Songs about the Dark Places of Middle-earth

Contents of this page:

On Top of Caradhras - Primula
O the Mithril - Primula
Midnight Nazgul - Onono Laivindur
Ring of Fire - Lothithil
Big Black Scary Mountain - Lothithil
Denethor's Madness - Lothithil
Crawling up the Mountain - Orangeblossom Took
Orthanc Tower - Orangeblossom Took
Sharkey's Farm - Orangeblossom Took
Stuck Down in Mordor with You - Orangeblossom Took
Fell Beasts in the Sky with Nazgul - Elanor Gamgee
A Very Short Song about Shelob - Mirthwood
Lockhole Prison Blues - Camellia Took
M is for the Mire the Goblins wade in - Lindorie
Springtime for Sauron and Barad-Dur - halavana
On the Dark Side - The Foe Hammer


On Top of Caradhras

(to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey)

On top of Caradhras
All covered with snow,
I've lost all the feeling
In my feet, heel to toe.

The snow is so icy,
My cheeks turning red;
And I can't help wishing
That shield was a sled.

That Man has my Ring, now -
(Hey, that's not in the book!)
He finally returned it -
But seemed kind of shook.

Fell asleep in a snowdrift,
But got lifted out fast,
They say if I stayed there,
Then I wouldn't last.

We want some more fire,
I can't feel my toes,
But Gandalf objected:
"I can't burn the snow!"

So now we're all buried
In snow past our ears,
Gandalf has warmed us
With strange Rivendell beer.

On top of Caradhras
Our elf walks on snow
If we could all do that
We would be on the go!

The drifts were so high, dear,
Great, white, man-high stacks,
So they had to plow out,
Carryin' us on their backs.

So: If you go trav'ling,
With Gandalf & Co.s
Bring a portable heater,
And socks for your toes!

- Primula



O the Mithril
(To the tune of O My Darling Clementine)

In a cavern, in a canyon,
Excavating for a mine
Dwelt the many sons of Durin
Seeking mithril o so fine.

Chorus:
O the mithril, O the mithril
O the mithril from the mine!
It is lost and gone forever:
Dwarven star no more to shine.

Lovely Moria, with that metal
Light yet hard as dragon scale -
Too deep, the dwarves they delved there:
What they woke made hearts to fail.
(Chorus)

Great the battles that travailed them,
Hard the beating, how they shook!
Finally fell the sons of Durin -
Back its own the Darkness took
(Chorus)

Hardy Balin tried to claim it
Desire of dwarves, that silver shine -
He was valiant, but he fell there,
Only Dark now keeps that mine.
(Chorus)

Mourn for Moria, mourn for mithril,
Son of Gloin, o grieving bow,
For the treasure of your people
Surely gone forever now.
(Chorus)

- Primula


Midnight Nazgul
Midnight Rambler (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)

Did you hear about the Midnight Nazgul ?
Ev'rybody got to go
Did you heard about the Midnight Nazgul,
the one that shut the Black Gate door ?

He don't give a hoot of warning
wrapped up in a black cat cloak
He don't go in the light of the morning
He's split, the time the cook'rel crows

Talkin' 'bout the Midnight Nazgul,
the one you never seen before
Talkin' 'bout the midnight rider
Did you see him break the Bree town wall ?
Sighin' down the wind softly
Listen and you hear him moan

Talkin' 'bout the midnight rider
Ev'rybody got to go
Did you hear about the midnight rider ?
Well, honey, it's no general audiance show

Talkin' 'bout the Midnight Nazgul,
the one you never seen before
Oh, don't do that
Oh, don't do that
Oh, don't do that

Did you hear about the Midnight Nazgul ?
He'll leave his footprints up and down your hall
Did you hear about the Midnight Nazgul ?
Did you see him make his midnight call

And if you ever catch the Midnight Nazgul
He’ll steal your precious from under your nose
Well, with his fell beast you’d better not tangle
He’ll stick a Morgul Blade right in your heart
Baby, and it hurts!
- Onono Laivindur


(imagine Debbra Harry singing a Johnny Cash song)
tune: Ring of Fire

Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh...
My heart will break...
This precious thing I can't forsake...
Bound by blind desire
I stand above a Lake of Fire.

