Musical Monday: Into the West by Annie Lennox

Since The Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite books and movies, I thought I’d include a favorite song from the movie soundtrack for today’s post.

Into the West was written by the incredibly talented trio of Fran WalshHoward Shore, and Annie Lennox for the closing scene in the movie, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.   In the scene, Frodo has said goodbye to his friends, and he and Bilbo are sailing to the Undying Lands with the elves and Gandalf. It’s a bittersweet scene that will make your eyes water, or possibly release buckets of tears, like mine. The beautiful lyrics remind me of the loved ones who have come to journey’s end and gives me hope that we will one day meet again.

If you have the extended DVD version of the movie (like I do), then you will know the song was written for a New Zealand filmmaker who died from cancer. The first performance of the song occurred at his funeral.

The song, which was released in 2003, won an Oscar and a Grammy.

Into the West

Lay down
Your sweet and weary head
Night is falling
You have come to journey’s end
Sleep now
And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across the distant shore

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see
All of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms
You’re only sleeping

[Chorus]
What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea
A pale moon rises
The ships have come to carry you home

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
All souls pass

Hope fades
Into the world of night
Through shadows falling
Out of memory and time
Don’t say:
“We have come now to the end”
White shores are calling
You and I will meet again

And you’ll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

[Chorus]

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
Grey ships pass
Into the West

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