Hey, Ho! To the Bottle I Go

                A Drinking Song

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Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

Merry and Pippin's Drinking Song

at the Green Dragon Inn

(CR-FOTR - Disc One - Track 7)



Music composed by Fran Walsh

Adapted by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens

Words by J.R.R. Tolkien

 FOTR, Bk. 1, Ch. 4, A Short Cut to Mushrooms

 FOTR, Bk. 1, Bh 5, A Conspiracy Unmasked

This song is sung by Merry and Pippin as they stand on a table at the Green Dragon.  Peter Jackson says in the FOTR EE Audio Commentary that Fran Walsh wrote the tune after playing with the lyrics a little. The AS-FOTR call this "A Drinking Song". I've chosen to keep the first line as a title since it's easier to quickly identify exactly which song one is talking about.


Sung by Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan.


Hey ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall and wind may blow
But there still be
Many miles to go
Sweet is the sound of the pouring rain
And the stream that falls
From hill to plain
Better than rain or rippling brook
Is a mug of beer inside this Took


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FOTR, Bk. 1, Ch. 4, A Short Cut to Mushrooms

This first part of this song is from one that Pippin and Sam sang as they made their way with Frodo to Crickhollow.


FOTR, Bk. 1, Bk. 5, A Conspiracy Unmasked

The second part of the song is the second verse of Bilbo's favorite bath song.  This was sung by Pippin as he, Frodo and Sam bathed after arriving at Crickhollow.


The last line is, I think, meant to be one of those last minute substitutions one throws into a familiar song.