West of the Moon
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"When I was young, I longed for adventure..."
"In any case," [said
Elrond] "I judge that the younger of these two, Peregrin Took, should remain.
My heart is against his going."
"Then...you will have to lock me in prison or send me home tied in a sack," said Pippin. "For otherwise I shall follow the Company."
(JRR Tolkien: from the Lord of the Rings "The Ring Goes South")
When I was young I longed for adventure I wanted to travel beyond my own gate I begged my companions to let me come with them When they left home to follow their fate 'Cause I knew that I could be great on the journey I would be wise and courageous and proud I'd help on the mission to save our fair country I'd show them if I was allowed And it's oh, ho, away we will go Off to follow our quest Set my feet on the road and I'll travel it gladly I'll show you I'm one of the best! Darkness appeared; my steps slowed and stumbled Visions of evil flamed in the night My heart nearly faltered but we struggled onward Seeking a glimmer of light And I wondered if I could continue the journey I felt so weak and helpless and small But all my companions, they lifted my spirits They held me so I would not fall And it's oh, ho, I need to know How to ease the sorrow and pain How to lighten the burden my comrade must carry So we can go home once again Our company shattered; confusion and capture I tried to be strong though I trembled with fear I held onto Hope and I gathered my courage And fought for all I held dear And I knew that somehow I'd finish the journey My heart had grown wiser and stronger and bright I rode with the King and drew sword in the battle As darkness erupted in light And it's oh, ho, all the skies were aglow When the quest was fulfilled at the end I joined in the cheers and the great celebration For honor and glory and friends When I returned they all called me a hero They said that I saved their homes and their land They said I was fearless and splendid and daring And I smile 'cause they don't understand For I was the least of them all on that journey I was too callow and foolish and young I learned how to be a friend and a hero From someone whose song is unsung And oh, ho, I finally know What it means to be valiant and bold He left on a ship sailing West in the starlight I'm left with a tale to be told. And oh, ho, I want you to know Why our home is so fine and so free Oh, the gardens grow green and the flowers abundant But the hero has gone 'cross the Sea When I was young, I longed for adventure But my home is the best place to be...