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Roads Go Ever, Ever On

From Tolkien Gateway

Roads Go Ever, Ever On is a song written by Maury Laws (music) and Jules Bass (lyric) and performed by Glenn Yarbrough for the 1980 animated movie The Return of the King.[1] It is a reprise of the song "Roads" from the 1977 Rankin/Bass version of The Hobbit with a completely new lyric; its final stanza is taken from the song "It's So Easy Not to Try," also from The Return of the King. The song plays at the end of the story, as Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, among others, sail to the lands beyond the sea, bidding farewell to Sam, Merry, and Pippin.


Roads go ever, ever on
To the lands beyond the sea.
On a white ship will I sail,
Watching shadows part for me.

Leaving Havens grey with rain,
Now that years have slipped away.
Leaving friends with gentle pain
As they start another day.
Roads I traveled I must leave,
For I've turned the final bend.
Weep not empty tears, but grieve
As the road comes to an end.

It's so easy not to try;
Let the world go drifting by.
If you never say hello,
You won't have to say goodbye.

If you never say hello,
You won't have to say goodbye!


  1. "Roads Go Ever, Ever On - The Return of the King Theme" dated 28 December 2009, YouTube (accessed 11 September 2013)