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"Answers" is the main theme of Final Fantasy XIV, composed by Nobuo Uematsu, with lyrics by Yaeko Sato and Michael-Christopher Koji Fox, and performed by American musician, Susan Calloway. In an interview promoting Final Fantasy XIV before its release, Uematsu says Calloway was his first and only choice to sing the song after her performance on Distant Worlds. Uematsu also said it was his favorite piece on the soundtrack.

Game appearances Edit

Final Fantasy XIV/Legacy Edit

"Distorted Answers"
FFXIV Distorted Answers
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"Answers" was featured in the game's opening FMV.

Jainelette, a Wildwood Elezen, was a harp-player aboard The Astalacia in Limsa Lominsa who would play a short phrase of the song when interacted with.[1] She has not been seen or heard of since Seventh Umbral Calamity.

A distorted version of "Answers" replaced all outdoor field and battle music after the Final Save maintenance on October 31st, 2012. It features all of Susan Calloway's singing filtered at varying degrees throughout the song, but the choir and orchestra were replaced by an ominous, aetherial rumble. This track has been referred to by fans as "Dalamud Answers", and is the longest variation of the song placed in the game. This version of the song is also notable for not having been included in any official soundtrack release to date; the only way to listen to the song at present is to either get a music file extracted from the final Legacy client or a recording made during the Legacy closing event.

Final Fantasy XIV Edit

"Primal Timbre"
FFXIV Primal Timbre
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"Answers" returns to the relaunched version. It is featured in the opening FMV of the game.

During The Rising event, an altered version of "Dalamud Answers" is played at the Aftcastle in Limsa Lominsa, Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre in Old Gridania, and the Ruby Road Exchange in Ul'dah. It is notable for not having the rumbling that came with Dalamud's decent, and the pauses between each line are shorter.

The Binding Coil of Bahamut dungeon features musical themes based on Answers; the main theme of the dungeon called "Primal Timbre" shifts between a quiet, atmospheric version or a more dramatic version with heavier instrumentation based on whether the party is in combat with monsters titled Spiral, and the dungeon's "boss" theme also uses strains from the song in certain sections, though it is less obviously based on Answers.

In the Final Coil of Bahamut, the song serves as the boss theme while the party fights Bahamut Prime. In addition, a redone instrumental version of the song is played during Turn 3 while the party fights Phoenix.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Edit

TFFCC "Answers" appears as an Event Music Sequence (EMS) for Final Fantasy XIV.

Lyrics Edit

Since the song's first appearance, a number of fan transcriptions of the lyrics have appeared, most incorrect in some aspect, especially the complex layered choral parts. The official lyrics were finally posted on the Square Enix forums to coincide with the release of the "End of an Era" trailer in November 2012.

I close my eyes, tell us why must we suffer
Release your hands, for your will drags us under
My legs grow tired, tell us where must we wander
How can we carry on if redemption's beyond us?
To all of my children in whom Life flows abundant
To all of my children to whom Death hath passed his judgement
The soul yearns for honor, and the flesh the hereafter
Look to those who walked before to lead those who walk after
Shining is the Land's light of justice
Ever flows the Land's well of purpose
Walk free, walk free, walk free, believe...
The Land is alive, so believe...
Suffer [Feel] Promise [Think] Witness [Teach] Reason [Hear]
Follow [Feel] Wander [Think] Stumble [Teach] Listen [Speak]
Honor [Speak] Value [Tell] Whisper [Tell] Mention [Hope]
Ponder [Hope] Warrant [Wish] Cherish [Wish] Welcome [Roam]
Witness [Roam] Listen [Roam] Suffer [Roam] Sanction [Sleep]
Weather [Sleep] Wander [Sleep] Answer [Sleep on]
Now open your eyes while our plight is repeated
Still deaf to our cries, lost in hope we lie defeated
Our souls have been torn, and our bodies forsaken
Bearing sins of the past, for our future is taken
War born of strife, these trials dissuade us not
(Feel what? Learn what?)
Words without sound, these lies betray our thoughts
Mired by a plague of doubt, the Land, she mourns
(See what? Hear what?)
Judgement binds all we hold to a memory of scorn
Tell us why, given Life, we are meant to die, helpless in our cries?
Witness [Feel] Suffer [Think] Borrow [Teach] Reason [Hear]
Follow [Feel] Stumble [Think] Wander [Teach] Listen [Blink]
Whisper [Blink] Shoulder [Blink] Ponder [Blink] Weather [Hear]
Answer [Look] Answer [Think] Answer together
Thy Life is a riddle, to bear rapture and sorrow
To listen, to suffer, to entrust unto tomorrow
In one fleeting moment, from the Land doth life flow
Yet in one fleeting moment, for anew it doth grow
In the same fleeting moment thou must live, die and know

Live Performances Edit

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home Edit

An orchestral arrangement of "Answers" conducted by Arnie Roth and performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra is present on the third Distant Worlds album, also sung by Susan Calloway.

2014 Shangda Games' Event Edit

During Shangda Games' Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Chinese server announcement conference in China on August 20, 2014, Laure Shang (Shang Wenjie) performed a live singing of "Answers" with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. The lyrics are the same as the original version.

Distant Worlds III: more music from Final Fantasy Edit

A concert recording of "Answers" appears on this album.

Arrangement album appearances Edit

Susan Calloway's single Edit

On March 4, 2016 Susan Calloway released "The Artist Cut" version of the song on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.[2]

Notable fan covers Edit

Erutan Edit

Erutan published a fan cover of "Answers" on her Youtube's channel on February 15, 2015.

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • A slightly shortened version of the song was used in the "End of an Era" trailer.

References Edit

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