At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
Howard Shore Lyrics


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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 stream that falls from hill to plain
Better than rain or rippling brook
Is a mug of beer inside this took





Overall Meaning

The song "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony" is a cheerful tune composed by Howard Shore for the film "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." The song is played in the scene where Frodo and his companions arrive at the Prancing Pony inn in Bree. "Hey, ho, to the bottle I go" is the first line of the lyrics, and expresses the desire to find solace in the bottle, to forget the worries of the world and heal a broken heart. The lyrics suggest that the journey is long and challenging, and so it is good to have a mug of beer to lighten one's spirits along the way.


The second stanza of the song describes the sweet sound of the pouring rain and the stream that falls from the hill to the plain. The composer makes use of nature and earthy imagery to convey the notion of safe haven and the calming effects of nature. The song's final line is a play on words, suggesting that for the singer in the story, a beer in a bottomless mug is better than the rain or rippling brook. The song fits perfectly with the overall theme of the movie, which showcases the importance of friendship, loyalty, and companionship, especially during tough times.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey, ho, to the bottle I go
I am seeking solace in alcohol


To heal my heart and drown my woe
Drinking will help me forget my troubles


Rain may fall and wind may blow
Regardless of the weather or external circumstances


But there still be many miles to go
I still have a long journey ahead of me


Sweet is the sound of the pouring rain
I find comfort in the gentle sound of rain


And stream that falls from hill to plain
The natural world provides solace for my soul


Better than rain or rippling brook
There is something even more soothing


Is a mug of beer inside this took
A refreshing beverage will improve my mood




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: HOWARD SHORE, PHILIPPA BOYENS

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