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Raucous, Rude, and Rowdy – Mercedes Lackey

 We’re raucous, rude, and rowdy
And ask us if we care!
We have our boisterous buddies
And food that we don’t share

 We’re foremost at a party
And rearmost in a fight
And if you think you’re tougher
We’ll just say that you are right

A tribute to crows, the birds with the best life philosophy.  “Raucous, Rude, and Rowdy,” lyrics by Mercedes Lackey, sung by Paul Espinoza (I think)

Never Set the Cat on Fire – Frank Hayes

Never set the cat on fire, you only will annoy it
The flames will make the beast perspire; it surely won’t enjoy it 

“Never Set the Cat on Fire” by Frank Hayes, a classic filk that goes in a much different direction than you’d expect it to.

Lyrics with chords available here.

Eight-Legged Blues – Vixy & Tony

They raid your liquor cabinet, though they’re not of age to drink
They’re staging tango competitions in the kitchen sink
They’re critiquing your new painting (your perspective’s off, they say)
And they’re analyzing your décor for optimal feng shui

“Eight-Legged Blues,” by special-edition four-member Vixy & Tony (Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris, Betsy Tinney, and Sunnie Larsen)

The part of the spiders is credited to Betsy’s cello, Raven.

Belling the Cat – Talis Kimberley

Everymouse knows, everymouse knows
Let the bravest mice bell him so everymouse knows.

“Belling the Cat,” by Talis Kimberley

There are a surprising number of songs by filkers about cats and/or mice.  This one’s a metaphor.

Dog on the Moon – Garry Novikoff

This might just be the saddest song ever written, if you ask me.

“Dog On The Moon,” by Garry Novikoff

(and the dog doesn’t die; that’s not why it’s sad)

Lyrics available here


“Kraken/Kitten” by Leslie Fish and Don Simpson, sung by Leslie Fish

Presumably the first half was written separately, but this is still one of the only songs I know that manages to parody itself

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