The Eight Melodies are several tunes in Mother and EarthBound. When combined, these tunes form a single melody that serves as the only vulnerability of the games' antagonist, Giygas. 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. By singing a song once shared between Maria and Giygas, the comforting memories Giygas had suppressed weakened him, ultimately causing his surrender and retreat.
In EarthBound, the songs are inherited through Ness's childhood memories and recorded to the Sound Stone, at "Your Sanctuary" zones. 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 have different melodies when put together. The Eight Melodies from EarthBound are often recognized and differentiated from the Eight Melodies from Mother by the name Smiles and Tears, due to multiple arrangements of said melody being labeled as such. Another difference between the two Eight Melodies is that the Eight Melodies from Mother, as mentioned above, serve as a vulnerability against the main antagonist, while the Eight Melodies from EarthBound serve as a portal to Magicant.
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 for long as adults had
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
Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the game was supposed to include this song as well as the Hippie music Theme, Smiles & Tears, and Because I Love You. The songs exist in the game's coding but they can only be retrieved by hacking.
As well as the Eight Melodies from Mother, they also intended to put Smiles and Tears in the game. Smiles and Tears can be heard here
Where you can hear the music Edit
- In Mother, the Eight Melodies stop at "Oh, love". The rest of the song can be found in the title screen.