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The Bath Song

"Sing Hey! For the Bath at Close of Day" is a poem found within the chapter A Conspiracy Unmasked of The Fellowship of the Ring. Also knows as, "The Bath Song" this was sung by Peregrin Took in Crickhollow while he, Samwise Gamgee, and Frodo Baggins were bathing after their long journey from Hobbiton. The song was also one of Bilbo's favorites.[1]

[edit] Lyrics

Sing hey! for the bath at close of day
that washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!

O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
but better than rain or rippling streams
is Water Hot that smokes and steams.

O! Water cold we may pour at need
down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;
but better is Beer if drink we lack,
and Water Hot poured down the back.

O! Water is fair that leaps on high
in a fountain white beneath the sky;
but never did fountain sound so sweet
as splashing Hot Water with my feet!

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Three lines of the poem (Sweet is the sound...) were adapted into a song sung by Merry and Pippin at the Green Dragon.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition), "At The Green Dragon"