On my hand is a burning wheel of fire
I have lost all hope
And I'm way beyond tired!
And it burns, burns, burns...
This wheel of fire,
This Ring of Fire.

Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh...
Smeagol is come...
Upon the brink, we fall as one...
He saves my soul, that wretched liar
And falls into the Lake of Fire.

(spits on the crowd and bows)

just kidding, I would not spit... but have you ever been to a Blonde concert?
 - Lothithil



Big Black Scary Mountain
tune of Big Rock Candy Mountain

One evening as the sun went down and the hearthwood fire was burning
On a chair sat a hobbit hurting, and he said, "Lads, I'm not returning;
I'm headin' for a land that's far away, even though my fright is mountin'.
Come with me, if you must, and we'll seek the Big Black Scary Mountain"

On the Big Black Scary Mountain there's a crack that's filled with fire
Where the Dark Lord forged his One Ring, and the survival rate is dire
Where the land is grey and empty and the water is bitter and scarce
There are no birds or bees and a lack of trees
Where the breezes reek and foul smoke leaks
From the Big Black Scary Mountain

Of the Big Black Scary Mountain, there's an annoying lack of maps
And Gollum's missing most his teeth and the Nazgul fly in packs
The wasted land is full of pits, and the pits are full of orcs
Oh, don't you know, I don't want to go
Where sunlight don't fall and the stars don't show
On the Big Black Scary Mountain

In the Big Black Scary Mountain I have to throw the Ring
Before Sauron catchs up with me and takes away the thing
The Ringwraiths will be chasing me and anyone who comes along
There's a really good chance this'll be my last dance
So I'm taking Sam in case I get entranced
To the Big Black Scary Mountain

In the Big Black Scary Mountain the Ring calls out my name
And I hear my own voice saying "I will not do this thing"
If Gollum hadn't been there, the story would've ended worse
I'm covered in grime but I'm feelin' fine
And the Eagles got here just in time
To save me from the Big Black Scary Mountain

I do not grieve, I am glad to leave the Big Black Scary Mountain
- Lothithil



Denethor's Madness
Wildfire, by Michael Murphy

I live on Mindolluin mountain, in a dark round stone I look
I see a large Eye on fire
With dark images I am shook
On a cold and drafty night

Oh they say my son died in winter
On the edge of Gondor, the mighty falls
And the horn he bore since birth
Sounded a forlorn call
In the wilderness he was lost
I stand calling Boromir
(repeat 3 times)

Under the dark smokes of Mordor
To this City that has no liege
There's been an army gathering round the walls
They're making a long siege
He's never coming home, I know
There's only one place now I want to go
I want to go with Boromir
(repeat 3 times)

Me and Faramir, we're going to join him
And all our departed sires
Yes, he's always shining right out of my mind
Speaking from the pyre

- Lothithil


Crawling Up The Mountain
(aka Walking Down The Hill by Travis, changes by me)

Crawling up the mountain today
I had a thought all to myself
As I contemplated the firey way

I understand it all, it must be unmade
I don't know how I got here
But I'm holding on for the crash

Pull myself out of this swoon
I know I'll never go home but
It shines deep in my mind's eye
We must see it done, we've got it done
I think I know what I have to do
Sooner or later we die

We're apart, go to pieces
While I fall into the deep

Look into my heart, oh Samwise
Don't become a part of the past
You can be a part of the key

Don't turn away, don't run away
Don't leave me hanging by a thread
Shine your loyal love down on me

I am going so say goobye, make your peace
Wasting time is all you need

Crawling up this mountain today
I had a thought it was my own
The Sun obscured by clouds and no shining ray
Or shall I be or shall I not be
I don't know I just don't
Feel like it today
- Orangeblossom Took




Orthnac Tower
(aka Ivory Tower, apologies to Van Morrison and J.R.R.T.)

Chorus:
When you come down
From your Orthnac Tower
You will see how it really must be
To surrender to a tree
To be beat by a tree

Take a look at me I'm nature's son
I never did no harm to no one
You've got palantnir in the bank
And I don't have none

When you come down etc etc....

