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This article is about song lyrics, poetry, and performers. For information on instruments and compositions, see Music in the World of Avatar. For the soundtrack of Avatar: The Last Airbender, see Soundtrack of Avatar: The Last Airbender. For the soundtrack of The Legend of Korra, see The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One.

Songs have great significance in the World of Avatar and are widely enjoyed. The most popular ones are folk songs: simple melodies that are easy to follow and appreciate.

Songs

"A Foggy Water Tribe Tune"

Performed by: Tho

Set my lines by the river bed
Caught ten fish and I killed 'em dead
Cut 'em and gut 'em and I tossed the heads
In the water to keep them cat-gators fed

Tho sang this song to pass the time and celebrate having caught Appa for dinner for the tribe.[1]

"A Song for the Badgermoles"

Performed by: Wu

If you don't respect the broach,
you don't respect me.
Oh, no, no, no, no, no.
You're no better than a roach,
but I'm royalty.
I got my badgermoles with me.
You don't know what you're talking about.
Oh, badgermoles I love you, I love you.
I want to, I want to pet your snouts.

Wu performed the first part of the song to order the badgermoles to take down the Earth Empire mecha suits threatening them and the second part to thank them.[2]

"A Song for Yin"

Performed by: Wu

Oh, Yin,
you're the sweetest evacuee I've ever known.
And I just want to thank you for being so kind,
when I was living in your home.

Wu performed this tune to make the badgermoles continue digging and to thank Yin for her help.[2]

"Badgermoles"

Sokka performing for the badgermoles

Sokka sang in an attempt to appease the badgermoles.

Performed by: Sokka and Chong

Badgermoles coming toward me,
Come on guys help me out!
The big bad badgermoles, who earthbend the tunnels,
Hate the wolfbats, but love the sounds!

Sokka and Chong performed this tune to appease wild badgermoles.[3]

"Badgermoles at Republic City"

Performed by: Wu

Badgermoles, digging holes, under Republic City.
Got to run away from Kuvira today,
although I do still think she's pretty.

Wu performed this tune to command the badgermoles he had freed from the Republic City Zoo.[2]

"The Chakras Song"

Performed by: Six-armed Guru Pathik

Chakras, chakras, everybody loves chakras
Chakras, chakras, chakra sandwich tastes good
Yum!

Guru Pathik performed this song during one of Aang's hallucinations.[4]

"Don't Fall in Love with the Traveling Girl"

Performed by: Chong

Don't fall in love with the traveling girl,
She'll leave you broke, and broken hearted.
(The rest is unknown.)

Chong performed this song before he met Team Avatar.[3]

"Don't Let the Cave-in Get You Down, Sokka"

Performed by: Chong

Oh, don't let the cave-in get you down.
Don't let the falling rocks turn your smile into a frown.
When the tunnels are darkest that's when you need a clown, hey!
Don't let the cave-in get you down, Sokka!

Chong performed this song to brighten Sokka's mood, but was unsuccessful.[3]

"Fire Nation National Anthem"

Fire Nation anthem

Fire Nation Man recited the anthem at Earth Rumble VI.

Performed by: Fire Nation Man

Fire Lord
My flame burns for thee.
(The rest is unknown.)

This song was sung by Fire Nation Man before a fight against The Boulder at Earth Rumble VI. Although said to be the Fire Nation National Anthem, Fire Nation Man was not actually from the Fire Nation.[5]

"Four Seasons"

Performed by: Iroh

Winter, spring,
Summer and fall.
Winter, spring,
Summer and fall
Four seasons,
Four loves.
Four seasons,
For love.

Iroh performed this song during one of his music nights to keep his nephew's crew happy.[6] After the defeat of Phoenix King Ozai, the song was played once again by Iroh with his tsungi horn.[7]

"Girls from Ba Sing Se"

Performed by: Iroh

It's a long, long way to Ba Sing Se
But the girls in the city they look so pretty
And they kiss so sweet that you've really got to meet
The girls from Ba Sing Se!

Iroh sang this song to entertain a passerby and earn money.[1]

"The Hungry Little Lemur"

Pema entertaining

Pema sang old airbender songs in an attempt to calm down the evacuees of Republic City.

Performed by: Pema

Oh, first he ate the fruit,
then he ate the leaves.
Hungry little lemur, ate ate up all my trees.

