“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, and he had taught the song to Frodo during their walks in the lanes of the Water-valley.
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!
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