Songs Of Middle Earth

by The Ring-Bearers

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THE KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Beyond The Pale)

With the Kellaways in an indefinite hiatus, and only a handful of songs written for what would eventually become Been Away (2006), Kiwi Peter Jackson entered the scene. Previously known for his cigarettes and suit-making, he had apparently made a foray into film. Alf, being a great sceptic about films from books, reluctantly entered the cinema.

Now Alf in earlier times was a Tolkien nut, versed in the Silmarillion and able to quote the lineage of all the great Elves. LOTR the movie rekindled the interest and he exited the theatre with a digression in mind. Paradise: Lost had included the then throw-away ‘Elrond’s Song’ and this was the starting point.

Now operating in Cubase, Alf produced another 5 songs and an EP, which tweaked John’s interest. Thus did the Kellaways temporarily morph into The Ring Bearers. A final two songs and the replacement by John of all Alf’s looped acoustic bits and pieces with some proper playing, brought the songs nearer to respectability.

This is where Ken took the reins, a man who had no interest in Gandalf and Frodos’ exploits. What’s more, he could hear the acoustic envelope the songs already had – and with great courage, took on fairy tales and Matons again. All 8 songs were then loaded into the Back Pocket engine, where some serious additions, rebuilding of arrangements and recording of final vocals resulted in Songs of Middle Earth, Ken defying the odds in a fine production, in the album-as-a story genre.

The songs focus chronologically on the key events influencing the War of The Ring and the album finishes with the sad last moment of the great Elvish era - the changing of the age from the fabulous to the dynamic, but terrific, reign of mankind.

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released June 1, 2005

Songs and vocals: Alf Davies

Backing vocals, acoustic 6 & 12 string Matons, mandolin: John Dean

Guitars, dobro, keyboards, bass, percussion, backing vocals, engineering & production: Ken Stephenson

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Track Name: Durin's Bane (Balrog)
DURIN'S BANE (BALROG)

If you dig down too deep, you don't know what you'll find
For Durin, the Dwarves still weep, evil deeds of ancient times

They appeared in Middle-Earth, a long, long time ago
Small in stature, big of heart, as Durin's folk were known
Deep in the Misty Mountains, their halls were grand and vast
For mithril were they seeking, for treasures that would last

Down, down, down into the ground
Down, down, down into the ground
Then they heard the awful sound
The Bal-rog, Bal-rog
The Balrog, of Moria

If you delve down too deep, you don't know what you'll gain
A treasure you can keep, or you may loose Durin's Bane

With Elvish skills they blended their mastery of the forge
Swords and armour rendered, the scourge of trolls and orcs
But finally their delving, unleashed an evil great
The Balrog of Thangorodrim, slew the King, and sealed the gate

Down, down, down into the ground
Down, down, down into the ground
Then they heard the awful sound
The Bal-rog, Bal-rog
The Balrog, of Moria

They delved down too deep, loosed a spirit old and fell
As you sow, thus you reap, none would live to tell
Track Name: Ent Song
ENT SONG

I may look like a tree, but I'm not what I seem
When you deal with me, looks can deceive
When the word is sent, to slow-stirring Ents
We may take our time, no haste to receive

I am the oldest one, the Elves were still to come
I've been working here, for thousands of years
Fangorn my name and home, ages come and go
There are few who know, the keepers of the trees

But look out Saruman, now we know the truth
Can't recall such anger here, since I was just a youth
Look out Saruman, your towers will come down
Your power comes to nothing now, so take a look around

In Isengard we put our trust
The Istari, wise and just
But you have turned and so we turn on you

Hoom hom boom boom rum boom boorar boom hom
Dahrar hom dahrar boom um hom boom dahrar boorar boom

In Fangorn I have dwelt, and Orthanc we'd felt
Was safe with Saruman, but now we understand
I see Sauron's hand, shadows cross the land
It's time for Ents to stand, our anger is fanned