Bridge:
You can see through
Your rose coloured glasses
In a world that seems
like it belongs to you
You've got opinions and judgements about
All kind of things
That you don't know anything about

Don't you know the price you'll have to pay
Just to try and make everything belong to you
Do you think that there's nothing to it
You should have thought of the ents sometime

When you come down etc etc....
- Orangeblossom Took



Sharkey's Farm
(aka Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan, apologies to Bob and J.R.R.T.)

I ain't gonna work on Sharkey's farm no more.
No, I ain't gonna work on Sharkey's farm no more.
Well, I wake in the morning,
Fold my hands and pray for rain.
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane.
It's a shame the way he makes me scrub the floor.
I ain't gonna work on Sharkey's farm no more.

I ain't gonna work for Sharkey's worm no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Sharkey's worm no more.
Well, he hands you a ha'penny
He hands you work in a straight line
He asks you with a grin
If you're havin' a good time,
Then he fines you every time you slam the door.
I ain't gonna work for Sharkey's worm no more.

I ain't gonna work for Sharkey's Lotho no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Sharkey's Lotho no more.
Well, he puts his pipe
Out in your face just for kicks.
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks.
The Sharkey's guard stands around his door.
Ah, I ain't gonna work for Sharkey's Lotho no more.

I ain't gonna work for Sharkey himself no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Sharkey himself no more.
Well, he talks to all the servants
About his power and makes you squirm.
Everybody says
He's the brains behind worm.
She's six-thousand and sixty-eight, but he says he's two-thousand sixty-four.
I ain't gonna work for Sharkey himself no more.

I ain't gonna work on Sharkey's farm no more.
No, I ain't gonna work on Sharkey's farm no more.
Well, I try my best
To be just like I am,
But everybody wants you
To be just like them.
They sing while you slave and I just get bored.
I ain't gonna work on Sharkey's farm no more.

- Orangeblossom Took




Stuck Down in Mordor with You
Adapted from: Bob Dylan - Stuck In The Middle With You Lyrics

Well I don't know why I came here tonight.
I've got the feeling that something ain't right.
I'm so scared of those Nazgul on our tail,
and I'm wondering if I'll just lay down and wail.

Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right!
Here I am stuck down in Mordor with you.

Yes I'm stuck down in Mordor with you,
and I'm wondering what it is I should do.
It's so hard to keep this smile from my face.
Losing control yeah I'm all over the place.

Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right!
Here I am stuck down in Mordor with you.

Well we started off with that one gold ring
and I'm just proud that we've made it this far
yeah
and your friends they all came to help with the thing,
slap you on the back and say
Please . . .
Please . . .

Trying to make some sense of it all
but I can see that it makes no sense at all.
Is it cool to go to sleep on the moor?
I don't think that I can take anymore.

Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right!
Here I am stuck down in Mordorwith you.

Stuck down in Mordor
Stuck down in Mordor

Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right!
Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right! (Stuck down in Mordor)
Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right! (Stuck in the middle)
Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right! (uh-uh)
Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right!
Here I am stuck down in Mordor with you


Well we started off with that one gold ring
and I'm just proud that we've made it this far
yeah
and your friends they all came to help with the thing,
slap you on the back and say
Please . . .
Please . . .

Well I don't know why I came here tonight.
I've got the feeling that something ain't right.
I'm so scared of those Nazgul on our tail,
and I'm wondering if I'll just lay down and wail.

Orcs to the left of me!
Spiders to the right!
Here I am stuck down in Mordor with you.
Stuck down in Mordor with you (ah-yeah)
Stuck down in Mordor with you
Here I am!
Stuck down in Mordor with you
With you, with you, with you ....
- Orangeblossom Took


Fell beasts in the Sky with Nazgul
To the Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

Picture yourself way up high at the citadel,
With the dead white tree, under middle earth skies,
Suddenly someone arrives on a white horse,
With a man who is half of our size,
Gandalf the grey is now Gandalf the white,
We’re not sure if Saruman’s dead,
He tells us that Mordor will start the war before long.

