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Melodies of Life (Japanese), the Main Theme of Final Fantasy IX.
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It's okay. Keep singing. 'Cause it's our song, right?
—Zidane Tribal

"Melodies of Life" is the main theme and vocal theme song of Final Fantasy IX. The song was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and sung in both Japanese and English by Emiko Shiratori. In-game, the theme is associated with the summoners' village of Madain Sari, and is the motif for the romantic relationship between Zidane Tribal and Garnet Til Alexandros XVII.

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IXEdit

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"Melodies of Life", being the game's main theme, is one of its most prominent themes with several arrangements present on the soundtrack. In-game, it plays in the final credit roll, and is included in the track "Melodies of Life ~ FINAL FANTASY", the twenty-second track of the original soundtracks's four disc.

Among the variations of "Melodies of Life" are the following themes:

  • "Memories Erased by a Storm", which plays during the game's opening cinematic. It is the second track of the game's original soundtrack's first disc.
  • "Steiner Crashes into the Tower", which is heard in the FMV between the events at Alexandria Castle and the subsequent play at the Prima Vista. It is the second track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release.
  • "Over the Hill", which plays as the overworld theme until disc 4, and is one of the most widespread variations of "Melodies of Life". It is the twenty-fifth track of the game's original soundtrack's first disc.
  • "Zidane and Dagger's Song", a short version of "Melodies of Life", used for the FMV involving Zidane and Garnet at Lindblum Castle's tower, with vocals by Emiko Shiratori. It is the ninth track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release.
  • "A Song from Her Memory", which plays in the storyline sequences after the FMV above. It is the fourth track of the game's original soundtrack's second disc.
  • "South Gate", which plays during Garnet and Steiner's visit to Aerbs Mountains's South Gate at the start of disc 2. It is the eleventh track of the game's original soundtrack's second disc.
  • "Garnet's Theme", which plays during Garnet's flashback with Doctor Tot in Alexandria in disc 2 and before her coronation at the start of disc 3. It is the twentieth track of the game's original soundtrack's second disc.
  • "All Hail the New Queen", which plays during the opening cinematic of disc 3, where Garnet returns to Alexandria. It is the eighteenth track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release. It is the eighteenth track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release.
  • "Girl of Madain Sari", which plays throughout the sequences in which Eiko hatches a plan to write a love letter, and is a blend of both "Melodies of Life" and "Eiko's Theme". It is the thirty-second track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release.
  • "Light of Destiny", which plays during the Defense of Alexandria preceding the summoning of Alexander. It is the fourteenth track of the game's original soundtrack's third disc.
  • "Zidane and Dagger Part Ways", which plays in the ending as Zidane stays behind as Garnet leaves the Iifa Tree on the Hilda Garde III. It is the twenty-eighth track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release.
  • "Back to Kuja", which plays when Zidane returns to the Iifa Tree during its fall to rescue Kuja. It is the twenty-ninth track of the game's original soundtrack PLUS release.

Two unused variations of "Melodies of Life" are present in the game's original soundtrack PLUS release. "Main Theme", which is the thirty-fourth track of the album, and "Melodies of Life" (Silent Mix) the forty-second track of the album: an arrangement by Tomoharu Hani which features few instruments and a calm feeling throughout, and a piano solo in-between chorus repeats.

StoryEdit

I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song.

When the party stays at the Dali inn, Zidane hears a mysterious singing, thinking it was Garnet's voice. During the party's stay at Lindblum Castle Zidane hears a singing from the observatory post atop the castle and investigates. He finds Garnet, and asks her about the song. She says she does not remember where she learned it, but claims to have always known it.

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Zidane catches Garnet singing in Madain Sari.

When the party ventures to the Outer Continent they meet Eiko Carol, the last survivor of the summoners' village of Madain Sari, who takes them to the ruins of the village. The theme is dubbed "our song" by Zidane after he catches Garnet singing it in Madain Sari. They board a row boat and while floating below the village hear the song again, but this time it is not Garnet's singing. Zidane wonders who is singing it, and Garnet says the place looks familiar, and recalls the village's destruction by Invincible and passes out. It is discovered the singer was Eiko who also knows the tune, revealing its origins in the summoners' village from where Garnet also hails from, unknown to her having been adopted to the Alexandrian royal family when she in her childhood lost her memories during a violent sea voyage following the village's decimation.