So, look out Saruman, we know you've seen the eye
Sauron may have won your heart, but we can read the lie
Look out Saruman, we hear the Huorns tread
Your orcs are just a nuisance pack, they'll be piling up your dead
Yeah, look out Saruman, your world soon in shreds
Your servants' axes not a match, for the fury of the Ents
So, look out Saruman, yeah, look out Saruman
Look out Saruman, look out Saruman
So, look out Saruman, yeah, look out Saruman
Look out Saruman, look out Saruman
Track Name: The Paths of the Dead
THE PATHS OF THE DEAD

Aragorn rides, to the sea
They leave in the dawn, but black are the trees
He goes where no one except him would dare
He leads with the courage to counter despair
He rides, and others must follow

The company pass, the Dark Door to a cave
Great fear overcome, by a leader so brave
A terror that great, even dwarves dread to enter
Dead ahead and behind, with them in the centre
A murmur, of ghosts who must follow

So ride, and don't glance back
Ride, just look ahead
Ride, don't fall back
We ride the Paths of the Dead
We ride the Paths of the Dead

From Haunted Paths down, the company's borne
To the Stone of Erech, the oath-breakers sworn
The debt is called in, in this hour of need
The spirits are summoned, and Aragorn leads
And the shadow host grows, as it follows

The Southron in rout, none could stand firm
With the Shadows about, the tide on the turn
Sauron now troubled, the King on the rise
The gnawing of doubt, and the fear of surprise
They ride, resistance is hollow

So ride, and don't glance back
Ride, just look ahead
Ride, don't fall back
We ride the Paths of the Dead
We ride the Paths of the Dead

We ride the Paths of the Dead, we ride the Paths of the Dead
We ride the Paths of the Dead, we ride the Paths of the Dead
We ride the Paths of the Dead
Track Name: The Horns Of Rohan
THE HORNS OF ROHAN

Gondor calls, it must not fall
The outer wall is vulnerable
So blow the horns, our past reborn
With faces grim, we're the Rohirrim

We must stay calm, Ghan Buri Ghan
The path he'll show, a forgotten road
So blow the horns, there'll be no dawn
Though the day is dim, we're still Rohirrim

Our foes and fire before you
Your homes are far behind
The horns of Rohan, they call you
Let's hope we're there in time

The Nazgul flies, toward the prize
The Gate now lies, cut down to size
So blow the horns, the Mark has sworn
Though our chance is slim, we're still Rohirrim

So ride, let's ride, if we must die
We'll fight the fight, go down with pride
So blow the horns, if our women mourn
At least they'll sing, of brave Rohirrim

Our foes and fire before you
Your homes are far behind
The horns of Rohan, they call you
Let's hope we're there in time

Our foes and fire before you
Your homes are far behind
The horns of Rohan, they call you
Let's hope we're there in time
Track Name: The Final Battle
THE FINAL BATTLE

Sauron's angry, his Lord Nazgul fallen
Wants to crush his foes into dust
That wizard poser with his puny forces
He'll deal with him as he must
But one thing gnaws away inside
One thing just isn't right
Where's the ring he's been looking for all these years?

Men and Elves have gathered, few in number
They know their hopes are less than bad
Standing tall, with gaze unflinching
A cause for which they will die glad
Gandalf's face conceals dismay
Aragorn is strong but grey
Where's the ring we've been hiding all these years?

It's the end either way, of good or the Elves
As Elrond keeps saying, we must do for ourselves
The end of an Age, and the world we have known
As Gandalf reminds us, we're out on our own
We're out on our own

The first assault, barely held back
Gandalf's fears are for the worst
Scans the sky for signs of eagles soaring
If there's hope they'll know it first
The Nazgul flee, as the sun gleams red
Eagles diving, on the north wind sped
Suddenly the sky is rent with fire

Frodo standing at the Crack of Doom now
Fights to throw the loathsome thing
Gollum sneaking, a last fling for Precious
Bites the finger and the ring
Falls forever, the world remade
Eagles swooping, the brave pair saved
The battle over as evil just falls short

