Ballad of the Goddess
Raises the Gate of Time
The Ballad of the Goddess is the main theme of Skyward Sword. It is heard numerous times throughout the game in many different forms. It is the first song in the Zelda series to have lyrics.
Oh youth, guided by the servant of the goddess...unite earth and sky, and bring light to the land.
Oh youth, show the two whirling sails the way to the Light Tower...and before you a path shall open, and a heavenly song you shall hear.
The Ballad of the Goddess is first heard at the start of the game. Zelda plays the song on the Goddess's Harp and sings part of the song in Hylian until her Loftwing comes. When Link arrives, Zelda is still singing, but there are subtitles with the lyrics to the first verse. It is revealed that she is practicing the song for the Wing Ceremony, where she sings it once again after placing the Bird Statuette.
Link later learns the song from The Old One in the Sealed Temple on the Goddess's Harp. When he plays it for the first time, the Gate of Time appears. He then must travel back to the sky to speak with Gaepora, who will teach him the lyrics of the second verse. The lyrics are a clue for Link to turn the two windmills on Skyloft toward the Light Tower. Link then plays the song on top of the Light Tower while Fi sings, which creates a beam of light that leads to the Isle of Songs and forms a path inside the Thunderhead.
- The first part of the Ballad of the Goddess is part of Zelda's Lullaby backwards.