Polly – Talis Kimberley

The splendid Scottish folksinger Karine Polwart tweeted one day about witnessing a girl being told not to climb a tree because she was in a very nice skirt. Or maybe just in a nice skirt, it was some time ago, and either way, this little song fell happily out and has been sung a handful of times since.

There is a particularly British distinction, I think, betweem a skirt, a nice skirt, and a very nice skirt. And you can climb trees in any of them, so there.

“Polly,” by Talis Kimberley, a very modern song in a charmingly traditional style.

Small Mended Corners – Talis Kimberley

There are women I’ve been who you would not have liked
Very much – and I can’t say I’d blame you for that;
but I had to be them before I could be me
They are threads on the loom of the woman you see

And they’re all – here – sewn in the lining of me
In the seam-folds and the small mended corners
Tucked into collar and sleeves in the lining of me

“Small Mended Corners,” by Talis Kimberley, a song about identity and sewing – which, as someone who has struggled with both, I appreciate.

The Oracle – shobogan

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

Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves – crystalandrock

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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Archetype Cafe – Talis Kimberley

Lady MacBeth said to Helen of Troy
When they finished the wine they’d been drinking
“I’m all for regicide once in a while, but
Helen, dear, what were you thinking?”

“Archetype Cafe,” by Talis Kimberley, for all the reviled and diminished women of history and myth, with Tim Walker on drums and Simon Fairbourn on bassoon (and holy hell he is good).  Lyrics available here.

Geeky Girls – Eben Brooks

Okay, so I think this song is hilarious.  I have no idea if anyone else will think this song is hilarious.  It’s something about the combination filk lyrics and the song being filked, which is a weird old ballad about trying to force people to marry you.

…anyway.  “Geeky Girls,” by Eben Brooks (from his new album!  which can be found here)

Princess in a Castle – Terence Chua

Like a princess in a castle
Like a queen without a king
Like a present wrapped in ribbons
Or a bird with broken wings
She is waiting to be rescued
She is waiting to be free
If someone could only tell her
Just who she’s supposed to be

“Princess in a Castle,” by Terence Chua

Lyrics available here

One of Us – Heather Dale

‘Cause she was not the biggest fighter nor one to raise a fuss
But I remember being proud that she was one of us
And we might never stand together in the shield-wall side by side
But because of her I lift my sword with pride

So Heather Dale recently put out a children’s album, which is basically a “my first filk” compilation, and this song seems to be here to encourage little girls to join the SCA and beat the crap out of people.

…needless to say, I approve

Freedom of the Snow – Leslie Fish

Cancel my salvation, give me leave to go

Back to the freedom of the snow

A Leslie Fish song about finding strength in the (temporary) absence of civilization, because the blogger behind the curtain is still desperate Mad Max trash.

And there’s a very nice flute part.

Lyrics available here

Fake Geek Guy – Kari Maaren

“Fake Geek Guy,” by Kari Maaren

This song was tangentially inspired by The Doubleclicks’ “Nothing to Prove,” but “to be absolutely frank, the Doubleclicks’ song is a moving autobiographical anthem, while mine is just kind of mean.”

It’s mean in a good way, though, and, as Kari says, more songs ought to name-drop Gail Simone.

The lyrics and chords can be found in the FilKONtario 24 songbook

seananmcguire:

sean-kkendrick:

For we will be wicked and we will be fair
And they'll call us such names, and we really won't care,
So go, tell your Wendys, your Susans, your Janes,
There's a place they can go if they're tired of chains,
And our roads may be golden, or broken, or lost,
But we'll walk on them willingly, knowing the cost -
We won't take our place on the shelves.
It's better to fly and it's better to die
Say the wicked girls saving ourselves.

- Seanan McGuire, Wicked Girls

Wow.

 (via awrinkleintortall)

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