It's the end of Sauron, and the end of the Elves
As Elrond keeps saying, we must do for ourselves
The end of a battle, the War is not won
As Gandalf reminds us, the road goes ever on
The road goes ever on, the road goes ever on
The road goes ever on, the road goes ever on
Track Name: Elrond's Song (04)
ELROND'S SONG

Once deep in Frodo's time
There were orcs and Elves sublime
Rangers walked in barrow downs
Ancient Ents in hallowed grounds
And Gandalf weaves, the wisdom magi
Triumph springs from imminent tragedy
The good guys will prevail

Sauron dwelt in Mordor dark
Fashioned beasts not on the Ark
Gollum, trolls, wights and wraiths
He made no match for Frodo's faith
And Gandalf weaves, the wisdom magi
Triumph springs from imminent tragedy
The good guys will prevail

And deep in shade, in deeper wood
The Elves are long misunderstood
Not frail and fey but tall and strong
Striking black and grey and blonde
And Gandalf weaves, the wisdom magi
Triumph springs from imminent tragedy
It’s Gandalf who holds sway
The good guys have their day
Bilbo stokes his pipe
The good guys all get high
And Elrond writes this song
The road goes ever on
Track Name: The Ring-Bearer
RING-BEARER

Nine fingers, the bravest hobbit
Who ever lived
His name was Frodo
The quest took all that he could give
Ring-bearer where's your smile
You'll be better in a while
The Eye of Sauron won't be seen again

From Bag End to Mordor
Black Riders screaming overhead
The end of the Fellowship
Across the Marshes Of the Dead
The Ring-bearer held his nerve
With only Sam and Sting to serve
Now you're safe you'll soon forget the pain

But some horrors never end
Some wounds will never mend
Be patient till you reach the Havens

The treachery of Smeagol
Many times your mercy stilled your hand
Survived the sting of Shelob
Entered then the dark and barren land
The Ring-bearer felt the weight
The force of evil close and great
Only one so humble could stay sane

Mount Doom now beckoned
The engine room of Sauron spewing fire
The weight now so massive
Only courage left to take you higher
The Ring-bearer's halfling grit
With the Eldar you shall sit
Middle Earth is safe now, in cleansing rain

Nine fingers, immortal songs
No one else could be so strong
To the journey's end at the Havens
Nine-fingered Frodo, you were the saviour
Nine-fingered Frodo, none was braver
Track Name: The Passing Of The Elves
THE PASSING OF THE ELVES

I tell of the passing of the Elves
First were here then faded away
As men we think first of ourselves
Won't get some wisdom in the way

Three fatal unions, human and elf
Faced with the devil's favourite choice
To live for the future or live for the self
They chose with a knowing, confident voice

Oceans beckoned constantly
The Havens waiting for the sign
Three rings fading, the fourth age raging
Time to cross the one-way line
Time to cross that one-way line

Long ago they'd come ashore
From Valinor, forever young
To wrest back the jewels proud Morgoth wore
They stayed to keep the world in sun

Now they are thin, maybe gone (just light)
Faded in spirit, shadows just there
The songs of the ages, still there are songs
They were the light in total despair

Oceans beckoned constantly
The Havens waiting for the sign
Three rings fading, the fourth age raging
Time to cross the one-way line
Time to cross that one-way line

They are the wonders of their time, Rivendell, Lothlorien
Now but a shadow of their prime, the third age is ebbing slow
And men are bred to grow, men are bred to grow

Elrond with Vilya, heart of the three
Galadriel shimmers, in Nenya's white light
Gandalf , fire burning, red Narya we see
And Frodo and Samwise, an incredible sight
With Cirdan and Bilbo, who gave up the rings
The humblest are most truly blessed
The last great elves are heading west
The last great elves are heading west
The last great elves have all gone west
The last great elves they've all gone west
The last great elves they've all gone west
The last great elves they've all gone west