All that is gold does not glitter
All who wander are not lost
The old that is strong does not wither
Deep roots are not touched by frost
So we [dog mod and brain mod] just discovered that Brooks Williams combined Tolkien’s verse with paraphrasing from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and the result is pretty catchy.
Lyrics available here.
(Full disclosure: when we first listened to this, the Christian aspect flew right over our heads and we went “huh, this sounds weirdly like religious music, wonder why?” We didn’t get it until we found lyrics with explanatory notes.)
Swedish nerdy parody songs are not limited to filk or fandom. The most important venue is arguably the Swedish student song tradition, of which this is a fine example. The song exists in several variants, often shorter than this. I usually only sing a single verse and the chorus, myself. For those unfamiliar with the tune, it’s to the tune of the Russian national anthem, previously the Soviet national anthem. And it’s a song which fits squarely into any filk circle.
Rough translation of the song opening (not necessarily fitting with the version sung above):
My name is Nikolayev, a Soviet cosmonaut
I’m flying round the earth in my space rocket
but I’ve suffered a misfortune grave
I forgot to go to the loo before I left
I long for home, home to my planet
to wife and child back home in Soviet
but most of all to a small house with a heart on the door
Home, home to my planet
I don’t want to be stuck in the rocket
where there isn’t a house with a heart on the door
From Eva Baskins:
Since this is a show theme song, I’m not sure if it counts, but… Rocket Robin Hood! This feels like something that could have a filk following, just because the concept opens up so many questions! (I’ll admit, I’ve never actually watched it, and I only just now found out the thing existed.)
…can’t say I’ve ever heard of it either, but MAN what a concept. And now if I had to explain filk to someone without using any actual filk music…I might just show them this.
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.
A fantastic found filk featuring a lady pirate, a masquerade, and some ambiguous magical shenanigans.
“Death and the Maiden” by Mean Mary; lyrics available here.
Our dear faned wanted to know more about space polskas, so here is “Polska från stjärnorna” (“Polska from the stars”), taking the main Star Wars theme and the Imperial March, mashing them together, and then arranging them in the style of a Swedish polska tune.
Technically, this isn’t really filk, since the performer Mattias Frisk likely never has been involved of filk or science fiction fandom, but it very much is music-making in a filk mode.
Fire in the Glen by Andy M. Stewart
R.I.P Andy M. Stewart, 8th September 1952 – 27th December 2015
You will never be forgotten
Considering I found out this singer had passed on from a filk group on facebook, this seems appropriate to post. Anthony M. Stewart (best known as the singer from Silly Wizard) will always be one of my favorite folksingers.
mix: there’s a starwind rising
because space is REALLY COOL, YOU GUYS
…I’ve been sitting on this one awhile, and kind of forgot about it, but I figured right now would be a thematically appropriate time to post it. so have a really eclectic assortment of space music, I guess.
Star Trek Original Theme (Alexander Courage)
Space Girl (Peggy Seeger)
Original Doctor Who Theme (Ron Graineramp & Delia Derbyshire)
Starwind Rising (Leslie Fish & The Dehorn Crew)
Starman (David Bowie)
Rocket Man (Elton John)
Hope Eyrie (Julia Ecklar; originally by Leslie Fish)
Battlestar Galactica Original Theme (Stu Phillips)
Medley: Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner (John Williams)
Babylon 5 Season 1 Theme (Christopher Franke)
Farscape Theme (SubVision)
Battlestar Galactica Main Title (UK Version) (Bear McCreary)
The Doctor’s Themes (Aeroferal; original themes by Murray Gold)
Fire in the Sky (Kristoph Klover; orignally by Jordin Kare)
Gravity (Steven Price)
Star Trek Voyager Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith)
Paper Moon (Seanan McGuire)
Somebody Will (Sassafrass)
It’s not all filk, but there’s quite a bit of filk so consider this your BONUS POST for STAR WARS DAY
A little fairy comes at night,
her eyes are blue and her hair is brown
With silver spots upon her wings
And from the moon she flutters down.
This isn’t quite the Fairy Queen interpretation I’m used to (by which I mean, she doesn’t threaten to take anybody’s eyes out or steal any children), but it’s pretty.
Oh the werewolf, oh the werewolf comes stepping along
He don’t even break the branches where he’s been gone
Oh the werewolf, oh the werewolf comes travelin along
He don’t even crush the leaves where he’s been gone
Sometimes you’re listening to folk music on Pandora and you come across something you very much never expected.
“The Werewolf,” by Michael Hurley, performed by Barry Dransfield