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The Eight Melodies are several melodic fragments found in Mother and EarthBound. When combined, these fragments create tunes that serve as important plot devices in each game. It is explained by Maria in Ninten's Magicant that this is because the Eight Melodies are a song she would sing to Giygas, whom she raised from infancy. In Mother, by singing the Eight Melodies, Ninten and friends are able to reawaken comforting memories Giygas had suppressed, ultimately weakening him and causing his retreat. In Earthbound, the Eight Melodies transport Ness to his own Magicant, where he confronts his nightmare and awakens great inner strength. 

In Mother, the songs are earned from living things and from objects. In order, they are obtained from a doll, a bird, a monkey, a piano, a cactus, a dragon, EVE, and lastly, George 's gravestone.

In EarthBound, the songs are inherited through Ness's childhood memories and recorded to the Sound Stone, at "Your Sanctuary" locations. To truly understand himself and enter his mind, Ness must record all eight of these melodies to the Sound stone to gain access to "Your World", Magicant.

Despite sharing the same name in-game, the Eight Melodies from Mother and EarthBound are actually different tunes altogether. The Mother Eight Melodies appears in Earthbound as part of the track entitled "A Flash of Memory," though it is heavily truncated and is subjected to delay effects.

A difference between the two Eight Melodies is that the Eight Melodies from Mother, as mentioned above, act as a vulnerability of the main antagonist, while the Eight Melodies from EarthBound serve to transport Ness to Magicant, where he overcomes his nightmare.

The original Mother version of the song plays in the Japanese commercial, promoting the game's slogan, "No crying until the end(ing)" (エンディングまで泣くんじゃない, Endingu made nakun janai). It has been heavily associated with the Mother franchise since then.

In Mother 3, a tune similar to Eight Melodies can be heard. Instead it is called 16 Melodies, which is a combination of Mother's Eight Melodies, Mother 2/EarthBound's Eight Melodies and Mother 3's Love Theme. In the song, Eight Melodies plays from 0:48 to 1:16, Smiles and Tears plays from 1:20 to 1:50, and the Mother 3 Love Theme plays from 1:29 to 4:00.

Lyrics Edit

Mother Lyrics Edit

Take a melody,
Simple as can be
Give it some words and
Sweet harmony
Raise your voices,
All day long now,
Love grows strong now
Sing a melody of love
Oh, love

Love is the power
Love is the glory
Love is the beauty
And the joy of spring

Love is the magic
Love is the story
Love is the melody
We all can sing


EarthBound Lyrics Edit

Note: The original song was in Japanese, the English is only a translation.

I haven't lived as long as adults have

I have nothing but my bike and red hat

A smile, a laugh, and you in my heart

As well as my baseball bat.


There is a post from Earthbound Central though that has translated the whole song. This is what he wrote in the post.

“ (Note that these aren’t meant to go with the melody, they’re just  straight translations)

I haven’t lived even half as long as adults have,

but I do have plenty of memories in my backpack

My favorite baseball cap, my sneakers with worn-out heels

Deep in my pocket is my worn-down guitar pick

There were some things sad enough to make tears come out,

but you were always by my side

I thought of the two of us as just friends the whole time

I probably loved you without ever realizing it.

We walked while we laughed, played, and got hurt

I realized it as we took shortcuts and went in circles:

that even if you can’t believe in everyone

you can’t cast aside a heart you do believe in

You made me stronger just being who you are

Like a gentle wind blowing and swaying the grass

you always walked with a smile

Yes, the two who shared smiles and tears one after the other…..

(I miss you)

…..are now far apart…..”

So the world was saved......

Now remember that this is from a post and is a relatively rough translation, but enjoy the free info.

Bibliography for the edit:

“Smiles & Tears – Lyrics.” Weblog post. RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 September. 2013.

<http://earthboundcentral.com/2009/01/smiles-tears-lyrics/>.

Edit made by -KCDA

Melodic LyricsEdit

The following set of lyrics below this set of italicized lines is a modified variation of the lyrics, meant to better fit in with the melody:

Grown ups have seen- so much more- than me

So many things- that I still- want to see

So I- took my back-pack- in-to the world

and filled- it with- memories

My fav’rite base-ball cap- on my head

My worn out snea-kers, a fa-ded white and red

My lu-cky guitar- pick shi-ny and clear

Safe- in my po-cket, right here.

Though sometimes I- got- sad- and almost cried

You were al-ways- with- me-, by- my side.

I knew- that- we- were friends to the core

But may-be it was- something more

(Instrumental music plays.)

Together we- walked that road- for so long

We laughed, we played,- we got hurt,- we grew strong

Ta-king short-cuts, and- getting lost,

I learned- what I’d known- all along:

That even if- you- can’t- believe

In the good-ness of ev-eryone- you meet

Sometimes- you- know-, and you can’t let go

Belie-ving in- your friend

And just by be-ing- there,- you see,

Just by be-ing- who- you’d al-ways be

You helped- me- grow-, you helped me to know

The stro-nger, ha-ppier me

Like a gen-tle breeze,- through grass- and- trees

You al-ways carr-ied a smile

Yes we,- who- shared- our smiles- and our tears…

…we two- are now…

…far apart.

Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit

Super Smash Bros. Brawl was originally intended to include both Eight Melodies songs as well as the Hippie Theme, and Because I Love You. These songs exist in the game's coding but they can only be retrieved by hacking.

The arrangement of Mother's Eight Melodies originally intended for inclusion can be heard here

Where you can hear the music Edit

  • Mother's Eight Melodies [1]
  • Earthbound's Eight Melodies [2]]
  • Mother's Eight Melodies as they appear in Earthbound [3]
  • Mother 3's Sixteen Melodies [4]

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TriviaEdit

  • In Mother, the Eight Melodies stop at "Oh, love". The rest of the song can be found in the title screen.

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