Pema performed this tune in an attempt to amuse the bored and impatient evacuees while they waited for a train to leave Republic City during the invasion of the United Republic of Nations.[2]

"Leaves from the Vine"

Performed by: Iroh

Leaves from the vine
Falling so slow
Like fragile, tiny shells
Drifting in the foam
Little soldier boy
Come marching home
Brave soldier boy
Comes marching home
Lu Ten

Iroh sang the war ballad in memory of his deceased son, Lu Ten.

"Leaves from the Vine" is a popular children's song, and similar to a lullaby in the Fire Nation's vernacular.[8] Iroh sang it in the marketplace of Ba Sing Se to help calm down a crying boy, and later sang it in remembrance of his deceased son, Lu Ten, on the latter's birthday.[9]

"Love is in Your Heart"

Performed by: Chong

Even if you're lost you can't,
Lose the love because it's in your heart.
La la la la la (in sync with melody)

Chong performed this tune while in the Cave of Two Lovers after he shared his idea of singing a love song to escape. It was again played after they found their way out of the cave.[3]

"Nuktuk theme song"

Performed by: Narrator

Who's gonna fight for friends and freedom? Nuktuk.
He's the biggest, baddest, bendingest man I know.
Who protects the icy tundra? Nuktuk.
Battling Northies out there in the snow.
When Unalaq starts trouble, he'll punch him in the mouth.
He's Nuktuk, the hero of the South.

This song was performed by the narrator at the end of the premiere of The Adventures of Nuktuk: Hero of the South.[10]

"Secret Tunnel"

Performed by: Chong and Moku

Two lovers, forbidden from one another
A war divides their people, and a mountain divides them apart.
Built a path to be together.
... (yeah I forget the next couple of lines but, uh, then it goes.)
Chorus:
Secret tunnel!
Secret tunnel!
Through the mountain!
Secret, secret, secret, secret tunnel! Yeah!

Chong performed this tune to tell the tale of the Cave of Two Lovers and later remembered the forgotten part as "and die!".[3] This song is said to be Kya's favorite song.[11]

"Where has my Badgermole Gone?"

Performed by: Toph Beifong

Oh where,
Oh where has my
Badger-mole gone,
Oh where, oh where
Can he beeeee?

This song was performed by Toph as she proceeded to coat her clothes in a "protective layer" of dirt.[12]

"Work shanty"

Performed by: Kelsang

I've got cheeks like ripe brown fruit
They shake like boughs in the storm
I blush bright red when I see a bed
And leap at the sound of the horn

Performed by: Lee

I've got a nose like a dove-tailed deer
I run like a leaf on the wind
My arms are slight and my waist is tight
And I don't have a thought for my kin

Performed by: Kyoshi

I've got two knives that are cast in bronze
They pierce all the way to the soul
They draw you in with the promise of sin
Like the moth to the flame to the coal
I've got hair like the starless night
It sticks to my lips when I smile
I'll wind it with yours and we'll drift off course
In a ship touching hearts all the while
For the way I walk is lantern lit
That leads you into the night
I'll hold you close and love you the most
Until our end is in sight

This song is a shanty sung by sailors and farmers to make their work less mundane. The words of the song are usually changed to make the subject different each time it is sang, while others guess who the subject is. Kyoshi's rendition of the song was specifically notable, as it is supposedly similar to a love poem written by Kuruk and her singing it hinted at her identity as the next Avatar.[13]

List of known musicians

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (April 14, 2006). "The Swamp". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (December 19, 2014). "Day of the Colossus". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 25. Nick.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (March 24, 2006). "The Cave of Two Lovers". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  4. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (November 16, 2007). "Nightmares and Daydreams". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (May 5, 2006). "The Blind Bandit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  6. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 18, 2005). "The Waterbending Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  7. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  8. Nick.com archive (.XML). Nickelodeon. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. Archived on January 8, 2008.
  9. Estoesta, Joann, Wahlander, Lisa, Huebner, Andrew, Scheppke, Gary, MacMullan, Lauren, Mattila, Katie, Ridge, Justin, Volpe, Giancarlo (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 29, 2006). "The Tales of Ba Sing Se". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
  10. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (October 11, 2013). "The Sting". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  11. Andrew Sims (July 13, 2012). Legend of Korra San Diego Comic-Con fan panel – live blog. Andrew Sims on hypable. Retrieved on July 13, 2012.
  12. Torres, J. (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "Dirty Is Only Skin Deep" (May 7, 2011 [Free Comic Book Day edition]), Nickelodeon.
  13. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 16, 2019). The Rise of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.

See also

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