Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Episode appearance:
Teaser at the end of Season 6, Episode 12: Everybody Loves Hugo

You might have missed this, but the promo for Episode 13: The Recruit uses "The Rowing Song" from the 1971 movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory entitled Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The story resonates with Lost—a man on a quest to find an heir leads a group of golden ticket–winning candidates on a mystical, confusing and amazing journey.

In the movie, the song plays when the candidates take a horrifying ride on Willy Wonka's boat. By the end of the trip, most of the candidates are undone by their own character flaws, yet Charlie Bucket wins the contest (though he did not know it was a contest at all) because he's good at heart and honest.

Here are the lyrics from "The Rowing Song":

Round the world and home again
That's the sailor's way
Faster faster, faster, faster

There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There's no knowing where we're rowing
Or which way the river's flowing

Is it raining, is it snowing
Is a hurricane a-blowing

Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a-glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing

Yes, the danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing


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