Ballad of the Wind Fish

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This article is about the song from Link's Awakening. For the song from Majora's Mask, see Ballad of the Wind Fish (Majora's Mask).
Ballad of the Wind Fish
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Enables Link to wake the Wind Fish

The Ballad of the Wind Fish is a song in Link's Awakening. The song is heard several times over the course of the game, especially from Marin. It is known as a song of awakening.[1]

The first time it can be heard is from Marin. She sings the song to Link in Mabe Village next to the weathercock on many occasions.[2][3] After Link finds the Ocarina in the Dream Shrine, Marin asks Link to accompany her while she sings the song.[4] This allows Link to then play the Ballad of the Wind Fish anywhere on his ocarina.[5] Later, Link and Marin both go to Animal Village to awaken the Walrus blocking the path to Yarna Desert with this song. Marin then stays in the village to sing the Ballad of the Wind Fish to all of the animals there. The animals appear to be completely enraptured by her singing, and they will go into a trance-like state.[6][7] Later, Link meets Marin in the Tal Tal Mountain Range and is informed by the Owl that Marin attempted to sing the song to the Wind Fish and make a wish.[8]

After getting all of the Eight Instruments of the Sirens, Link uses them to play this song in front of the Wind Fish's Egg on Mt. Tamaranch to open a path into the final dungeon.[9] Finally, upon defeating the Shadow Nightmares, Link plays the Ballad of the Wind Fish, causing both himself and the Wind Fish to awaken from their dream of Koholint Island and forcing the island and all of its inhabitants to disappear.[10]

References

  1. " They say the 'Ballad of the Wind Fish' is a song of awaken- ing. I wonder, if the Wind Fish wakes up, will he make my wish come true?" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  2. "Hi! Tarin went to the forest to look for toad- stools, but I'd rather sing. Listen to this, it's called the 'Ballad of the Wind Fish.'" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  3. "Link , Tarin's taking a nap at home. I don't know how he can sleep on such a nice day! It makes me want to sing a song... Yes, the song is 'Ballad of the Wind Fish!'" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  4. "Hey! That's a nice Ocarina you have there! Will you accompany me as I sing?" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  5. "You've learned the 'Ballad of the Wind Fish!' This song will always remain in your heart!" — In-Game Description, Link's Awakening.
  6. "Oh, Link . I often come to this village to sing, too! It seems that just about everyone loves my 'Ballad of the Wind Fish!' Link , what is your favorite song?" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  7. "... ... ... ... It seems to be totally absorbed in Marin's song!" — In-Game Description of animals, Link's Awakening.
  8. "Hoot! That girl sang her song in front of the Egg! Her 'Ballad of the Wind Fish' is a song of awakening! Did she actually intend to wake the Wind Fish?! The next Sirens' Instrument is in the west. Play your melodies so the unliving stones might hear! Show your courage! The Wind Fish waits for you! Hoot!" — Owl, Link's Awakening.
  9. "Hoooot! The Wind Fish sleeps long and dreamily in the Egg above... When you play the eight Siren Instruments in front of the Egg he will awaken. This, my friend, is the only way for you to leave the island! Hoo!" — Owl, Link's Awakening.
  10. " ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... I AM THE WIND FISH... LONG HAS BEEN MY SLUMBER... IN MY DREAMS... AN EGG APPEARED AND WAS SURROUNDED BY AN ISLAND, WITH PEOPLE, ANIMALS, AN ENTIRE WORLD! ... ... ... ... BUT, VERILY, IT BE THE NATURE OF DREAMS TO END! WHEN I DOST AWAKEN, KOHOLINT WILL BE GONE... ONLY THE MEMORY OF THIS DREAM LAND WILL EXIST IN THE WAKING WORLD... SOMEDAY, THOU MAY RECALL THIS ISLAND... THAT MEMORY MUST BE THE REAL DREAM WORLD... ... ... ... ... COME, Link ... LET US AWAKEN... TOGETHER!! PLAY THE EIGHT INSTRUMENTS! PLAY THE SONG OF AWAKENING!!" — Wind Fish, Link's Awakening.