Stand by the Grey Stone

by Lonely Mountain Band

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A new single from the Lonely Mountain Band, inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new song, recorded & released approximately around Durin's Day, 2015, blends LMB's signature "folk fantasy" style with a classic folk rock sound.

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Lonely Mountain Band uses Giannini Acoustic guitars.

Original Cover Artwork by Bladesmith & Fine Artist David Delagardelle of Cedarlore Forge.



Its a strange song to sing
in the mid-summer wind
under the stars

And over mountain-streams
rare moon-light beams
on runes bizarre

And now the path is known
on the map it shone
it's not very far

From the eagle's home
and the carrock stone
to where the golden hoards are

Stand by the grey stone (last)
when the thrush knocks (light)
Stand by the grey stone (of Durin's Day)
will shine upon the key-hole

Stand by the grey stone (last )
when the thrush knocks (light)
Stand by the grey stone (of Durin's Day)
will shine upon the key-hole

Under the dragon's wing
sickness and the ring
of war that greed brings

And though the worm is dead
and the black arrow sped
his fire still burns red

For a gleaming golden hoard
fly banners and the sword
the carrion bird sings

But with sparks of rainbow light
comes the thief in the night
child of the kindly west


released October 30, 2015
Song written, produced, & all instruments performed & recorded by John Di Bartolo.


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Lonely Mountain Band New York, New York

"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama..."
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman, ca. 1951 —
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