The Music of Britannia
by Alouicious the Bard

Throughout Sosaria, Britannians are well known for their love of music. Harps, lutes, panpipes, and and drums are as common in a Britannian home as ovens. While some Britannians prefer to make music such as Iolo and his wife Gwenno, even more enjoy listening to it. That, then, is the purpose of this exhibit: to share with the everyday person the deep and meaningful sounds of Britannia.

Of course, after 20 years of Ultima, there are nearly 100 different songs, we won't go into all of them here, but at the end, you'll find links to downloads for your listening pleasure!


We begin with the most famous (and popular) Britannian song ever written, called "Stones". The music was composed by Iolo the Bard, and the lyrics were written by Gwenno. Stones is a prime example of Old Britannian folk music. The song was written near the 100th anniversary of the founding of Britannia. It is said to be the favorite song of Lord British, and still continues to be a favorite in Britannia some 300 years later, even among the Elves.

The lyrics to Stones are seldom sung along with the instrumental piece. Here are the lyrics as originally written:

Long ago ran the sun on a folk who had a dream
And the heart and the will and the power:
They moved the earth; they carved the stone; moulded hill and channeled stream
That we might stand on the wide plains of Wiltshire

Now men asked who they were, how they built and wonder why
That they wrought standing stones of such size
What was done 'neath our shade? What was pray'ed 'neath our skies
As we stood on the wyrd plains of Wiltshire

Oh what secrets we could tell if you'd listen and be still
Rid the stink and the noise from our skirts

But you haven't got the clue and perhaps you never will
Mute we stand on the cold plains of Wiltshire

Still we loom in the mists as the ages roll away
And we say of our folk, "they are here!"
That they built us and they died and you'll not be knowing why
Save we stand on the bare plains of Wiltshire

Click Here to hear Stones

Captain Johne's Hornpipe

Captain Johne's Hornpipe is a popular tune among seafarers. It's origins are shrouded in the great tradition of legend, the story passed by word of mouth. Captain Johne was once captain of the frigate Ararat. He ferried cargo and passengers throughout Britannia, and his ship was a popular one to sail upon because Captain Johne himself was a bit of an entertainer. He and his crew kept themselves and their passengers entertained on long sea voyages with wine, women, and song. Captain Johne's Hornpipe is the name given to the Captain's most lively tune, heavily requested by seagoers.

Click Here to hear Cap'n Johne's Hornpipe

Greyson's Tale

Greyson was once a famous adventurer in Old Britannia, he would travel the lands and explore dungeons. He gained much notoriety for his work. Greyson himself was not a particularly humble man, and often boasted of his adventures, sometimes in song. Whatever the adventure, his tale always had the same tune. That's the tune we refer to today as "Greyson's Tale". It's still popular in taverns even now.

If you're interested, you can listen to Greyson's Tale:

Click Here to hear Greyson's Tale

Places of Interest

Want to hear more Ultima Music? Check out these links!

The Roland LAPC-1/SCC-1 Ultima Music Archive
This site features all but 5 songs of the Ultima Online soundtrack in MP3 format with the best MIDI software money can buy!

Techarin's Music Hall
Techarin's Hall features much of what the Music Archive above does, but they have a few remixes worth listening to.

Tom's Ultima MP3 Files
Tom's got the same idea as the other two, but he has a slighly different selection.

The Ultima 5: Lazarus Project Soundtrack
A group of people redid Ultima 5. They redid the soundtrack too. You have to hear it to believe it!

The UDIC Music Page
It's got every Ultima MIDI there ever was, preserved in its original format (except ultima online).

Mysterious Sosaria
A great website all around, featuring most of the old Ultimas in MIDI format.

Bootstrike's Ultima Music Remixes
Discover why Stones is seldom performed with the words. Regardless, they have several good tracks to offer!

Auric's Ultima Moongates
Covers a lot of what Myserious Sosaria has, plus Ultima Underworld.

The Unabridged, Original UO Soundtrack
Contains all MIDI included with Ultima Online: Charter Edition as well as those included in Third Dawn.

Ultima Online Intro Dialogue/Music
The Original UO Charter Edition intro. This is the full version, before EA removed the first half.

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