Fools and Heroes Songs

Having heard some songs recently that I thought would translate well into an Ithronian/Fools and Heroes setting, I thought I’d gather together all the bits and pieces that could appear in-game.

So, here are some songs I would like to share as Fools and Heroes songs which I will, at some point, work into an in-game setting:

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We will go home

Land of the Bear and Land of the Eagle.
Land that gave us birth and blessing,
Land that calls us ever homeward.
We will go home across the mountains.

We will go home,
We will go ho-me,
We will go home across the mountains.

From “King Arthur“, 2004

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Song of the Exile

Land of bear and land of eagle
Land that gave us birth and blessing
Land that called us ever homewards
We will go home across the mountains

We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains
We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains

Land of freedom land of heroes
Land that gave us hope and memories
Hear our singing hear our longing
We will go home across the mountains

We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains
We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains

Land of sun and land of moonlight
Land that gave us joy and sorrow
Land that gave us love and laughter
We will go home across the mountains

We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains
We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains

When the land is there before us
We have gone home across the mountains
We will go home, we will go home
We will go home across the mountains

English translation of the Nordic piece “Song of the Exile”.

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Gently as she goes

Lips, soft as the petals in bloom
Red the rose, red the rose
Skin, pale as the light of the moon
Gently as she goes …

Eyes, blue as the sea and the sky
Water flows, water flows
Heart, burning like fire in the night
Gently as she goes …

La, la la la la la la
La la la, la la la
La, la la la la la la
Gently as she goes …

From “Beowulf“, 2007
Singer: Robin Wright-Penn
Original Lyrics: Alan Silvestri

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A hero comes home

Just wait, though wide he may roam,
Always a hero comes home.

He goes where no one has gone,
But always a hero comes home.

He knows of places unknown,
But always a hero comes home.

He goes and comes back alone,
But always a hero comes home.

From “Beowulf”, 2007
Singer: Robin Wright-Penn
Adapted Original Lyrics: Alan Silvestri

Note – the above lyrics are sung by Robin Wright-Penn in the film but a longer “rock” version is on the film’s OST.

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A Hero Comes Home

A Hero Comes Home by Idina Menzel
Out of the mist of history he’ll come again
Sailing on ships across the sea to a wounded nation
Signs of a savior and fire on the water
It’s what we prayed for, one of our own

Just wait though wide he may roam
Always a hero comes home
He goes where no one has gone
But always a hero comes home

Deep in the heart of darkness sparks a dream of light
Surrounded by hopelessness he finds the will to fight
There’s no surrender, always remember
It doesn’t end here, we’re not alone

Just wait though wide he may roam
Always a hero comes home
He goes where no one has gone
But always a hero comes home

And he will come back on a crimson tide
Dead or alive
And even though we know the bridge has burned
He will return… He will return!

Just wait though wide he may roam
Always a hero comes home
He knows of places unknown
But always a hero comes home

Someday he may carve his stone
The hero comes home

He goes and comes back alone
But always a hero comes home
Just wait though wide he may roam
Always a hero come home!

From “Beowulf”, 2007
Singer: Idina Menzel
Original Lyrics: Alan Silvestri

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When a Knight won his spurs

When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold;
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For love and for valour he rode through the land.

No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I stride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the wights are no more and the dragons are dead.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
‘Gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castles of darkness, the power of the truth

Original Lyrics: Jan Struther

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Rose of Ithron

Hear my voice and listen well, and a story I will tell,
How duty brought a broken heart, and why a love so strong
Must fall apart;

She was lovely, she was fine, daughter of a royal line,
He, no equal, but for them it mattered little for they were in love;

Rose of Ithron, sweet and fair, shining with the sun,
Rose of Ithron, have a care, for where the thorn is,
There the blood will run;

Oh my heart, oh my heart;

Through the summer days and nights, stolen kisses and delights
Would thrill their hearts and fill their dreams with all emotions
That true love can bring;

But black of mourning came one day, when her sister passed away,
And many said on bended knee, she has gone, and you must be our Queen;

Rose of Ithron, sweet and fair, shining with the sun,
Rose of Ithron, have a care, for where the thorn is,
There the blood will run;

Oh my heart, oh my heart;

To the Seven she did ride, with her lover by her side,
When they heard the heralds sing, she was Queen
And one day, he’d be King;

But men of malice, men of hate, protesting to her chambers came,
“A foreign prince will have your hand, for he’ll bring peace
And riches to our land”
She said, “Do you tell me that I cannot wed the one I love?
Do you tell me that I am not mistress of my heart?”

And so with heavy weight of life she kissed her lover one last time,
“This land I wed, and no man comes, for if I cannot have you, I’ll have none”

Rose of Ithron, sweet and fair, shining with the sun,
Rose of Ithron have a care, for where the thorn is,
There the blood will run;

Oh my heart, oh my heart.

Original Lyrics: Chris de Burgh

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The Minstrel Boy

The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father’s sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;”
Land of Song!” said the warrior bard,
“Tho’ all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!”

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman’s chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov’d ne’er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said “No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav’ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery!”

Original Lyrics: Thomas Moore

Blooming Heather

Oh the summertime is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

And we’ll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

I will build my love a tower
Near yon’ pure crystal fountain
And on it I will build
All the flowers of the mountain
Will ye go, Lassie go?

And we’ll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

If my true love she were gone
I would surely find another
To pluck wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

And we’ll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

Let us go, lassie, go

Singer: Kate Rusby

Elfin Knight

The Elfin Knight stands on yon hill
Blows his horn both loud and shrill
Stands so proud and he stands so still

Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny
Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny

If I had the Knight that stands on yon mound
My true love then surely I found,
Down to the church then soon we will be bound

Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny
Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny

He’ll make me a dress with seams of fine thread
Make me a garland of flowers for my head
Down to the church, then away we’ll go to bed

Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny
Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny

The Elfin Knight stands on yon hill
Blows his horn both loud and shrill
Stands so proud and he stands so still

Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny
Blow winds blow my bonny o
Blow winds blow my bonny

Singer: Kate Rusby

“Corpus Christi Carol”

Lullay lullay, Lullay lullly
The falcon hath bourne my make away 

He bare him up, he bare him down
He bare him unto an orchard brown

Lullay lullay, Lullay lullly
The falcon hath bourne my make away

In that orchard there was a hall
That was hanged with purple and pall

And in that hall there was a bed
It was hanged with gold so red

Lullay lullay, Lullay lullly
The falcon hath bourne my make away 

And on that bed there lieth a knight
His woundes bleeding both day and night

And by that beside kneeleth a maid
And she weepeth both night and day

Lullay lullay, Lullay lullly
The falcon hath bourne my make away 

And by that bedside there standeth a stone
“Corpus hominis” written thereon

Composer: Benjamin Britten
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