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 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.
Mother Lyrics Edit
Take a melody,
Simple as can be
Give it some words and
Raise your voices,
All day long now,
Love grows strong now
Sing a melody of 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.
Edit made by -KCDA
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…
Where you can hear the music Edit
- Mother's Eight Melodies 
- Earthbound's Eight Melodies ]
- Mother's Eight Melodies as they appear in Earthbound 
- Mother 3's Sixteen Melodies 
- In Mother, the Eight Melodies stop at "Oh, love". The rest of the song can be found in the title screen.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl was supposedly intended to include both Eight Melodies songs as well as the Hippie Theme, and Because I Love You. Nothing exists of the music except some internal track listings referencing it.