Now You all know
The bards and their songs
When hours have gone by
I'll close my eyes
In a world far away
We may meet again
But now hear my song
About the dawn of the night
Let's sing the bards' song

Ref.:
Tomorrow will take us away
Far from home
Noone will ever know our names
But the bards' songs will remain
Tomorrow will take it away
The fear of today
It will be gone
Due to our magic songs

There's only one song
Left in my mind
Tales of a brave man
Who lived far from here
Now the bard songs are over
And it's time to leave
Noone should ask You for the name
Of the one
Who tells the story

Ref.:
Tomorrow will take us away
Far from home
Noone will ever know our names
But the bards' songs will remain
Tomorrow all will be known
And You're not alone
So don't be afraid
In the dark and cold
'Cause the bards' songs will remain
They all will remain

In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind
These songs of hobbits, dwarves and men
And elves
Come close Your eyes
You can see them, too


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The Bard's Song (In the Forest) song meanings
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    General CommentI know Middle Earth incredibly well, but I don't think that this is specifically one of its tales. It is saying that even though you may be forgotten by people the tales of your deeds will be sung by the bards for all eternity. And when people hear the songs of your deeds they may not have known you but the memory of you will be with them always.
    Rider_of_the_Sunon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song itself is actually based around the concept album that it appears in, Somewhere Far Beyond. Every song on the album is about a character who finds themself in a different world. Time What Is Time, for example, is about a man who finds himself in the Blade Runneresque setting.

    The Bard Song: In The Forest, is about each character from the songs on the album coming together for a meeting themselves. You can see them all on the front cover of the album. Clever, huh?
    Arolason March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about the bard's life... Each day finds them in a new place, where no one knows who they are. All they know is the songs the bards sing and the worlds they are taken to by them. When it's all said and done the bards pack up and moves on, no one to ever know their name, only the stories they brought with them. It's about how they did it all for the music and the stories. And the bard's songs will remain. In my thoughts and in my dreams. =)
    Catawhompuson February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI most definitely agree with Catawhompus. ‘No one should ask you for the name of the one who tells the story’ might say that those bards didn’t long for fame or glory. On the one hand they’d love to settle down at one place: ‘When hours have gone by I'll close my eyes. In a world far away we may meet again’ on the other hand they enjoy traveling aroung, being a stranger and entertaining people ‘Tomorrow will take it away. The fear of today it will be gone. Due to our magic songs’
    If you love this song listen to the live version of it. The crowd sings almost the entire song. Absolutely incredible! Truly one of Germany’s finest.
    Der muede Joeon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that the lyric of this GREAT song is linked with the lyric of "Imaginations From the Other Side": IFTOS is about fables and great stories in which sadly the speaker can't involve himself anymore, as he has grown too much; while The Bard's Song - In the Forest is about the great Bards who sang about that stories ( and Tolkien is involved for sure )
    BlackCorneron January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that the lyric of this GREAT song is linked with the lyric of "Imaginations From the Other Side": IFTOS is about fables and great stories in which sadly the speaker can't involve himself anymore, as he has grown too much; while The Bard's Song - In the Forest is about the great Bards who sang about that stories ( and Tolkien is involved for sure )
    BlackCorneron January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBoth songs are abot Tolkien's book "The Hobbit".
    "In the forest" is about King Bard of Esgaroth, who slew a dragon named Smaug, and then became king.
    The other song, named "The Hobbit", is about Bilbo Baggins who is the main character in Tolkien's mentioned book.
    Child of the Systemon May 03, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI had a change of perspective with this song today as it was in my car and I had a pet die lastnight. I can't speak for the band's intention with this song, but I think interpretation can go beyond a song for the sake of romanticizing the historical legacy of the bard or representing a specific story.

    It's really a very moving depiction of a final farewell - quite likely from a deathbed. There are numerous allusions to concepts of ending, finality, mortality, and erosion of memory.

    Here's a few lines that really seem to point to a death theme, in my opinion.

    "When hours have gone by, I'll close my eyes."
    Recognizing the time that's behind them, and admitting that their time has peacefully come.

    "In a world far away, we may meet again.
    But now hear my song, about the dawn of the night.
    Let's sing the bard's song."
    Comforting the audience with the notion that death is a new beginning (*dawn* of the night), and requesting that we sing with them to ease their passing while paying a romantic tribute to the moment.

    "Tommorrow will take us away
    Far from home
    No-one will ever know our names
    But the bard's song will remain"
    Time will change everything, all memories will fade, and we can't possibly know what lies ahead ("far from home" being symbolic of the unknown beyond). I think "the bard's song" is a metaphor for death itself.

    "Tommorrow will take it away
    The fear of today
    It will be gone
    Due to our magic song"
    The bard's song (death) will lift all our burdens.

    "There's only one song
    Left in my mind"
    The narrator is finished with their life. Perhaps they see their past as a collection of tales, and death is the only song left for them.

    "Now the bard songs are over
    And it's time to leave"
    Obvious.

    "Noone should ask You for the name
    Of the one
    Who tells the story"
    We all face death, we're all commemorated in some fashion, and death is a momentous occassion for all of us. Perhaps asking who tells the story (who is god? why does he let us die? what does he has in store for us? etc.) only bogs down our lives. The narrator is asking the audience to leave all that out of it. It's his moment. His death. He knows what he faces is a mystery, and he's just going to move forward gracefully. No stumbling over blind attempts to appeal to the unknown for entrance to whatever possible afterlife and such.

    "Tomorrow all will be known
    And You're not alone
    So don't be afraid
    In the dark and cold
    'Cause the bards' songs will remain
    They all will remain"
    We'll all know the truth eventually. Don't sweat it. We all go there so you're not alone. "The dark and cold" is another metaphor for the unknown, which is where all of us are in our final moments. We don't know what lies ahead. Whatever it is, we all face it eventually so there's no use being afraid.

    My interpretation can't account for the whole song, but I've had it turning over in my head all day anyway. I sang it whenever I was in the car today to pay tribute to the passing of Ninja, my sugar glider.
    SalmonGodon April 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthmm......of Old is told the Tales of the Bards of Esgaroth.....roughly the area of the Lonely Mountain and Lake Town..Dale, etc.
    If anyone has read 'The Hobbit', then you are familiar with'Bard'....or rather 'King Bard', as he is of noble lineage that ruled that land before the coming of lesser men from the south and east. Bard's songs are akin to sagas the Vikings told.
    FYI: There was great love between the Bards and Dwarves in Esgaroth before the waning of men, and the Bard...of that lineage, probably learned of his ancestry through these 'Bard songs'..and so on...perhaps.
    Trinidadianon September 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's like a monologue of Bilbo Baggins after the Battle of Five Armies ,where dwarves,men and elves have fought together. He also talks about Bard King of Esgaroth . There many ways to interpret this song when you have tolkien's mythology in mind though,so I may be not correct.
    ssj4nickon March 20, 2012   Link

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