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Lads in the Shire

from Selcouth by Marc Gunn



Every now and then, fans email me song lyrics. I love getting them. But rarely do I record them because I have very specific things I look for in songs I record.

If it is about a specific character in a show, movie or book, I’m unlikely to do anything with it. I prefer songs with universal themes. If it’s a parody, I’m unlikely to touch it either. I just don’t want to deal with the added royalties associated with the song. But every now and then, something slips through…

In this case, Kelly and Mitchell sent me lyrics inspired by Lord of the Rings. It mentions specific things that make it very much a hobbit song. And it turns out the music was originally set to a song they heard on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Fortunately, I didn’t know the original song well enough. I liked the lyrics enough that I decided to write a new melody. I imagine this will be a fun song to sing for the next Hobbit Drinking Songs show.


Come young Hobbit maidens where'er you have been,.
To the hills you call home and the Green Dragon Inn
In all Middle Earth, you’ll ne’er find a friend,
Like the lads that were reared in the Shire

* Your Dwarf feasts away in caverns so tall.
Your parties with Men-folk, your great Elven balls.
For a dance ‘neath the Tree is worth ten in the hall
With the lads that were reared in the Shire.

Take a walk ‘round your cities, its walls reach the sky.
Gaze on the White Tree and Tower with pride,
But the best pipe-weeds’ grown on the Farthing’s south side
By the lads that were reared in the Shire.

When Gandalf needs bearers or burglars to send
On a mission quest thing...there and back again.
Even unto the Black Gates they’re true to the end
Are the lads that were reared in the Shire.

Now Rivendell boasts of their songs and their prose.
And Fanghorn can boast for the trees that Ents grow.
But give me the land where the Brandywine flows
And the green rolling hills of the Shire.


from Selcouth, released February 14, 2022
Lyrics Kelly & Mitchell Petersen, music Marc Gunn. Marc Gunn - autoharp, vocals. Daniel I. Briggs - bass, octave mandolin. Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Petersen.




Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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