After the party defeats Trance Kuja and Necron in Crystal World, they return to the base of the Iifa Tree, and Zidane remains behind to look for Kuja in the Iifa Tree while the others depart. Garnet returns to Alexandria to reign but never hears back from Zidane, as Iifa Tree was destroyed. Some time later, Tantalus Theater Troupe returns to Alexandria to perform I Want To Be Your Canary. During the play's climax the actor playing Marcus casts aside his cloak to reveal his identity as Zidane. Garnet rushes to the stage to reunite with him and asks how he survived. Zidane explains he wanted to come home to her and sang her song.

Lyrics (Japanese Version)Edit

Japanese lyrics
宛てもなく彷徨っていた
手がかりもなく探しつづけた
あなたがくれた想い出を
心を癒す詩にして
約束もすることもなく
交わす言葉も決めたりもせず
抱きしめそして確かめた
日々は二度と帰らぬ
記憶の中の
手を振るあなたは
わたしの
名を呼ぶことが出来るの
あふれるその涙を
輝く勇気にかえて
いのちはつづく
夜を越え
疑うことのない
明日へとつづく
飛ぶ鳥の向こうの空へ
いくつの記憶預けただろう
儚い希望も夢も
届かぬ場所に忘れて
めぐり逢うのは
偶然と言えるの
別れる
時が必ず来るのに
消えゆく運命でも
君が生きている限り
いのちはつづく
永遠に
その力の限り
どこまでも
わたしが死のうとも
君が生きている限り
いのちはつづく
永遠に
その力の限り
どこまでもつづく
Japanese Romaji;
Ate mo naku samayotteita
Tegakari mo naku sagashi tsuzuketa
Anata ga kureta omoide o
Kokoro o iyasu uta ni shite
Yakusoku mo suru koto mo naku
Kawasu kotoba mo kimetari mo sezu
Dakishime soshite tashikameta
Hibi wa nido to kaeranu
Kioku no naka no
Te o furu anata wa
Watashi no
Na o yobu koto ga dekiru no
Afureru sono namida o
Kagayaku yuuki ni kaete
Inochi wa tsuzuku
Yoru o koe
Utagau koto no nai
Ashita e to tsuzuku
Tobu tori no mukou no sora e
Ikutsu no kioku azuketa darou
Hakanai kibou mo yume mo
Todokanu basho ni wasurete
Meguriau no wa
Guuzen to ieru no
Wakareru
Toki ga kanarazu kuru no ni
Kieyuku unmei demo
Kimi ga ikiteiru kagiri
Inochi wa tsuzuku
Eien ni
Sono chikara no kagiri
Doko made mo
Watashi ga shinou tomo
Kimi ga ikiteiru kagiri
Inochi wa tsuzuku
Eien ni
Sono chikara no kagiri
Doko made mo tsuzuku
English Translation
I was wandering without a destination
I continued to search without any clues
Making the memories you gave to me
Into a song to heal my heart
The days when, without making any promises,
Without exchanging words or consciously deciding,
You embraced me and sought me out;
Those days will never return
The you who touches my hand
Within my memories
Can still call
Out my name
Change those flowing tears
Into shining courage
Life goes on,
Continuing beyond the night
Into a tomorrow
Which has never been doubted
I wonder how many memories have been left
To the sky beyond the flying birds
While forgetting even fleeting hopes and dreams
In an unreachable place
How can you say that happening upon each other
Was a coincidence,
Even when the time for us to part
Will surely come?
Even though I am fated to fade away,
As long as you are alive
Life will go on
For eternity;
All the way to the limits
Of that strength
Even if I were to die,
As long as you are alive,
Life will go on
For eternity;
All the way to the limits
Of that strength

Lyrics (English Version)Edit

Alone for a while I've been searching through the dark,
For traces of the love you left inside my lonely heart,
To weave by picking up the pieces that remain,
Melodies of life - love's lost refrain
Our paths they did cross, though I cannot say just why
We met, we laughed, we held on fast, and then we said goodbye
And who'll hear the echoes of stories never told?
Let them ring out loud till they unfold
In my dearest memories,
I see you reaching out to me
Though you're gone,
I still believe that you can call out my name
A voice from the past, joining yours and mine
Adding up the layers of harmony
And so it goes, on and on
Melodies of life,
To the sky beyond the flying birds - forever and beyond
So far and away, see the bird as it flies by
Gliding through the shadows of the clouds up in the sky
I've laid my memories and dreams upon those wings
Leave them now and see what tomorrow brings
In your dearest memories,
Do you remember loving me?
Was it fate that
Brought us close and now leaves me behind?
A voice from the past, joining yours and mine
Adding up the layers of harmony
And so it goes, on and on
Melodies of life,
To the sky beyond the flying bird - forever and on
If I should leave this lonely world behind,
Your voice will still remember our melody
Now I know we'll carry on
Melodies of life,
Come circle round and grow deep in our hearts,
As long as we remember

Sheet musicEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

An arrangement of "Over the Hill" by Mitsuto Suzuki titled "Over the Hill -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY IX" is featured as the background theme of the stage boards of the Destiny Odyssey IX storyline.

