Tonight’s the night of Halloween,
and the fairy court will ride;
And she that would her true love win
at Miles Cross must bide.
Happy Halloween (or Hallowe’en, depending on your spelling preference)!
In celebration, have some filkers performing everyone’s favorite traditional ballad about getting knocked up by a weird guy in the woods and having to go rescue him on Halloween before the Faerie can sacrifice him to the Devil 🙂
This version of Tam Lin is performed by Tricky Pixie, aka S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney. Lyrics are available on bandcamp.
Since I heard of this siren bright
I’m thinking about her from dawn until night
And though I’ll never be in her spell
I’m falling in love on the stories they tell
“Filk Sampler” a playlist on Spotify that I put together with help from other filkers on Facebook, focused on giving a good overview and introduction to filk.
submitted by Karl-Johan Noren
@arachnaetheyarnspider submitted: It’s been a while since I’ve seen any SCA filk on here. How about a song about a Very Serious Ancient Science?
(Let’s be honest, it’s been a while since there’s been ANYTHING on here. I Have Become Grad School -dog mod)
Cerian Cantwr singing a song called “Alchemy,” about….alchemy.
Would you happen to know/have a link to any sort of ‘filk primer’ playlists or song recs, to send to people who are new to filk?
“Unit 2: SPACE!”
“Unit 3: This Is What Happens When You Let Fantasy Novelists Write Music”
Sun of Vulcan grant that I may be restored
I do not seek nor understand, what I am fighting for
Have you always wanted to hear a heartfelt song about Pon Farr? Would you like some genuine, vintage, archival quality Spirk content? Yes, yes you would.
“Sun of Vulcan,” by Debra F. Sanders & Cynthia McQuillin
Lyrics below the cut, since they’re not readily available online. Thanks to @aaaaaicantthinkofaname for the transcription!
Keylor’s rage is burning for all her slaughtered kin
Pray gods we reach the back door while she’s still coming in
She spares no man or woman, her eyes blaze like the sun
She moves like nothing human – good gods, what has she done?
“Keylor’s Rage,” sung by Heather Alexander, based on lyrics in Andre Norton’s Witch World novels. Full lyrics under the cut.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Tom Lehrer was a Harvard mathematics lecturer who did musical satire in his spare time during the 50s and 60s.
He’s basically a lyrical genius: ridiculously clever and funny and awesome.
His songs cover pretty much every topic imaginable as well, from the political (the atomic bomb and world war three) to social issues (tolerance, drugs, homosexuality and religion) to environental issues (pollution and animal welfare) to the macabre and the kinky (masochism, necrophilia and dirty novels). And all in a tongue-in-cheek, amazingly still relevant way.
Tom Lehrer fandom, where you at?
(Party at my place. Bring the cheap jug wine and a couple-dozen pizzas)
In the filk and dementia communities, where we’ve always been.
(Jug wine hell, I’m bringing Tully.)
Hey followers, who would like us to do a series of Tom Lehrer posts?