Songs Of Middle Earth

by The Ring-Bearers

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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