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"Melodies of Life" (Japanese), the main theme of Final Fantasy IX.

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. "Melodies of Life" is Nobuo Uematsu's favorite track on the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack.[1]

In-game, the theme is associated with the summoners' village of Madain Sari, and is the motif for Zidane Tribal and Garnet Til Alexandros XVII's romantic relationship. The theme could be seen as the theme of Gaia in juxtaposition to Terra's theme of "The Place to Call Home".


Japanese version[]




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
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 with no destination
I've been searching without a clue
I made a song to heal my heart
From the memories you gave me
Without making any promises,
Without exchanging words, without making decisions
I embraced you and confirmed
Those days will never return
You wave your hand
In my memory.
Can you
Call out my name?
Replace your overflowing tears
With shining courage
Life goes on,
Beyond the night
Continuing on to a tomorrow
That is never in doubt
How many memories have I left
In the sky beyond the flying birds?
Forgetting fleeting hopes and dreams
In places unreachable
I can say it's by chance
That we meet again,
Even though the time for us to part
Will surely come
Even though we're destined to fade away,
As long as you are alive,
Life will go on
As far as that strength goes
To its limit
Even if I die,
As long as you are alive
Life will go on
As far as that strength goes
And continue to its limit

English version[]

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

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy IX[]

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


"Melodies of Life" is one of the game's most prominent themes with several arrangements on the soundtrack. It plays during the final credit roll, and the track "Melodies of Life ~ FINAL FANTASY", the 22nd track of the original soundtracks's fourth disc, includes it.

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

  • "Memories Erased by a Storm" plays during the opening cinematic. It is the second track of the original soundtrack's first disc.
  • "Steiner Crashes into the Tower" 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 original soundtrack PLUS release.
"Over the Hill"
  • "Over the Hill" plays as the overworld theme until the endgame, and is one of the most widespread variations of "Melodies of Life". It is the 25th track of the original soundtrack's first disc.
  • "Zidane and Dagger's Song" is a short version of "Melodies of Life" with vocals by Emiko Shiratori. It plays during the FMV involving Zidane and Garnet at Lindblum Castle's tower. It is the original soundtrack PLUS release's ninth track.
  • "A Song from Her Memory" plays during the storyline sequences after Zidane meets Garnet at the Lindblum Castle tower. It is the fourth track of the original soundtrack's second disc.
"South Gate"
  • "South Gate" plays during Garnet and Steiner's visit to South Gate. It is the 11th track of the original soundtrack's second disc.
  • "Garnet's Theme" plays during Garnet's flashback with Doctor Tot in Alexandria, and later on before her coronation. It is the 20th track of the original soundtrack's second disc.
"Garnet's Theme"
  • "All Hail the New Queen" plays when Garnet returns to Alexandria to become queen. It is the game's original soundtrack PLUS release's 18th track.
  • "Girl of Madain Sari" plays when Eiko hatches a plan to write a love letter, and is a blend of "Melodies of Life" and "Eiko's Theme". It is the original soundtrack PLUS release's 32nd track.
  • "Light of Destiny" plays during the Battle of Alexandria preceding the summoning of Alexander. It is the 14th track of the original soundtrack's third disc.
  • "Zidane and Dagger Part Ways" plays in the ending as Zidane stays behind and Garnet leaves the Iifa Tree on the Hilda Garde III. It is the original soundtrack PLUS release's 28th track.
  • "Back to Kuja" plays when Zidane returns to the Iifa Tree during its fall to rescue Kuja. It is the original soundtrack PLUS release's 29th track.

The game's original soundtrack PLUS release has two unused variations of "Melodies of Life". The album's 34th track, "Main Theme", is a more lively variation of "Over the Hill", originally considered for use as the game's world map theme. "Melodies of Life (Silent Mix)" is the album's 42nd track: an arrangement by Tomoharu Hani featuring few instruments, a calm feeling throughout, and a piano solo in-between chorus repeats.


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

When the party stays at the Dali inn, Zidane hears mysterious singing, thinking it was Garnet's voice. During the party's stay at Lindblum Castle, he hears singing from the observatory post atop the castle and finds Garnet and asks her about the song. She does not remember where she learned it, having always known it. She explains she sings it when she feels sad or lonely.

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 village ruins. Zidane calls the song "our song" 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 recalls the village's destruction by Invincible and passes out. The singer was Eiko, who also knows the tune. She reveals its origins in the summoners' village from where Garnet also hails from, unknown to her since the Alexandrian royal family adopted her when she in her childhood lost her memories during a violent sea voyage following the village's decimation.

Zidaene reunites with Garnet.

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 while the others depart. Garnet returns to Alexandria to reign but never hears back from Zidane. When 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 their song.

Spoilers end here.

Final Fantasy XV[]

"Over the Hill" appears in the music player as the first track of Memories of FFIX (Disc 1) - OST album purchased from Coernix Station - Cauthess for 100 gil.

"Over the Hill -arrange- (from FINAL FANTASY IX)" is available on the Memories of DISSIDIA FF album purchased from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[]

"Over the Hill -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY IX"

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 Destiny Odyssey IX storyline stage boards.

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

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

"Over the Hill -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY IX" returns as Zidane's world map theme.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

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

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

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[]

"Over the Hill" returns as a playable Field Music Sequence. It is available to the player by default.

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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon[]

"Fragment of Memory" is an arrangement of "Over the Hill" by Yuzo Takahashi and is the 16th track on the original soundtrack.

Arrangement album appearances[]

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX[]

This album features a piano arrangement of "Melodies of Life" by Shirō Hamaguchi as its 14th track.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[]

This album features a classical guitar arrangement of "Melodies of Life" by Yuji Sekiguchi as its 19th track.

Final Fantasy IX Chips[]

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

Cafe SQ[]

"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/IX[]

"Melodies of Life" is the 12th song on this piano arrangement album.

Live performances[]

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

20020220 music from Final Fantasy[]

This concert recording includes "The Place I'll Return to Someday ~ Melodies of Life", arranged by Nobuo Uematsu and Shiro Hamaguchi, and performed live by Emiko Shiratori and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the 13th song of the line-up.

More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy[]

This live recording of an orchestral concert includes "A Place to Call Home ~ Melodies of Life", 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 11th song of the line-up.

Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final Fantasy[]

"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 appearances[]

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best Collection[]

This compilation includes the original Japanese version of "Melodies of Life" as its 16th and final track.

More Friends: Music From Final Fantasy original soundtrack[]

"Melodies of Life"'s original version was released as the 12th track of this collection of themes present in the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour.

Potion 2: Relaxin' with Final Fantasy[]

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 12th track.

Non-Square Enix appearances[]


A rearranged version of "Melodies of Life" appears as the third track on this album.

A New Dawn Ending[]

A cover version of "Melodies of Life" appears as the Japanese bonus track of the 11th album by the Italian symphonic metal band Ancient Bards.

Other media[]

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.

Sheet music[]


  1. Marc Nix (3 April, 2018). The Final Fantasy IX Team Spills All. IGN. Archived from the original on 9 February, 2019.
  2. Marc Nix (1 April, 2000). TGS: Final Fantasy IX Characters Do Coke. IGN. Archived from the original on 11 June, 2021.

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