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1->''"Into the woods, to get the thing\²That makes it worth the journeying..."''²-->-- '''Chorus''', ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', "Prologue"²²The characters in the story are all rearing and ready to go! They need something to keep their spirits up, something to heighten the moment: A MUSICAL NUMBER! This is the number that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin everyone sings when they set off on their adventure]]. A "let's get ready and go" kind of number. Something jaunty and fun.²²Often crosses over with the IWantSong. Compare WanderlustSong.²----²!!Examples:²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder: Film ]]²²* "We're Off to See the Wizard" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is probably [[TropeMaker the most famous example]].²* "City of Light" from ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''.²* "Adventuring" from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime: The Great Longneck Migration''.²* "Get Up and Go" from ''WesternAnimation/LittleGoldenBookLand''.²* "Gonna Take You There" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.²* "Never Say Never" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', which doubles as a PepTalkSong.²** "Way Out West" from ''Fievel Goes West''²* "The Apple Song" from ''WesternAnimation/MelodyTime.''²* "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}''.²* "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}.''²* "The Virginia Company" and its reprise from ''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}.''²* "Movin' Right Along" from ''Film/TheMuppetMovie.''²* "Sailing For Adventure" from ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland.''²* "Have You Been to Bahia?" from ''WesternAnimation/TheThreeCaballeros.''²* The reprise of "When Will My Life Begin?" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}.''²* "Tomorrow Is Another Day", by Music/ShelbyFlint for ''WesternAnimation/TheRescuers''.²* "(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco" from ''Film/RoadToMorocco''.²** And the other ''Film/RoadTo'' movies. They certainly do get around.²* Non-musical example: "The Submarine" from ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', especially when we see the ''Ulysses'' finally descend into the ocean.²* "Summer Holiday" in ''Film/SummerHoliday'', which acts more as an [[NarratingTheObvious unhelpful narrator]] than this trope, since it'd been established earlier (The song begins with ''"We're all going on a summer holiday..."'' yet it appears about ten minutes into the movie after the characters decide to do so).²* "A Whole Bunch Of World" from the film of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet''²* Non-musical example: "Rescue" from the live-action ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians1996''. It's such a popular piece from the movie, that Disney re-used it for the VHS trailer of ''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty'' and the theatrical trailer of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} Doug's 1st Movie]]''²* While not a musical, ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' used "Born To Be Wild" playing in the background as T.J. and Becky went to pick the gang up from their camps.²* "All Together Now" from ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''.²* "I'm On My Way" by The Proclaimers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.²* "On My Way" by Phil Collins from ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBear''²* "On the Trail We Blaze" from ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.²* "The Song of the Marines" from ''The Singing Marine'', a 1937 Warner Bros. film. But it's more well known from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Conrad the Sailor".²* "Go the Distance" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' starts off as an IWantSong before turning into this.²* "Journey to the Past" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''.²* "On the Open Road" from ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie''.²* "Second Star to the Right" and "Following the Leader" from ''WesternAnimation/PeterPan''.²* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' has a few²** "The Road Goes Ever On," which also appears in the book.²** "A Walking Song," which appears in the book and is adapted as Pippin's song "The Edge of Night" in the movies. An unusual example in that it isn't sung while setting off, though by subject matter it is a setting-off song.²* "We're Off to See the World" from ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure''.²* "How Far I'll Go" from ''{{WesternAnimation/Moana}}''.²* "Goodbye Song" from ''Film/{{Harriet}}'' is a rare RealLife example. Enslaved people about to run away from their captors often sang songs to their loved ones as a coded farewell, and the film uses the actual song that UsefulNotes/HarrietTubman sang to her family.²* "Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing" from ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure'', which Owl sings to the gang before sending them out on their trip, about all the dangers they may face and how there's little chance that they'll come home.²* ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'' has [[ "The Wishing Star"]], which is about the Warners leaving town to find the Wishing Star. Of course, their song causes the rest of Acme Falls to learn about the Star, provoking a race to claim the Wish.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Podcasts]]²²* "Hit the Bricks" from the audio drama podcast ''Podcast/HitTheBricks'', which takes place in the Franchise/LandOfOz. It's not ''quite'' as catchy as "We're Off To See The Wizard," but it's close -- and it's set on the very same yellow brick road to boot. ²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Theatre ]]²²* "New York, New York" from ''Theatre/OnTheTown''.²* "One Foot, Other Foot" from ''Theatre/{{Allegro}}'', sung by the GreekChorus when Joseph Taylor, Jr. first learns to walk. It symbolizes adventurousness and determination, and becomes his personal motto.²* "I'm On My Way" from ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon'' introduces the various {{Forty Niner}}s all bound for Rumson Creek.²* "A Weekend In The Country" from ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic''.²* "Into The Woods" from ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''.²* "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" from ''Theatre/HelloDolly''.²* "There's A Hill Beyond A Hill" from ''Music in the Air''.²* An unproduced musical version of ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' from the TurnOfTheMillennium had one, "Icarus Descending", as its opening number.²* The title song of ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'' uses the life-as-road-trip metaphor.²* "Addison's Trip (I'm On My Way)" from ''Road Show''.²* "Two By Two" for the missionaries in ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon''.²* "Strike That, Reverse It", which kicks off the second act of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', is a highly comic version of this as Willy Wonka [[DispenseWithThePleasantries rushes through greeting each of the Golden Ticket finders]] and having their guardians sign a confusing contract, all so the tour can proceed on schedule. He's in such a hurry to set off that the tune is also a PatterSong.²* "Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts" from ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''.²* "Godspeed Titanic" from ''Theatre/{{Titanic}}''²* Both 'Climbing Song 1' and 'Climbing Song 2' from ''Theatre/TheBurntPartBoys''. ²* 'Chop To The Top' and 'Hero Is My Middle Name' from ''Theatre/TheSpongeBobMusical''.²* From the Broadway adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'':²** Crossing over with GriefSong, ''Stay, I Pray You'' is about setting off, not on an adventure, but as refugees from a Soviet purge.²--> "Coachman, hold the horses\²Let me say goodbye,\²Stay, I pray you\²Let me have a moment\²Let me say goodbye\²To bridge and river\²Forest and waterfall\²Orchard, sea, and sky\²Harsh and sweet and bitter to leave it all\²I'll bless my homeland till I die.''²** "We'll Go From There" is a PlayedStraight example as Anya, Dmitri, and Vlad anticipate what awaits them in Paris on a train ride. ²* "On My Way" from ''Theatre/{{Violet}}''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Western Animation]]²* In the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'', there's a song called "Adventuring We Go" about the gang getting ready to go on a new adventure and what they might encounter.²* The "Travel Song" from ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' is about Dora and Boots getting ready to travel to their destination.²%%* Parodied in the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy]]'' ChristmasSpecial.²* "Back To You" from the ''WesternAnimation/IHeartArlo'' Season 1 finale, "The Uncondemning".²* "Apples to the Core" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E9PinkieApplePie Pinkie Apple Pie]]".²* The title song of the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "On the Run".²--> "It's time to get moving, time for us to have some fun."²* "Next Stop Anywhere" from the Season 2 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries''.²²[[/folder]]²----


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