fires burst, flowers now bloom
Where earth once cracked, the isle grows
Clear skies cut through thick smoke's plume

The Storm and the Sunflower[edit]

Do you hear the waves, my sunflower?
The seas brought us together, and now they'll tear us apart.
Soon I'll breathe my last, my sunflower,
And die with a scar upon my heart,
Content we dared to dream we might end this war that we didn't start.
Bend your tired head, my sunflower
And kiss me with your soft petals, those soft lips pressed to mine.
Pull me closer still, my sunflower,
The love we dared to share, it was not a crime.
We'd have known Mara's grace if we'd had more time, had a world of time.
And when you taste the sting of raindrops, each one my kiss
And when you feel wind on your face, it's my gentle hands' caress
And when you hear the distant thunder, I call your name
Who knew when lightning met sunflower, we would set the field aflame?
Will you remember me, my sunflower,
And all the dreams we had of being wed, wild, and free?
Or will you follow me, my sunflower,
Remembering all we'd forfeit so we could be?
Don't gasp and pray for rain when you could drink deeply of the sea.

Vastyr Fisherfolk Song[edit]

Heave ho, heave ho
Til we see the shore,
From night to morn
With our nets all worn.
Once we spot our prey
It won't last the day,
It can't escape our sight
And soon we'll get a bite.
Then the contest begins
Our vessel rocks and spins,
With hook and net and spear
We reel our quarry near.
Heave ho, heave ho
Til we see the shore,
From night to morn
We fish and blare our horn.
At the dock we love the stares
As the crowd admires our wares,
A catch so big
They'll dance a jig.
Then we finish the day
And we dance and play,
With mead so sweet
As we put up our feet.
Heave ho, heave ho
Til we set out once more,
We live as we please
And we hit the high seas.
Setting sail with a song and a joke
That's the life of a Vastyr fisherfolk!

Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom[edit]

The Necrom Chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds 4 new songs.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Necrom Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Tolvise Doran A female Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Inside the Mourner's Solace Inn in Necrom, the Telvanni Peninsula
Vevos Sarano A male Dunmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside Tel Huulen in Ald Isra, the Telvanni Peninsula

Lyrics[edit]

House Telvanni Song[edit]

How do we rise in House Telvanni
Clawing and biting our way to the top?
How to succeed in House Telvanni
At the precipice with a knife to our backs?
We start at the bottom as a hireling, a liar-thing
Ascend to retainer and then oathman
Some of us will pause once we have reached raw lawman
Because ascending the heights is tiring
How do we rise in House Telvanni
Clawing and biting our way to the top?
How to succeed in House Telvanni
When betrayal and deceit are the way?
The next step up and now we have become a mouth
Representing a master or a magister
Above that rank is spellwright and wizard
Climbing higher and higher as our towers grow
Someday we'll be masters, leading from above
Perhaps magister influence growing
Then, dare we hope, dare we plan, dare we dream?
Archmagister, ruling all that can be seen
How do we rise in House Telvanni
Clawing and biting our way to the top?
How to succeed in House Telvanni
When trust is rare and treachery comes so cheap?

Song of Fate[edit]

Oh fathomless Prince of the dark brewing tide
Who peers through the ink between pages and hide
Come visit our children, they don't wish to wait
Oh great Hermaeus, master of knowledge and fate
Little Dronos wants to circumvent time
And putting off sleep is a victimless crime
He could stay up late eating kwama egg quiche
Or training his daedrat to walk on a leash
Even dull Modryn has a wish for the Prince
Power to deceive, and impress, and convince
With speechcraft like this, he'd go to his mother
And say that the sweetroll thief was his brother
Nilera wishes to learn levitation
Then she could follow cliff racer migration
And even soar high o'er the Bitter Coast
And spit on the heads of the children she hates the most
And then there's Vulyne whose father died
Who dares bring him back from the other side
For a parent returned and skin well-preserved
They offer our Prince an eternity served
Sweet Vulyne knows the price you must pay
Contracts are binding, if also cliché
The One Who Knows takes much more than he gives
Insatiable hunger outlasts and outlives

The Spotted Towers[edit]

When I look upon this savage land
and marvel at its mountains high,
I give thanks that among the ashy sand
grow the mushrooms on which we all rely
Mushroom towers, strong and tall
Protect our lords who love us all
Spotted guardian, fungal friend
Please always stand beside us in the end
Long ago our forebears wandered far
cast out by kin and forced to roam
Guided by their heart and star
Found the tall mushrooms we call home
Mushroom towers, strong and tall
Protect our lords who love us all
Spotted guardian, fungal friend
Please always stand beside us in the end
No wind nor beast could knock them down
Those gorgeous towers that fill our skies
Our mushroom havens safe and round
Could never fail us in my eyes
Mushroom towers, strong and tall
Protect our lords who love us all
Spotted guardian, fungal friend
Please always stand beside us in the end

The Waiting Door[edit]

