Now and For Always

Sing me a story
of heroes of the Shire
muddling through
brave and true
Stubborn as bindweed
and tough as old briar
never too showy or grand
Year after year
they persevere
now and for always

Tell me of Bounders
and the sights they have seen
All they withstand
to keep the land
Patrolling the Bounds
girded in Bounder Green
with Luck and Dreams in command
True to their aim
to stay the same
now and for always

Sit by the firelight’s glow
Tell us an old tale we know
Tell of adventure strange and rare
Never to change
ever to share
Stories we tell
will cast their spell
now and for always

Sing me the story
of the Warg and Rumache!
Alone on the hill
yet fearless still
A bow in his hands
an arrow on its string
crossing the thinnest of spans
A kiss will it take
The choice they must make
now and for always

Sit by the firelight’s glow
Tell us an old tale we know
Tell of adventure strange and rare
Never to change
ever to share
Stories we tell
will cast their spell
now and for always

Sing me the tale
of the fairest land of all!
Of mountain and streams
and Bounder dreams
With rainbows a’gleaming
from Spring into the Fall
and everything is as it seems
By now you must see
it is bound to be
now and for always

Sit by the firelight’s glow
Tell us an old tale we know
Tell of adventure strange and rare
Never to change
ever to share
Stories we tell
will cast their spell
now and for always

…inspired by my dear friend Gennyrose, and the Bounders of the Shire, who write new stories upon the parchment of mind and heart, everyday

Taken from Lord of the Rings the Musical, with music composed by A.R. Rahman, Va”rttina” and Christopher Nightingale, and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus, from the The Lord of the Rings theatre production.

Original Lyrics

Sing me a story of heroes of the Shire, muddling through, brave and true.
Stubborn as bindweed and tough as old briar, never too showy or grand.
Year after year, they persevere, now and for always.

Harfoots who planted, and Stoor folk who ploughed. Bred to endure, slow but sure.
Fallowhide blood in your veins makes you proud. Sturdy and steady they stand.
True to their aim to stay the same, now and for always.

Sit by the firelight’s glow, tell us an old tale we know.
Tell of adventure strange and rare, never to change, ever to share.
Stories we tell will cast their spell, now and for always.

Sing me a story of Frodo and the Ring! Fearless and bold. Tired and cold.
A sword at his side, an Elf-blade called Sting, crossing a miserable land.
Wouldn’t retreat, just followed his feet, now and for always.

Sit by the firelight’s glow, tell us an old tale we know.
Tell of adventure strange and rare, never to change, ever to share.
Stories we tell will cast their spell, now and for always.

Sing me a tale of the bravest of them all, comrade and guide at my side.
Stouthearted Sam, who wouldn’t let me fall. Holding my life in his hand.
True to the end; no finer friend, now and for always.

Sit by the firelight’s glow, tell us an old tale we know.
Tell of adventure strange and rare, never to change, ever to share.
Stories we tell will cast their spell, now and for always.

Music for our realm, composed by Gennyrose Greenblossom and (only by the most liberal definition) Kaleigh Starshine, can be found here

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