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Hey, Tom Bombadil!



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Thought it was time for another Lord of the Rings track, with apologies to those who have no special interest in these themes! Old Tom doesn't appear in the film version, i'm told, so it might be worth saying briefly that Tom Bombadil was a strange character the hobbits encountered in the Old Forest before they got to Bree, who rescued them from first a carnivorous willow, then the evil clutches of barrow wights on the foggy downs the next day. Nothing seemed to touch this character, and no shadow lay on him. Even the One Ring had no power over him. His precise role in the story and the greater context of Middle Earth has always been a great mystery. Within his borders, he seemed omnipotent, and he taught the hobbits a rhyme to sing if they were ever in need of his aid there. i wrote the song thinking that we could all do with his cheery, sunny assistance from time to time, because all the darkness elsewhere in the story is present enough in everyone's reality! The lyrics that describe Old Tom are a slight adaptation of Tolkien's own verse, and i acknowledge to the full the debt this song owes to his words and his wonderful book in general.

(The artwork i 'lifted' shamelessly from the following link http://media.photobucket.com/image/tom%20bombadil/Zero-Nine/LOTR1x7x3.jpg?o=34 Hope nobody minds!)
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Hey, Tom Bombadil

Hey, Tom Bombadil, hearken now and hear us,
Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us, now!

Old Tom Bombadil, is a merry fellow,
Bright blue is jacket is and his boots are yellow,
None have ever caught him yet, for Tom he is the Master,
His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster, oh!

See Tom, Merry Tom, fell is the blade,
Fell is the shadow-land, that evil made,
Still in the barrow mound, dead souls call,
Rings and bones and fingers crawl,

Hey come merry dol, derry dol my darling,
Light goes the weather wind and the feathered starling,
There my pretty lady is, River-woman’s daughter,
Slender as the willow wand, clearer than the water, oh!

Still Tom, Merry Tom, Gold Rings gleam,
Lidless eyes still stare in dreams,
Nightmares pall the shroud of night,
And horrors waken with the light.

Oh, now let the song begin, let us sing together,
Of sun, stars, moon and mist, rain and cloudy weather,
Reeds by the shady pool, lilies on the water,
Old Tom Bombadil, and the River-daughter, oh!

Good Tom, Merry Tom, the dark one thrives,
Lust and swollen hunger drives,
Rings and spirals whirl me round,
Spells of torment hold me bound,

Wake now, my merry lads, Wake and hear me calling!
Warm now be heart and limb, The evil stone is fallen,
Dark door is standing wide, dead hand is broken,
Night under night is flown, and the gate is open!

Oh, Tom Bombadil, hearken now and hear us,
Come, Tom Bombadil, for a need is near us, now.
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dancedivine said 3319 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Old world feel.... Really nice! Enjoyed the listen.... :)
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mrattue said 3316 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
May the cheery old soul never fail you! Glad you liked it. No matter how obscure the interest and form of the song, there is always a MacJammer somewhere to see something worthwhile in it.

Thank you

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Willywagga said 3317 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Like it muchly
Love your playing and voice, reminds me of some Incredible String Band, and Strawbs pieces, but nevertheless a wonderful arrangement, your voice works excellently with the guitars.

Well done.
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mrattue said 3316 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Thank you muchly!
Good to hear that the song appealed! Hope Old Tom helps you out if you ever get into difficulties!


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Char said 3212 days ago (January 6th, 2011)
Tom is Tolkien himself, interjected as a ray of hope in the Hobbits' increasingly dark world.
You do this kind of old rhyme very well. Thanks.
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mrattue said 3211 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
It is a bit of a mystery, isn't it? Just like music!

i love mysteries. Comes of being a mystic, i suppose!

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CounterHarmony said 3177 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Love this
I am a HUGE Tolkien fan. I am still mad they left Tom Bombadil out of the movies.

Anyway I love the song. I actually like a lot of your songs. They tell a story that I can Visualize as I listen.
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mrattue said 3176 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Like anyone who is a huge Tolkien fan! Glad you liked this one about old Tom. i never really got right into the movies, though they were a pretty good attempt i suppose, at the impossible!

The first song i posted on this site actually is a Lord of the Rings inspired track, 'Elrond's Call'.

i have a few more to bring out at some stage.

Cheers for listening and leaving a comment.

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