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Ashes of Dreams is the main theme of NieR RepliCant and NieR Gestalt (NIER), with versions of it throughout the game and the full song during the credits.

There are a total of four versions of this song, each with a subtitle meaning "New": "New", "Aratanaru" (Japanese), "Nouveau" (French), and "Nuadhaich" (Gaelic). Each version is meant to be in the respective language, but only the English has been successfully transcribed; the latter three versions appear to be similar to the "fake" languages used throughout the game's soundtrack, but with more significant inspirations drawn directly from the languages in question. Each version is specifically used in a different ending in the game, respectively.

English LyricsEdit

Once there were trees full of birds,
Meadowlands vibrant with flowers;
Carefree the songs our children once sang
Gilding our minutes and hours.
Clouds came and covered the sun,
The breath of the baleful unease
Turning to ashes flowers in their fields,
Silenced the birds in their trees.

Hidden so deep in veils of deceit,
Imprisoned in twisting spells -
Are we the plaything of fiends, or merely the dreams
That we're telling ourselves, telling ourselves?

Strive till the phantoms are broken,
Fight till the battle is done;
The squadrons of night can't conquer the day,
Nor shadows extinguish the sun.

Stories of danger, fearless attack,
Specters of plague and pain.
All of these ghosts of our own delusions come back;
And we'll be haunted again, haunted again.

For tho the storms are over and past,
Tho the thunder's rage is quieted at last
Well this nightmare's laid me down in the rags here to mourn,
Here to mourn.
The night has left us crippled with grief
As we strive to keep alive our belief,
But a loss so great, it clouds all our hopes for the dawn.

Hidden so deep in veils of deceit,
Imprisoned in twisting spells -
Are we the plaything of fiends, or merely the dreams
That we're telling ourselves, telling ourselves?

Stories of danger, fearless attack,
Specters of plague and pain.
All of these ghosts of our own delusions are back;
Have we been fighting in vain? Fighting in vain?

VideosEdit

NIER ost - Ashes Of Dreams (English Vocal Ver06:18

NIER ost - Ashes Of Dreams (English Vocal Ver.)

NieR Soundtrack - Ashes of Dreams -Aratanaru-06:29

NieR Soundtrack - Ashes of Dreams -Aratanaru-

NieR Soundtrack - Ashes of Dreams -Nouveau-05:48

NieR Soundtrack - Ashes of Dreams -Nouveau-

NieR Soundtrack - Ashes of Dreams -Nuadhaich-05:47

NieR Soundtrack - Ashes of Dreams -Nuadhaich-

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