Saint Veloth's Great Despair begins a story new
Tribunal birthing pains, Azura's grace eschewed
Ancestors wake from dreaming, kin worship their seeming
The Nerevar led Chimer 'til the fall
Despite Azura's curse, the Dunmer carried on
Ancestors summoned forth through noon and dusk and dawn
New priests brought forth new thought, the Waiting Door was sought
Built cities of the dead in Necrom's walls
Life's end sets your spirit free with nary an exception
So honor your forebears with every breath
You should ask no boons unless ill-pressed, lest Mortal Chill should come
And seek Necrom to commune with death
You will die one day
You'll be revered one day
Will you seek the Waiting Door?
Throughout Necrom's dark halls, the priests' footsteps are heard
They welcome visitors to their ancestors' home
To wander catacombs, don't fear—you're not alone
Your ancestors and priests will remind you ….
Life's end sets your spirit free with nary an exception
So honor your forebears with every breath
You should ask no boons unless ill-pressed, lest Mortal Chill should come
And seek Necrom to commune with death
You will die one day
You'll be revered one day
Will you seek the Waiting Door?

Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road[edit]

The Gold Road Chapter of Elder Scrolls Online adds 5 new songs.

Bards[edit]

To listen to the Gold Road Chapter songs sung in the game, visit one of the following bards:

Name Description Location Notes
Amberlee the Doughty A female Bosmer bard who plays the lute and sings Outside the Wilderhall in Vashabar
Vivacious Faerelas A male Bosmer bard who plays the lute and sings (?)

Lyrics[edit]

Green Pact Song[edit]

Deep in our roots, in times long ago
Y'ffre looked down on the Wood Elves below
A pact was made in the forests of green
Y'ffre offered a life so serene
"Protect the Green," Y'ffre said with a flourish
So all of the flowers and trees we did nourish
"And it will become your true home in turn"
So farming and sowing and reaping were spurned
Here in the Green, all plants survive
Leaves, and petals, and new buds can thrive
We hunt for our food, with arrows aimed true
And when we need rest, Y'ffre makes do
No chopping, or carving, or cutting of wood
The Green grows our homes, sturdy and good
We have no need to take from the trees
The Green Pact will see to our needs
When in the forest, take care if you please
Y'ffre has friends all through the trees
Wood Elves like us have nothing to fear
Thanks to the Green Pact we hold dear

Jagga Drinking Song[edit]

One thing a Wood Elf would never pass up
A fresh pint of jagga poured straight in their cup.
Sweeter than bloodfroth and smoother than honey
A full mug of jagga makes everything sunny.
And what makes this drink so wanted by all?
The stench of pig's milk, right from the stall.
Boil it and keep the cats away from the pan
Wait till the curds form and share with the clan.
Wood Elves and jagga go well from the start
The creamy sweet brew is good for the heart.
You-know-what whiskey does not compare
To the ripe taste of jagga, or so we declare!
Forget about wine and beer from hops
The Green Pact gives plenty of drops.
Of ale made from mold and Arenthian brandy
Compared to them all, jagga's just dandy.
One thing a Wood Elf would never pass up
A fresh pint of jagga poured straight in their cup.
Sweeter than bloodfroth and smoother than honey
A full mug of jagga makes everything sunny!

Rite of Theft Song[edit]

First I stole your dagger,
Then you stole it back.
Now I want your short bow,
Along with your pack!
Do kindly hand it over,
You needn't make a fuss.
It comes around it goes around
Between the two of us!
That's the Rite of Theft,
A Bosmer's sacred dance.
A back-and-forth of sneak and swipe,
Quite the romance!
First you steal from me,
And then I steal from you.
But when we steal from them,
A heaping boon is due!
You took my purse of gold,
I would have shared it freely.
But what's that I see in there?
Oh look, I spy a stealie!
That's the Rite of Theft,
A Bosmer's sacred dance.
A back-and-forth of slip and snatch,
Quite the romance!

Things Lost, Things Forgotten[edit]

Things lost, things forgotten,
Things that may never have been,
Memories, fleeting and fragile,
Impressions of things half seen.
A scent sparks recollection,
A song can bring a tear,
A face seems so familiar,
A memory so clear.
Things lost, things forgotten,
Things that may never have been,
Memories, fleeting and fragile,
Impressions of things half seen.
But time scatters things like windswept leaves,
What's remembered fades like a dream.
History a mystery, truths and lies,
What you remember well may be different from I,
Such is the nature of things inside your mind.
Things lost, things forgotten
Things lost, things forgotten

Skingrad Widow's Lament[edit]

Lost, my love, you are to me.
No more toasts beneath the tree.
You walk Aetherius these days
While I find my way.
Sing, my love, so far from me.
Let us share sweet harmonies.
Mind not the distance between our planes
May music ease my pain.
Arkay knows my love for you
Is balanced by a grief so true.
May time soften my despair
Leaving me naught but care.
Each night I dream that you are here,
Sharing laughs and kissing tears.
The cruelest cut is when I wake,
Your absence fills my heart with ache.
Arkay knows my love for you
Is balanced by a grief so true.
May time soften my despair
Leaving me naught but care.