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"Setting Off" Song

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Follow the rainbow over the stream
Follow the fellow who follows a dream
Follow, follow, follow, follow
Follow the yellow brick road

"Into the woods, to get the thing
That makes it worth the journeying..."
Chorus, Into the Woods, "Prologue"

The 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 everyone sings when they set off on their adventure. A "let's get ready and go" kind of number. Something jaunty and fun.

Often crosses over with the "I Want" Song. Compare Wanderlust Song.


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    Film — Live-Action 
  • 101 Dalmatians (1996): Non-musical example: "Rescue". It's such a popular piece from the movie that Disney re-used it for the VHS trailer of Sleeping Beauty and the theatrical trailer of Doug's 1st Movie.
  • Big Bird in Japan: "Off to Kyoto". It even gives a Shout-Out to Wizard of Oz.
  • Harriet: "Goodbye Song" is a rare Real Life 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 Harriet Tubman sang to her family.
  • The Lord of the Rings has a few:
    • "The Road Goes Ever On", which also appears in the book.
    • "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.
  • The Muppet Movie: "Movin' Right Along".
  • Muppet Treasure Island: "Sailing For Adventure".

  • The Lord of the Rings: When setting off from the Shire, Bilbo sings a stanza of "The Road Goes Ever On", about following the road away from home and being drawn into the wider world and towards an unknown destination. Later, when setting out himself, Frodo speaks the same stanza but replaces the line "Pursuing it with eager feet" with "Pursuing it with weary feet", reflecting his uncertainty about the journey he is setting off on.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Galavant has "Hero's Journey", where Galavant, Sid, and Isabella set off on their quest to take back Isabella's kingdom from King Richard. Though Galavant is confident he'll succeed in his mission, his companions are unsure of what his plan even is.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Nori asks Poppy to sing a walking song called This Wandering Day, to animate the spirits and make their migration to the Grove easier.
  • The Young Ones: In the last episode, the housemates sing this while on the bus they stole after robbing the bank, as a reference to Cliff Richard and the film Summer Holiday. Too bad they drive over a cliff, and the bus explodes.

  • Hit The Bricks, which takes place in the Land of Oz, has "Hit the Bricks". 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.


    Western Animation 
  • In the last episode of The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, there's a song called "Adventuring We Go" about the gang getting ready to go on a new adventure and what they might encounter.
  • The "Travel Song" from Dora the Explorer is about Dora and Boots getting ready to travel to their destination.

Alternative Title(s): Setting Out Song


Bob's Going to Hollywood

Bob sings a rousing opening number about setting off to Hollywood to become a movie star, only to learn that Vic has been tampering with his plans.

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