Shigesato Itoi, Giygas, and Boobies
A lot of people don’t realize this, but you know the end credits of EarthBound? The real credits, where the programmers and stuff are named? You know that nice, long song that plays? Itoi actually wrote lyrics for that song, though they’re never sung in the game of course. One of the thing Itoi often does is write lyrics to songs that his musician friends make, and this is just another case of it.
If you’re still not sure what song I’m talking about, here’s the song straight from EarthBound:
Anyway, these secret lyrics are included near the beginning of the MOTHER 2 instruction booklet. The instruction booklet is full of cool and interesting stuff, so if you like collecting EB stuff, you can probably find a boxed copy of MOTHER 2 online somewhere for $10 or $20. It’s really cool stuff.
Here are the lyrics in Japanese and an English translation of what they’re saying:
Smiles and Tears (Original Japanese Lyrics)
Otonatachi no hanbun mo ikitewa inai keredo
omoide no kazu naraba ryukku ni ippai sa
o ki ni iri no besubooru kyappu kakato tsubureta suniikaa
poketto no oku ni aru yo surihetta gitaa pikku
namida ga chigireru kurai kanashii koto mo atta kedo
itsudemo kimi ga boku no soba ni itekureta
tomodachi no mama iru to futari zutto omotteta
kizukanai mama tabun kimi o ai shiteta
warai attari asondari kizu tsukinagara aruku
chikamichi mawari michi mo mayoinagara oboeta
shinjirareru hito dake iru wake nai to shitemo
shinjiru haato dake wa suterarenai to shitta
ari no mama no kimi dake ga boku o tsuyoku shitekureta
itsudemo kimi ga boku o tsuyoku shitekureta
yasashii kaze ga fuku yoo ni kusa o nadeteiku yoo ni
itsudemo kimi wa egao misete aruiteta
soo namida to egao kawarugawaru ni
miseatta futari wa…..
I miss you
tooku ni hanarete
Smiles and Tears (English Translation)
(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…..
Thanks to the advent of YouTube and such, there are now videos of Japanese fans singing this and other MOTHER series songs. Here’s someone singing Smiles & Tears:
I think it would be awesome if someday they have a full version of this with an awesome singer at like one of those game music concerts they love to have in Japan. If anyone, Itoi could get it to happen.
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- BusterTheFox: Man, talk about getting logged out all the time, this time even my username got erased. O_O That’s me up there… as...
- Anonymous: If you know how to play guitar (Like I do), there are a million ways you can tell he’s faking this. XD Maybe he actually knows how...
- MightyYT: Because of my wonderful experience playing EarthBound as a young boy in 199X, I eventually became part of the fan community at...
- Flami: It didn’t work for me, but maybe that’s because I’m using SNES9x to play EARTHBOUND.
- broomweed: Wow, thanks everyone for this support! @NESter, yes, it has terrible music (although I like its text display better), but Opinionated...