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Singing of the Dwarves (Hobbit Trailer!!!!)

ZOMG, the first trailer for The Hobbit is finally here!  I love it.

I love the singing.  The lyrics are taken from a song in the book, obviously.  There are some lines missing that leave the bit in the trailer a little nonsensical, but they always splice scenes together for trailers, and even in the movie I wouldn’t expect them to include every line from every song.  Tolkien was quite verbose.  Here’s some text from the paragraph just before the song, that I think show how well this movie is bringing the story to life:

The dark filled all the room, and the fire died down, and the shadows were lost, and still they played on.  And suddenly first one and then another began to sing as they played, deep-throated singing of the dwarves in the deep places of their ancient homes.

Musically, I think the song is reminiscent of Pippin’s song (Edge of Night) from Return of the King.  Here are the lyrics that are sung in the trailer:

Far over the misty mountain cold,

To dungeons deep and caverns old,

The pines were roaring on the height,

The winds were moaning in the night,

The fire was red, it flaming spread,

The trees like torches blazed with light.

These come from two stanzas about half-way through the song as it is included in the book, and there are two lines missing that should come after the first couplet:

We must away, ere break of day

To seek our long-forgotten gold.

Rather important syntactically, (without them it sounds like the pines were roaring to the dungeons, or something), but maybe in the full version of this scene the song will be more complete.  (The flames, by the way, are from “the dragons ire, more fierce than fire,” and there is also a stanza about goblins that was skipped over between the lines of the trailer song.)  I do love that it is a new tune, and that it continues throughout the second part of the trailer.  New music!  I mean I love the Lord of the Rings soundtracks, and they instantly increase my level of excitement when Peter Jackson includes them in his vlogs as he has been doing, but these are new films and I’m so stoked to be getting new, epic music to go with them.  (The score is by Howard Shore, who also composed the music for all three Lord of the Rings films).

The tone of this trailer is undoubtedly dark.  The song lyrics included talk about deep dark dungeons and burning landscapes, and several times Bilbo’s chances of survival are called into question, which I think is a little bit silly because we all know that this is a prequel and that he’s going to survive.  I think they could generate excitement or market this as an action adventure full of dangerous escapades without trying to make us believe that Bilbo might die, don’t you?  But they didn’t really need to work at convincing me to be excited for this movie anyway. I am duly excited.  Maybe I will re-read The Hobbit during the holiday break!

**update 12/14/12**  The full version of this Misty Mountain song, as sung in the movie and on the soundtrack, has these lyrics:

Far over the misty mountain cold,

To dungeons deep and caverns old,

We must away, ere break of day,

To find our long forgotten gold.

The pines were roaring on the height,

The winds were moaning in the night,

The fire was red, it flaming spread,

The trees like torches blazed with light.

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The Star Spangled Man With A Plan lyrics

“The Star Spangled Man With A Plan” is the USO song featured in the new Captain America movie.  I can’t be the only one wanting to know what the lyrics are, and, maddeningly, they are nowhere to be found via google.  Here’s my attempt to decipher them.  I’m including the youtube video that I’ve watched multiple times in the process.  Lines in (parenthesis) mean they are sung at the same time as the lines above them, lines in [brackets] or question marks in brackets means either I’m not sure or have no idea what they’re saying.  If you figure out any of the lines I can’t hear, let me know in the comments.*

(Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by David Zippel):

Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American Way?

Who vows to fight like a man for what’s right night and day?

Who will campaign door-to-door for America,

Carry the flag shore to shore for America,

From Hoboken to Spokane,

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!

We can’t ignore there’s a threat and a war we must win,

Who’ll hang a noose on the goose-stepping goons from Berlin?

Who will redeem, head the call for America,

Who’ll rise or fall,  give his all for America,

Who’s here to prove that we can?

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!

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Stalwart and steady and true,

(see how this guy can shoot, we tell ya, there’s no substitute!)

Forceful and ready to defend the

Red, White, and Blue!

Who’ll give the Axis the sack, and is smart as a fox?

(far as an eagle will soar)

Who’s making Adolph afraid to step out of his box?

(He knows what we’re fighting for!)

Who waked the giant that napped in America?

We know it’s no-one but Captain America,

Who’ll finish what they began?

Who’ll kick the Krauts to Japan?

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!

(Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way?!)

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*(I’ve updated with suggestions from the comments.  This is fun, you guys!)

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