Build That Wall (Zia's Theme)

Posted at 5:31 PM on 20 August 2011

Recently, Supergiant Games released the title "Bastion". You can get it on the Xbox 360 marketplace or download it from Steam for about £11.50. It has precisely two noteworthy features: The first is that there is an in-game "narrator" (kind-of like "The Stanley Parable" but not nearly as snarky) that breathes quite a lot of life into an otherwise traditional "hack and slash" dungeon-crawler. The second is the quite-sensationally-brilliant soundtrack, which is as wonderful as it is haunting.

One of the characters sings this song (this is not a spoiler):

I like this song so much, I wrote down the lyrics to help me remember them:

    Build That Wall (Zia's Theme)

    I dig my hole, you build a wall
    I dig my hole, you build a wall
    one day that wall is gonna fall

    gonna build that city on a hill
    gonna build that city on a hill
    some day those tears are gonna spill

    so build that wall
    and build it strong cause
    we'll be there before too long

    gonna build that wall up to the sky
    gonna build that wall up to the sky
    some day your bird is gonna fly

    gonna build that wall until it's done
    gonna build that wall until it's done
    but now you've got nowhere to run

    so build that wall
    and build it strong cause
    we'll be there before too long

As for the game, it's QGIP (Quite Good In Parts), although it had me screaming obscenities at the top of my lungs at several points as the developers declined to include sensible save checkpoints and preferred to incorporate enemies that can easily kill you in one or two hits right at the very end of a level (back to square one for YOU m'boy!). This can be slightly mitigated by choosing the right "tonics" from the "distillery", but by the time you get to use them properly you're sufficiently powerful for it not to be a massive problem. Grrr. (It's also very pretty to look at thanks to some lovely in-game art that makes you wish they had slightly more cash to add a bit more variety to the animation).

The soundtrack really is quite something though, and it's worth checking out for this alone. Indeed, it's available as a standalone download from here.

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Comments on "Build That Wall (Zia's Theme)"

I was turned onto the game through a friend getting the soundtrack, and loving it. It is an amazing soundtrack.

When this song plays in-game, it is an amazingly haunting moment, but selecting the two right choices at the end made it one of my all time favorite games.

"Bastion" track is really cool. I also like this track pretty much. Thanks :)

Hi Chris. Just found this site on the first page of google for windows xp(!). Hope you're doing well!

Graham

Thanks for this lyrics post! I somewhat disagree with the idea that they aren't a spoiler though. I would highly recommend playing through the game fully before carefully looking and thinking about the lyrics.

Have a nice read dude. Frankly speaking....I like this game so much. Thanks mate.

Now I have seen the full soundtrack of it.. thanks to this one. Is there anyway I can download this?

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