Fell beasts in the sky with Nazgul (3x)
Ahhhh-Ahhhh

Straight Gandalf goes to the Steward of Gondor,
There’s Boromir’s horn and Denethor cries,
Suddenly Pippin the halfling is kneeling,
And takes Gandalf quite by surprise.
Denethor’s gone mad and Faramir’s trying,
His quality he strives to show.
Look at the beacons of fire on the hills start to glow.

Fell beasts in the sky with Nazgul, (3x)

Picture yourself on the walls of the city,
With orcs catapulting heads of our allies,
Suddenly fell beasts are swooping down on you,
They carry you up to the skies.
- Elanor Gamgee


A very short song about Shelob
Sung to the tune of The Teensy Weensy (or Itsy Bitsy, if you prefer) Spider

The creeping evil Shelob
Hid in her cave of gloom.
In came Sam Gamgee
His master Frodo doomed.

Stung in the neck
Dear Frodo hit the floor.
And the creeping evil Shelob
Felt Sam's avenging score.

- Mirthwood



Lockholes Prison Blues

I hear that cart a rollin', it's rollin' 'round the bend
And I ain't smelled a sausage in I don't know when
'Cause I'm stuck in Lockholes Prison and time keeps draggin' by
When I hear those carts a rollin' I hang my head and cry

I bet that Chief he's eating sausage, eggs, potatoes, stew
He's slurping ale and Winyards and smoking pipeweed too
While I'm stuck in Lockholes Prison and time keeps draggin' on
While those carts keep a rollin' on out of Hobbiton

When they free me from this prison, when that Bag End "Chief" is mine
You know that Lotho'll wish he'd got his fat tail out in time
Far from the Shire I'd run him, that's where he'd always stay
And that cart full of supper would roll my blues away

- Camellia Took


(sung to the tune of that really old song about Mothers which I vaguely remember)

M is for the Mire the Goblins wade in
O is for the Orcs both big and small.
R is for the Rancid air you breathe there
D is for Mt. Doom fiery and tall.
O is for the Ominous dark skies
R is for the Ringwraiths all in Black.

Put them all together they spell Mordor, A place that scares the dickens out of me.

- Lindorie



Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
(a tune by Mel Brooks)

Middle-earth was having trouble, what a
sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore its former glory
Where, Oh where was he? Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me.
And now it's..

Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
Mordor is happy and gay
We're marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the master race

Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
Winter for Minas Tirith
Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
Come on, Witch King, go into your dance

I was born in Numenore, and that is why they call me
Angmar
Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazgul
party

Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
Orcstep's the new step today
Ringwraiths swoop from the skies again
Mordor is on the rise again

Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
Corsairs are sailing once more

Springtime for Sauron and Barad Dur
Means that soon we'll be going
We've got to be going
You know we'll be going to WAR!
- halavana



On the Dark Side
To the tune of Elvis’ "In the Ghetto"

On a cold and gray Middle-Earth morn, another little baby Balrog is born, on the Dark Side... on the Dark Side.
And his momma cries.
Cause if there's one thing that she don't need, it's another little fire demon to feed, on the Dark Side.. on the Dark Side.

People don’t you understand, this demon needs a helping hand, or he’ll grow to kill a grey old wizard some day.
Now take a look at you and me, are we to blind to see, or do we simply turn around and run the other way.

Well Middle-Earth turns…
And a hungry little demon with a flaming nose plays in the brimstone as a hot wind blows on the Dark Side.. on the Dark Side.

And his hunger burns…
So he starts to roam the cave one night and he learns how to burn little dwarves on sight on the Dark Side.. on the Dark Side.

Then one night in clear confusion, he comes across an old fool, he strikes him down, but the bridge gets broke, he falls real far and it ain’t no joke, and his mama cries.

As the orcs gather round and stare in the pit,
they laugh and shout “You stupid git!”
on the Dark Side.. on the Dark Side.

As her demon dies,
On a cold and gray Middle-Earth morn, another little baby Balrog is born, on the Dark Side... on the Dark Side.
- The Foe Hammer