Superheroes Are People Too – The PDX Broadsides

Superheroes are people, too
Give those guys the same respect they give to me and you
Let them have some privacy when the day is through
Because superheroes are people, too

Wonder Woman can shower on her own
Stop asking Catwoman if she will “crack your whip”
Zatanna can wear pants if she wants to
A telephoto lens is not a relationship… Peter Parker 

“Superheroes Are People, Too,” an important PSA from the PDX Broadsides.

Lyrics available on Bandcamp.

Secrets Liars & Spies – Leslie Hudson

Welcome to The Redhead League
We’re loosely a collective of
The best and brightest redheads far and wide
Personal objective and collaborative fire
Are the values we espouse, come on inside 

“Secrets Liars & Spies” by Leslie Hudson, from her concept album “The Redhead League.” Leslie explains in the album description:

The Redhead League is a concept album based on 9 female redheaded comic book characters: Red Sonja, Medusa, Teela, Jean Grey, Mary Jane Watson, Scarlett, Poison Ivy, April O’Neil & Black Widow.

They’re not superheroes or supervillains. They’re passionate, powerful and occasionally poisonous so don’t piss them off. They’ve got swords and guns and prehensile hair, telekinesis and martial arts expertise, lipstick lips and latex, and they don’t mind getting their hands dirty.

Lyrics available on Bandcamp.

The Oracle – shobogan


The Oracle

You think I have been beaten
You think he took the sky from me
You think I have been trapped here
Yet I’ve never been more free

I am the hero of my own story
I am the knight tearing towers down
I am the dragon within the fortress
I am the queen forging her own crown

I am not a footnote
I am not a sacrifice
I am not your martyr
I’m not yours to sanctify

I am the voice that lights the shadows
I see the structure of strife and storms
I call the lightning to strike the shades
I am the sybil amidst the swarms

You think I have been beaten
You think he took the sky from me
Well I was never vanquished
I’m stronger than he’ll ever be

Gotham on the Fritz – waiting4codot


Have you seen the ne’er-to-do, locked up in ‘Ark Avenue’,
On that famous thoroughfare, with some toxin in the air,
High hats and Arrow collars, green spats and lots of dollars,
Spending every dime, on a wonderful crime!

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to,
Why don’t you go where chaos sits,
Gotham on the fritz!

Femme fatales who wear a day coat, two-faced men,
Or leather bound coats, perfect fits,
Gotham on the fritz!

Dressed up like a winged flying sleuther,
Trying hard to look like Ol’ Lex Luthor (super duper),
Come let’s mix where Cobblepots walk with their sticks,
Or umbrellas in their mitts.
Gotham on the fritz!

Kitty cats all wear a diamond choker,
Harley walking with the man who broke her (what a joker),
You’ll declare it’s simply insane to be there,
And cower as they battle wits,
Gotham on the fritz!

(I was bored. This happened. Deal with it.)

The Ballad of Barry Allen – Eben Brooks

And I’ll be there before you know it
I’ll be gone before you see me
And do you think you can imagine
Anything so lonely
And I know you’d really like me
But I never stick around
Because time keeps dragging on

“The Ballad of Barry Allen,” a song about the downsides of being a speedster. Original song by Jim’s Big Ego, performed here by Eben Brooks.

Lyrics available here.

Superheroes Never Die – Chris Conway

Superheroes never die
They only fade away
They tried to save the future
But the future was yesterday

I thought this was going to be a funny song about how nobody ever really dies in comics (that’s a brilliant parody idea, by the way, somebody should do it), but instead it was sad and then kind of funny but still sad.

“Superheroes Never Die,” by Chris Conway

Someone On The Internet is Wrong

Someone on the internet is wrong
And the urge to set the world to rights is really rather strong
There’s a gravitational force
That pulls me off my course
When someone on the internet is wrong

There are filk songs based on books, and there are filk songs based on TV shows, and then there are filk songs based on xkcd comics.  “Someone On The Internet Is Wrong,” by Playing Rapunzel (Mich Sampson and

Marilisa Valtazanou)

Someone On The Internet is Wrong

Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves – crystalandrock


@seananmcguire‘s Wicked Girls is a favorite of mine, and though it’s not explicitly about the lgbt community, for a while I’ve been thinking about it as such. But hey, filk is all about adaptation and the meanings the audience gets from a song – so a few days ago I decided to write my own version.

My Wicked Girls is dedicated to all of the fictional wlw who deserved better than their narratives gave them, and to all the real wlw who deserve the world.

Lyrics under the cut:

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Creatures of Dream – Batya the Toon


For all of you who have been asking me for a recording of “Creatures of Dream”: BEHOLD.

Released as part of a four-song single, or ~quadringle~, entitled Subversive Ciphers by Jesse Dangerously & Friends.  If you liked my song, you might do well to listen to the others; I feel like it’s in good company.  (Probably of particular interest to some of you will be the first track, which is a tribute to the classic fantasy film Labyrinth.)

Lyrics below the cut.

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Jason Todd – Avo


I apologize to @axonsandsynapses for doing their work absolutely nothing anywhere near justice, but this is my attempt at covering their brilliant adaptation of Sam Hall about everyone’s favourite ex-dead ex-Robin.

check out the lyrics on their blog!

all sounds in this recording were made using a ukulele and/or my mouth, and all (highly amateur) sound editing was done using GarageBand. hope you enjoy!

Take Up Your Shield Steve Rogers -idiopathicsmile


So I figured it would be kind of fun to go through all the songs that have been written about Steve Rogers and do a series of covers, like a study in shifting perspectives of an American icon through the years?

Kicking things off with an old-school folk song. Download here, lyrics mostly under the cut, historical notes at the end.


Little Steve Rogers never had the knack
of running from a fight ‘fore it was done
stood up to any bully even when they’d knock him flat
he’d rush in to defend ‘most anyone

So take up your shield, Steve Rogers
Take up your shield tonight
Take up your shield, Steve Rogers
There’s wrongs out there that need some settin’ right

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