"Over the Hill -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY IX" is the ninth track of Dissidia Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack's second disc.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

As with all themes from Dissidia Final Fantasy, "Over the Hill -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY IX" returns in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as Zidane's world map theme.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

For the Nintendo 3DS version "Melodies of Life ~ Final Fantasy" is used as the ending theme for Final Fantasy IX's Series play. "Over the Hill" was selected as the representative Field Music Sequence of Final Fantasy IX's Series play.

For the iOS version "Over the Hill" can be downloaded as part of Final Fantasy IX's Field Music Basic Bundle, as well as "Dark City Treno". "Melodies of Life ~ Final Fantasy" can be downloaded as part of Final Fantasy IX's Other Field Music Bundle, as well as "Not Alone".

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonEdit

"Fragment of Memory" is an arrangement of "Over the Hill" by Yuzo Takahashi and is the sixteenth track in the original soundtrack.

Arrangement album appearancesEdit

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IXEdit

A piano arrangement of "Melodies of Life" by Shirō Hamaguchi is featured in this album as its fourteenth track.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best CollectionEdit

A classical guitar arrangement of "Melodies of Life" by Yuji Sekiguchi is featured in this album as its nineteenth track.

Final Fantasy IX ChipsEdit

An 8-bit arrangement of "Over the Hill" by ajiponn is the second track of this album.

Cafe SQEdit

"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY IX "Over the Hill" / yuxuki waga" is a song on this arrangement album with music arranged to the theme of music that plays in cafes.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IXEdit

"Melodies of Life" is the twelfth song in this piano arrangement album.

Live performancesEdit

"Melodies of Life" is a popular song at orchestral Final Fantasy concerts and is often played along with the theme from the same game "A Place to Call Home".

20020220 music from Final FantasyEdit

"The Place I'll Return to Someday ~ Melodies of Life", arranged by Nobuo Uematsue and Shiro Hamaguchi, was performed live by Emiko Shiratori and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, is included on this concert recording. It was the thirteenth song of the line-up.

More Friends - Music from Final FantasyEdit

"A Place to Call Home ~ Melodies of Life" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arnie Roth at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005. It was the eleventh song of the line-up.

Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final FantasyEdit

"Melodies of Life" is featured in this orchestral concert recording—named "A Place to Call Home - Melodies of Life"—and is sung by American singer Susan Calloway. It was the fourth song of the line-up.

Compilation Album appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best CollectionEdit

The original Japanese version of "Melodies of Life" is included on this compilation as its sixteenth and final track.

More Friends: Music From Final Fantasy original soundtrackEdit

"Melodies of Life"'s original version was released as the twelfth track of this collection of themes present in the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour.

Potion 2: Relaxin' with Final FantasyEdit

The piano arrangement of "Melodies of Life" by Shiro Hamaguchi from the Piano Collections release of Final Fantasy IX is included on this album as its twelfth track.

Non-Square Enix appearancesEdit

EXIT TRANCE PRESENTS FamiTrance EXEdit

A rearranged version of "Melodies of Life" appears as the third track in this album.[1]

A New Dawn EndingEdit

A cover version of "Melodies of Life" appears as the Japanese bonus track of the eleventh album by the Italian symphonic metal band Ancient Bards.

Other AppearancesEdit

Coca-Cola CommercialEdit

Coca-Cola commercial

Final Fantasy IX was heavily marketed before and after its release. Starting on March 6, 2000[2], months before its July 7 release date, Final Fantasy IX characters were used in a Japanese Coca-Cola commercial produced by Squaresoft (now Square Enix), made in similar style as the game's in-game FMVs where Zidane and his friends chase a Coca-Cola bottle cap through Alexandria. The melody from "Melodies of Life" plays in the beginning of the commercial, and the music for it is included on the Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack.

TriviaEdit

  • "Melodies of Life" is Nobuo Uematsu's favorite track on the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack.[3]

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