Klingon Drinking Song

'ej HumtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw is a well-known klingon drinking song. It was heard for the first time in 1996 in DSN-episode "The Way of the Warrior". In episode 6.03 of Star Trek: Voyager, the holographic doctor tried to teach this song to Seven of Nine.


The lyrics aren't fully correct in a grammatical sense, because it's ancient klingon. It's possible, that the lyrics weren't written by Marc Okrand or another klingonist, but by a member of the film crew, who read the The Klingon Dictionary.

The lyrics originally transcripted by Alan Anderson and posted on the KLI mailing list. (1)

Klingon English (2)Sort
'ej HumtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw And the blood was ankle deep.
'ej Doq SoDtaH ghoSpa' SIqral1 bIQtIq And the River Skral ran crimson red.
'e' pa' jaj law' mo' jaj puS On the day above all days.
jaj qeylIS molor mIgh HoHchu'qu' When Kahless slew evil Molor dead.

1 In the original version the name sqral meant the river, without being official ("canon"). We know since the paq'batlh, it is written SIqral.

Other Performances

The drinking song was included on Klenginem's performance of the Warrior's Anthem on his third album, Hard Rock der Klingonen.(3)

See also


1 : message to the mailing list, 18th of march 1996

2 : Script to DS9: The Way of the Warrior, part I

3 : Warrior's Anthem Lyrics, Klenginem Official Website, accessed 2020 June 09


Category: Music    Latest edit: 09 Jun 2020, by JeDDatlh    Created: 16 Nov 2016 by DirkSchlSser
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