Epona's Song

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"Epona's Song" is a recurring Song in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] It is used to call Epona. It is mentioned in Ocarina of Time that "Epona's Song" was composed by Malon's mother.[2]


The full version of Epona's Song is in binary form, with 16 bars in both the A section and B section for a total of 32 bars with a 4-bar intro. The entire piece consists of 4-bar phrase lengths, is played with a slight eighth-note swing, and is in 3/4 time. It should be noted that this is the only piece in the whole game the uses a swing eighth-note rhythm. Even more unusual is the fact that the vocal part does not follow the swing rhythm and instead plays it straight, a technique commonly used to create rhythmic clash and a little bit of tension.

Harmonically, the A section is based in D Major, although the tonic basis is fairly ambiguous until the 8th bar which gives a V7 chord (A7) going into I (D). The B section is based in F Major with great harmonic variety, ultimately ending in another A7 which provides a smooth turnaround into the A section again.[3]

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, "Epona's Song" can be learned from Malon, Epona's owner, in Lon Lon Ranch when Link is a child.[4] Initially, Link can play this on his Ocarina to tame Epona and beck her to come. After the horse is won from Ingo at Lon Lon Ranch, playing the song as an adult allows Link to call Epona and ride her. Whenever this song is played, Epona travels to wherever Link is in Hyrule Field, Lake Hylia, Gerudo Fortress, and some other outdoor areas.

If Link has an Empty Bottle, "Epona's Song" can also be played around cows to earn Milk.[5]

Malon can be heard singing this song in Hyrule Castle as a child or at night at Lon Lon Ranch as an adult,[6] depending on how much the game has progressed.

Majora's Mask

"Epona's Song" can also be played on Link's Ocarina to call Epona in Majora's Mask, but only after Link first finds her in a pen at Romani's Ranch. Once again, it is only effective in areas Epona can reach, such as Termina Field or certain portions of Great Bay Coast. "Epona's Song" is taught by Romani after Link agrees to help her save the ranch from the Ghosts.[7]

The Minish Cap

"Epona's Song" makes a cameo appearance in The Minish Cap. Every time Link speaks with Malon, this melody will play.

Twilight Princess

"Epona's Song" appears again in Twilight Princess. Rather than playing a musical instrument, Link must blow into a piece of Horseshoe Grass to perform the song and call Epona. Later on, the portable Horse Call allows this song to be played anywhere, instead of just where certain patches of grass can be found.

While in Wolf form, Link can howl the song to summon Epona whenever he is near a patch of Horseshoe Grass. However, he can only ride Epona while in human form.

Ilia's theme is also a rearranged version of "Epona's Song".

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, "Epona's Song" plays as part of the background music played by various Stables. Kass will play "Epona's Song" and at the Foothill Stable he will state that their are many theories as to this song's origins, though according to his teacher, the Court Poet who served the Royal Family of Hyrule before the Great Calamity, it is the song the ancient hero used to upon his horse.[8]

"Epona's Song" also plays at the fountain of Malanya in F major.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

"Epona's Song" is part of the "Ocarina of Time Medley" in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and it appears alongside other familiar melodies such as the "Song of Storms", "Zelda's Lullaby", "Saria's Song", and the "Song of Time".

Hyrule Warriors

"Epona's Song" makes a cameo appearance in Hyrule Warriors. Whenever Link completes certain stages, a cutscene depicting Epona riding will play and Link will race to catch up with her and subsequently ride her. In the following screens, "Epona's Song" will play instead of the standard post-battle theme.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

"Epona's Song" appears as part of the "Ocarina of Time Medley" track in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

"Epona's Song" is featured as part of the "Ocarina of Time Medley" track in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


For the Ocarina of Time Re-Arranged Album released in Japan in 1999, "Epona's Song" received official lyrics co-written by Shigeru Miyamoto and Akihito Toda, and performed by Emiko Shiratori.[9]

These lyrics reappeared on the 2003 album Mario & Zelda Big Band Live, where they were performed by Seiko.[10] This album's liner notes contained the lyrics translated into English by Chris Kohler.

Japanese Romanization English
エポナの歌 Epona no Uta "Epona's Song"

エポナ エポナ そばにおいで
二人でいれば 寂しくなんかない

だから エポナ ここにいて
おまえだけを 守ってあげる

月が沈み 太陽と

エポナ エポナ そばにおいで
二人でいれば 悲しくなんかない

だから エポナ ここにいて
わたしの歌を 聞いていてね

Hmm‥ Hmm‥
おまえのために かあさんが

Hmm‥ Hmm‥
二人でいれば 悲しくなんかない

Hmm‥ Hmm‥
忘れないでね この歌

Epona, Epona, soba ni oide
Futari de ireba, sabishiku nanka nai

Dakara, Epona, koko ni ite
Omae dake o, mamotte ageru

Kōshite iru to omoi dasu
Ano hi no yoake
Tsuki ga shizumi, taiyō to
Omae ga umareta

Epona, Epona, soba ni oide
Futari de ireba, kanashiku nanka nai

Dakara, Epona, koko ni ite
Watashi no uta o, kiite ite ne

Hmm‥ Hmm‥
Kōshite iru to omoi dasu
Ano koro no koto
Omae no tame ni kāsan ga
Tsukutta kono uta

Hmm‥ Hmm‥
Futari de ireba, kanashiku nanka nai

Hmm‥ Hmm‥
Wasurenaide ne kono uta
Kono uta‥

Epona, Epona, come over here
With you by my side, I'll never be lonely

So Epona, won't you stay right here
And I'll protect you

This makes me remember
The dawn of that day
When the moon disappeared and the sun rose
You were born

Epona, Epona, come over here
With you by my side, I'll never be sad

So Epona, stay right here
And listen to my song...

Oooh... Oooh...
This makes me remember
That time way back when
Just for you, my mother
Wrote this song

Oooh... Oooh...
With you by my side, I'll never be sad

Oooh... Oooh...
Don't ever forget this song
This song...



ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
エポナの歌 (Epona no Uta) (OoT)[14]Same as English.
The Italian Republic
Canzone di Epona (OoT | OoT3D | MM3D)[11][12][13]Epona's song
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 96 (OoT | MM)
  2. "My mother composed this song. Isn't it nice? Let's sing together." — Malon (Ocarina of Time)
  3. Music in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time , Cruise Elroy.
  4. "My mother composed this song. Isn't it nice? Let's sing together." — Malon (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "Moooooooooo! What a nice song... It reminds me of the pasture... That song makes me feel so good, I can produce a lot of milk!" — Cow (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Please keep it secret from Mr. Ingo that I sing this song..." — Malon (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "The horse seems to like this song." — Romani (Majora's Mask)
  8. "Ah, we meet again! How are you holding up? In case you were wondering about the song I perform at the stables, there are many theories about its origin. But according to my teacher, it was a song performed by the ancient hero to call his horse companion. If you ever feel like hearing it, feel free to drop by. Anyway, time to get back to it..." — Kass (Breath of the Wild)
  9. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA -OCARINA OF TIME- / Re-Arranged Album | TKCA-71824 , VGMdb.
  11. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 96
  12. "Hai imparato la Canzone di Epona!" — Malon (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
  13. "Hai suonato la canzone di Epona." — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  14. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 154